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Mesa could end long labor dispute with better pay for flight attendants

Date: 8/18/2017

Source: Houston Chronicle
Author: 
Andrea Rumbaugh 

Flight attendants at Mesa Airlines, including about 400 working on United Express flights in Houston, struck a deal with management on Friday that would offer pay five times greater than the deal union members voted down about a year ago.

The new tentative agreement would also increase 401(k) matching for many union members, offer greater per diem for food expenses when traveling and provide a host of other perks.

"It has been a long time coming," said Heather Stevenson, union president for Mesa, "and this tentative agreement versus our current contract has many great things for our flight attendants that we weren't able to get before in negotiations."

The announcement follows five years of fraught labor negotiations. Flight attendants voted down a previous tentative agreement about a year ago, and they authorized a strike if mediation efforts were to reach an impasse.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is recommending union members approve the agreement when voting in September. Stevenson called the agreement "dramatically better" than the one flight attendants voted down.

Flight attendants at Mesa Airlines, including about 400 working on United Express flights in Houston, struck a deal with management on Friday that would offer pay five times greater than the deal union members voted down about a year ago.

The new tentative agreement would also increase 401(k) matching for many union members, offer greater per diem for food expenses when traveling and provide a host of other perks.

"It has been a long time coming," said Heather Stevenson, union president for Mesa, "and this tentative agreement versus our current contract has many great things for our flight attendants that we weren't able to get before in negotiations."

The announcement follows five years of fraught labor negotiations. Flight attendants voted down a previous tentative agreement about a year ago, and they authorized a strike if mediation efforts were to reach an impasse.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is recommending union members approve the agreement when voting in September. Stevenson called the agreement "dramatically better" than the one flight attendants voted down.

Flight attendants at Mesa Airlines, including about 400 working on United Express flights in Houston, struck a deal with management on Friday that would offer pay five times greater than the deal union members voted down about a year ago.

The new tentative agreement would also increase 401(k) matching for many union members, offer greater per diem for food expenses when traveling and provide a host of other perks.

"It has been a long time coming," said Heather Stevenson, union president for Mesa, "and this tentative agreement versus our current contract has many great things for our flight attendants that we weren't able to get before in negotiations."

The announcement follows five years of fraught labor negotiations. Flight attendants voted down a previous tentative agreement about a year ago, and they authorized a strike if mediation efforts were to reach an impasse.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is recommending union members approve the agreement when voting in September. Stevenson called the agreement "dramatically better" than the one flight attendants voted down.

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