Alaska and its 3,300 flight attendants reach tentative deal

Alaska Airlines and negotiators representing its 3,300 flight attendants say they have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract.

Friday’s deal was the second time negotiators from both sides had reached an initial understanding on a new contract. The two sides last December announced a tentative accord, but flight attendants voting on the proposal in February voted it down by 70 percent of those voting.

The agreement reached this week is the result of more than two years of talks between the two sides.

“The Association’s Negotiating Committee is pleased with the results of the parties’ bargaining efforts and we are looking forward to presenting this tentative deal to leadership for approval,” said Jeffrey Peterson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants Master Executive Council at Alaska Airlines. “Then it will be up to the membership to determine the next steps in the process.”

If the union’s leadership approves, flight attendants are expected to vote on the proposal in December.

No details of the preliminary deal were announced Friday.

The union had been pressing for better pay and working conditions in light of Alaska’s record earnings and high customer satisfaction ratings in national surveys.