Between 60 and 70 of the 472 baggage handlers let go by Alaska Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in May have shifted to other positions at the company, a spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.

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Between 60 and 70 of the 472 baggage handlers let go by Alaska Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in May have shifted to other positions at the company, a spokeswoman confirmed yesterday. Some are using their seniority to bump cargo handlers at Sea-Tac, and a few have moved to baggage-handling jobs in Alaska. Several have taken positions in other parts of the company, such as customer service.




“We look forward to working with these employees,” said spokeswoman Amanda Tobin.




Separately, Alaska Airlines filed a motion on Thursday asking a federal court to dismiss a request from its pilots union to vacate decisions made by an arbitrator regarding their contract. The pilots recently rejected a tentative agreement negotiated by their union that would have superseded the arbitrator’s ruling.



EEOC



Local office to be




downgraded




The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s district office in Seattle will be downgraded to a field office later this year, the result of an agencywide restructuring.




Although the plan will save the agency $4.8 million and reduce the number of district offices from 23 to 15, it isn’t expected to affect local services, officials said.




Seattle will have fewer managers and administrators, said Nick Inzeo, who heads the office field program for the agency. But it will gain more attorneys and investigators.




“We’re hoping that we’d be able to keep the office working as well as it’s working now,” Inzeo said.



GraniteEdge Networks



$5 million




in capital raised




Seattle-based GraniteEdge Networks said yesterday that it raised $5 million in venture capital from Outlook Ventures and OVP Venture Partners.




The company, founded in 2003, is developing a combination of hardware and software that allows companies to determine whether network intrusions are malicious.




The company had previously raised $1.8 million. The new money will go toward product development plus sales and marketing for its first product launch, GraniteEdge ESP.




Nation / World



US Airways



Airline merger




moves forward




A federal panel yesterday approved a bid by US Airways and America West to merge, clearing a hurdle to the companies’ goal of combining to compete against lower-cost rivals.




The federal Air Transportation Stabilization Board said the proposed merger “should better both airlines’ competitiveness in a challenging industry environment.”




US Airways Group, based in Arlington, Va., is the nation’s seventh-largest carrier. America West of Tempe, Ariz., is the eighth largest. The companies announced their intention to merge in May.




Compiled from Seattle Times business staff and




The Associated Press