Southwest aircraft mechanics reject seniority integration agreement

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Southwest Airlines aircraft mechanics have rejected a tentative seniority integration agreement with the carrier and the aircraft mechanics of AirTran Airways, which was acquired by Southwest.

The two unions representing the two airlines' aircraft mechanics will now file for arbitration, said the airline. Southwest's 1,600 mechanics are represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) Local 11, while AirTran's 400 mechanics are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Since the acquisition of AirTran, the pilots, flight instructors and flight attendants have completed the seniority integration process.