Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants File For Mediation
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines Flight
Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA),
today filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB). Today is
the one-year anniversary of the contract's amendable date.
"For the last three contracts, Flight Attendants responded to management's
plea to keep costs low while the airline created a winning strategy," said
Jeffrey Peterson, AFA president at Alaska Airlines. "We partnered with them in
good faith. As a result, we have fallen far behind our airline peers in
compensation in most pay steps and pay rules."
"Now, in part due to the Flight Attendants' hard work, sacrifice and
dedication, Alaska Airlines is hugely profitable and positioned to
successfully navigate the future. It is time for the over 3,100 Alaska
Airlines Flight Attendants to participate in that success and be adequately
compensated. Management must sit down with us and negotiate a contract that
reflects the award-winning Flight Attendants of this airline," added Peterson.
Negotiations started in November 2011, and have been on-going for the past 18
months. Talks stalled over compensation as the parties were exchanging
comprehensive proposals. "Management's failure to effectively address past
employee sacrifices and essential compensation items that are at the heart of
our contract demands became roadblocks to progress," stated Peterson.
"Our Flight Attendants want a contract. Their contributions to the success of
this airline cannot be ignored," said Peterson.
Under the NMB guidelines, either party may request mediation.
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 67 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 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.
SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
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