Alaska Airlines, Flight Attendants Union Reach Tentative Agreement

Alaska Airlines and the union representing nearly 2,500 of its flight attendants said Wednesday they had reached a tentative settlement on a four-year contract.

Terms were not disclosed pending ratification, a process the airline and union expect to wrap up by late April.

The deal comes eight months after the Association of Flight Attendants rejected an agreement reached in May 2005.

The union represents more than 46,000 flight attendants at 21 airlines, including 2,480 at Alaska, a subsidiary of Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc.

Since last summer, Alaska Airlines has settled contracts with its pilots, dispatchers and aircraft mechanics. It has yet to settle contracts with about 600 ramp service workers, which include baggage handlers, and some 2,800 clerical, office and passenger service employees.

Together with its sister carrier, Horizon Air, Alaska flies to 88 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


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