The Association of Flight Attendants said it will now return to the bargaining table as required by the National Mediation Board. No date has been set for new negotiations.

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Flight attendants at Alaska Airlines have turned down a tentative contract agreement that was recommended by their union.

Details about the vote and the proposed contract have not been released.

The Association of Flight Attendants said it will now return to the bargaining table as required by the National Mediation Board. No date has been set for new negotiations.

The rejection by Alaska’s roughly 2,400 flight attendants also could lead the union to hold a strike vote.”If a strong majority of flight attendants are not willing to accept this agreement, the natural next step is to take a strike vote to show management that Alaska flight attendants are willing to strike for more,” the union says in a question-and-answer memo on its Web site, which was intended to help flight attendants decide how to vote.

A week ago, the airline’s pilots turned down their tentative agreement. The pilots are working under a contract issued by an arbitrator, though the union is asking a federal district court to vacate that decision.

Alaska CEO Bill Ayer said he is disappointed in the flight attendants’ vote.

“Our goal remains to achieve a collaborative agreement with the features Alaska needs to compete, grow and offer good jobs and a secure future,” he said in a statement.


Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com