FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2015
CONTACT: Ori Korin (202) 374-6103
United Invincible: TWU International Stands With Southwest Ground Workers
International President Says It’s Time to Change the Way Airlines Bargain
Earlier this week, after TWU Local 555 held a regional union meeting in Southern California to discuss stalled contract negotiations with Southwest Airlines and potential options available to them through the Railway Labor Act, the airline began suspending members of the local and threatening to fire workers in some Southern California cities. The union, which represents ramp workers and other ground crews at airports across the United States, has been in contract negotiations with the company for four and half years, and entered federal mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB) in 2012. Southwest continues to threaten to fire the workers, all of whom secured time off in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement in order to attend the meeting.