American Airlines and Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Strike Update

Flight attendants at Alaska Airlines reached a preliminary deal with the airline for a new contract on June 21, 2024, while cabin crew at American Airlines inched closer to a summertime strike.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union, which covers the work group at Alaska, said that the bargaining group had reached a tentative agreement with the airline under federal mediation. Details of the contract have not been publicly released, and the agreement still must be ratified by the union’s leadership and general membership.

The agreement seemed likely to avert the threat of a strike, which the flight attendants’ union had been invoking as negotiations appeared likely to stall earlier this month.

The American Airlines flight attendants’ union, on the other hand, said that talks with the airline had broken down without a deal and that the union was making preparations for a strike.

“American Airlines did not come to the table with an agreement that adequately compensates American’s 28,000 flight attendants,” Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) President Julie Hedrick said in a statement.