CommutAir flight attendants reject contract

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Flight attendants at CommutAir rejected a new contract with the regional carrier today.

The four-year agreement, which the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the airline reached in October, included pay increases and improved work rules for CommutAir’s 98 flight attendants, according to the union.

Tom Higginbotham, president of IAM district lodge 142, says that they are advising both the airline and the US National Mediation Board (NMB) regarding the rejection and hope to resume talks. He declines to say what issues the flight attendants had with the tentative agreement.

“I’m sure that we will go back into meetings in the not to distant future,” he says.

CommutAir and the IAM worked with the NMB to reach the failed agreement.

The airline was not immediately available for comment.

CommutAir operates Bombardier Dash 8-200 and -300 aircraft under a capacity purchase agreement with United Airlines, with hubs at Cleveland Hopkins International, Newark Liberty International and Washington Dulles International airports.