Southwest Airlines ramp, operations and cargo agents approve new contract

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Southwest Airlines Co. today announced a ratified collective bargaining agreement for nearly 18,000 Southwest Airlines Ramp, Operations, Provisioning, and Cargo Agents.

The contract covers the second-highest number of Employees, represented by the Transport Workers Union Local 555 (TWU 555), of the airline’s 12 labour agreements.

Adam Carlisle, Vice President Labour Relations at Southwest Airlines said: “Our Ramp, Operations, Provisioning, and Cargo Agents provide exceptional Customer Service and are essential to the Southwest experience.

“This new labor contract rewards them for their work and places them competitively in the industry.”

Along with compensation increases and a bonus, the new contract includes provisions allowing Southwest to continue investing in areas that drive efficiency and provides for Company-paid maternity and parental leaves.

The agreement with TWU 555 becomes amendable on March 21, 2029.