Tentative Pact with Alaska Airlines Features Job Security

The IAM and District 143 today announced a tentative agreement with Alaska Airlines that includes job guarantees for the carrier’s 2,600 Clerical, Office and Passenger Service (COPS) employees.

“This agreement provides our members the wages they deserve and the job security they demanded,” said Jackie Fay, District 143 General Chairperson and chief negotiator. “The IAM negotiating committee is unanimously recommending membership ratification.”

The proposed three-year contract improves wages, enhances job security and includes a $1,500 signing bonus. The new agreement also holds the line on health care costs for employees and provides for a program allowing Reservations employees to work from home. In addition to guaranteed pay raises, the agreement includes performance-based pay incentives and improved productivity measures. Complete details of the agreement are available at www.goiam.org/transportation.

“IAM members at Alaska Airlines are now among the most highly compensated employees in the airline industry, with an excellent benefits package and job security,” said District 143 President Stephen Gordon.

Negotiations between IAM and Alaska Airlines began in March 2010. Citing job security concerns, workers rejected an earlier offer by the carrier to extend the existing agreement. The new agreement includes job guarantees and extends the job security language for one year beyond the January 1, 2014 amendable date.

A ratification schedule is being developed.