Unionized Southwest workers hold informational picket
WARWICK, R.I. —
Unionized workers at Southwest Airlines formed an informational picket line Thursday at T.F. Green Airport to protest the possibility the company will outsource jobs.
It's an issue that's holding up contract negotiations that have been in the works for nearly two years.
Southwest wants to use contract workers for some ground operations jobs. Transport Workers Union of America Local 555 said it could affect 12 positions at T.F. Green Airport.
"Year over year we produce," union worker Ryan Sousa said. "It's a great airline. We're making record profits. We want that to continue, but we want it to continue with us."
The goal of the picket was to get passengers on their side. Some hurried past, while others stopped to show support.
"I might possibly call," Southwest passenger Donald Tavares said. "They need a lot of support from people in Rhode Island."
Workers don't fear losing their jobs now, but want to make sure they're here down the road.
In an email to NBC 10 News, Southwest Airlines said it's still negotiating and that it has no plans to make any staffing changes at T.F. Green Airport.