April 23. The Alaska Airlines Air Line Pilots Association’s (ALPA’s) Master Executive Council (MEC) voted on April 22, 2022, in a 11 to 0 vote to authorize a strike authorization vote and declared the result. The vote to give the MEC the authority to declare a strike was authorized after an informational picket on April 1, with attendance and enthusiasm beyond the MEC’s expectations. The informational picket of employees with time off and some supportive flight attendants had over 1,500 participants, while the Alaska Airlines ALPA union chapter has 3,100 members total. The vote of all 3,100 members to give the leadership the ability to declare a strike only after all means of contract negotiation are exhausted runs from May 9 until May 25, 2022.
Even if the vote is successful, which is highly likely, the authorization to call a strike is not calling a formal strike to stop carrying out contractually obligated duties. It’s rather a form of escalatory picketing as much as the above billboard and the April 1, 2022, informational picket of off-duty Alaska Airlines’ employees and allies.
As per a recent Simple Flying analysis, the federal mediator Mike Tosi has to recommend to his National Mediation Board (NMB) bosses that there is an impasse between Alaska Airlines’ ALPA chapter and the airline’s management, which is currently not the case. The NMB has to agree. Then there has to be a thirty (30) day cooling-off period, but there is a last chance to stop “self-help” efforts or strikes, lockouts, and more by parties in the labor dispute.
Source: Simple Flying