It's a day early but Southwest Airlines ground workers are showing a little "LUV" to the Dallas-based carrier's executives in the hope that their "LUV" will be returned.
On Wednesday, the Transport Workers Union which represents 9,000 ground workers, will present valentine cards to Southwest executives as contract negotiations continue between both sides. The cards are "lighthearted" union leaders said but underscore the seriousness of contract talks.
"Our members do not understand why a company with a $421 million profit last year is asking for concessions," said TWU local 555 president Charles Cerf, adding that contract talks have been ongoing since July 2011. "This new approach to labor relations is disappointing and we encourage management to remember that working harmoniously with Southwest’s workers in the past has significantly contributed to the success of our airline and benefited not only employees, but our customers."
Southwest flight attendants, who are also represented by the TWU, will also deliver cards to executives at Southwest headquarters around noon on Wednesday.