Alaska Airlines http://www.kplu.org en Wash. High Court To Hear Appeal In SeaTac Minimum Wage Lawsuit http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-high-court-hear-appeal-seatac-minimum-wage-lawsuit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155301590&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It’s been almost six months since some transportation and hospitality workers in the city of SeaTac got a raise to $15 an hour, but ground crew workers at the airport haven’t received that raise because of a county judge’s ruling.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17306 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. High Court To Hear Appeal In SeaTac Minimum Wage Lawsuit Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares http://www.kplu.org/post/deltas-new-seattle-hub-could-lead-lower-airfares <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154791195&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Can two airlines be partners and rivals at the same time? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are&nbsp;long-term contractual allies. But now the relationship is being tested.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:27:20 +0000 Tom Banse 17193 at http://www.kplu.org Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares Alaska Air CEO 'Confident' As Delta Spreads Wings On Home Turf http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-air-ceo-confident-delta-spreads-wings-home-turf <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146481291&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced strong earnings for the first quarter of the year on Friday.</p><p>The airline group's CEO said he expects good results for the rest of 2014 as well, notwithstanding growing competition from Delta Air Lines on Alaska's home turf.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Delta is dramatically ramping up its Seattle operations to build a new hub city oriented toward the Pacific Rim.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:25:44 +0000 Tom Banse 16284 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Air CEO 'Confident' As Delta Spreads Wings On Home Turf Record Bonuses For Alaska Airlines Employees http://www.kplu.org/post/record-bonuses-alaska-airlines-employees <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees received an annual bonus Wednesday totaling $84 million.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Seattle-based Alaska Air Group says the incentive pay amounts to about 9 percent of annual pay or five weeks' pay for most workers.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:07:40 +0000 The Associated Press 14160 at http://www.kplu.org Record Bonuses For Alaska Airlines Employees Alaska Air CEO: SeaTac Ordinance The Wrong Way To Tackle Income Inequality http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-air-ceo-seatac-ordinance-wrong-way-tackle-income-inequality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, which has fought a local living-wage ordinance, concedes that low-wage workers may need a raise, but the company's CEO doesn't think SeaTac's initiative is the answer.</span></p><p>About 4,700 workers at Sea-Tac International Airport were hoping to get a bump to $15 an hour at the beginning of this year. But a judge has blocked that voter-passed ordinance from taking effect at the airport.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:12:32 +0000 Ashley Gross 13251 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Air CEO: SeaTac Ordinance The Wrong Way To Tackle Income Inequality Legal Challenge Could Stymie SeaTac Minimum Wage Hike http://www.kplu.org/post/legal-challenge-could-stymie-seatac-minimum-wage-hike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workers at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> International Airport are still not sure whether they’ll get a wage bump to $15 per hour come January. With </span>SeaTac’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Proposition 1 still <a href="https://electionsdata.kingcounty.gov/election-results-nov/three/City%2C%20L-Z/SeaTac/City%20of%20SeaTac%20Proposition%20No.%201" target="_blank">passing by a narrow margin</a>, Alaska Airlines and other business interests are challenging the measure in court.</span></p><p>Alaska Airlines, the Washington Restaurant Association and a small business owner at the airport have been trying since July to block the minimum wage initiative in court. They’ve tried to keep the measure off the ballot and failed.</p><p>Now the issue is which court should hear the case. The business interests would like a King County judge to rule the initiative unconstitutional. But sponsors of the initiative, who are backed by unions like the Service Employees International Union, said the case should be heard in federal court.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:29:50 +0000 Ashley Gross 11189 at http://www.kplu.org Legal Challenge Could Stymie SeaTac Minimum Wage Hike Alaska Airlines' Alliance With Delta Evolves into 'Frenemies' http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-airlines-alliance-delta-evolves-frenemies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a phrase typically used to discuss a messy relationship: "It's complicated."</span></p><p>Those are the words the president of Alaska and Horizon airlines used Thursday to describe the state of the alliance between the Seattle-based carriers and Delta Air Lines. You might also call these airlines "frenemies."</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:17:18 +0000 Tom Banse 10644 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Airlines' Alliance With Delta Evolves into 'Frenemies' Money Pours in From Both Sides of SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight http://www.kplu.org/post/money-pours-both-sides-seatac-minimum-wage-fight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into both sides of a heated controversy over a proposed minimum wage hike in the city of </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an appeal by Alaska Airlines and other business groups seeking to keep the living-wage ordinance off the November ballot.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:25:24 +0000 Ashley Gross 9973 at http://www.kplu.org Money Pours in From Both Sides of SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight Alaska Air Challenges SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-air-challenges-seatac-minimum-wage-initiative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alaska Air Group is trying to quash a ballot initiative in the city of </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that would hike wages for airport ground crew and other workers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The initiative would set a $15 per-hour minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers in SeaTac—people at the airport like baggage handlers and folks who push wheelchairs, as well as hotel workers and employees at rental car companies.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:26:38 +0000 Ashley Gross 9343 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Air Challenges SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative Alaska Airlines, pilots reach 5-year deal without mediation http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-airlines-pilots-reach-5-year-deal-without-mediation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an industry known for intense labor disputes and protracted negotiations, there seems to be a departure.&nbsp;Alaska Airlines and its pilots agreed on a new contract on their own—with no mediation, no arbitrators. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:36:24 +0000 Monica Spain 9317 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Airlines, pilots reach 5-year deal without mediation Alaska Airlines increases fee to check a suitcase http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-airlines-increases-fee-check-suitcase <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Alaska Airlines is raising its fee for checking a suitcase to $25, bringing it in line with most major airlines.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Starting Oct. 30, the Seattle-based airline will charge passengers $25 each for the first and second checked bags. Additional bags will cost $75. Alaska currently charges $20 per bag for the first three suitcases.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 18:50:45 +0000 The Associated Press 9285 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Airlines increases fee to check a suitcase Workers stage protest at Alaska Air shareholders meeting http://www.kplu.org/post/workers-stage-protest-alaska-air-shareholders-meeting <p></p><p><em>&nbsp;(Editor's note May 23, 2013: Corrects to clarify that baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and other airport workers have signed cards to join unions but have not been recognized as unions by their employers. Until that happens, they don't have legal status as collective bargaining units.)</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dozens of protesters including flight attendants, baggage handlers, and religious leaders turned Alaska Air Group’s annual shareholders meeting into a raucous affair on Tuesday.</span></p><p>The protest began outside with chanting flight attendants who haven’t reached a new contract with the company after 18 months of negotiations.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 01:04:47 +0000 Ashley Gross 8856 at http://www.kplu.org Workers stage protest at Alaska Air shareholders meeting Significant flight delays for Alaska Airlines http://www.kplu.org/post/significant-flight-delays-alaska-airlines <p></p><p>Company officials say a computer problem is causing significant delays for all Alaska Airlines flights.</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 16:37:48 +0000 The Associated Press 6631 at http://www.kplu.org Significant flight delays for Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines navigating through rising fuel costs http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-airlines-navigating-through-rising-fuel-costs Alaska Airlines and its subsidiary Horizon Air continue to make money despite sharply higher fuel prices. Executives with the Seattle-based airline group Thursday reported a 12th-consecutive quarterly profit.<p>CEO-elect Brad Tilden says the $28 million net profit in this year's first quarter is "marginally" smaller than the same quarter last year.<p>"Given this quarter's solid results and the current demand environment, we're cautiously optimistic about 2012," Tilden says. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:36:17 +0000 Tom Banse 4807 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Airlines navigating through rising fuel costs Prayers are fine, but Alaska Airlines retiring meal tray prayer cards http://www.kplu.org/post/prayers-are-fine-alaska-airlines-retiring-meal-tray-prayer-cards <p>After 30 years of giving passengers spiritual words to reflect on while they eat their meals, Alaska Airlines is retiring the prayer cards from meal trays.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:04:01 +0000 The Associated Press 3917 at http://www.kplu.org Prayers are fine, but Alaska Airlines retiring meal tray prayer cards