Compass flight attendant union calls for strike vote

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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA leadership representing Compass Airlines has called for a strike vote, after 31 months of negotiations with the regional carrier.

The flight attendant union began contract discussions with Compass in March 2010 and mediation under National Mediation Board supervision in October 2011.

"It is time flight attendants have a contract that recognises our work as first responders," says Catriona Bagley, AFA president at Compass, in a release. "Compass flight attendants will not settle for a substandard contract - we need a living wage."

Compass says that it is confident that it will reach an agreement and that it is committed to further negotiations.

"We are currently in negotiations with the Association of Flight Attendants, and we are confident we will reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial to both our flight attendants and Compass Airlines," says the airline.

For the strike vote to start, the National Mediation Board would have to release the parties from negotiations and extend arbitration. If arbitration is declined, 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. The airline is owned by St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings.