Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

4-Year Talks End at Alaska Airlines

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

4-Year Talks End at Alaska Airlines

Article excerpt

Alaska Airlines and District Lodge 143 of the International Association of Machinists signed a 5-year contract shortly before the end of a 30-day "cooling-off" period. The pact, which was agreed to 4 years after negotiations began, covers 1,600 mechanics, stock clerks, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and janitors.

Key issues in the dispute included the carrier's proposals to freeze wages, require employees to pay more for health-care benefits, set a lower pay scale for new hires, and establish an unlicensed mechanic job classification.

Under the terms, mechanics and inspectors would receive minimum general wage increases of 4 percent in the first and second years and 3 percent in the third and fourth years. Nonmechanic employees, except for new hires, would get a minimum wage increase of 3 percent in the fourth year of the contract. New hires would receive minimum wage increases of 4 percent in the second year and 3 percent in the third and fifth years. In addition, nonmechanic employees at the top of their wage progression would get a 3-percent wage increase in the fourth year and a lump-sum payment in the first year equal to 6 percent of annual pay earned in the preceding year, a similar 5-percent payment in the second year and a 4-percent payment in the third year. …

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