Alaska Announces Strike Vote, Picket Nationwide as Holiday Travel Takes Off

Alaska Announces Strike Vote, Picket Nationwide as Holiday Travel Takes Off

December 23, 2023 - Alaska AFA Flight Attendants will take a strike vote after mounting frustrations in mediated negotiations. This is the first time since the historic 1993 CHAOS Strike that Alaska Flight Attendants will vote on strike authorization. The vote announcement coincided with thousands of Alaska Flight Attendants picketing at eight major airports nationwide as holiday travel began.

We have been in negotiations for over a year with talks stalling over management’s inadequate economic proposals. Just months after stating that Flight Attendant proposals were not “economically feasible,” Alaska management announced plans to purchase Hawaiian Airlines for $1.9 billion. The hypocrisy.

“The truth is Alaska management can afford an industry leading contract,” said Jeffrey Peterson, president of the Alaska chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. “Management’s unwillingness to present adequate proposals brought us to this strike vote announcement. Our quality of life is non-negotiable. We will not accept terms that leave us falling even further behind the industry for years to come. Enough. If you want to PLAY like a big airline, you need to PAY like one. It’s time for Alaska to pay us or CHAOS.”

Strike vote ballots will be sent to the almost 6,800 Flight Attendants in the New Year, with the vote opening January 8th and closing on February 13, 2024.

Alaska AFA had unwavering support from Flight Attendants and pilots across the industry, as well as family, friends, and community members. We were also joined by State and Local Labor Federations, union members from different industries, and even public officials, including Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-47).

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