Bargaining Update

On the second day of mediation in Dallas, our bargaining team met with the mediator for most of the morning. We discussed our goals and expectations in detail to make sure that he fully grasps our concerns. We are encouraged by the mediator's questions and attention to the details. In the afternoon, the mediator talked first with company representatives and then we all gathered for a final discussion.

Mediation opened in Dallas today, with Toby Lane (SGF) and Susanne Skowronski (ORD) joining our first meeting with the federal mediator and company representatives. During our opening session, we shared 2,000 signatures from over 40 stations on a petition demanding higher wages and a fair contract. The company had no response, but it was important to show them and the mediator that agents across the system are behind their bargaining team.

Our bargaining team will meet with Envoy negotiators and a mediator from the National Mediation Board (NMB) next week from May 20-22. Members have been asking about the mediation process, so we thought we'd answer your most frequently asked questions.

I've been a passenger service agent for 30 years, and I can't remember the last time I got a significant raise. Like you, I'm tired of the pressures of the job getting worse every day just so executives can line their own pockets and threaten us with outsourcing.
Bargaining with Envoy resumed last week, and the company refused to meet our demands for significant wage increases or a reduction in the length of the contract. This is simply unacceptable, and we must show Envoy management that we are united for a fair contract!
We continued to bargain with the company on Friday. However, since Envoy is refusing to respond to our comprehensive proposal until mediation begins in May, we did not accomplish as much as we had hoped. We have agreed to meet with the company and the mediator in Dallas on May 20-22 and in Pittsburgh on June 18-20.
We continued to bargain with the company on Thursday in Dallas. Envoy agents Martha Chentis (ORD), Shannon Kitchen (LCH), and Takisha Gower (DFW) joined us again to observe bargaining. While there were some positive results from the meeting, the company's position is unacceptable.
We resumed bargaining with Envoy yesterday afternoon in Dallas. This first round of bargaining will continue through Friday afternoon. We've added three Envoy agents to observe bargaining--Martha Chentis (ORD), Shannon Kitchen (LCH), and Takisha Gower (DFW).

CWA has received the results of the Envoy Passenger Service Agents' January 2019 Tentative Agreement vote from BallotPoint, the independent company conducting the ratification election. Passenger service agents have voted against ratification of the tentative contract agreement between the Communications Workers of America and Envoy Airlines. CWA has notified the company of the results. We will be distributing a survey to members soon to help guide our next steps toward bargaining a new agreement.

Our CWA bargaining committee met with the Envoy bargaining committee on November 5-6. We received a counter offer on Compensation, which we discussed at length. Envoy did increase the wage proposal for DFW slightly.

Envoy responded to our proposals on Vacation and Overtime. We made counter proposals on Vacation, Overtime, and Customer Assistance Representatives in Miami. Although we made progress in each proposal, we could not agree on some of the items in the articles.