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Southwest flight dispatchers approve contract

Southwest Airlines flight dispatchers approved a new contract on Tuesday. (Star-Telegram/Joyce Marshall)
Southwest Airlines flight dispatchers approved a new contract on Tuesday. (Star-Telegram/Joyce Marshall) Star-Telegram

Southwest Airlines’ flight dispatchers voted overwhelming in favor of a new four-year contract.

Ninety-five percent of the dispatchers approved the contract which includes pay increase and bonuses for the employees.

“The company values our dispatchers, as evidenced by this agreement,” said Transport Workers Union local 550 president Mike Connor in a statement. “This group works around the clock to support the operation and plays a vital role in getting our passengers to their destinations safely and efficiently.”

Recently, Southwest’s flight simulator technicians ratified their new four-year contract and the carrier reached agreements with its customer service agents and customer representatives late last year.

Southwest is still in contract negotiations with its pilots and flight attendants union.

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