Over a thousand pilots employed by Southwest Airlines protested at Love Field in Dallas, Texas, for improved contracts to alleviate overwork on Tuesday, June 21.
The footage shows a reported 1,300 pilots lined up along a fence at the Dallas airport. Most were holding signs that read “Our passengers and pilots deserve better” and “Southwest’s operation: from first to last.”
The Southwest Airlines Pilot Association (SWAPA) union proposed a new contract over two years ago. The union is seeking better scheduling and an improved maternity leave policy, which hasn’t been updated since 1984. In the last year, pilots lost 20,000 days off due to “schedule mismanagement” and pressure to work overtime and on days off, according to SWAPA.
“We’re tired of saying ’I’m sorry’ on every flight,” said Captain Casey Murray, President of SWAPA, who said that the customers are unhappy with current conditions too.
Southwest Airlines released a statement that said they do not anticipate a disruption to service and that the airline “respects the rights of our employees to express their opinions.” Credit: Markie Martin via Storyful