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Teamsters invoke expedited mediation at Sun Country Airlines

Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737
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Union demands company cease stall tactics.

 The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Airline Division and Teamsters Local 120 have invoked a provision written into a 2014 Letter of Agreement with Sun Country Airlines after the company employed stall tactics at the bargaining table during a critical juncture of contract negotiations with Teamster flight attendants last week.

The provision, which takes the matter to the National Mediation Board, is intended to stop delay tactics by the company and ensure that negotiations remain serious and substantive.

“The last thing we want to see as a union is a company that wastes the money and time of its membership,” said Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne. “The Teamsters are committed to serious negotiations with the companies where we have members in collective bargaining agreements. It doesn’t benefit anyone to slow down this process and it isn’t fair to our membership.”

“This slow down at the table has to stop,” said Joe Battaglia, Recording-Secretary at Local 120. “We have entered a critical stage of bargaining. Wage negotiations are being discussed and we are committed to working efficiently to get our membership a contract they deserve. It makes the company look terrible when they will not negotiate fairly with the men and women who work tirelessly to make Sun Country Airlines great. They need to get back to the table and deliver a deal to our members.”

The National Mediation Board has assigned Eva Durham to arbitrate the Teamsters’ case.

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