Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that its Mechanics and Related Employees, represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), voted in favor of a new collective bargaining agreement. It is the seventh contract ratified by Southwest Airlines® and its union partners since October 2022.
"Our Mechanics and Related Employees bring their technical expertise in many areas and do a great job maintaining Southwest's fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft," said Adam Carlisle, Vice President Labor Relations at Southwest Airlines. "This contract provides them with industry-competitive compensation while continuing to support the needs of our operation."
"We are proud of both negotiating committees who worked hard during these negotiations to reach a deal," said Bret Oestreich, AMFA National President. "This agreement represents a return to our mutually beneficial relationship of years past with Southwest Airlines. We are proud that we were able to negotiate an agreement that shows our members that they're appreciated and respected, while being recognized for their professionalism and hard work."
"The new industry-leading agreement provides wage increases that rightfully compensate our Members for their Boeing 737 knowledge and skill sets. With the wage increases in this contract extension, Southwest will be able to attract and retain the professional, talented workforce it needs while allowing the company to grow and prosper," Oestreich said.
This agreement covers Southwest's 2,870 Mechanics and Related Employees, which includes the Company's Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Aircraft Inspectors, Maintenance Controllers, Training Instructors, and Ground Support Equipment Technicians, and becomes amendable on August 16, 2027.
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1U.S. Dept. of Transportation most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded
2Fulltime-equivalent active Employees
31973-2019 annual profitability
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