Southwest Airlines and its flight attendants union reached an agreement-in-principle for a new contract on Friday.
The Transport Workers Union Local 556 board will now review the agreement before deciding if 14,500 flight attendants should vote on whether or not to ratify the proposal. Details of the agreement were not released.
“I am pleased that we have reached this tentative agreement which, if ratified, will allow us to continue rewarding the many contributions that our Flight Attendants make to the success of Southwest Airlines,” said Sonya Lacore, vice president of cabin services.
The two sides have been negotiating for over three years to reach a new contract. In July 2015, flight attendants voted down a six-year contract that included wage increases and bonuses.
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“Our members are the best flight attendants in the industry and provide legendary service to our customers. We deserve a contract that recognizes that dedication and professionalism,” said TWU Local 556 president Audrey Stone. “In the end, the members of TWU Local 556 have the ultimate vote on approving any new contract.”
This is the second large union contract deal that Southwest management has reached in the past few weeks. In August, the Dallas-based carrier reached an agreement-in-principle with its pilots union that included retroactive pay and annual raises.