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Southwest mechanics approve contract, ending years-long ordeal

Evan Hoopfer
Southwest mechanics approve contract, ending years-long ordeal

After six years of bargaining that included 3:00 a.m. negotiating sessions, lawsuits, countersuits and intervention from the Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest mechanics finally have a new contract. The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association posted results that showed an agreement with Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) was approved with 94.6 percent of mechanics voting to ratify the deal. Over 93.6 percent of the company's aircraft maintenance technicians voted, the AMFA said.