'Agreement In Concept' First Major Break In Talks Since Jan.
Pilots of Alaska Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots
Association, Int'l (ALPA), have reached an Agreement in Concept
with Alaska Airlines management on a new, four-year contract.
Details of the agreement are being withheld until the full
language is reached and the Union's leadership votes to approve it
as a tentative agreement. A tentative agreement must be approved by
a majority vote of the pilot group before it can become the new
"Alaska Airlines pilots have been working to negotiate a new
contract since January 2007," read an ALPA release. "The pilots
would like to thank the National Mediation Board and its mediation
staff for its assistance in allowing this agreement to be
As ANN reported, pilots at Alaska filed a
request for mediation in the contract talks in July 2008.
ALPA represents 52,250 pilots at 35 airlines in the US and
Canada, among them the 1,500 pilots of Alaska Airlines, including
60 currently on furlough.