Union recall initiated by Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants

A recall of members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 executive board is finally underway, months after recall petitions were delivered to the union and after a lawsuit was filed to enforce the rights of those union members demanding the recall, the group said.

Recall petitions are currently being verified by an ad-hoc committee.

TWU Local 556 is the union of the Southwest Airlines flight attendants. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, TWU Local 556 represents more than 14,000 members.

Jeanna Jackson, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant and TWU Local 556 member in good standing is spearheading the recall effort on behalf of thousands of her fellow flight attendants seeking a change in union leadership.

A federal lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, but it was later dismissed without prejudice to refiling after the union indicated it would cooperate with the recall process outlined in its by-laws. Representatives for the union have indicated that the initial recall petition verification should be complete by July 31, 2017.

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 flight attendants the recall effort are represented by Joshua A. Verde of The Verde Law Firm, PLLC in Houston, Texas.