March 15, 2019
Sisters and Brothers:
The joint Alaska Airlines Negotiating Committee opened negotiations with Alaska Airlines management March 12-14, 2019, in Seattle, Washington.
Represented by the Company were: Shane Tackett, Executive Vice President/Strategic Planning; Wayne Newton, Vice President/AOCS; Jason Berry, Managing Director/Cargo; Jeanne Davis, Director/Call Centers; Denise Kliskey, COPS Labor Manager; Rebecca Meissner, Senior Attorney; and Melinda Maher, Division Controller.
Joining the Company was the new Vice President of Labor, Jenny Wetzel. We welcome Jenny to Alaska Airlines, and look forward to working with her.
Joining your Negotiating Committee were: James Carlson, Assistant Airline Coordinator; Kris Hannah, Grand Lodge Representative; and Brianna Gregory, Grand Lodge Representative.
Progress was made this week in closing our open issues. Most of our discussions, though, centered around Protecting our Work, which has been of the utmost importance to the hardworking, and award winning, COPS and RSSA employees at Alaska Airlines. Although headway was made surrounding Work Protection, anything short of an absolute secure future is unsatisfactory. We will continue to convey that without work protection, the membership does not have a secure future. We look forward to continuing our discussions on the topic
Remember, no work = no careers.
The next negotiations session is scheduled for April 16-17, 2019, in Seattle, Washington.
There is one source of official communications regarding these negotiations – that is those issued by your Negotiating Committee.
Remember – United we stand, divided we beg.
Justin Bates (ANC) Jesse Wilson (ANC) Jason McAdoo (JNU) Dan Suafoa (SEA)
Enrique Rebollo (SEA) Nisha Chaudry (SFO) Jennifer Araujo (LAX) Jackson Hartsfield (LAX)
Joe Shultz (PHX) Linda Romaniello (FLL)