Flight Attendants Protest American Eagle and United Express Carrier Mesa Airlines
Washington, DC — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) will protest at three major airports in front of American Airlines and United Airlines on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to demand a fair contract for Mesa Flight Attendants. Mesa Flight Attendants, who fly under the American Eagle and United Express brands, authorized a strike last month, with a 99.56 percent vote.
“Mesa Flight Attendants have worked for far too long under bankruptcy pay and work rules,” said Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. “With 10-20% lower pay than other regional airline crews working flights for the American and United brands, Mesa Flight Attendants often must choose between paying utility bills or buying food. Enough! The 50,000 Flight Attendants who form the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA demand a fair contract at Mesa now!”
WHO: Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA)
WHAT: Informational Picketing
WHEN: April 25, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00pm local times
WHERE: Chicago (ORD) – Elbow area between Terminals 1 & 2 – Upper Level Departures
Dallas (DFW) – Terminal B Between Entrance 30 and 43 – Upper Level Departures
Phoenix (PHX) – Terminal 4, Level 2 South East Curb – Near Door 28
Negotiations, overseen by the National Mediation Board, are scheduled to continue on the week of June 12, 2017. Lack of progress could lead to the National Mediation Board (NMB) declaring that negotiations are deadlocked and releasing both parties into a 30-day "cooling off" period leading to a strike deadline. 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.
Mesa Airlines is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and provides 600 daily departures to 117 cities, 39 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico including Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Phoenix, AZ; and Washington, DC.