After four years without a contract, Southwest Airlines pilots are planning to picket in Houston at Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas, today between 9 am to 12 pm.
Pilots will be seen picketing outside the ticket counter, baggage claim and entry points to the airport.
Hundreds of uniformed pilots from Southwest Airlines
Captain Jon Weaks – SWAPA President; Captain Mike Panebianco – Vice President, Uniformed flight attendants, mechanics, and pilots from other airlines will be part of this demonstration.
Southwest Airlines pilots have been without an acceptable contract since 2012. During that time, shareholders have been rewarded with nearly $6 billion in stock buybacks while the pilot group has not had a raise since 2011.
After four years of negotiations, SWAPA continues to demonstrate their collective displeasure to management, the flying public, and Southwest Airlines shareholders. Four years, particularly during a time of record profits, is far too long for a company known for its “LUV” to not provide a worthy contract offer to its operational front-line leaders – the pilots.
Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 8,300 pilots of Southwest Airlines. SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts, defending contractual rights and actively promoting professionalism and safety.