February 19, 2016 / 8:29 PM / 2 years ago

Southwest Airlines' ground staff approve wage-hike contract

Southwest Airlines planes are seen through the window of a plane at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California, United States, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co’s (LUV.N) ground staff narrowly approved a tentative agreement, which includes pay raises of more than 20 percent over the five-year life of the contract, the union representing the workers said.

Transport Workers Union Local 555, representing the airlines’ 12,000 ground staff, said on Friday that 50.4 percent cast a “yes” vote in favor of the contract.

Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva

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