Thu, Oct 19, 2006
Deal With Mechanics And FAs Final
Although it has reached
a deal with its mechanics and flight attendants, Comair can't seem
to reach accord with its pilots.
The deal with its mechanics comes just five days after one
reached with flight attendants, but neither side is willing to
release details just yet. We do know mechanics conceded pay and
benefits to help keep the airline afloat.
Comair has been telling its unions it need concessions to make a
successful bid for routes. Comair's routes and planes belong to its
parent Delta. In order to keep them, it must bid for them.
Comair referred to its latest bid to keep the routes as
lackluster blaming unsuccessful union negotiations.
Meanwhile, the company's attempts to get its pilots in line with
its other unions continue to prove fruitless. Pilot's union
representatives say the airline's latest offer wasn't good enough
to warrant further negotiations.
Pilots say their vote to give over $17 million in January was
contingent on the airline also collecting $9 million from flight
When that didn't happen, pilots demanded new terms. Comair is
now asking for just under $16 million, but the pilots aren't
Whatever happens with Comair's pilot's union, Delta is set to
announce the bid winners for Comair's routes next month. If
Comair's lackluster bid isn't good enough, it might lose its routes
and up to 42 planes.
Delta is dealing with its own bankruptcy blues and can't afford
to bail Comair out on this one. If that happens, all the labor
discussions become moot, because Comair probably won't need so many
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