We’re proud to announce the ratification of our transition agreement with Alaska Airlines. Similar to other unions at the airline, this deal includes wage increases, benefit enhancements, a ratification bonus, and a two-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement. It also includes job protections and annual wage reviews to ensure continually competitive rates.
The participation rate in this vote was 91.43%, and each passed by votes of 74.69% (transition agreement), and 69.69% (seniority integration agreement).
This contract is the latest in an effort to bring our Maintenance and Engineering division to work together as one team on all fleets. It’s also the result of good-faith, constructive bargaining. We saw the voice of our technicians valued and considered during these talks, which was instrumental in reaching a competitive agreement. After three rounds of voting by our members, we are confident in the position we have earned for our technicians. This new contract means Alaska Airlines AMTs are now the third highest paid in the industry following the Transition Agreement Effective Date.
“I want to express my appreciation to the Alaska Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMT’s) during the transition period. Their commitment, patience and professionalism during this time frame is commendable. The Negotiating Committee worked consistently to achieve this Transition Agreement for our members,” said Bret Oestreich, AMFA National Director. “It addresses a needed increase in immediate stimulus in comparison to the other work groups on property, on economic and retirement incentives, station protections and work rule benefits for our unified members, which continues to show the diligence of AMFA in the bargaining process.”
Thanks to our members for their participation and patience throughout this entire process, and to our Negotiating Committee for their hard work. The new contract goes into effect on the date of ratification: July 18, 2019.