Compass Airlines flight attendants vote to strike

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Compass Airlines' flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, have voted 94% in favor of a strike if the union cannot reach an agreement with the carrier's management.

Compass operates flights on behalf of Delta Connection. Catriona Bagley, AFA Compass president, notes that the flight attendants earn between $14,000 and $19,000 per year despite showing strong performance.

"Today's results show that even in the face of challenging management tactics for several years, flight attendants stand proud and united," she says. "We are sending a clear message to management that we will do whatever it takes to get a fair contract, one that includes a living wage."

Compass' flight attendants called for a strike vote in September, which came after 31 months of negotiations with the carrier. The flight attendant union began contract discussions with the airline in March 2010, and mediation in October 2011.

For a strike to occur, the National Mediation Board would have to release the parties from negotiations and extend arbitration. If denied, it would lead to a 30-day cooling off period before the union would be authorised to strike.

Minneapolis-based Compass operates about 190 flights to more than 50 destinations under the Delta Connection brand, and it is owned by St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings.

Compass Airlines did not respond with comments by press time.