Eh, labor relations are a balance-of-power thing. The companies and governments made concessions to labor in the '30s not from the kindness of their heart, but to avoid riot and work stoppage – real costs associated with sufficiently pissing off their labor force. So long as the company can say "no" to labor and save money, they will continue to say "no" whenever the subject is raised.

To pretend that a small demonstration like this will change any executive's mind is self-delusion.
i work for a plant company and was supposed to water the plants inside this building today but was blocked due to the protests. i thought the cops were just overreacting to some mild street chanting but it makes more sense that there was this shareholder meeting happening...
This article is so unnecessary. I really dislike the biased language in this article, most notably 'huge' profits. Major airlines are for the most part a money losing business, they barley scrape by most years and a quick look at yahoo finance (ticker: ALK) will corroborate this claim.

In addition, the article leaves out the fact that a large portion of Alaska Airlines employees are unionized, and do receive great benefit (pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, etc). It may make some people uncomfortable, but it seems to me that Alaska places a high value on its value-adding employees, while those that fuel planes up and guide them in may not be as difficult to replace, and therefore less valuable.
I enjoy flying Alaska airlines. Their service is great, upgrades are frequently available, and they're on time!
It does matter where annual meetings are held. The locations are picked strategically -- not to avoid protestors but to make sure the average shareholder doesn't show up. My dad represents shareholders in various Alaska native corporations and those corporations frequently have their meetings in Washington, not Alaska where all of their shareholders live. This pretty much ensures nobody shows up to hear any of the competition for spots on the board of directors.
Hrm, things seem fine in the board room at seatac right now.
What @3 said. Unpaid Intern's knee-jerk, completely uninformed posts are embarrassing even by Slog standards.
at the shareholders meeting today the directors of the company talked about the company exceeding their profit goals for this year. the company can afford to treat it's workers fairly. and the company has a moral obligation to be sure that it's contractors treat their workers fairly.

Check your PowerBall ticket here:…

For what it's worth: You can do worse than Washington. Seattle is in some ways easier to get to than more than a few places in Alaska, even for Alaskans.

Some companies have been known to have the meetings in small rooms in island nations with very agressive security.

So bad, maybe. Really freaking evil: not so much.

@taylorj.alison The "biased" language you speak of? You mean record profits 4 years in a row and an increase in stock value of 500% during this period, while employees have lost 8% of their wages during this same period due to inflation and a lack of wage increase. Thanks for taking the time to research your information before commenting.
Anybody who has ever flown AA and been dissatisfied with their service (read: ANYONE who has ever flown AA) really ought to be out there right now. Just sayin'.

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