Southwest Reaches Tentative Agreement with Pilots Union but what about the Flight Attendants?

Southwest Airlines and the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), the union representing 11,000-plus Southwest pilots, have reached a tentative agreement on a contract. 

The pilots, who had been ready to strike if a deal was not met, now have until Jan. 22 to vote to approve or reject the contract, which the union’s board says, “achieves the goals of the pilot group, provides security for their families, and rewards their industry-leading productivity.” 

The agreement would run through December 2028 and give pilots pay increases over the next four years. It also includes improvements to work rules, staff schedules, disability coverage, and retirement benefits. 

Southwest’s flight attendants are also currently in contract negotiations. The Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 voted down a tentative contract earlier this month and are now back to negotiating a deal.