Southwest Airlines Reaches Agreement in Principle with Pilots Union

By Paul Riegler on 29 August 2016
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DSC_0016Southwest Airlines and the union representing its 8,300 pilots said that the two sides had reached a tentative agreement for a new contract.

Once finalized and approved by the membership of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, the contract will increase pilot pay and retirement benefits. It will also allow the airline to enter international interline and codeshare agreements as well as to add the Boeing 737 Max, the latest version of the Boeing 737, to its fleet.

The two sides had been in negotiations for over four years and union members picketed last week at Dallas Love Field, the carrier’s home airport, to call attention to the lack of a new contract.

“While a new contract is certainly not a done deal, this is the next step in the process,” said the union’s president, Captain Jon Weaks, adding that “the membership will have the final decision as always.”

Southwest’s pilots rejected an earlier tentative agreement last November.

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