Southwest Mechanics Request Government Mediation

A union representing aircraft maintenance technicians working for Southwest Airlines has called on the US National Mediation Board to help facilitate stalled pa

A union representing aircraft maintenance technicians working for Southwest Airlines has called on the US National Mediation Board to help facilitate stalled pay negotiations.

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), which represents 2,000 Southwest mechanics, says that its members have been in talks with the low-cost carrier for almost three years and that Southwest “refuses to have meaningful negotiations”.

“When we started these negotiations we anticipated that we would reach a tentative agreement and the negotiations would conclude in a reasonable timeframe, especially in light of the unprecedented profits being enjoyed by Southwest Airlines. Unfortunately, this has not been the case,” stated Louie Key, AMFA’s national director.

 

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