Flight Attendant Union Opens Negotiations At Alaska Airlines With Eye On Future
November 30, 2011
Washington, DC - Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), this week opened negotiations with management on a collective bargaining agreement covering the nearly 3,000 Flight Attendants at the carrier.
"We are confident that management will recognize the contributions that Flight Attendants have made to the record-breaking profits and operational performance Alaska Airlines has experienced recently. We anticipate working with management to achieve improved work rules, compensation, and flexibility in our schedules while ensuring the future of our careers," said Jeffrey Peterson, AFA president at Alaska Airlines.
Alaska Airlines is the seventh largest airline in the U.S. and along with its sister carrier Horizon Air, provides passenger and cargo service to more than 90 cities from four bases - Anchorage, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles. Alaska Flight Attendants protect and preserve the safety of the cabin environment on over 400 flights daily, operated on Boeing 737's.
"AFA negotiates based on the priorities set by Flight Attendants through surveys, meetings and direct member feedback to elected Flight Attendant leaders. We have spent a great deal of time working with Flight Attendants to determine the priorities of our negotiations and we remain dedicated to the future long-term success of Alaska Airlines," added Peterson.
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world's largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 65 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants at 24 airlines come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.