Efforts by United Airlines, a unit of UAL Corp , and Continental Airlines to reach a joint contract agreement with their pilots before concluding their merger have hit a snag, pilots said on Friday.

Negotiations have stalled over undisclosed issues that would have little financial impact on the new company, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) said in a statement. The union said the companies are headed down the wrong path regarding the contract talks.

(Reporting by John Crawley)