Maintenance Work / Maintenance Backlog / Deferred Maintenance / Manufacturing News

Southwest Airlines' new mechanics contract gives immediate 20 percent pay hike

By Bloomberg, via Dallas News

Mar 18, 2019

Get Plant Services delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday! Sign up for  Plant Services' complimentary Smart Minute (Monday-Thursday) and Smart Digest  (Friday) e-newsletters to get maintenance and reliability know-how you can put  to use today, plus the latest manufacturing news from around the Web, white  papers, and more. Learn more and subscribe for free today.

Southwest Airlines Co. and the union for its mechanics reached an agreement in principle for a new contract Saturday, amid an exchange of lawsuits and more than six years after beginning negotiations.

The proposed five-year accord would give mechanics $160 million in retroactive pay, an immediate 20 percent raise effective April 1, and 3 percent annual increases each August, according to a joint statement from the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association and Southwest.

The terms are an improvement from a proposal union members rejected in September, but since increased in part because of the added time they had worked without a new contract.

Southwest secured work rule changes that will allow the low-cost carrier to become more efficient. The two sides must put the agreement into contract language before it is sent to members for a vote.

Read the full story, "Southwest Airlines' new mechanics contract gives immediate 20 percent pay hike," at www.dallasnews.com.