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Flight Attendants File for Mediation with Miami Air

Date: February 12, 2003

Washington, DC – In an attempt to secure a first contract with the airline, flight attendants at Miami Air International, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, filed for mediation on Feb. 10.

A lack of progress in the nearly two years since the flight attendants voted for union representation sparked the flight attendants to file with the National Mediation Board, the government agency responsible for overseeing labor relations in the airline industry. The flight attendants are hoping that the mediation board can expedite the process and assist the parties in reaching an agreement.

If the company continues to stall and negotiations do not progress through mediation, the flight attendants can ask to be released, which will start the clock on a 30-day “cooling off” period. If an agreement is not made by the end of that period, the parties can engage in self-help including a strike or a lockout.

Miami Air International, Inc. is a charter airline based in Miami. The carrier flies both domestic and international flights for the military, professional and college sports teams, corporate incentive groups, celebrity and other charters.

Miami Air’s 110 flight attendants are joined together in AFA, the world's largest flight attendant union. Visit us @ www.afanet.org.

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