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Southwest reaches tentative deal with pilots union

Southwest, the nation’s fourth-biggest airline, has about 8,000 pilots.
Southwest, the nation’s fourth-biggest airline, has about 8,000 pilots. Star-Telegram

Southwest Airlines says it has reached an agreement with union negotiators on terms for a new contract with pilots, whose approval would be needed before it takes effect.

Terms weren’t disclosed late Thursday.

Leaders of the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association are expected to meet later this month to decide whether to hold a ratification vote. Southwest Vice President Craig Drew says the process is far from complete but the company is pleased to have this agreement.

Southwest has about 8,000 pilots. It’s the nation’s fourth-biggest airline, and 83 percent of its workers are represented by unions, according to a recent regulatory filing.

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