Members of the executive board of the local Teamsters chapter representing Comair’s 818 flight attendants unanimously passed a resolution to authorize a strike after the company asked a bankruptcy court judge to void their contract. The bankrupt regional airline has asked for $8.9 million in annual cost concessions from the group, which last month ended negotiations while it prepared for the March 27 to 29 hearings in New York City.
Delta Air Lines’ planned expansion at New York JFK Airport this summer will include a new three-year code-share deal with Mesa Air Group to fly twelve 37-seat de Havilland Dash 8-200 turboprops from the Big Apple.
Comair and representatives of its some 970 flight attendants returned to the bargaining table last month, days after the Cincinnati-based regional filed for a
reversal of an April bankruptcy court decision that rejected its request to void the group’s labor contract. At issue remained the sides’ failure to agree on a cost-
A former Comair flight attendant faces 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of setting fire to one of the airline’s Bombardier CRJs, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Rome, Ga.
Mesaba Airlines last month filed a new bankruptcy court petition to void its contracts with its pilots, mechanics and flight attendants, only three weeks after Judge Gregory Kishel ruled that the airline did not meet all the conditions needed to unilaterally impose a 19.4-percent cut in payroll costs.
Fred Buttrell resigned his position as president of Delta subsidiary Comair in late May, days after a bankruptcy court judge rejected the airline’s request to void the union contract with its Teamsters-represented flight attendants. Buttrell, 43, had served in the post since last January, after a disastrous holiday scheduling snafu prompted Delta to relieve former president Randy Rademacher of his duties.
A U.S. bankruptcy court judge late last month gave Comair permission to void its contract with its flight attendants, but the regional airline plans to continue negotiations with the union. Conditional agreements Comair has reached with its pilots and mechanics hinge on a deal with the flight attendants.
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