Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today filed a complaint with the Federal District Court in Dallas, Texas, against the Transport Workers Union (TWU 555) for violating provisions of the Railway Labor Act. On Wednesday, Ground Operations, Provisioning, and Cargo Agents in Burbank, Ontario, and Los Angeles failed to report for work as ongoing contract negotiations continue.
The suit contends TWU helped organize and support the effort with the intention of disrupting Southwest flight operations. The Company said that Union representatives distributed notices about the event and that TWU is responsible for the work action.
Southwest enacted contingency plans and experienced no major systemwide disruptions.
Negotiations between Southwest and the TWU began in 2012 and are currently under the guidance of the National Mediation Board.
Southwest will have no further commentary on this pending, legal matter.
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