Union to Southwest Air: $1,000 Bonuses Don’t Make Up for Years of Stagnant Pay

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Reprinted from Think Progress by Melanie Schmitz on January 3, 2017.

Southwest Airlines this week announced that it would be awarding its employees with a $1,000 bonus following the passage of the GOP tax bill, which the company’s board of directors said would “result in meaningful corporate income tax reform.”

Union leaders say it hardly makes up for years of unfair treatment.

“We applaud Congress and the President for taking this action to pass legislation, which will result in meaningful corporate income tax reform for the transportation sector in general, and for Southwest Airlines, in particular,” Southwest chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said in a statement on Tuesday. “We are excited about the savings and additional capital, which we intend to put to work in several forms — to reward our hard-working Employees, to reinvest in our business, to reward our Shareholders, and to keep our costs and fares low for our Customers.” …

Union bosses representing those employees, however, aren’t completely satisfied, saying that many of those same workers have gone without a raise for five years. …

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