Southwest Airlines Pilots Plan to Picket at Love Field Next Week

By Paul Riegler on 27 January 2016
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DSC_0819The union representing pilots at Southwest Airlines announced plans to picket the carrier at its hometown airport, Dallas Love Field, next Thursday.

The move by the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association is intended to show its members’ displeasure in not yet having a new contract after four years of negotiations with the company. The action will be the pilots’ “first-ever informational picket” at the city-owned airport.

“After nearly four years in negotiations toward a new contract, SWAPA has decided to demonstrate their collective displeasure to management, the flying public, and Southwest shareholders,” the union said in a statement on Wednesday. “Four years, particularly during a time of record profits, is far too long for a company known for its ‘LUV’ to not provide a worthy contract offer to its operational front line leaders — the pilots.”

Southwest said it’s “eager to resume negotiations” with the pilots. Representatives of both the union and the airline are scheduled to meet separately next week with federal mediators

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