January 30, 2017
Dear AMFA–SWA Members:
This is the second update detailing the factual allegations contained in the complaint against Southwest Airlines that was filed with the federal court in Arizona. The first update detailed Southwest’s take-it-or-leave-it approach to bargaining. This update will provide insight into the allegations that Southwest has repeatedly come to the bargaining table unprepared to engage in meaningful negotiations.
The complaint referenced specific instances when the Company was inadequately prepared to productively bargain with AMFA:
These are only a few of the factual allegations supporting the claim that Southwest has violated its duty to bargain in good faith by continually coming to the bargaining table unprepared to engage in productive negotiations with your Union. Collective bargaining is a two-way street, and the process cannot produce meaningful results when one party is unprepared to achieve progress.
Our next update will discuss the factual allegations of the complaint that address Southwest’s pattern of cancelling meetings without good cause. Again, we ask that stay informed, stay engaged and, most importantly, stand in solidarity with your Union brothers and sisters.
On Behalf of the NEC,