Southwest Airlines pilots suit says carrier broke labor law, union contract
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Pilots for Southwest Airlines are suing the carrier over working conditions that they say changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, violated their labor agreement and were implemented without their approval.
"Southwest Airlines, like the rest of the industry, has been forced to respond to the unpredictable challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic," Russell McCrady, Southwest vice president of labor relations said. File Photo by Steven E. Frischling/UPI | License Photo

The lawsuit details the risk of exposure to COVID-19 pilots take while on the job, and that the airline wasn't receptive to solutions pilots proposed to save the company money. File Photo by Larry Smith/EPA

Southwest has denied the accusation that it violated federal labor laws and says the changes it made required no union involvement. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

They specifically cited changes to an "emergency extended time off" policy that gave pilots the option to take leave without pay. The union said the airline didn't have the authority to withhold pay without negotiations. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

The pilots say in their complaint, filed in federal court in Dallas, that Southwest…
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