Tentative Agreement turned down by Southwest pilots

Members of the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) have voted to reject a new contract with Southwest Airlines.

After a 45-day education and voting period, the result showed 38.36% of those who voted in favour and 61.64% voted against ratification of the federally-mediated Tentative Agreement. In a strong turnout, more than 95.1% of the union's members voted.

"Our membership has spoken and we will return to the bargaining table in order to bring our pilots a contract they can rally behind," said SWAPA president Captain Paul Jackson. "Despite increased compensation and some work rule improvements, there were new company allowances in this agreement that our pilots did not find palatable when compared to the potential gains. While feedback was received during the voting process, we will need to pinpoint which exact issues our membership need addressed with the company."

SWAPA's board of directors will convene in Dallas shortly to decide collectively the next steps toward a return to negotiations.

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