Southwest Pilots Reach New Agreement

By Jesse Sokolow on 1 November 2016
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DSC_0208Southwest Airlines pilots voted to ratify a tentative contract between the airline and the pilots that was reached in September.

Pilots had picketed at Dallas Love Field in August to call attention to the lack of a new contract.

The carrier and the union representing its pilots, Transport Workers Union Local 556, reached a tentative agreement on September 9, although neither would release any details about the agreement or the date for the ratification vote.

The new contract, which goes into effect November 1, includes 12.45% total wage increases compounded over two years, as well as a 15.9% ratification bonus.

“We are pleased to report that a majority of our members have voted to accept the industry-leading tentative agreement reached with Southwest Airlines management,” said Audrey Stone, president of Transport Workers Union Local 556, in a statement.

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