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After more than two years in traditional bargaining, SWAPA and Southwest Airlines have been in federal mediation since November 2014.
The termination of the SkyWest codeshare agreement with AirTran will allow both SWAPA and Southwest Airlines to concentrate and devote their collective energies on the tasks at hand, the union said.
Along with SWAPA, other AMFA locals and the Transportation Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, which represents the Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants, joined AMFA Local 11 on the picket line.
The board of directors for the Southwest Airline Pilots Association (SWAPA) which represents over 5,800 pilots unanimously approved a tentative agreement with the company which will be presented to the full SWAPA membership for ratification and vote.
SWAPA, the union representing the pilots of Southwest Airlines, has filed papers in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas to obtain status quo protection due to unlawful tactics of Southwest Airlines, the company said.
SWAPA told the newspaper that its board will meet next week and consider sending the new deal to its membership.
SWAPA believes that the City of Chicago has engaged in viewpoint discrimination, as is demonstrated by the fact that Chicago previously allowed advertisements in Midway and O'Hare airports on other subjects, such as animal testing, agricultural policy, and climate change.
SWAPA and Southwest Airlines are currently in federal mediation, which allows a government-assigned mediator to assist in talks.
SWAPA President Carl Kuwitzky said the union felt Frontier pilots "would have been a good fit for our culture and operation" and that its offer addressed their need for pay protection (with a 40 percent raise for first officers), domicile protection for Denver-based pilots and their inclusion on SWAPA's seniority list.
Weaks previously held the position of SWAPA President from 2001-2002 and was a domicile representative for Oakland pilots from 1998-1999 and for Las Vegas pilots in 2015.