Midwest Attendants Reach Tentative Deal

After a three-week stand-off, fight attendants at Midwest Express have reached a tentative contract deal with the US regional airline.

Although it has still to be ratified, the carrier`s 425 attendants have agreed to call off CHAOS action (create havoc around our system) until the result of a ballot is known.

Midwest has been living under the threat of random strikes and other work disruption since talks between the two sides over a pay claim broke down on August 30. It also marked the end of a 30-day cooling off period under federal mediation rules and released members of the Association of Flight Attendants to start labor action.

The attendants resumed negotiations with Midwest`s management last Thursday.

Announcing that a tentative agreement had been reached late Friday, the airline`s senior vice-president of operations, David C. Reeve, said: “Once we came back to the table, both parties were committed to making progress. This agreement is the result of that commitment.”

The attendants are expected to vote on the contract offer this week.