Southwest Airlines today announced that its Flight Instructors have approved the tentative agreement that was reached with Union negotiators in late January.
Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 557 reports that 68 percent of those who cast ballots voted in favor of the four-year contract.
“I applaud the work of the negotiating teams and the leadership displayed throughout the process,” said Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven. “This agreement recognizes the significant contributions of our Flight Instructors and delivers needed flexibility to support Southwest’s expanding network.”
The Contract contains across-the-board pay raises, bonus opportunities, and mutually beneficial work-rule changes that meet the needs of the Instructors and the Company.
The newly ratified contract becomes amendable December 31, 2019.
In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 49,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.