Thu, Aug 17, 2006
Teamsters, Airline Set To Resume Dialogue Once Again
One more try... after previous negotiations have failed to
produce a consensual labor agreement between Delta regional
subsidiary Comair and its flight attendants, Aero-News has
learned the two sides are scheduled to once again return to the
bargaining table August 23-24.
In announcing the news, however, Teamsters Local 513 -- which
represents the flight attendants -- made it very clear that even as
negotiations are set to get underway once again... flight
attendants are also preparing for job actions should those talks
fail -- and Comair chooses to implement its own pay proposal.
"We have already proven that we are dedicated to keep this
airline flying. But if Comair chooses unilateral action instead of
a consensual agreement, then our members will decide how to take
action," said Connie Slayback, Local 513 President in Florence,
Kentucky. "Travelers should be aware that strike activity is
possible and would disrupt operations at both Comair and
The union maintains that the flight attendants -- who voted 93
percent in favor of authorizing job actions -- will be free to
respond with self-help actions should the company choose to
implement its demand for concessions.
The Cincinnati-based Comair filed for bankruptcy protection,
along with Delta last year, and has sought $8.9 million in cuts
from the flight attendants.
The executive board of Teamsters Local 513 passed a resolution
in early March that laid the foundation for possible strike actions
by 1,000 Comair flight attendants.
Local 513 Executive Board members unanimously passed the
resolution, condemning what the union says are the company's
unreasonable concession demands.
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