American Eagle and the TWU Request NMB Assistance

American Eagle and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have jointly
requested that the National Mediation Board (NMB) assign a mediator to
assist the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement in contract
negotiations for the company’s Dispatchers.
“In the spirit of cooperation, we’ve filed for mediation together,
recognizing that it is the next logical step in reaching an agreement that
is fair to both employees and the company,” said American Eagle President
Peter Bowler. “We’ve made good progress in our negotiations so far, and
believe the assistance of the Board will help us reach agreement on the
remaining issues.”

The TWU represents 90 dispatchers at American Eagle and Executive
Airlines. The company began negotiations with the TWU in September 2002
over all three TWU contracts—Fleet Service employees, Maintenance and
related employees, and Dispatch employees. In July 2003, the company
agreed to negotiate the Dispatch contract separately.

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