Machinists Union Members Approve New Deal at Southwest Airlines

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced approximately 6,500 Passenger Service and Reservations Agents at Southwest Airlines overwhelmingly approved a new contract.

The four-year accord contains wage improvements that preserve the highest base wage rates in the airline industry. The contract also includes a signing bonus, industry-best job security provisions, maintains the industry’s most lucrative defined-contribution retirement plan and improves vacation flexibility, among other gains.

“I thank IAM members at Southwest for their support and solidarity throughout this process,” said IAM District 142 President Dave Supplee. “The negotiations team did a great job maintaining industry-leading terms for IAM members at Southwest Airlines.”

“Through their collective voice, IAM members at Southwest proved that the best agreement in the industry can be achieved by standing together,” said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “I thank IAM negotiators for demonstrating great resolve during a tenuous round of bargaining.”

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