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Machinists reach tentative deal for six-year contract with Alaska Airlines

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 13, 2012 at 9:01 am |
June 13, 2012 9:01 am

Alaska Airlines’ union machinists have reached a tentative deal with the airline on a new six-year contract, the union and the airline announced today.

The agreement, if approved in a ratification vote, would grant the airline’s 587 ramp service and stores workers a 10 percent wage increase over the life of the deal as well as long-term incentive bonuses, job security and productivity arrangements.

“This contract represents the continued and improving partnership between Alaska Airlines and the IAM membership within District 142,”said Tom Higginbotham, president and directing general chair of the International Association of Machinists Air Transport District 142. “Job security was our number one issue heading into these negotiations, and this agreement delivers not only job protection, but an enhanced financial package and an opportunity for future growth.”

Ratification vote results are expected by Aug. 1. If approved, the new contract would become amendable in July 2018.

“I’m very pleased we were able to reach agreement on a proposed contract that provides long-term security for our employees—and do that before the amendable date of the current contract,” said Shane Tackett, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of labor relations. “This achievement reflects the professionalism of the negotiators for both Alaska and the IAM as they worked together to address each other’s concerns.”

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