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Airline Division News, Week Ending January 25, 2014

SWA Negotiations Update

SWA Material Specialist Contract Negotiations continued in Dallas this week. The Negotiating Committee, along with Local Union Business Agents and Airline Division Representatives met outside of negotiations on January 21st to work on Articles 23 (General and Miscellaneous), 11 (Vacation) and 27 (Shift and Day Trades). Direct negotiations with the Company continued on January 22nd and 23rd, with the Company made a counter-proposal on Article 27.    

The Union made a counter proposal on Article 23. Although no Tentative Agreements were reached during the session, productive discussions were held with the Company on Article 11 (Vacation) and Article 23 (General and Miscellaneous).   

Dates for the next round of talks are currently being discussed.


Airline Industry News 

Governmental and Regulatory 

Arizona lawmakers are considering a plan to make pointing lasers at aircraft a felony in the state.  

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is promising to work to boost airport workers’ salaries

The pilots of a Southwest Airlines flight that landed at the wrong airport might have been distracted by a third person who was with them in the plane's cockpit, National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said this week. 


Airlines, Industry and Labor

U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay on Friday denied the Transport Workers Union’s request for a temporary restraining order against Southwest Airlines Co. in a dispute over absences and sick leave. 

United Airlines plans to offer flight attendants who were scheduled for furlough in April a chance to work for Continental Airlines.  

American Airlines Group is offering cash incentives to its employees that can outdo its rivals on on-time arrivals and departures, baggage handling and customer satisfaction.