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TWU 556 Negotiating Team

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Your Negotiating Team (NT) just wrapped up another three days at the bargaining table with Southwest Airlines Management, following our five days at the table last week. As expected, talks this week became tense at times as we delved deeper into issues revolving around economics. Even though both sides remain a good distance apart on […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: October 31, 2014, 3:48 am
The TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) returns to the bargaining table today with Southwest Airlines Management. Our Members expect a fair agreement in the most critical areas of the Contract, affecting our quality of life and compensation. Your NT is fighting for you at the bargaining table based on what you told us is […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: October 29, 2014, 5:29 pm
Our TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) concluded what turned out to be an unprecedented five consecutive days of bargaining with Southwest Airlines Management on October 24. We were originally scheduled to negotiate on October 20-21, but during our discussions on October 20, I asked Management to extend bargaining through October 22. They agreed, and then […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: October 26, 2014, 5:26 am
Your TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) returned to the bargaining table with Southwest Airlines Management this week during a two-day session, hosted at the Union Office on October 1 & 2. Attorney Jeff Bott, of the law firm Phillips, Richard and Rind, P.A., assisted us at the table. Your NT continued the fight to […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: October 5, 2014, 11:10 pm
The TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) met with Southwest Airlines Management for three days of intense bargaining on September 10, 11 and 12. I am pleased to report that we have reached Tentative Agreements (TA’s) on four additional Articles: 12 – Exchange of Trips, 13 – Uniforms, 29 – Domiciles, and 33 – Commuter […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: September 15, 2014, 7:04 pm
Thank you for keeping up with your Negotiating Team (NT).   We just finished two productive days at the table. We had good discussions over Articles 11 – Reserve, 12 – Exchange of Trips, 13 – Uniforms, 14 -Vacations, and 28 – Scheduling Policy.  We return to the table quickly on August 27, and will be working […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: August 25, 2014, 3:30 pm
  • TWU Local 556 President Audrey Stone stopped by the Labor Relations Department at Southwest Airlines Headquarters today. It was a real “treat” to run into Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gary Kelley, dressed as one of the Beatles.

    Audrey sang her favorite Beatles song, “Don’t Let Me Down,” all the way back to the Union Office.

    Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB9tqgdCt5I


  • Your Negotiating Team (NT) just wrapped up another three days at the bargaining table with Southwest Airlines Management, following our five days at the table last week. As expected, talks this week became tense at times as we delved deeper into issues revolving around economics. Even though both sides remain a good distance apart on some of the major issues, I am happy to report some movement by Management—but not enough.

    I have made clear to Management that we will not settle for anything less than fair wages and work rules for the hardest working Flight Attendants in the industry. Our team fully understands the current aviation market, where we rank within the industry, and the future vision of Southwest Airlines. We spent many hours this week with both our Economist and Strategic Advisor, and we are confident that our requests are reasonable.

    At the end of bargaining today, we set dates for November 18, 19, 20 and December 1, 2, 15 and 16. It is my hope that Management’s team will use the time between now and then to review and consider our positions presented this week. I remain committed to bargaining in good faith and representing the voice of you, the Membership of Transport Workers Union Local 556.

    I want to thank you all for your support and continued commitment during these negotiations. It is important now, more than ever, for us to stand united and strong, and continue to show Management each and every day why we deserve another industry-leading Contract.

    In Solidarity,
    Audrey Stone


  • The TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) returns to the bargaining table today with Southwest Airlines Management. Our Members expect a fair agreement in the most critical areas of the Contract, affecting our quality of life and compensation.

    Your NT is fighting for you at the bargaining table based on what you told us is important to you. We’ve heard you, and know what you will and will not accept in a Tentative Agreement. We’ve drawn “Lines in the Sand” that must not be crossed. Now more than ever, it is vital that we remain unified as our livelihoods depend upon it.

    We will soon know if Management plans to honor the work we do and agree to a Contract that we deserve.


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  • If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is Union-made in America. Check out this list from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

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