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Southwest executive of labor relations Randy Babbitt retires

Randy Babbitt, Southwest Airlines’ senior vice president of labor relations, announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Randy Babbitt, Southwest Airlines’ senior vice president of labor relations, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Wieck

As labor tensions continue to rise at Southwest Airlines, the carrier announced that its senior vice president of labor relations Randy Babbitt is retiring.

Babbitt, a former FAA Administrator, spent the last four years overseeing the Dallas-based carrier’s contract negotiations with its labor unions. During his tenure, Southwest reached new contract agreements with six union groups including its ramp workers.

“We wish Randy all the best in his retirement after a long and distinguished career in aviation,” said Mike Van de Ven, Southwest’s chief operating officer.

However, contracts with its pilots and flight attendants unions were both voted down by union members. The Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association plans to picket outside of Dallas Love Field on Wednesday as the pilots have been without a new contract since 2012.

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