Ground workers, Southwest Airlines ask federal mediators to revive stalled contract talks

Associated Press

DALLAS - A union representing about 8,500 ground workers at Southwest Airlines and the airline itself are asking federal mediators to break a standoff in contract talks.

The Transport Workers Union said Wednesday that there's been almost no progress made in 14 months of negotiations. Both sides say they asked the National Mediation Board to step in.

The union says Southwest is asking workers for contract concessions despite posting the highest second-quarter profit in its history.

Southwest says it hopes that a mediator can help produce a contract that's acceptable to everyone.

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