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Southwest Flight Attendants and Ground Crew Workers “Cook Up” a Way to Honor Herb Kelleher as He Chairs Final Shareholder’s Meeting
DALLAS -- Transport Workers Union Locals 555 and 556 representing Southwest’s 7,000 ground workers and 9,000 flight attendants will turn Wednesday’s Southwest shareholders meeting into a “LUV fest” to honor retiring Chairman of the Board Herb Kelleher. TWU members will distribute recipe cards with Herb’s ingredients for fostering positive labor/management relations and Herb’s simple recipe for success. A sample recipe may be found at www.twu556.org/CDA5240F87574D8387EBDE8FEC733210/page/page.asp?id=19348
Wednesday, May 21 at 10:00 A.M. Central Time
Southwest Airlines Headquarters
2702 Love Field Drive, Dallas (adjacent to Love Field)
“Herb has built a great airline by always putting employees and customers first and TWU members are thankful for his many years of leadership. Our attendance at the shareholder’s meeting is our way of displaying our respect for Herb and our members’ commitment to the continued success of our airline,” said TWU Local 556 President and flight attendant Thom McDaniel.
TWU Local 555 President Charles Cerf agreed. “It may seem unusual for a labor union in contract negotiations to honor a company’s senior executive,” he said, “but Herb is a remarkable leader who has always understood the importance of doing the right thing for employees and we are truly grateful for that.”
TWU Locals 555 and 556 are affiliates of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) and the AFL-CIO. Across the nation, TWU represents 200,000 workers and retirees primarily employed in public transportation, rail and aviation.