After working more than four years without a contract, pilots from the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) gathered Tuesday, August 24th at the Dallas Love Field Airport terminal to stand together in an informational picket to display their dissatisfaction. A line of pilots stretched outside from ticketing to baggage claim, stoically holding signs in an expression of frustration over a lengthy labor relations battle. It is believed to be the single largest informational labor picket line in the history of Southwest.
The paper, published by the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank that receives some of its funding from unions, provides new evidence for a longstanding truism among organized labor’s proponents: that in industries where union density is high, even non-union firms pay their workers more to meet the standards set by unions.
More people are getting paid less than the federal minimum wage in Texas than any other state in the nation, and most of these underpaid workers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.