Alaska Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have reached a tentative agreement for the carrier’s clerical, office and passenger service employees.
Voting on the five-year agreement that includes pay raises and new job security provisions will begin shortly and is expected to be complete in April, according to Seattle-based Alaska.
“It's a tribute to the professionalism of the negotiators for the IAM and Alaska that we agreed on a proposed long-term contract that benefits our employees and the company in such a short amount of time," says Jeff Butler, vice-president of customer service, airports and cargo at the airline, in a statement.
The IAM's negotiating committee unanimously recommends that employees ratify the agreement, the union says.
The existing contract covering the about 2,500 employees at Alaska became amendable on 1 January.