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Southwest Airlines flight attendants to vote on proposed contract

Southwest Airlines’ training facility and headquarters are visible in the background as on of their 737s departs Love Field in Dallas, Friday, September 23, 2016. Special/Brandon Wade
Southwest Airlines’ training facility and headquarters are visible in the background as on of their 737s departs Love Field in Dallas, Friday, September 23, 2016. Special/Brandon Wade Star-Telegram

Southwest Airlines flight attendants will vote on a proposed contract next month.

The Transport Workers Union Local 556 executive board decided on Friday to send the tentative agreement out to flight attendants for a ratification vote. The vote will be held from October 16 through October 31.

“This is a straightforward [tenetative agreement] that rewards your contributions as a Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant to our Company’s success,” the union told its members on Friday. Details of the proposed contract have not been released.

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.

“I’m pleased that our flight Attendants will have the opportunity to review and vote on this Tentative Agreement,” said Sonya Lacore, Southwest’s vice president of cabin services. “The Southwest and TWU 556 negotiating teams worked diligently to reach an agreement intended to immediately reward and recognize the more than 14,500 flight attendants that contribute to the success of Southwest Airlines.”

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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