Alaska Airlines‘ (Seattle/Tacoma) pilots yesterday (July 10) approved a new five-year contract. With nearly 94 percent of 1,343 eligible pilots casting a ballot, 67 percent voted in favor of the agreement. The contract increases pay by nearly 20 percent over the life of the agreement and contains job security and work rule improvements. It also protects pilots’ retirement and insurance benefits.
The airline stated, “It is particularly significant that the pilots and Alaska management reached agreement on a new contract a little more than a month beyond the last agreement’s April 1, 2013, amendable date. Contracts in the airline industry do not expire, they only become amendable, and it is common for negotiations to last for years beyond the amendable date. The parties’ full negotiating teams began meeting in summer 2012.”
Alaska’s pilots and management now will begin the process of implementing the new agreement and preparing to discuss changes needed to accommodate new flight-time/duty-time rules that are scheduled to go into effect on January 4, 2014.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 WL N532AS (msn 36347) completes the final approach from the south into Washington (Reagan National).