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Southwest Airlines, Teamsters reach agreement on new contract for material specialists


After almost four years of negotiations, Southwest Airlines and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters reached an agreement on a new contract for the 300 material specialists at the carrier.

The agreement-in-principle covers the employees who are responsible for delivering, storing and stocking aircraft parts at the Dallas-based carrier.

“This agreement acknowledges their contributions, even as it supports our aim of being the number one low-fare carrier in the country,” said Landon Nitschke, vice president of maintenance operations at Southwest.

Details of the proposed contract were not released. The Teamsters said contract language will be finalized in the next few weeks and then sent out to its members for a ratification vote.

“I am pleased with the ability of the union negotiators and Southwest Airlines to work cooperatively to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement and to do so without entering into the cumbersome federal mediation process,” said David Bourne, director of the Teamsters airline division.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk