Southwest Pilots Protest in Texas over Unfair Pay and Work

  • Southwest pilots protested pay and conditions at a Texas airport, according to the Dallas Morning News.
  • The photos show pilots from the airline’s union standing in a long line and holding signs in high temperatures.
  • The union president said Southwest has enough pilots but was misusing them, according to the Dallas Morning News.

More than 1,300 pilots who work for Southwest Airlines protested Tuesday over pay and conditions outside a Texas airport, despite intense heat.

The Dallas Morning News was the first to report on the protest.

The pilots, who belong to the Southwest Airline Pilots Association, stood in their uniforms in a long line for hours outside Dallas Love Field airport, the newspaper reported.

The photos below show them holding signs that read “Operation Southwest: From First to Worst,” “Our passengers and pilots deserve better,” and “Summer of Love: Delayed, Rescheduled, Cancelled.”

Casey Murray, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, speaks about union picketing at Dallas Love Field on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Dallas.

Casey Murray, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, speaks at Dallas Love Field airport on Tuesday.

David Koenig/AP


The picket took place as temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees in Dallas, according to weather trackers.

The union, which represents nearly 10,000 Southwest pilots, was protesting the company’s scheduling practices, including unfair working conditions and low pay, according to the Dallas News.

The pilots’ association has said it is in contract negotiations with the airline, but has made little progress.

Casey Murray, its president, said Southwest has enough pilots but was not using them effectively, according to the Dallas Morning News.

He also said Southwest’s flight schedule could lead to more delays and cancellations in the peak summer season.

Southwest Airlines pilots picket in front of the terminal at Dallas Love Field on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Dallas.

Southwest Airlines pilots picket outside Dallas Love Field airport on Tuesday.

David Koenig/AP


The union posted a statement on its website on Tuesday detailing the six reasons for their protest. They included statistics such as the number of times the association’s pilots volunteered to fly on their days off in the past year (164,084) and the number of times they changed their schedules in the last 12 months (312,084).

The pilots’ association and Southwest did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

A Southwest spokesperson told the Dallas Morning News that the company was aware of the protest and respected employees’ rights to “express their opinions.” They also told the newspaper that the protest should not have disrupted flights.

The protest comes as a pilot shortage hits the airline industry during the summer travel rush.

American Airlines CEO Robert Isom recently said the airline had grounded around 100 regional jets due to a pilot shortage.

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