Southwest pilots union to vote on 5-year agreement

09/18/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Board members at the union representing Southwest Airlines pilots have tentatively approved a new contract, sending it to the full membership for a vote. The balloting comes seven months after a previous agreement was rejected by about 51% of the 5,900 members of the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association. "Although this new proposal was negotiated during a very different and consistently challenging economic period than the previous tentative agreement, we are proud that we could still offer our hardworking pilots a proposal that is responsible, yet reflects the current uncertain economic outlook," said Southwest CEO Gary Kelly.

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