Union To Take Southwest To Mediation

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has confirmed it is applying to take Southwest Airlines to a formal mediation hearing with the US National Mediation Board after failing to come to an agreement over pay. The union represents 6,000 Southwest employees and has been in negotiations with the low-cost carrier over wage increases for two years, but it says the airline “refuses to offer any real improvements”. IAM District 142 president Tom Higginbotham, said: “[Southwest’s] management is hell-bent to move to a risky variable compensation system as opposed to offering guaranteed wage increases.”

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