Southwest Pilots Announce They May Go On Strike One Month After Airline’s Nationwide Meltdown

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - FEBRUARY 25, 2019: A Southwest Airlines baggage handler delivers passenger luggage to the terminal at Albuquerque International Sunport in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

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  • “We believe that May 1 provides a date that allows our union time to prepare and gives our customers time to book elsewhere, so that they can have confidence that their summer vacations, honeymoons, and family outings are assured,” Murray added. “It is not a decision we have taken lightly, but given the trajectory of our current leadership group, we have little faith in the stability and future of our airline.”
  • Negotiations between the labor union and Southwest Airlines are scheduled to resume on January 24, according to a press release from the company, which said that the scheduled authorization vote is not expected to impact operations.
  • Southwest canceled some 16,700 flights between December 21 and December 31, according to a filing submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month.

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