National Mediation Board Accepts AirTran Pilots Application for
The National Mediation Board has
accepted the National Pilots Association application for mediation
services in its negotiations with AirTran management, according to
"Late yesterday afternoon we received a fax from the NMB, which
was jointly addressed to AirTran and the NPA, informing us that our
request for mediation services had been accepted, docketed and
assigned a mediator," said Capt. Allen Philpot.
Capt. Philpot went on to say, "while no dates have been set by
the NMB the NPA is ready to go and looks forward to sitting down at
the bargaining table with AirTran management anytime and place the
The National Pilots Association is the independent union that
exclusively represents the more than 1,100 pilots at AirTran
Airways. The NPA and AirTran management have been in contract
negotiations since December 2004. The current NPA/AirTran pilot
labor contract became amendable in April 2005.