Appearance technicians employed by Southwest Airlines have voted in favor of ratifying a four-year tentative labor contract with the Dallas-based carrier.
The new collective bargaining agreement, ratified with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association union, will begin with immediate effect ahead of the current contract’s amendable date of February 2017.
AMFA, which represents more than 200 Southwest Airlines Appearance Technicians, reported that 88 per cent voted in favor of the new labor contract.
An extension to the tentative contract, which will run until 2021, was initially agreed between the carrier and the AMFA last month subject to voting approval.
Landon Nitschke, Southwest Airlines vice president maintenance operations, said that the new deal provides increased pay and benefits and “supports the company's long-term business plan”.