Alaska Airlines flight attendants approve contract extension


Alaska Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA today jointly announced ratification of a two-year contract extension for the airline’s 2,830 flight attendants.

The ratification vote, which concluded at noon, extends the contract through April 2012. The contract was previously amendable on May 1, 2010.

The extension offers flight attendants a 1.5-percent pay increase on May 1 of 2010 and 2011. Flight attendants also will now participate in the same performance-based incentive plan as the airline’s dispatch and management employees.

The extension was ratified by 53.8 percent of the flight attendants who voted. Company and union representatives said they were pleased with the outcome and eager to move forward.

“I am pleased with today’s ratification of the tentative agreement to extend our current contract,” said Kelle Porter Wells, master executive council president, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. “This gives us an opportunity to go forward for the next several years knowing our work rules and compensation are secure as we address the challenges ahead.”

“This contract recognizes the outstanding work and dedication of our flight attendants and reflects a desire on both the union and company’s part for a stable labor agreement in the face of difficult times,” said Ann Ardizzone, vice president of inflight services.