Pilots are leaving Alaska Airlines for better schedules and job protections—simply put, for better careers. Watch who left for better opportunities.
Flight crews were essential during the pandemic. They transported critical goods to rural areas and flew essential workers to many parts of the United States.
Early in the pandemic, the pilots’ union offered solutions to save Alaska pilot jobs and keep the company competitive. The plan included innovative voluntary leaves of absence in lieu of forced furloughs. This saved the company significant expenses and—most importantly—allowed it to quickly return to full capacity. Additionally, many senior pilots chose to retire early as their final contribution to Alaska Airlines’ success and to ensure junior pilots kept their jobs.
Now, as the company recovers from the pandemic, Alaska Airlines management fails to do the right thing by its pilots. They fail to address concerns about quality of life and job security in any meaningful way.
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Throughout these negotiations, that started in the spring of 2019, management has not shown a willingness to bring the contract fully in line with the pilots’ industry peers. The Alaska pilots seek the same quality-of-life and job security improvements achieved throughout the airline industry—but not at Alaska Airlines.
In September 2021, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) negotiating team suggested private mediation with a nationally known airline labor relations expert. After three days of talks, it became clear that management remained unwilling to recognize the serious deficiencies in much of the pilots’ contract, and no further sessions were scheduled. Alaska Airlines management formally filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board as the month closed. No negotiations talks are scheduled at this time.