Alaska Air, mechanics union reach tentative deal

Alaska Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) concerning a proposed five-year contract for the carrier’s 626 aircraft technicians and related employees.

“This tentative agreement reflects a lot of hard work and cooperation by the negotiating committees for AMFA and the company over the past 11 months, and is worthy of consideration by our membership,” AMFA Region 1 Director Earl Clark said in a release. “By working together, the negotiators have shown that it’s possible to reach a tentative agreement before the amendable date of a contract. That doesn’t happen very often in the airline business.”

The proposed contract includes annual pay raises, additional job protection provisions and a shared commitment between Alaska Airlines and AMFA to work on minimizing health care cost increases. Further details are being withheld pending a ratification vote by union members. This is expected to be completed by mid-November. If ratified, the new contract would become amendable on Oct. 17, 2016. The current contract is amendable on Oct. 17 of this year.

AMFA is the largest craft union representing aircraft technicians and related employees and serves members at Alaska, Mesaba and Southwest Airlines.

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