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Labor Un-Relations Could Lead to Rocky New Year at Mesa Group Airlines

Date: December 15, 2006

Washington, DCFlight attendants at MESA Group airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) have asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) for a federal mediator to be present at future negotiations with management. AFA-CWA has requested mediation due to continued, non-productive contract negotiations and management's insistence in obtaining a contract that is cost neutral.

"It would be near impossible to negotiate an acceptable agreement for Mesa, Freedom and go! flight attendants who have so many serious issues to address. That is why we are seeking the assistance of the NMB," said Brian Manning, Master Executive Council President. 

Currently, MESA Group flight attendants are among the lowest paid in the industry which has caused an exceptionally high turnover rate and has lead to staffing shortages and operational problems for the airlines. In addition, newly hired flight attendants may only purchase $25,000 in health insurance annually through the employer.

"A MESA Group flight attendant who becomes seriously ill while working for any of the MESA airlines is in a perilous financial position.  This health insurance is inadequate in all respects," said Manning.

MESA and Freedom Airlines provide connecting flights for US Airways, Delta and United, as well as operating the new airline go! in Hawaii.

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. Visit us at www.afanet.org.

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