The alleged lawsuit began on February 12, shortly after the last meeting between the two parties, the company said in the lawsuit. The following day, the number of aircraft removed from the flights due to maintenance problems rose from 30 to 35, then to 62 on February 19, the prosecution announced.
In an example cited in the lawsuit, Houston planes accumulated 127 hours of out of service in a day due to maintenance issues, compared to 18.6 hours on average. Southwest previously stated that the mechanics had kept the aircraft out of use because of items such as broken tablets.
Southwest told the union Feb. 22 that its investigation had determined that the effort had been orchestrated by a group of about 100 mechanics in four cities and had called on the AMFA to act immediately to end the l & # 39; action.
The airline accused the union of violating the labor law in the railways which governs the relations between the airlines and the unions by not respecting the current operations, the work rules and the norms. during contractual negotiations.
The case is the Southwest Airlines Co. against the Fraternal Association of Aircraft Mechanics, 3: 19-cv-00514-G. US District Court, North Texas District (Dallas).