September 9, 2016
Flight Attendants Union and Southwest Airlines Reach Tentative Labor Agreement
Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America Local 556 announced today that it has reached a tentative agreement in principle with Southwest Airlines. TWU Local 556, which represents over 14,500 flight attendants, has been negotiating for over three years to reach this tentative successor collective bargaining agreement. Read more
Victory for TWU Local 557: Flight Crew Training Instructors at Southwest Airlines Ratify Contract
Members of The Transport Workers Union of America Local 557 ratified a new contract with Southwest Airlines yesterday by nearly 70 percent, with an impressive 90.9 percent of the membership turning out to vote. The agreement provides for structural increases each year, with a 5 percent signing bonus to be paid after ratification. The local represents flight crew training instructors at Southwest Airlines.
According to TWU International Vice President Gary Shults, who helped negotiate the deal, “We really bucked industry trends here, because we never had to discuss major concessions, and that made the process much easier.” Shults went on to explain, “We were able to address scheduling needs and increase our members’ annual income at the same time. Both TWU and Southwest came to the table prepared to get this agreement done, and that made all the difference for the hardworking men and women in Local 557.
In a Close Vote, Ground Workers Approve New Contract with Southwest Airlines
After a five-year, often difficult contract battle, Transport Workers Union Local 555, the union representing 12,000 ground crew workers employed by Southwest Airlines, announced today that union members narrowly voted to approve a tentative agreement with the airline. TWU members by a close margin, 50.4 percent (4,703) cast “yes” votes, and 49.6 percent voted “no” (4,628), out of 11,073 eligible. Electronic voting began February 4 and concluded earlier today. Ballots were tallied this afternoon in Dallas. Read more
Suspended Local 555 Members Return to Work
On Monday, January 4, the 105 suspended TWU Local 555
members at Southwest Airlines returned to work. The company initially threatened to suspend the employees from 45 to 90 days—without pay—during the holiday season. While we are relieved the employees are back on the job working hard for the traveling public, all grievances on this matter are still active and will be expedited throughout the grievance process. The reduction of the suspensions will not affect those members’ grievances. Read more
United Invincible: TWU International Stands With Southwest Ground Workers
In November, after TWU Local 555 held a regional union meeting in Southern California to discuss stalled contract negotiations with Southwest Airlines and potential options available to them through the Railway Labor Act, the airline began suspending members of the local and threatening to fire workers in some Southern California cities. The union, which represents ramp workers and other ground crews at airports across the United States, has been in contract negotiations with the company for four and half years, and entered federal mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB) in 2012. Southwest continues to threaten to fire the workers, all of whom secured time off in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement in order to attend the meeting. Read more