Mon, Apr 17, 2006
Flight Attendants Make Plans For Possible Job Actions
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.17.06 1230 EST: Nearly 1,000
flight attendants at Delta regional subsidiary Comair are preparing
for possible job actions in anticipation of Federal Bankruptcy
Judge Adlai Hardin's scheduled ruling Monday on Comair's motion to
reject the flight attendants' contract.
Representatives with the Teamsters tell ANN that should Judge
Hardin grant Comair's motion, the carrier must then decide if it
intends to impose tough concessions in pay and benefits. The flight
attendants -- who earlier this month voted 93 percent in favor of
authorizing a strike -- will be free to respond in kind should the
company choose to implement their plan.
"Under a fair agreement we've met the company's needs, but they
haven't budged off their unfair demand for excessive concessions,"
said Connie Slayback, Local 513 President. "Delta Comair is putting
the flight attendants in the position of giving massive concessions
while still being in danger of losing their jobs."
After being granted an additional week to
talk by the judge on April 10, negotiations between
the two parties broke off last week, in anticipation of Hardin's
"We have always been willing to do our fair share in response to
the Delta Comair bankruptcy," Slayback said. "The company's
executives are using the bankruptcy court to avoid a meaningful
agreement, arrogantly assuming the judge will endorse their bad
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