ADVISORY: 1pm THURS: People fired by Alaska Airlines 10 yrs ago, current baggage handlers, at Alaska shareholders mtg

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Contact: heather@heatherweiner.com

WHAT: Outside Alaska Airlines’ annual shareholders’ meeting, community leaders, current and former baggage handlers at Sea-Tac rally to urge shareholders to do the right thing. Supporters are asking Alaska Airlines’ shareholders to pay subcontracted ramp agents and baggage handlers the wages and benefits approved by the voters in the City of SeaTac Prop 1 in 2013.

Planned solidarity actions for Alaska’s baggage handlers at airports across the US include Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Minneapolis, Baltimore, JFK and Newark.

WHEN: 1 – 3PM, Thursday May 7
WHERE: Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S
WHO: Alaska Airlines baggage handlers (current contracted workers and some who were locked out 10 years ago) and community leaders

BACKGROUND:

Ten years ago (5/13/05) Alaska Airlines illegally locked out nearly 500 men and women, many of them with decades of service at the airline, and at 3 AM bused in subcontractor replacements — people paid much lower wages with fewer, if any, benefits.

In addition to setting back the careers and households of hundreds of men and women, Alaska Airlines’ move had a big impact on the region’s economy. According to a new study, Alaska‚Äôs outsourcing of ramp and baggage worker jobs resulted in a combined loss of more than $115 million (in 2015 dollars) due to lower worker wages and the resulting decline in economic activity caused by reduced expenditures in King County.

It’s been 10 years since May 13, 2005, and today Alaska Airlines is incredibly profitable for its executives and shareholders, It’s a much different story for the airline’s 500 baggage handlers and ramp agents at Sea-Tac, who now work for foreign-owned subcontractor Menzies Aviation for much lower wages and few, if any, benefits.

Current and former Alaska baggage handlers and community leaders are urging shareholders to do the right thing and tell Alaska Airlines to pay its ramp agents and baggage handlers the wages and benefits approved by the voters in Seatac Prop 1. That ordinance is still held up in court by a lawsuit from Alaska Airlines.

Heather Weiner
heather@heatherweiner.com