Mesa Airlines flight attendants to vote on strike

Mesa Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), are readying for a possible strike at the carrier after mediated negotiations recently stalled, the AFA said.

Strike vote ballots will be sent to the over 700 FLIGHT ATTENDANTS on February 28, 2017, with a vote count scheduled for March 29, 2017. Mesa Airlines operates flights for American Airlines as American Eagle, and United Airlines as United Express.

Mesa flight attendants have engaged in years of stalled contract negotiations and are underpaid compared to other flight attendants flying for United and American airlines. With negotiations recently stalled out over economic issues, Mesa flight attendant leaders are seeking membership approval to pressure Mesa Airlines management to agree to a fair contract.

This lack of progress could lead to the National Mediation Board (NMB) declaring that negotiations are deadlocked and releasing both parties into a 30-day “cooling off” period leading to a strike deadline. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System. With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system or a single flight; the union decides when, where, and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.

Phoenix, Arizona-based Mesa Airlines provides 600 daily departures to 117 cities, 39 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico.

The Association of Flight Attendants is focused 100% on flight attendant issues. Serving as the voice for flight attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media, and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the flight attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 flight attendants form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO.