Release #: ALA 22.07
September 23, 2022

Alaska Airlines Pilot Leaders Approve Tentative Agreement for Pilot Ratification

SEATTLE –Alaska Airlines pilot leaders, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today voted to approve a tentative agreement with Alaska Airlines management following three years of negotiations. Membership voting on the agreement is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

“We are pleased, after three years, that we have reached an agreement addressing all the areas in which we’ve lagged our mainline carrier pilot peers for nearly a decade,” said Capt. Will McQuillen, chair of the Alaska Airlines ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC). “Not only does this agreement recognize the crucial role pilots have played in the success of Alaska Airlines, it will also help our airline remain competitive in the industry.”

For too long, Alaska pilots have been operating under a contract that falls well behind those at comparable airlines in several critical areas, including scheduling flexibility, job security, compensation, and improved quality of life.

“I salute the pilots of Alaska Airlines for their solidarity, patience, and determination as we have moved through this process,” said Capt. McQuillen. “Over the past three years, they and their families have remained steadfast in their support for their union. Their unity has been the driving force that helped deliver this contract. We thank our pilots for their professionalism throughout this negotiation process and for providing the safety and service that Alaska pilots are known for."

Learn more about the agreement.

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