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southwest airlines Flight attendants will receive cumulative pay increases of 36% in their new five-year contracts, according to details of a tentative agreement shared with flight attendants on Wednesday.
Flight attendants are the latest airline labor group to win a pay increase after years of difficult negotiations over the details of new working conditions. Pilots, flight attendants and other airline employees have been waiting for raises for years since the coronavirus pandemic stalled negotiations and pushed companies to increase pay and improve work rules as travel resumes. He claimed that there was no.
According to a message from the union to flight attendants, the new labor agreement includes a 20% raise in January when the agreement is signed, a 3% raise after the agreement is signed, and a retroactive raise to the end of 2019.
The agreement still requires approval from union members. Flight attendants are expected to begin voting on the tentative agreement in mid-November.
If approved, Southwest Airlines would also increase pay by 8% for on-call flight attendants and provide them with overtime pay if they work outside of on-call hours.
Pilots and flight attendants have repeatedly complained about unpredictable schedules and difficulty obtaining assignments during flight disruptions. That was especially evident during the 2022 holiday meltdown in the Southwest.
Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. We are still negotiating with the pilot.
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