Southwest Meteorologists Ratify First Contract

Published on : Thursday, June 4, 2015

Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines announced today that its Meteorologists, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU 550), have approved their first-ever collective bargaining agreement following certification by the National Mediation Board late last year. The Company praised the efforts of the negotiating teams at a signing ceremony on Monday (June 1) and said that the inaugural agreement will provide adjusted wage-scale step increases and opportunities for individual and Company performance-based bonuses.

 

“I am very pleased the negotiation committees worked together to complete an agreement in such a timely manner,” said Vice President Network Operations Control Matt Hafner. “This initial contract, with its benefits and protections, demonstrates the value this Team brings to Southwest and supports a Company priority to provide our Employees a stable work environment.”

 

TWU 550 President Mike Connor said the agreement enhances collaboration between flight planning groups. “Our Meteorologists will be able to directly and proactively interact with Dispatchers. We see this opening communication channels that will benefit our Customers, our Company, and our operations, especially as we expand our International service.”

 

Similar to agreements the Company recently reached with its Customer Service Agents and Customer Representatives, Flight Simulator Technicians, and Dispatchers, the new Meteorologist agreement aligns with the Company’s mission of providing its Employees a rewarding and stable work environment, while supporting the airline’s Vision of being the World’s Most Loved, Most Flown, and Most Profitable Airline.

 

The new, four-year contract becomes amendable on June 1, 2019.

 

Source:- Southwest Airlines

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