There’s a lot of talk by certain labor groups at American about seeking release from mediation and entering a 30 day cooling off period, after which they would be free to strike. I won’t get into a discussion about who is right or wrong, but I will say that I’ll be surprised if the National Mediation Board (NMB) declares an impasse with any of the labor groups before the end of the summer travel season. That said, this is a situation that bears watching, so stay informed. Industry pundits that are far better informed than me seem to think that the flight attendants are most likely to be the first group released from negotiations.
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