Continental Airlines yesterday said it applied to the US National Mediation Board for the immediate appointment of a federal mediator to help in its negotiations with its flight attendants. Earlier this year, the flight attendants rejected a tentative agreement, becoming the only workgroup at the carrier that did not ratify a new deal (ATWOnline, April 1). Continental has said it needs $500 million in annual pay and benefit savings from its employees and has achieved roughly $418 million of ...

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