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Midwest, Workers Begin Mediation

August 28, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Midwest Express and its flight attendants began their first day of mediation with the National Mediation Board Wednesday to avert a threatened strike on Friday.

The flight attendants voted to form a union in April 1999 and have been negotiating for their first contract with the airline since early 2000.

The talks in Washington are scheduled to last through Thursday, when a 30-day cooling-off period expires at midnight. At that point, the union is threatening to strike.

The work stoppage could target individual flights, or involve mass walkouts.

The union, the Association of Flight Attendants, says Midwest Express flight attendants haven’t had a raise in three years.

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On the Net:

Midwest Express: http://www2.midwestexpress.com/home.asp

Association of Flight Attendants: http://www.afanet.org/

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