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Mesaba Airline Workers Present New Proposal To Management

Date: October 3, 2006


Minneapolis, MN - The Mesaba Labor Coalition, comprised of flight attendants, mechanics and pilots working for regional airline Mesaba Aviation, Inc., presented management with a joint proposal today outlining shared concessions that would pave the way for the airline's emergence from bankruptcy. Mesaba flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), offered wage, benefit and work rule reductions that would give management the financial relief the company needs to navigate through the bankruptcy process.

"Once again Mesaba's employees have stepped up to the plate - it's time for management to accept our proposal and focus on rebuilding our airline instead of trying to bully employees through the court system," said Tim Evenson, Mesaba Master Executive Council President. "Mesaba employees have always been willing to do what is necessary in order to provide for the airline's survival. The problem is the terms and conditions that management has been trying to force upon us would destroy our lives and our profession."

Mesaba management had been threatening to impose a 19.4 percent wage and benefit cut, which would reduce the annual income of some Mesaba flight attendants with a family of four to under $10,000 - before taxes - after paying for insurance benefits.

In September, a federal district court overturned an earlier bankruptcy court decision that would have allowed management to impose such draconian cuts. The joint proposal offers management over 15 percent in total reductions.

"This is not just about us, as flight attendants," said Evenson. "This is a struggle for our families, our friends, and our communities, all of whom would also be devastated if management were successful in imposing their terms. We will continue to do whatever it takes to return our airline to success, but we must all work together to achieve this goal. The Coalition proposal does just that."

For over 60 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has been serving as the voice for flight attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill.  More than 55,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines come together to form AFA-CWA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. For more information, visit us at www.mesabaafa.org or www.afanet.org.

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