MIAMI – Southwest Airlines has reached a tentative agreement (TA) with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 that represents the carrier’s flight attendants. The tentative agreement is the culmination of more than three years of negotiations, and if ratified, would apply to over 14,500 flight attendants.

The agreement will be first reviewed by the union’s executive board, and after their approval, will be passed along to the membership for a ratification vote.

“I am pleased that we have reached this tentative agreement which, if ratified, will allow us to continue rewarding the many contributions that our Flight Attendants make to the success of Southwest Airlines,” said Sonya Lacore, Vice President Cabin Services. “I am grateful for the collaboration of the negotiating teams who worked together to reach an agreement that supports our Flight Attendants and our airline.”

“Our members are the best flight attendants in the industry and provide legendary service to our customers. We deserve a contract that recognizes that dedication and professionalism. In the end, the members of TWU Local 556 have the ultimate vote on approving any new contract,” said Audrey Stone, president and lead negotiator of TWU Local 556.

Formal details of the agreement have yet been released, but last year Southwest’s flight attendants rejected a proposed contract by a 9,916-to-1,446 margin that would have provided an immediate 8% ratification bonus, and then several raises and bonuses (including 3% up front) over the lifetime of the contract.