TWU Local 555 at Chicago Midway: Southwest wants to outsource some of our ramp work
Southwest Airlines‘ (Dallas) ramp workers at its Chicago (Midway) hub, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), handed out leaflets yesterday (June 19) to passengers at MDW to explain their side in the continuing contract negotiations with the company that began in July 2011 but so far have resulted in little progress according to this article by CBS News.
TWU says Southwest wants the contract authority to replace up to 20 percent of the TWU workers with contract workers provided by (lower cost) independent contractors.
Is the beginning of the end of friendly labor relations at Southwest?
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In other news, Southwest has begun retiring its 25 Boeing 737-500s (the first two – 513 and 519 have been retired).
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