Machinists Union, Southwest Airlines Reach Tentative Contract

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it reached a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines covering approximately 6,500 Passenger Service and Reservations Agents.

The four year tentative accord contains wage improvements that preserve the highest base wage rates in the airline industry, a signing bonus, industry-best job security provisions, maintains the highest company match defined contribution retirement plan and improved vacation flexibility, among other gains.

“I thank IAM members at Southwest for their patience and support 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 at a time when the carrier had other ideas.”

“This is a contract that IAM members at Southwest Airlines can be proud of,” said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “IAM negotiators demonstrated great resolve during an oftentimes tenuous round of bargaining.”

The IAM negotiating committee unanimously recommends ratification of the tentative pact.

Information meetings and a ratification schedule are in development.

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