Sisters and Brothers,
Discussions regarding our RSSA and COPS negotiations with Alaska Airlines resulted in agreement to delay any filing for mediation services under the Railway Labor Act with the National Mediation Board (NMB). The provisions of Article 25 in the IAM-Alaska Airlines RSSA agreement requires both parties to jointly file for mediation, through the NMB, if an agreement had not been reached by April 19, 2018. It is both the Company’s and Union’s position that the RSSA and COPS talks are progressing adequately under the current process and that involving the NMB at this time would only slow the process down. As a result of that discussion, we have agreed to extend the date to file for mediation services for 90 days which is July 18, 2018. At that time, we will re-evaluate our progress and decide if filing for mediation services will be helpful then.
Thank you for your continued support while we work to get the contracts you, our members, deserve.
PRESIDENT & DIRECTING