Strike vote ballots sent to Mesa Airlines flight attendants

Mesa flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have begun casting votes to authorize a strike to support efforts to reach an agreement at the carrier, the AFA said.

Strike vote ballots have been sent to the over 1,000 flight attendants, 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 been in negotiations for five years. 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 serves 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.