Tue, Apr 22, 2003
Contract Stays; Mediation Ceases
World Airways has received notification from the
National Mediation Board that its case with the flight attendants
was put in recess until further notice. This means that mediation
efforts will be discontinued indefinitely and the current contract
will remain in effect.
The Company had returned to mediation on April 15, 2003, at the
request of the National Mediation Board. After intense mediation, a
contract proposal was presented to the flight attendant union, and
the proposal was subsequently rejected by the flight attendant
The flight attendants, represented by the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters (Local 210), rejected the contract
proposal that was put out for a vote on November 27, 2002. This
vote came after 2½ years of negotiations with the flight
attendants and had included nine months of mediation. The
collective bargaining agreement with the flight attendants had
become amendable on July 1, 2000.
No vote, no change; nobody happy...
Harris, chairman and chief executive officer of World Airways,
said, "We are disappointed that the flight attendant negotiating
team did not take the contract proposal to the membership for a
vote. We believe that we developed a very fair proposal, especially
in light of the current economic environment in the airline
industry, that had included pay raises and other benefit increases
over the next three years. However, the indefinite recess will
allow us to devote our time and energy to focus on our operations
and to building profitability."
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