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4-year talks end at Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines and District Lodge 143 of the International Association of Machinists signed a 5-year contract shortly before the end of a 30-day "cooling-off" period. The pact, which was agreed to 4 years after negotiations began, covers 1,600 mechanics, stock clerks, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and janitors.

Key issues in the dispute included the carrier's proposals to freeze wages, require employees to pay more for health-care benefits, set a lower pay scale for new hires, and establish an unlicensed mechanic job classification.

Under the terms, mechanics and inspectors would receive minimum general wage increases of 4 percent in the first and second years and 3 percent in the third and fourth years. Nonmechanic employees, except for new hires, would get a minimum wage increase of 3 percent in the fourth year of the contract. New hires would receive minimum wage increases of 4 percent in the second year and 3 percent in the third and fifth years. In addition, nonmechanic employees at the top of their wage progression would get a 3-percent wage increase in the fourth year and a lump-sum payment in the first year equal to 6 percent of annual pay earned in the preceding year, a similar 5-percent payment in the second year and a 4-percent payment in the third year.

The pact also eliminated the cost-of-living adjustment provision, established lower entry rates for new hires in nonmechanic job classifications, and increased shift differentials by 4 cents an hour, to between 25 cents and 35 cents an hour. (Under the previous agreement, the top hourly rate was $18 for mechanics and $15.06 for ramp service employees.)

The negotiators changed several health and welfare provisions. Employees could choose between coverage under a preferred provider organization or a fee-for-service health-care plan, with monthly employee premiums set at $20 for single coverage and $40 for family coverage under the traditional health-care plan and $5 and $15, respectively, for coverage under the preferred provider plan. The annual pension benefit formula was enhanced, from 1.3 percent to 1.4 percent of an employee's average monthly earnings for the last 12 months multiplied by years of credited service.
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Title Annotation:negotiations with District Lodge 143 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Feb 1, 1993
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