Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Reject Tentative Agreement
July 19, 2005
Seattle, WA – Alaska Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, rejected a five-year tentative contract agreement with the airline.
"Alaska flight attendants have spoken," said Veda Shook, Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council President. "This rejection of the tentative agreement means that we will re-enter negotiations with the company and try and reach an acceptable agreement with management that more adequately reflects our members concerns." The tentative agreement was reached with Alaska's management on June 10, 2005 after almost two years of negotiations. AFA will now return to the bargaining table as required by the National Mediation Board (NMB) to try to negotiate a mutually satisfying tentative agreement. There is no set date as to when negotiations will recommence.
"Ultimately this comes down to protecting flight attendants and making sure that our contract addresses our needs," said Shook. "Standing up in solidarity throughout our system, I am confident we will reach an agreement that protects our profession at Alaska Airlines. We pledge our continued tenacity at the table towards reaching that goal."
75 Years of Safety & Service: 60 Years of Unity This year marks the 75th anniversary of the flight attendant profession and the 60th anniversary of the Association of Flight Attendants. More than 46,000 flight attendants, join together to form AFA-CWA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.