Southwest, Ground Workers Union Ask For Federal Mediation To Break Contract Standoff

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    DALLAS (AP) — A union representing about 8,500 ground workers at Southwest Airlines and the airline itself are asking federal mediators to break a standoff in contract talks.

    The Transport Workers Union said Wednesday that there's been almost no progress made in 14 months of negotiations. Both sides say they asked the National Mediation Board to step in.

    The union says Southwest is asking workers for contract concessions including outsourcing of jobs and hiring more part-timers while not offering pay raises. Charles Cerf, president of the union local that represents the workers, called Southwest's proposals "entirely unacceptable."

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