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Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Ratify Agreement With Management

Date: April 27, 2006

Seattle, WA – Alaska Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), today ratified a four-year agreement with the company. 

"It took the strength of more than 2,500 flight attendants standing together to show management that we would not settle for anything less than a fair and equitable contract," said Veda Shook, Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council President.  "This has been a long process, but we feel that the needs and concerns of our members have been addressed."

The agreement, reached in March 2006, came after two and a half years of intense negotiations and one failed tentative agreement in July 2005.  Provisions of the new agreement include a pay increase retroactive for 18 months, medical premium caps, the shortest duty day in the industry and strong protections against outsourcing.

"Our flight attendants have shown that they are ready to move on and work with management on building upon the success of our airline," said Shook.  "Due to the enhanced profit-sharing opportunities in this agreement, as front line employees we will now be able to share in the wealth that we help create for our airline."

For over 60 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has been serving as the voice for flight attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill.  More than 46,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines come 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 (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org. 

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