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ALASKA AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANTS VOTE TO STRIKE

 WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Flight attendants at Alaska Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), AFL-CIO, voted today by more than 96 percent to authorize a strike or other work action against the airline if an agreement between the company and AFA is not reached by the 30-day cooling-off period deadline at 12:01 a.m. PDT, on June 19. The vote was conducted by confidential mail ballot.
 The strike vote cumulates three years of bargaining with the company, one and a half of which have been under the supervision of the National Mediation Board (NMB). On May 20, 1993, the NMB released AFA and Alaska into a 30-day cooling-off period when the talks reached a stalemate.
 "Today, Alaska's flight attendants have again demonstrated their solidarity," said Gail Bigelow, president of AFA's Master Executive Council at Alaska. "We will not back down to management's pressure for concessions and threats of replacement. We will stand up for our jobs and our futures."
 The union has indicated that it does not plan a "normal" strike if an agreement is not reached. Instead, recent AFA literature has laid out plans for unpredictable work actions in which the flight attendants may strike on June 19, or may wait until later. Intermittent work stoppages, strikes in one city, on one route, or one type of aircraft are being discussed by the flight attendants as part of a strategy they refer to as "creative chaos."
 Alaska Airlines management is seeking to take control of the flight attendants' $35 million pension fund. Under the company's proposal, a large share of the investment profits from the fund would go to the company, reducing the return to the flight attendants' pension accounts. This fund is the flight attendants' sole company-funded retirement vehicle. The company also seeks major cuts in medical benefits, work rules and vacation pay.
 The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, represents more than 33,000 flight attendants at 21 carriers, and is the largest flight attendant union in the world.
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 /CONTACT: David Melancon of the Association of Flight Attendants, 206-439-7544/


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