Alaska Airlines reaches tentative deal with flight attendants

Alaska Airlines reached a tentative agreement with its union of flight attendants, marking the latest labor win for aviation industry workers.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA for Alaska Airlines announced on Friday that they had reached a deal with the airline, but did not release the details of the agreement. The union represents more than 6,500 flight attendants at Alaska Airlines, according to its website.

“Your actions over the last two years of bargaining, including gaining support from lawmakers for our right to strike, ensured we had the leverage to extract every last dollar from Alaska Airlines management,” the union said in its announcement to its members.

The union said in April that it was pushing for pay rate increases between 40 percent and 56 percent, depending on seniority. It’s not clear what pay increase may have been included in the new tentative agreement.

The union said that Alaska Airlines and the union will be cleaning up the language of the agreement over the next few days before presenting it to the the Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC). MEC will the vote on the “release of the agreement for a full membership ratification, roadshows will be scheduled, and details will be released to Members,” according to the announcement.

“All of our actions together and the leverage we created made it possible to achieve this Tentative Agreement. The agreement was reached with oversight of the [National Mediation Board]. Over the next several days, both parties will work to clean up the contract language in order to present the full text of the TA to our Master Executive Council (MEC),” the announcement stated.

The Hill has reached out to Alaska Airlines for comment.

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