Mesaba agrees attendants deal

Mesaba Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with its flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants.The agreement is subject to approval by Mesaba’s AFA-represented employees and supports the airline in meeting its required reduction in annual labor costs.

“We appreciate the hard work of the flight attendants’ representatives in reaching this deal. We have been in non-stop negotiations the past few days that have resulted in a solution that works for the company and the flight attendants,” said John Spanjers, Mesaba Airlines president and COO. “Reaching a second consensual agreement in just as many days builds on the progress we have already made in our plan to emerge successfully from restructuring.”

On October 28, Mesaba announced that it had reached a tentative agreement with the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA). An agreement on permanent wage and benefit reductions also has been reached by Mesaba employees represented by the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU). Mesaba remains focused on reaching a similar agreement with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA).

The company’s restructuring plan centers on three goals: securing its core business of 49 Saabs with Northwest Airlines; growing its business with Northwest and achieving a cost structure that positions Mesaba to be very competitive for new opportunities.