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IAM-represented employees at Alaska Airlines ratify two-year contract extension

Alaska Airlines’ airport customer service agents, stores, cargo, ground service and reservations agents, who are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), have ratified a two-year contract extension. The contract passed overwhelmingly and includes increased pay with market reviews to ensure wage rates stay competitive, as well as increases in longevity pay. Job security has also been extended until Sept. 27, 2028. 

Alaska Airlines named 2022 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by the Disability Equality Index

The Disability Equality Index® (DEI) is the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 and Am Law 2001 to measure disability workplace inclusion against competitors. By taking the DEI, companies can demonstrate stakeholder commitment to disability inclusion and equality, as well as broader social issues, and enhance their reputation.  In our first year…

Alaska Air Group announces webcast of second-quarter 2022 financial results

SEATTLE , July 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Alaska Air Group Inc., the parent company of Alaska Airlines Inc. and Horizon Air Industries Inc., will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss 2022 second quarter financial results at 11:30 a.m. EDT/ 8:30 a.m. PDT, Thursday, July 21, 2022. A webcast of the call will be available to the public at An archive of the call will…

From CSA to VP: Celley Buchanan elected vice president of airport operations and customer service at Alaska Airlines  

SEATTLE— Alaska Airlines’ board of directors has elected Celley Buchanan vice president of airport operations and customer service. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of the airline’s airport operations across its broad network, excluding Seattle.  Buchanan is a 23-year veteran of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. She started her career as a…

Alaska Airlines names new 25-year airline veteran to lead inflight team 

Alaska Airlines’ board of directors named Matt Prainito vice president of inflight, as part of the airline’s goal to bring together its frontline operation and provide a foundation for growth. Prainito will lead strategy and operations for Alaska’s flight attendants who, on every flight, every day, ensure that guests’ journeys are safe and remarkable with genuine, caring service.

Alaska Airlines names 30-year industry veteran new senior vice president of airport operations

Alaska Airlines’ board of directors has promoted 30-year airline veteran Wayne Newton to senior vice president of airport operations and customer services. In addition to overseeing airport and cargo operations across 125 locations and a team of employees and contractors, Newton will now lead Alaska’s largest hub in Seattle. He has also been named the chairman of the McGee Air Services board of directors, an Alaska Airlines subsidiary that provides ground services.