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Union Voice Heard, $1.5 Million Remedy Reached in Alaska Airlines HMO Arbitration

The story below illustrates how union members express their collective voice and hold their employer accountable to the agreements they make.

IAM members will be receiving approximately $1.5 million as a result of the IAM's successful arbitration against Alaska Airlines regarding HMO coverage. In its December 20, 2016 Order, the IAM-Alaska System Board of Adjustment, through Arbitrator John LaRocco, ordered Alaska to cease and desist from violating its contractual obligation to contribute the "same amount" to its HMO plans as it does for the same tier of coverage for PPO plans.

"This arbitration victory demonstrates the importance of filing grievances and fighting diligently for our members, said GVP Sito Pantoja. "I thank our District 142 representatives and, in particular, LAX Alaska member Rachael Ackerman for filing the grievance that is benefiting thousands of our members who will receive this award."

Alaska will make these payments to all affected employees within 45 days, by August 7, 2017.

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