Compass Airlines' flight attendants have requested a proffer of arbitration from the National Mediation Board (NMB), indicating a possible strike if the airline and union cannot come to a labour agreement.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA represents the nearly 450 flight attendants who voted 94% in favour of a strike in October without a contract.
Compass' flight attendants first called for a strike vote in September after 31 months of negotiations. Contract discussions between Compass and AFA began in March 2010, and mediation in October 2011.
The NMB would have to release the parties from negotiations and agree that negotiations are deadlocked. That action would then lead to a 30-day cooling off period before the union would be authorised to strike.