ExpressJet Negotiations Update
Lead Union negotiator Bob Luciano and IBT Airline Division representative Chris Moore, accompanied by an IBT staff economist met with Express Jet COO, Alex Marren, Vice President of Maintenance Bob Madigan and Senior Director Lon Ziegler on Monday, July 13th, 2005.
The purpose of the meeting and discussions; outside of the mediated negotiations for two separate Agreements that are being conducted with a Federal mediator, are to determine if there is enough common ground to try to reach a single Agreement. Although there are great differences in a number of key areas, both sides agreed that it would be worth the effort to convene the negotiating committee(s) to try to reach a single Agreement.
The parties are currently considering meeting dates in September.
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