Continental Airlines flight attendants rejected a proposed 45-month wage and benefit cut pact late yesterday, jeopardizing the carrier's...
HOUSTON — Continental Airlines flight attendants rejected a proposed 45-month wage and benefit cut pact late yesterday, jeopardizing the carrier’s efforts to limit such cuts affecting all employees to $500 million.
Joseph Tiberi of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents Continental’s flight attendants, said that a majority of the airline’s 9,000 flight attendants who voted had rejected the deal. The votes were tallied shortly before midnight.
In its annual regulatory filing earlier this month, Continental said that pacts with all its unions can be implemented only if all are approved.
Earlier yesterday, Continental pilots ratified $213 million in wage and benefit cuts, joining workers at other major carriers in approving concessions to help combat losses and high fuel prices.
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Nearly 93 percent of the airline’s 3,948 eligible pilots voted, with 58.4 percent in favor and 41.6 percent opposed, the Air Line Pilots Association said in a release posted on its Web site.
The airline’s mechanics also approved their proposed pact yesterday with 72 percent in favor and 28 percent opposed, said Don Treichler, director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ airline division.
Last month, Houston-based Continental announced tentative 45-month pacts with unions that called for $331 million in such cuts — including the $213 million approved by pilots — rounding out the carrier’s goal of securing $500 million in annual savings.
Continental has 41,000 employees.
The nation’s fifth-largest carrier, it was the last of the major airlines to seek such concessions after securing $1.1 billion in savings and revenue enhancements.