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May 3, 2019

Sisters and Brothers:

The joint Alaska Airlines Negotiating Committee commenced negotiations with Alaska Airlines management April 29 – May 1, 2019, in Seattle, Washington.

Represented by the Company were: Shane Tackett, Executive Vice President/Strategic Planning; Jenny Wetzel, Vice President/Labor; Wayne Newton, Vice President/AOCS; Jason Berry, Managing Director/Cargo; Jeanne Davis, Director/Call Centers; Bob Hartnett, Director/Labor; Denise Kliskey, COPS Labor Manager; Rebecca Meissner, Senior Attorney; and Melinda Maher, Director/FP&A.

Joining your Negotiating Committee were: Kris Hannah, Grand Lodge Representative; and Brianna Gregory, Grand Lodge Representative.

This week was very productive, as we have reached Tentative Agreements for the following articles:

COPS                                                               RSSA

Article 5, Hours of Service                                 Article 5, Hours of Service

Article 14, Sick Leave                                        Article 6, Overtime

Article 18, General and Misc.                            Article 14, Sick Leave

LOA #5, Prudhoe Bay                                       Article 16, Grievance Procedure

NEW LOA, Double Dipping                               LOA #5, Prudhoe Bay

                                                                        NEW LOA, Double Dipping

In addition to the above, we reached a Tentative Agreement on a new Letter of Agreement (LOA) for both COPS and RSSA members clarifying a past arbitration award involving Non-DOT Random Drug Testing.

Discussion also centered around RSSA Article 22 (Insurance) and COPS Article 25 (Insurance).  While no tentative agreement was reached regarding insurance, the parties were able to further clarify our positions.

Most importantly, your Committee remained steadfast in protecting the work that we perform each and every day.  It is through your award-winning work that Alaska Airlines remains profitable, and successful.

As of this writing, we have no scheduled dates with the Company.  Several different dates were presented by your Committee, but the Company has not yet confirmed what works best for their calendars.  The next session will be communicated once dates are confirmed. 

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.

In Unity,

Jeff Tobius


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)



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