Southwest Airlines flight attendants vote to ratify tentative agreement

Flight attendants of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, have voted to approve the tentative agreement reached by both parties in September 2016, the company said.

The new contract includes a ratification bonus and annual wage rate increases over the life of the contract.

The union reports that 53.86 percent of those who cast ballots voted in favor of the contract agreement, and 89.21 percent of eligible Southwest flight attendants voted.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries with service to Varadero, Cuba beginning Nov. 13, 2016, and to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 12, 2016, both routes subject to governmental approvals.