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IAM, Alaska Airlines Head for Federal Mediation

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 143 today announced it will be entering federally-mediated negotiations with Alaska Airlines on September 7, 2010 on behalf of 2,700 employees in the clerical, office and passenger service (COPS) classification at the Seattle-based carrier.

"One in four airline jobs have vanished over the last decade"

"We have been in direct negotiations for months, but Alaska Airlines has been unwilling to adequately address our members' job security proposals," said IAM District 143 President Stephen Gordon. "Alaska Airlines has left us with no choice but to seek the assistance of a mediator."

Direct bargaining began March 2, 2010 after members rejected an Alaska Airlines offer to extend their agreement until 2012. The extension was rejected over job security issues. The current contract became amendable on July 19, 2010.

"One in four airline jobs have vanished over the last decade," said Gordon. "Our members and their families have earned right to know they will be a part of Alaska Airlines' future."

The IAM is the largest airline union in North America. More information about the IAM at Alaska Airlines is available at www.iam143.org.

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