Horizon Air flight attendants reject contract agreement

Horizon Air flight attendants have rejected a tentative agreement with Alaska Air Group management.

More than 500 Association of Flight Attendants-CWA members, turned down the agreement.

"Horizon Air flight attendants have sent a loud and clear message that management's offer is inadequate to address our needs," said Leslie Miller, acting union president. "Horizon flight attendants are focused on our future, and it is time for management to move forward on a new, improved contract. For an agreement to be ratified, it must meet the priorities set by Horizon Air flight attendants."

AFA-CWA's Flight Attendant leadership announced the tentative agreement on May 30, noting pay and vacation increases as well as substantial improvements to flight attendant flexibility and quality of life.

Apparently, the rank and file didn't find the details to their liking. The union said it surveyed flight attendants to determine their top priorities before the parties go back to the bargaining table.

Alaska Air Group spokesperson Bobbie Egan said the union rejection will not impair operations at Horizon's 40 destinations.

The airline has previously announced that Medford will become a home base for more than 100 Horizon employees, including flight attendants, beginning mid-August.

— Greg Stiles

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