For Immediate Release
February 19, 2016
Contact: Jamie Horwitz, (202) 549-4921, Patti Adams, (501) 519-2743 or Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834
In a Close Vote, Ground Workers Approve New Contract with Southwest Airlines
New labor agreement includes 20 percent wage increase, first raises in five years
for many ramp workers at highly profitable airline
DALLAS—After a five-year, often difficult contract battle, Transport Workers Union Local 555, the union representing 12,000 ground crew workers employed by Southwest Airlines, announced today that union members narrowly voted to approve a tentative agreement with the airline. TWU members by a close margin, 50.4 percent (4,703) cast “yes” votes, and 49.6 percent voted “no” (4,628), out of 11,073 eligible. Electronic voting began February 4 and concluded earlier today. Ballots were tallied this afternoon in Dallas.