Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants Ratify New Contract

Pressrelease from TVU – The union of Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants

DALLAS (April 24, 2024) – Standing in Solidarity, Members of TWU Local 556, the Union of Southwest Airlines, achieved several historic firsts since their Contract became amendable, including flying through a pandemic, taking the Local’s first-ever Strike Authorization Vote, enduring the airline’s most epic operational meltdown, and even voting down a previous tenative agreement – all on their way to a historic agreement with Southwest Airlines, one that introduces record gains for Flight Attendants and sets a new standard for the profession.

“This was about our Members raising their voices and choosing to lift not only themselves, but also an entire industry. With their tenacity and perserverance, the Flight Attendants of Southwest Airlines have shown that we can do great things when we are committed to standing in Solidarity,” Lyn Montgomery, President and Lead Negotiator of TWU Local 556, said.

“It’s an honor and privilege to serve this Membership in such a time as this.” Representing historic gains in improvements to compensation and quality of life, TWU Local 556 Members have ratified a tentative agreement that maintains the shortest duty day and highest pay in the industry, adds compensation for irregular operations like those experienced during the historic operational meltdown, maintains no minimums, and includes industry-first paid maternity and parental leave.

This new contract governs the working relationship between TWU Local 556 and Southwest Airlines for four years, and includes:
● 22.325% snap-up raise May 1, 2024 + 3% in 2025, +3% in 2026 and +3% in 2027 ● Ratification bonus paid to Flight Attendants based on how much they flew during the years of negotiations, a total of at least $364 million
● Industry-first paid maternal and parental leave, with healthcare coverage
● Additional compensation for extra time spent on the ground while on duty
● Enhanced compensation for irregular operations
● Premium pay for extended duty day
● Pay protections for Flight Attendants who experience an on-the-job injury
● Holiday pay for an additional three holidays (July 4 th , Memorial Day and Labor Day)

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