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Judge Denies Mesaba Airline’s Motion To Reject Flight Attendant Contract

Date: May 18, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, MNFederal Bankruptcy Judge Gregory F. Kishel today rejected Mesaba Airlines 1113(c) motion to abrogate the labor contracts of the company's more than 400 flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).

"Our members have stood strong and will continue to fight for what they believe in and that is a fair and equitable contract," said Tim Evenson, Master Council Executive President. "It is unfortunate that we had to go through this long and unproductive process. We have worked hard for what we have and are determined not to sit idly by and watch our company take away our livelihoods without a fight."

Mesaba Airlines previously asked its labor unions for a 19.4 percent wage and benefit cut for a period of six years and has been unwilling to discuss alternative cost savings.  AFA-CWA has presented several proposals that met the projected concessions that were promptly dismissed by management.

Mesaba, a regional carrier for Northwest Airlines, filed for bankruptcy in October 2005.  As a wholly owned subsidiary of MAIR Holdings, Mesaba is solely responsible for 95% of MAIR Holdings profits.  MAIR Holdings is believed to currently have $120 million dollars on hand and has not declared bankruptcy.  

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 46,000 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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