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Alaska Airlines Pilots Reach an Agreement in Concept on a New Contract

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Alaska Airlines Pilots Reach an Agreement in Concept on a New Contract
Saturday March 7, 4:36 pm ET
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The pilots of Alaska Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have reached an Agreement in Concept with Alaska Airlines management on a new, four-year contract.
Details of the agreement are being withheld until the full language is reached and the Union’s leadership votes to approve it as a tentative agreement. A tentative agreement must be approved by a majority vote of the pilot group before it can become the new pilots’ contract.
Alaska Airlines pilots have been working to negotiate a new contract since January 2007. The pilots would like to thank the National Mediation Board and its mediation staff for its assistance in allowing this agreement to be reached.
ALPA represents 52,250 pilots at 35 airlines in the U.S. and Canada, among them the 1,500 pilots of Alaska Airlines (NYSE:ALK - News), including 60 currently on furlough. Visit the Alaska MEC Web site at www.alapilots.com.
 

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"Tonight, we reached an Agreement in Concept with management that improves or protects the Four Cornerstones of our negotiations: Work Rules, including pay, Retirement Security, Job Security and Health Benefits. The next step in the process will be to complete full language from the Agreement in Concept reached today.

This Agreement in Concept was reached after three days of meetings with the MEC and negotiations that occurred throughout that timeframe.

We recognize that this has been a long process for everyone involved and that you are eager to hear all of the details of this agreement. The Agreement in Concept is for a four-year contract that includes pay increases, a signing bonus, retirement language that preserves our current retirement plan but offers flexibility by providing options for pilots who desire them. It also defends our work rules and improves the quality of life for our pilots, especially those on reserve, and protects our health benefits and job security.

Once your MEC has approved a Tentative Agreement, we will work to put together the language in its entirety so that you can review it. We will schedule road shows, and will communicate to you the changes from current book and what that means to you and your families. You will have ample time to ask any questions you have and will vote on whether to accept the Tentative Agreement as your new contract.

We want to stress that your professionalism, integrity, unity and support, and the support of our pilot families, enabled us to reach this agreement and continues to be important.

Your MEC and Negotiating Committee will take part in tomorrow’s Family Awareness events in Seattle, Anchorage and Los Angeles, where we will talk about not only how we reached this point, but where we go from here. We hope to see you there.

Fraternally,

[FONT=&quot]Your Negotiating Committee"[/FONT]



This is all we know for now.
 

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Any details? Retro? Percentages? Bueller? Bueller?

I hear there will be full Bueller.

Seriously, though, it takes a while. There's no guarantee that this'll become a TA. Of course both sides would lose face after announcing this news. Then they have to do the whole road show dealy, too.

I wouldn't be surprised if we had to wait a few more weeks to hear any details.
 

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Neg. Chairman said shooting for 2 weeks to have TA with language out. Road shows expected to begin then as well.
 

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Bring on Delta. Maybe they'll bring the furloughed pilots back.....

They have 175 DAL + 175 NWA furlough bypassers waiting to come back....we are the LEAST of their worries.

Better left alone for now - Let DAL get their stuff in line....THEN merge.

Baja.
 

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Delta+Alaska+merger= very bad news for bottom 1/3 to 1/2 of Alaska f/O's. I know of a fellow at NW that was hired in1999. He was stapled below Delta folks hired in 2006/2007.

As it is right now at Alaska, with the age 65 thing, a person might see upgrade in 9 to 12 yrs. If you end up stapled below all the NW and Delta F/O's, you may see upgrade in 18 to 22 yrs! Not to mention commuting to ATL, SLC, MSP or wherever they opt to send you!

Be careful what you wish for!
 

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There must be more to your NW friends story than meets the eye. I just looked at the DAL seniority list and the NW new hire class of 1-4-99 is merged with DAL guys from 10-9-2000. The last new hire class at NW in 99 was 12-27-99 and they are merged with DAL guys from the 4-16-2001 class.
 

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There is no doubt a "merger" with Delta would have been better for the AK pilots before DL had merged with NWA. A blend into the current seniority list will not be as favorable seniority wise. Also, your seniority will not be merged in starting at the top of the new list, rather where the 738 starts in the current aircraft line up, since that is the largest plane AK has. (career expectations--airplane wise---and I know you have 739s too--but that is pretty much a 738--not a 757). But other than all of that, I think it would be A LOT of fun, and you guys could wear Sub Commander uniforms, and I could get to go to Juneau in the Summer!

Bye Bye--General Lee
 

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But other than all of that, I think it would be A LOT of fun, and you guys could wear Sub Commander uniforms, and I could get to go to Juneau in the Summer!

Bye Bye--General Lee

Can I wear the hat backwards when I'm looking through the scope/HUD?

Seriously, though - isn't this putting the horse in the next county over from the cart?

Can't we get back to this thread's actual intent: baseless rumors and furloughs vs. VSA?

I think we should just have a cage match of VSAers and furloughs. I'm coming for ya, T LaG!
 

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T LaG! Now that's funny!
 

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There is no doubt a "merger" with Delta would have been better for the AK pilots before DL had merged with NWA. A blend into the current seniority list will not be as favorable seniority wise. Also, your seniority will not be merged in starting at the top of the new list, rather where the 738 starts in the current aircraft line up, since that is the largest plane AK has. (career expectations--airplane wise---and I know you have 739s too--but that is pretty much a 738--not a 757). But other than all of that, I think it would be A LOT of fun, and you guys could wear Sub Commander uniforms, and I could get to go to Juneau in the Summer!

Bye Bye--General Lee

Gee General...you sure sound like A LOT of fun. Do you know everything when you fly to.


Is it to early to put you on my no-fly list?

Bye Bye--General Lee
 

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But other than all of that, I think it would be A LOT of fun, and you guys could wear Sub Commander uniforms, and I could get to go to Juneau in the Summer!

Bye Bye--General Lee


yah, because Juneau in the summer time is such a picnic...stick with what you know, and we'll do the same, alright???

mookie
 

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Gee General...you sure sound like A LOT of fun. Do you know everything when you fly to.


Is it to early to put you on my no-fly list?

Bye Bye--General Lee

No, I'll be cool. I will buy all my FOs the third and fifth beers at the bar. And, I will pay for HALF of the chicken wings, only mild please. We will have a blast.


Bye Bye--General Lee
 
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yah, because Juneau in the summer time is such a picnic...stick with what you know, and we'll do the same, alright???

mookie

Keep enjoying Juneau. Pretty place.


Bye Bye--General Lee
 
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No, I'll be cool. I will buy all my FOs the third and fifth beers at the bar. And, I will pay for HALF of the chicken wings, only mild please. We will have a blast, although Mookie will have to do two walkarounds at each outstation, and I will be watching.


Bye Bye--General Lee

sure...whatever.

my favorite line from Hunt for Red October:
"You arrogant ass, you've killed us all..." seems only appropriate for the whole "sub commander" culture there.

mookie
 
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