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Alaska Air Group reaches tentative agreement with aircraft technicians

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Alaska Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) jointly announced tentative agreement on a proposed five-year contract for the carrier's nearly 700 aircraft technicians and related employees.

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The proposed contract includes significant pay increases and added job protection provisions.

"I am very proud of our members' trust and the serious commitment, diligence, and prompt timing of both the Alaska and AMFA negotiation committees in reaching this agreement," said Bret Oestreich, AMFA national director. "This agreement was reached only 53 days past the current amendable date, thus indicating the importance of taking care of the people."

Further details of the contract are being withheld pending a ratification vote by union members, which is expected to be completed by early March. If ratified, the new contract would become amendable in October 2021. The current contract became amendable on Oct. 17, 2016.

"The men and women who maintain our aircraft play a vital role in Alaska's operation and this contract reflects their expertise, contributions and commitment to safety," said Kurt Kinder, Alaska Airlines' vice president of maintenance and engineering.

"I want to thank the AMFA membership for their patience during this process and for putting safety above all else."

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