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Alaska Airlines Aircraft Technicians Approve Contract Extension

Alaska Airlines Aircraft Technicians Approve Contract Extension


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 6, 2009

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association
(AMFA) today jointly announced ratification of a two-year contract extension
covering the airline’s 658 aircraft technicians. The extension was ratified by
more than 77 percent of the technicians who voted.
The extended contract, which becomes amendable on Oct. 17, 2011, provides
technicians with a 1.5-percent pay scale increase on Oct. 17 of 2009 and 2010.
In addition, technicians will now participate in the same performance-based
incentive plan as Alaska Airlines’ pilots, flight attendants, dispatch and
management employees.
“With the current economic conditions in the airline industry, we felt that it
was in our members’ best interest to have an opportunity to vote on the
company’s contract extension offer and the negotiated letters of agreement,”
AMFA’s negotiating committee said in a statement. “The voting results now show
the majority of our members believe this extension and the three letters of
agreement will give them some stability over the next two years.’’
Fred Mohr, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of maintenance and engineering,
said, “This contract extension recognizes the value of our skilled and
dedicated technicians, whose daily contributions are a key element in our
operational excellence.”
AMFA is the largest craft union representing aircraft technicians and related
employees, and serves members at Alaska, Mesaba and Southwest Airlines. AMFA’s
motto is “Safety in the air begins with quality maintenance on the ground.”
Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK),
together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the
Lower 48, Hawai’i, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in
Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers” in the J.D. Power and
Associates 2008 and 2009 North America Airline Satisfaction StudiesSM. For
reservations, visit alaskaair.com.

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