17 Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Suspended
SEATTLE (AP) _ Seventeen Alaska Airlines flight attendants who walked off their jobs have been suspended without pay pending an investigation, the airline said Tuesday.
One Alaska flight was canceled and four others were delayed Saturday when the attendants left work as part of their campaign to disrupt the carrier in an ongoing labor dispute.
The 1,580 attendants at Alaska, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, have been without a contract for three years.
The union said Monday it will wait to see how the company treats the suspended workers before deciding how to respond. Officials said the union would continue a campaign including unannounced walkouts.
Attendants struck flights on Aug. 20 and 24. Attendants from the first flight were suspended and later reinstated with full wages and benefits. Attendants on the second flight were replaced permanently.
On Saturday, an Oakland-to-Seattle flight was canceled and passengers were transferred to other flights. Flights from San Francisco to Seattle, Seattle to San Francisco, San Jose to Los Angeles and San Jose to Portland were delayed while the company rounded up reserve attendants.
The airline imposed new contract provisions on flight attendants after talks broke off in June. That prompted the union to file a federal lawsuit accusing the carrier of unfair labor practices.