Southwest Airlines Pilots Association Announces 24-Hour Picket

posted on 7th June 2023 by Eddie Saunders
Southwest Airlines Pilots Association Announces 24-Hour Picket

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) will be conducting a 24-hour informational picket June 15-16 outside Southwest Airlines’ headquarters starting at 8 a.m. CT.

SWAPA has become increasingly frustrated with Southwest’s lack of commitment to meet during this negotiation cycle.

SWAPA leaders have repeatedly requested more frequent bargaining dates in order to reach an agreement, but so far, SWA Labor Relations has committed to just 15 days of negotiations between now and Labor Day.

“This 24-hour picket is meant to symbolize that just as Southwest leaders depend on our pilots both day and night, weekday and weekend to get our passengers from point A to point B, we depend on our company to earnestly come to the table — day or night, weekday or weekend — to reward the most productive pilots in the industry. Our pilots stand ready to work and to negotiate any time.” SWAPA

SWAPA and Southwest have been in negotiations for a new contract for more than three years and in federal mediation since September 2022.