Resolution for Strike Vote
Date: January 3, 2017
The Mesa Master Executive Council met on Wednesday, January 3 to discuss negotiations strategy moving forward. At the meeting, there was extensive discussion of the status of negotiations for a joint collective bargaining agreement, the process of negotiations under the Railway Labor Act, and the strategy for successfully concluding these negotiations.
We are at the point in the RLA process where we can take certain actions to help push negotiations to a successful conclusion. A crucial component of negotiations under the Railway Labor Act is the union's ability to strike when released after the end of a thirty day cooling off period.
As we have previously reported, Mesa management has refused to budge off of their position which places Mesa Flight Attendants at the bottom of the wage scale for regional Flight Attendants performing flying for United and American Airlines.
After a full discussion, the Mesa MEC passed the following resolution calling for an intensive mobilization and education campaign including information about the right to strike and AFA's CHAOStm strike strategy. The Mesa MEC determined to assess after the January mediation session the need for a strike vote based on the status of the contract negotiations. It is important to note that a strike vote will not result in an immediate strike as we cannot engage in strike activity until released to strike by the National Mediation Board.
There is a commitment from your MEC to provide the membership with all the information to make informed decisions going forward.
Whereas, the agreement for Mesa Flight Attendants became amendable on February 18, 2012; and
Whereas, Mesa management has refused to reach a reasonable contract agreement; and
Whereas, the wages of Mesa Flight Attendants lag far behind comparable carriers; and
Whereas, Mesa Flight Attendants overwhelmingly voted down the tentative agreement on February 12, 2016, decisively rejecting management's position; and
Whereas, Mesa management has refused to significantly modify its economic position, and
Whereas, mediation sessions in January shall afford Mesa management ample opportunity to conclude these negotiations;
Therefore be it resolved that the Mesa Master Executive Council representing the 1153 Flight Attendants at Mesa Airlines is launching a mobilization and education campaign that includes information about the right to strike under the Railway Labor Act and AFA's CHAOS strike strategy; and
Therefore be it further resolved that the Mesa Master Executive Council will meet to assess the need for a strike vote following the January mediation sessions.