Southwest, Teamster negotiators reach tentative agreement for material specialists

The negotiating team for Southwest material specialists has reached a tentative agreement to amend their current collective bargaining agreement with Southwest Airlines, the union said.

The negotiating team is comprised of Teamsters Airline Division International Representatives, local union business agents, and rank-and-file committee members. The agreement marks an end to a successful round of negotiations that originally began in September of 2013.

The agreement is a result of bargaining that led to an agreement-in-principle on March 3, 2017. If ratified by the membership, it will include a 20% signing bonus, 8% pay increases effective on the date of ratification, and an average of 27.3% pay increases over the lifetime of the agreement. The new agreement also eliminates the two-tier pay scale and the 21-year maximum salary cap by creating a new 11-year scale.

The current collective bargaining agreement covers more than 300 material specialists that deliver, store, and stock aircraft parts. The agreement covers members of Teamsters Locals 19, 986, 455,104, 781, 769 and 210.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.