Labor agreements

Alaska Airlines employees and collective bargaining

Updated September 2016

Alaska Airlines' philosophy is to provide employees market-based compensation. More than 80 percent of Alaska's workforce is covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Contract negotiations in the commercial airline industry are governed by the Railway Labor Act (RLA), which Congress passed in 1926. The RLA seeks to avoid interruptions in interstate commerce by setting clear guidelines for labor negotiations at railroads and airlines. The act also established the National Mediation Board as the federal body charged with oversight of labor negotiations.

Under the RLA, airline labor contracts never expire. Instead, each contract has an amendable date when the union and the company have the option to amend the contract.

To respect the bargaining process, the airline provides limited information on the status of ongoing labor negotiations.

Clerical, office and passenger service employees (COPS)

Alaska Airlines' 3,011 customer service agents, reservations agents and accounting specialists and other groups are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). This contract was ratified on April 9, 2014, and becomes amendable on Jan. 1, 2019.

Flight attendants

Alaska Airlines' 3,522 flight attendants are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA). These employees approved a new five-year contract on Dec. 16, 2014. The new contract will become amendable on Dec. 17, 2019.


Alaska Airlines' 1,656 pilots are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).  A new five-year contract was ratified on July 10, 2013, and becomes amendable March 31, 2018.

Aircraft technicians, cleaners and fleet service employees

Alaska Airlines' 653 aircraft technicians, cleaners and fleet-service employees are represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA). These employees ratified a five-year agreement in October 2011. The current contract is not amendable until Oct. 17, 2016.

Ramp service and stores agents

Alaska Airlines' 653 ramp-service and stores agents are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). These employees ratified a new contract which was effective on July 19, 2012. This contract is not amendable until July19, 2018.


Alaska Airlines' 45 dispatchers are represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU). These employees ratified a new four-year contract which became effective on March 24, 2015. The ratified agreement becomes amendable on March 24, 2019.