More than 90 percent of the 2,600 clerical, office and passenger service employees at SeaTac's Alaska Airlines have voted to ratify a new three-year union contract.
That contract gives those workers a signing bonus, wage increases and job security protections in exchange for improved productivity measures for the airline, the union and the airline said.
The new contract brings those workers into the airline’s performance-based pay system. That system rewards employees with monthly and yearly bonuses if the airline meets productivity, quality and timeliness goals. Alaska will spend more than $92 million on that incentive pay for 2010 performance. That’s more than a month’s extra pay for workers participating in the plan.
Negotiations on the new contract between the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers began last March. A tentative agreement was reached in December.