Does a Contract Extension Make Sense Right Now? (2)
(Compiled from the 2nd virtual roadshow transcript and lightly edited.)
Q Some Flight Attendants think that starting negotiations later this year will position us to take advantage of potential profitability later. Is this a good strategy?
Well, I think we’ve heard a lot about “the curve.” Is it a good strategy? It’s an opinion question, so I’m going to answer it with my opinion based on my experience.
It’s not a terrible strategy, but is it the best strategy? I don’t believe so. I think that we would be better served by waiting just one year longer to be on the other side of that curve where it’s not just starting to start go up but where everyone else is starting to rise, too, and other groups have started to bargain. So I would not call it a good strategy.
I think it’s not a completely detrimental strategy, but it wouldn’t be my preferred way to go, which is why I am in favor of this extension. At the same time, no one has a crystal ball, and I don’t want to tell anyone how to vote, so you really have to look at it and just listen to all the information and decide for yourself what you think is the best for you, your family and for all of us collectively.MEC President Jeff Peterson