Southwest and AirTran flight attendants ratify seniority integration agreement

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Flight attendants from Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways have voted to ratify a tentative seniority integration agreement reached on 27 December.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) represents flight attendants from Southwest Airlines, while AirTran's flight attendants are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA).

TWU represents approximately 9,800 Southwest Airlines flight attendants, and the AFA represents around 2,400 AirTran Airways flight attendants.

"Today's vote by the flight attendants means they now join the pilots and flight instructors as having successfully completed the seniority integration negotiation process," said Southwest.

Mechanics from both airlines are currently reviewing their tentative seniority integration agreement and will vote in the next several weeks.

Work groups still in seniority integration negotiations include ramp, operations, and provisioning agents; customer service agents and customer support and service employees; dispatchers; and materials specialists.

Southwest closed on its acquisition of AirTran in May of last year.