Ketchikan, AK resident and IAM Local 2202 member Kimberly Stone spends part of her time teaching ballet, but it is her full-time job at Alaska Airlines that has changed her life. Click here to read an article she wrote for her local’s newsletter.
“When I tell people I work for an airline in my home town of Ketchikan, most ask me if I’m a flight attendant or a customer service agent,” says Stone. “When I explain my role as a ramp agent, people are usually pretty surprised.”
At first, the challenges of loading and unloading the tons of cargo on each flight were a test of Stone’s physical abilities.
“My upper body strength began developing quickly because I pushed myself to meet the demands of the job,” says Stone. “This job showed me that I was capable of a much broader set of skills and because of this I decided to apply to be a volunteer firefighter at our local fire department.”
READ: “A Woman in a Man’s World” in Local 2202’s newsletter.