Wed, Jan 25, 2012
PSA Airlines Flight Attendants Request NMB To Declare
Following a week of what they call fruitless negotiations with
PSA Airlines management, Flight Attendants at the airline,
represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA),
initiated a process that could lead to a strike if management fails
to negotiate a new agreement. The AFA on Monday requested the
National Mediation Board (NMB) declare that negotiations are at an
impasse and offer a proffer of arbitration which could lead to a
30-day cooling-off period and strike deadline.
"It's long past time for management to take these negotiations
seriously. PSA Flight Attendants have sent a loud and clear
message to management that action will be taken if a new, improved
agreement is not reached. We are done playing games and are ready
to do whatever it takes to get a contract that recognizes our
meaningful role as first responders," said L.C. Acor, PSA AFA Vice
Last September, PSA Flight Attendants overwhelmingly authorized
a strike should management fail to negotiate a new contract.
Mediated negotiations stalled over compensation, retirement,
insurance and related issues when management made no forward
progress in these talks.
The NMB will now evaluate whether negotiations are deadlocked
and then could make a proffer of arbitration, a step required by
the Railway Labor Act prior to a 30-day "cooling off" period
leading to a strike deadline. The strike deadline often
encourages focused negotiations. AFA has a trademarked strike
strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System.
With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system or a single
flight. The union decides when, where and how to strike
without notice to management or passengers.
PSA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways Group,
headquartered in Dayton, Ohio.
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