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Alaska’s flight attendants: Pay Us or Chaos!

Union solidarity brings hundreds to rally, picket outside company HQ in SeaTac


SEATAC (Aug. 16, 2023) — Hundreds of Alaska Airlines flight attendants and their supporters, led by Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson, held a rally and informational picket Tuesday outside the company’s headquarters near Sea-Tac International Airport to demand the fair contract they have earned.

Alaska’s flight attendants are working under a nine-year-old contract that has been extended twice, first due to the merger with Virgin America and second due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Alaska Airlines has reported record revenue of $9.6 billion in 2022, Alaska Airlines’ flight attendants have not received a significant pay increase in nine years.

At a rally at Angle Lake Park prior to picketing, Nelson delivered a rousing message of union solidarity saying, “This is a movement. This is the working class fighting together… We have more in common than anything that could ever divide us.”

And that solidarity was evident in the participation of multiple unions who stood together with Alaska Air flight attendants on Tuesday.

Here are some more scenes from the day’s actions:

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