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Southwest Airlines flight instructors approve new contract

Southwest Airlines aircraft taxiing in front of the Dallas-based carrier’s headquarters at Dallas Love Field.
Southwest Airlines aircraft taxiing in front of the Dallas-based carrier’s headquarters at Dallas Love Field. aahles@star-telegram.com

Southwest Airlines said its flight instructors approved a new contract that includes pay raises.

About 68 percent of the votes were in favor of the new four-year agreement, according to the Transport Workers Union Local 557, who represents the flight instructors.

“This agreement recognizes the significant contributions of our Flight Instructors and delivers needed flexibility to support Southwest's expanding network,” said Southwest chief operating officer Mike Van de Ven.

The agreement also includes possible bonuses and work rule changes for the flight instructors. The new deal will become amendable on December 31, 2019.

This is the second tentative agreement approved by Southwest workers this year. Earlier this month, ramp, cargo and operations workers narrowly approved a contract that included raises and work rule changes.

Southwest continues to negotiate with its pilots and flight attendants unions as both groups rejected tentative agreements last year.

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