Pilots Picket Mesa Headquarters

 - February 5, 2007, 5:54 AM

Some 25 pilots of Mesa Air Group picketed the company’s headquarters in Phoenix last month to publicly air a series of grievances over work rules. The main issue, according to the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), involves complaints about an alleged company practice of forcing pilots to work on their days off without any notice.

The sides entered negotiations in November to resolve the pilots’ grievances and talk over certain complaints from management, according to the union. But negotiations abruptly ended in January when management tied the resolution of pilot grievances to a two-year contract extension and a pay scale for Mesa’s proposed Boeing 737 fleet that would fall well below the industry standard. Last month, however, management approached the pilots’ negotiating committee to resume discussions. The sides agreed to terms on 70 issues, but 30 outstanding cases remain unresolv