Wed, May 06, 2009
The International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 142 has announced a
tentative four-year collective bargaining agreement with Southwest
Airlines covering the carrier's 5,300 customer service and
"This tentative agreement recognizes the vital role IAM members
play in Southwest's success by providing wage increases today and
enhanced retirement benefits tomorrow," said IAM District 142
President Tom Higginbotham. "The tentative agreement provides
retroactive wage increases, increased employer 401(k) contributions
and expands job security provisions."
Negotiations began August 28, 2008, and the current agreement
became amendable on October 31, 2008. The District 142 negotiating
committee unanimously recommends membership ratification of the
agreement. Complete terms will be released to the membership in the
coming days and available at the IAM District 142 website. A
membership ratification schedule is being developed.
The Machinists Union is the largest airline union in North
America, representing more than 100,000 airline employees.
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