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ALASKA IMPLEMENTS FLIGHT ATTENDANT EMPLOYMENT TERMS

 SEATTLE, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today announced it is implementing new terms of employment effective immediately for its flight attendants.
 The decision follows the failure of the airline and the bargaining unit representatives of the company's flight attendants, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), to reach a negotiated accord.
 The Railway Labor Act governs bargaining between unions and air carriers. It allows for an airline to implement its own pay rules and working conditions and a union to strike following the inability to reach agreement.
 Although the changes cover a large number of pay rules and working conditions, the following are the major provisions.
 -- A pay raise of 3 percent for every flight attendant effective July 1. The beginning salary for an Alaska Airlines flight attendant will rise at that time to $16.65 per hour; for flight attendants at the top of the pay scale, hourly pay will climb to $34.48 for the first 65 hours of flying. Flight attendants receive even higher hourly pay rates for hours flown in excess of 65 per month. They fly an average of 80 hours per month.
 -- A pension plan that is identical to the existing plan, but reduces the company's contribution from 11 percent to 7 percent. This contribution level will allow Alaska flight attendants to retain one of the most attractive pension plans in the airline industry balanced by the need to lower costs.
 -- A health insurance plan that is the same as that provided to the airline's management, pilots, mechanics and dispatchers. The plan includes an array of significant improvements over the flight attendants' previous health plan, and requires a nominal contribution by the employee.
 -- New work rules that balance the desire of flight attendants for flexibility in constructing personal work schedules and the needs of the company to effectively manage its operations.
 -- An open shop to allow each flight attendant the choice of union membership.
 Raymond J. Vecci, the chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines, said, "In the absence of obtaining an agreement at the bargaining table, we are moving forward in implementing new work rules at this time. What we have announced today is absolutely consistent with our long-stated policy of offering terms of employment that attract and retain the calibre of employee we now have and will continue to seek in the future. At the same time, it allows us to improve our competitive effectiveness."
 Alaska Airlines employs 1,560 flight attendants; 1,283 at its Seattle base and 277 at its Long Beach, Calif., base.
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 /CONTACT: Lou Cancelmi of Alaska Airlines, 206-433-3170/
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