Lawsuit filed on behalf of Southwest Airlines flight attendants seeks changes to union board

More than half of the approximately 14,000 Southwest Airlines flight attendants represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 have signed a petition demanding the recall of 12 of 17 TWU Local 556 Executive Board members and a subsequent vote to replace those recalled, according to Verde Law Firm.

The recall petition alleges violations of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Transport Workers Union of America.

The union has so far refused to verify the recall petition. In order to protect the rights of those members signing the petition, a lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division (Civil Action No. 3:17-cv-339).

The recall petition is not an action against Southwest Airlines, rather, it is a governance option authorized by the by-laws of the union. The lawsuit is also not against Southwest Airlines, but instead seeks class action status against the union on behalf of the thousands of members who signed the recall petition.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are represented by attorney Joshua A. Verde of The Verde Law Firm, PLLC in Houston, Texas.