June 5, 2019 -- We started off the year with a goal for our Maintenance and Engineering division to work as one team — on both the Boeing and Airbus fleets. On Monday, June 3rd, we moved closer to that goal when AMFA and Alaska Airlines reached a Transition Agreement (TA) in Principle. This agreement, like TAs for other unions on the property, includes wage increases, benefit enhancements, a ratification bonus, and a two-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement. It also includes job protections.
Both parties invested time and effort to understand the concerns and wishes of our technicians when crafting this agreement. While no deal can meet every expectation, this TA is the outcome of constructive, good-faith discussions, placing value on our technicians. In early July, a separate ratification vote on this transition agreement and the proposed integrated seniority list will take place.
Constance von Muehlen, SVP of Maintenance and Engineering commented, “I am grateful for the hard work by both parties to reach this competitive agreement. Also, I am optimistic that those eligible to vote will ensure they take this opportunity to have their voice heard.”
“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.”
Both AMFA and Maintenance leadership will be providing discussion sessions across our stations. For eligible technicians and related employees, AMFA will be providing further details on the voting process soon.