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ALASKA FLIGHT ATTENDANTS INTENSIFY NEGOTIATIONS

 SEATTLE, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- After more than two weeks back at the bargaining table with no substantial progress toward a contract, the flight attendants of Alaska Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), AFL-CIO, have asked the company to increase the pace and intensity of negotiations, the association said.
 In a letter to company negotiators, Gail Bigelow, president of the AFA unit at Alaska, asked that negotiators abandon the standard business hours/weeks they have been following, instead negotiating from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily, seven days per week, until agreement is reached (see following letter).
 In a brief reply, lead company negotiator Nick McCudden agreed to accelerate the process without specifying hours and days to be spent at the table.
 The two sides have been in a company-requested caucus since Thursday and will be going back to the table tomorrow. Company negotiators requested the caucus to study and evaluate scheduling proposals from the flight attendants.
 The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, represents more than 33,000 flight attendants at 21 carriers, including 1,600 flight attendants at Alaska Airlines.
 The text of the letter from Bigelow to McCudden follows:
 As you are aware, we have spent two weeks at the bargaining table with very little progress. You have indicated in past conversations that if the association desired to work later than 5 p.m. to advise you in advance.
 Therefore, beginning Aug. 11, the association expects to begin meeting at 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week until an agreement is reached. The association believes that enough time has passed and events at the table must begin to accelerate in order to best serve the financial interest of the company and the flight attendants.
 -0- 8/10/93
 /CONTACT: Mary Jo Manzanares or David Melancon of the Association of Flight Attendants, 206-246-5535 ext. 124/


CO: Association of Flight Attendants; Alaska Airlines ST: Washington IN: AIR SU:

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