Bargaining Updates

Today our CWA bargaining team reached a tentative agreement (TA) with Envoy Air for our first collective bargaining agreement.

Wednesday's bargaining session was long and busy. We met with the federal mediator and the company to try to make improvements on our previous tentative agreement.

Our CWA bargaining team resumed bargaining in Pittsburgh today. Toby Lane, an agent at SGF, joined the team.

I've worked for Envoy at SGF for three years, and I love my job. We're a small station, so I basically do everything above and below the wing. I work with great people, and that's a big part of why I became a union activist. I want a level playing field so that every Envoy worker has a fair chance to excel. I want an end to poverty wages so we can support ourselves and our families.

As we reported earlier this week, our CWA bargaining team met with the company and a mediator from the National Mediation Board on Monday and Tuesday. Our previously scheduled session on Wednesday was canceled because the company had not come to Dallas prepared to respond to the proposal that we made at our April bargaining session. The mediator instructed everyone to arrive at our next meeting in Pittsburgh on June 18 prepared to offer proposals.

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.

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.
Rally For Fair Wages on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at DFW Airport.