Mesaba Airlines Flight Attendants Ratify Concessionary Agreement
November 27, 2006
Minneapolis, MN – Mesaba Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), today voted to ratify a concessionary agreement that will enable their airline to navigate out of bankruptcy.
"We hope that, through the sacrifices we have made, our airline will exit bankruptcy and return to profitability," said AFA-CWA Mesaba Master Executive Council President Tim Evenson.
The agreement was reached in October after a long and public battle. Since Mesaba Airlines filed for bankruptcy in October 2005, they were granted permission twice to impose over 17 percent in pay reductions and work rule cuts upon the flight attendants. However, AFA-CWA was able to reach a tentative agreement with management before any draconian terms were imposed.
The agreement, which is in place for the next four years, includes overall wage and benefits cuts of 15.8 percent. Partial details include a 2.7 percent cut in wages, a reduction in daily per diem and vacation credit, elimination of holiday pay, and an increase in health insurance. Under a growth scenario built into the agreement, the contract will be extended to a total of five and a half years with additional pay raises, if the airline's growth meets certain parameters.
With 81.9 percent of Mesaba flight attendants voting in favor of the agreement, it will go into effect on December 1, 2006.
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