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February 20, 2014

Southwest ground crew workers picket outside of Phoenix meeting

Local555Phoenix02_20_03On Thursday, several Southwest Airlines ground crew workers picketed outside of a company meeting in Phoenix, protesting the lack of progress in its contract negotiations with the Dallas-based airline.

Workers held signs that said "bags fly free because of me" and "Southwest Airlines, the former 'LUV' airline" at the informational picket.

"We all used to love working at the 'LUV' airline, but not anymore," said Transport Workers Union Local 555 president Charles Cerf. "The question [Southwest CEO] Gary Kelly should answer while he's in Phoenix is , why mess with success?"

The ground crew workers have been in contract negotiations since July 2011 and have not had a base pay raise since 2010.

-Andrea Ahles


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