Southwest Airlines Ratification Meeting Date and Times Update

September 16, 2021 Admin 0

Brothers and Sisters:

Please note, all meetings in all reservation centers will now be held from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. local time, to allow all members the opportunity to participate in the meeting and vote.

Also, the Sarasota (SRQ) meeting will be held on October 30th, in the Breakroom, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. local time.

Please take the time to attend the meeting, ask any questions or concerns, and cast your ballot.




IAM/Southwest Airlines Tentative Agreement Questions and Answers

September 15, 2021 Admin 0

Below are questions we have received regarding the Tentative Agreement and the responses to those questions. If you have additional questions that are not addressed below, please submit them to and one of the General Chairs will respond to your question. In addition, we are coming to each station to answer any questions prior to your voting on this Tentative Agreement. Please check the District website – for updates. If you are not receiving these emails, please sign up by going to the website. On the top left corner of the home page is a red button “Join Read More...

IAM Southwest Airlines Ratification Details

September 14, 2021 Admin 0

Brothers and Sisters:

Question and Answer sessions will occur alongside with voting. Negotiators and General Chairs will be present in each location to explain all changes made, and available to answer questions. 

Only members in good standing will be allowed to participate in the ratification process.

Members will be able to vote in any location; however, everyone must have a Company badge or government issued picture i.d.

There is no provision for absentee ballots under the IAM Constitution. Members must vote in person.

Ballots will be overnighted to the District Lodge at the end of each voting day. Executed ballots will be … Read More...

IAM Southwest Airlines Negotiations – Tentative Agreement Highlights

August 27, 2021 Admin 0

Sisters and Brothers:

After continuation of Negotiations, being conducted under the guidance of the National Mediation Board with Mediator Gerry McGuckin, a Tentative Agreement (TA) has been reached between the IAM and the Company.

Economic gains and financial job security resulting in a 12% wage increase over three (3) years for the membership. Here are the highlights of the new Agreement:

  • 4% wage increase on date of ratification (DOR)
  • 3% increase DOR +12 months
  • 3% increase DOR +24 months
  • 2% increase DOR +36 months
  • Improved Mandatory Overtime Language
    • Enhanced language for rest rule
    • Thirty-Two (32) hour monthly cap on Mandatory

Southwest Airlines Update – April 1, 2020

April 2, 2020 Admin 0

April 1, 2020

With the ever changing way of life we all are experiencing we want to give our members an update on issues at Southwest Airlines. Should you have any specific concerns or questions, please reach out to your local stewards or your General Chair.

Employee Time Off (ETO) Program

The company has offered ground employees an “enhanced” personal leave of absence program. This is a company program, not something they negotiated with any labor group. While it is not in violation of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), it does raise the question why our work group is being … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Negotiations Update – March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 Admin 0

March 13, 2020

Your Negotiating Committee met with Southwest Airlines Management, under the auspices of the National Mediation Board (NMB), March 10-12, 2020, at the Kansas City Airport Marriott. Your Committee came motivated and eager to reach an agreement deserving of the membership. Over the course of our sessions, we worked late into the night meeting with the Company, diligently going over proposals, reevaluating language and ‘thinking out of the box’ in an effort to bring our negotiations to a close.

Unfortunately, due to outside circumstances, namely the COVID-19 crisis, we were unable to reach an agreement. The nationwide pandemic, … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Negotiations Update – March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020 Admin 0

March 9, 2020

We have been advised by the National Mediation Board (NMB) that our first negotiations session with Mediator Victoria Gray will be held March 10 through 12 in Kansas City, Missouri. We look forward to Ms. Gray’s assistance in obtaining the contract you – the membership — deserve. 

We understand many members will have questions regarding the mediation process. The Negotiating Committee is planning station visits and attending local lodge meetings between negotiation sessions in order to explain how mediation works and answer general questions about our negotiations to date. The Committee will also be available to give … Read More...

IAM and Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update

March 1, 2020 Admin 0

February 28, 2020

Your Negotiation Committee met at the Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center in Dallas, Texas. February 25 – 27, 2020 to prepare for mediation. We briefly met with the company but were unable to resolve our remaining concerns.

Negotiations will resume, with the assistance of the mediator. Tentative dates are scheduled. Your continued solidarity and support are appreciated. Please go to our website at and sign up for email updates to get the latest updates on negotiations.


April Butler    Kenny Champagne    Carrie Lessley    Jessica Morris

Ian Scott-Anderman 

Lollie Beecher (MSY)    …

IAM and Southwest Airlines Negotiations Headed to Mediation

February 14, 2020 Admin 0

February 14, 2020

After more than two years of negotiations with Southwest Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it invoked its right to mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to help resolve the dispute over a new contract for 7,852 Southwest Airlines Passenger Service and Reservation employees.

While many contract issues remain unresolved, the one issue that has completely derailed negotiations is Southwest’s treatment of its employees. The carrier is demanding to continue its unusual practice of requiring employees to return to work after their shift has ended and forcing them to work … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update – January 27, 2020

January 28, 2020 Admin 0

January 27, 2020

Negotiations continued January 21 – 23, 2020 at Southwest Airlines Headquarters Dallas, Texas. Discussions took place with Articles Six (Hours of Service) and Twenty-Seven (Wage Rules). The company’s position remains the same and no further movement continued with Article Seven (Overtime). Your committee worked with the remaining open articles.
Future sessions to be determined. Your solidarity and support are appreciated. 
Please go to our website at and sign up for email updates to get the latest updates on negotiations.

April Butler               Kenny Champagne        Carrie Lessley            Jessica Morris

Ian Scott-Anderman

Lollie Beecher (MSY)            …