Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Alaska Airlines, aircraft technicians reach tentative agreement

Alaska Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) approved a tentative agreement for the Seattle-based carrier’s more than 700 aircraft technicians and related employees Dec. 13.

The proposed five-year contract—which, if ratified, will become amendable in October 2021—will include “significant pay increases and added job protection provisions,” the airline said. The current contract became amendable Oct. 17.

“This agreement will help improve our technicians’ lost years in wages, benefits, and sustain caps on rising medical costs. Unfortunately, there are areas the company would not move on, and we did not capture all our members’ wants in retirement,” AMFA national director Bret Oestreich said, while noting the speed—53 days—in which Alaska and AMFA negotiating committees reached an agreement.

Further details of the contract will be released pending a ratification vote by union members expected in early March 2017.

(Mark Nensel - ATWOnline News)

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