Southwest Airlines Pilots Reject Tentative Agreement

By Paul Riegler on 4 November 2015
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DSC_0493.client.1397312863.conflictSouthwest Airlines announced that its pilots rejected the tentative contract agreement reached in September.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said that 62% of its members voted against the deal.

“We will continue working until we have a contract that meets the needs of our Pilots and the Company,” said Craig Drew, the airline’s vice president of field operations.

The vote means that the negotiating committees from the airline and union will resume talks under the guidance of the National mediation Board in the spring of 2016.

At the time, the union’s board did not endorse the contract when it brought it to its membership.

“After four days of intense review and discussion, the board did not endorse or reject the agreement but believes that the ultimate decision should be made by the 8,000-plus members of the union,” the union said in a statement in September.

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