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Alaska pilots reach tentative accord on five-year contract

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm with No Comments »
June 6, 2013 12:14 pm

The union representing pilots flying for SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines said Thursday it has reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract.

The Airline Pilots Association International leadership is sending the proposed agreement to the union’s membership with a unanimous recommendation for approval.

ALPA IIThe union’s members at Alaska will vote on the proposal in the near future.

“It is common for airline negotiation to last for years beyond the contract amendable date,” said ALPA official Chris Notaro, an Alaska captain.  ”The fact that we were able to reach an agreement so close to our amendble date is indicative of the commitment of both parties to reaching an agreement that recognizes the role the pilots play in the success of Alaska Airlines and that allows Alaska Airlines to continue to prosper.”

The airline and its pilots have been negotiating since last summer.  The contract became amendable April 1.  In the airline and railroad industries, contracts don’t expire, they become amendable at the end of their term.

The union and the airline didn’t reveal the specifics of the new agreement. The union said the agreement “met the bargaining goals of improved wages, job security and work rules and protections for retirement and insurance benefits.”

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