Southwest Airlines And International Brotherhood Of Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement For Flight Simulator Technicians

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) have reached a Tentative Agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement for the carrier's Flight Simulator Technicians.

"This Tentative Agreement recognizes our Flight Simulator Technicians' hard work and rewards them for contributions they make to the success of our Company," said Vice President of Labor Relations Russell McCrady. "I'd like to thank both Negotiating Teams, which were able to reach this agreement before the amendable date of the current contract."

Southwest's nearly 50 Flight Simulator Technicians provide maintenance and engineering support for the equipment at the Company's Flight Training Center, where all of Southwest's Pilots receive training. The IBT will communicate directly with these Employees about the details of the agreement and the voting process.


In its 48th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 58,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually. Southwest became the nation's largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 99 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to serve Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.

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SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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