Bargaining Update

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.

CWA passed proposals on Scope and Classifications, which contained protections for our members. We also passed a proposal regarding the drug policy. We had intensive discussions on the drug policy, including how testing is determined and the testing procedure. On September 6, we presented a Compensation and Vacation proposal, which we tied together. Envoy provided CWA with a proposal for Wheelchair and Associated Work and discussions followed. Our fight is still about livable wages. Our bargaining committee is committed to fight one day longer to bring back a contract that meets our needs.

Our CWA bargaining committee met with the Envoy bargaining committee on August 21-22. Our team passed a compensation proposal on the 21st, which we felt was a very reasonable proposal that companies as profitable as Envoy and American Airlines can certainly afford. We also discussed outstanding items including scope and the new work at MIA for wheelchair attendants. On the 22nd, the company gave us a compensation proposal, which was not much different from their previous proposal. They showed us a graph, which they argue shows their proposal is an industry leading proposal.

This week, our CWA-Envoy bargaining team were back at the bargaining table with the company fighting for the fair contract we all deserve.