Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mesa Air Group flight attendants ratify new contract

by B .N. Sullivan

Mesa Air Group logoFlight attendants working for Mesa Air Group carriers -- Mesa, Freedom, and Go! -- have ratified a new two-year contract. The new agreement between Mesa Air Group management and the flight attendants' union, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), was reached with the assistance of the U.S. National Mediation Board (NMB).

According to AFA, the agreement includes quality of life improvements such as more favorable work rules, and salary increases. In addition, says AFA, the new contract will serve as a solid foundation for the next round of contract negotiations that will begin in two years.

“Mesa flight attendants have an agreement that recognizes their dedication and professionalism during this challenging time for our airline,” said Brian Manning, AFA-CWA Mesa President. “Mesa Air Group flight attendants believe this agreement provides a framework for working alongside management in rebuilding our airline. This was not our contract of choice, but a contract of necessity at this time. We will be returning to the bargaining table in two years and will expect management to recognize our commitment and contribution to Mesa’s successful reorganization.”

Mesa Air Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year.