New Contracts at Ryan Airlines, US Airways Express

AFA-CWA reached a tentative first contract covering nearly 200 Flight Attendants at Ryan International Airlines, while Flight Attendants at Air Wisconsin, a US Airways Express carrier, ratified a new four-year agreement.

The proposed Ryan Airlines settlement provides for scheduled pay increases and improvements to job security, vacation and sick leave, among other gains. Complete terms of the agreement are being sent to members for ratification.

"While this agreement was reached in confines of bankruptcy, Ryan International Flight Attendants had the opportunity to decide what was important to them instead of allowing management to simply impose terms and conditions," said Mary Lou Riley, Ryan International Master Executive Council President.

The National Mediation Board provided assistance in reaching this agreement. The airline provides private charter service as well as passenger service for the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense.

Flight Attendants ratified a new contract at Air Wisconsin, the biggest privately held regional carrier in the U.S., and a US Airways Express carrier.

That contract, negotiated with the help of the NMB, covers more than 300 Flight Attendants. It provides for increases in compensation, scheduling improvements and other gains.

"Through the solidarity and determination of Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants, we were able to achieve an agreement that recognizes the contributions we make to the overall success of our carrier and provides growth opportunities for our future." said Brenda Barrall, AFA Air Wisconsin President.

Air Wisconsin operates nearly 500 daily regional flights, serving 70 cities in the U.S. and Canada.