Southwest's Appearance Technicians ratify tentative pact with company
Southwest Airlines announced that its Appearance Technicians, represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, have voted to ratify a four-year tentative agreement with the Company. The new collective bargaining agreement takes effect immediately, ahead of the current contract's February 2017 amendable date. "I am grateful our Appearance Technicians have a new contract that provides increased pay and benefits and supports the Company's long-term business plan," said Landon Nitschke, Southwest Airlines Vice President Maintenance Operations. "I also applaud the work of both negotiating teams to secure this agreement." AMFA represents just over 200 Southwest Airlines Appearance Technicians and reports that of those who cast ballots, 88% voted in favor of the new contract.