3940 Olympic Blvd.,
Ste. 120, Erlanger, KY 41018
October 4, 2006
As Imposed Negotiations Deadline Passes,
Comair Labor Groups Stand Firm
Any New Agreements Must Be Fair and Consensual
CINCINNATI -- The union leadership of the 1,600 Comair pilots, as represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), and the 1,000 Comair flight attendants, as represented by Local 513 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), have formally announced that if the two parties are to provide contract relief to help their carrier emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, their two agreements must be fair and consensual.
Following continued efforts to reach agreements, representatives from both the pilot and flight attendant unions recently met at the Comair ALPA offices in Erlanger, Ky., to discuss their circumstances and develop a joint position.
October 2nd was the deadline parent company Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Pink Sheets: DALRQ) had imposed for Comair to reach new agreements with its unions. This date was also the deadline Delta had advertised for its request for proposals, which solicited bids from regional carriers for service Comair currently operates.
“The pilots and flight attendants will not have contract terms imposed upon them, regardless of some artificial deadline,” said Capt. J.C. Lawson, chairman of the Comair ALPA unit. “To date, Comair management has not significantly budged from its initial demand of $17.3 million in annual pilot concessions and offers nothing in return if we grant them. Our pilots are willing to provide contract relief, but we expect a commitment from the company, in the form of job security, for our efforts.”
Connie Slayback, president of the Comair flight attendant Teamsters’ unit, noted, “We all want to help our airline emerge from bankruptcy and return to profitability, but we have to be able to reach a deal that both the flight attendants and management can agree to.” Ms. Slayback added, “J.C. and I also take the position that any agreement a Comair union negotiates will be contingent upon other Comair labor groups reaching similar agreements. None of us will go this alone.”
Capt. Lawson stated, “The pilots stand behind this statement. We support our flight attendants and expect Comair management to negotiate in good faith with them.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union representing more than 61,000 cockpit crewmembers at 40 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
Founded in 1903, the IBT represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States and Canada. Visit the Teamster website at www.teamster.org.
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ALPA Contact: Capt. Paul Denke, (513) 253-1852
IBT Contacts: Matthew Summer-Sparks, Gaylon Monroe, (202) 624-6911