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TWU Local 555 ratifies tentative agreement with Southwest

27th March 2009 - 20:12 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Southwest Airlines has announced that its ramp, operations, provisioning, and freight agent employees, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 555, have voted to ratify the tentative, three-year agreement both parties reached in February 2009.

The new contract is active through to 30 June 2011. The official Collective Bargaining Agreement will be signed in Dallas on 7 April 2009.

"We're very pleased our hard-working employees represented by TWU 555 voted to ratify this new contract," said Greg Wells, senior vice-president of operations. "Today's positive vote allows us to reward [these] employees for their contributions to Southwest, but at the same time enables the company to sustain its success in an increasingly tough economy."

The new contract delivers raises in exchange for work rule improvements and scheduling flexibility along with productivity and gained efficiencies. TWU Local 555 represents approximately 7,780 Southwest Airlines employees.

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