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Teamsters Material Specialists, Southwest Airlines Reach Agreement in Principle


(WASHINGTON) – The Southwest Material Specialists Negotiating Team, comprised of Teamster Airline Division International Representatives, local union business agents and rank-and-file committee members, have reached an agreement in principle to amend their current collective bargaining agreement with Southwest Airlines.

The negotiations, which began in September of 2013, have been successfully concluded. The current collective bargaining agreement covers more than 300 material specialists that deliver, store and stock aircraft parts and are members of Teamsters Locals 986, 104, 781, 19, 769, 455 and 210.

“I am pleased with the ability of the union negotiators and Southwest Airlines to work cooperatively to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement and to do so without entering into the cumbersome federal mediation process,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division.

Over the next few weeks, the Teamsters will work to finalize the contract language that will result in a tentative agreement.

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