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Southwest Airlines' exec says a 'staffing cushion' is needed to avoid further schedule reductions

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Stephen M. Keller/Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines canceled over 3,000 flights in a weekend meltdown, leaving passengers stranded. COO Mike Van de Ven says the airline needs a "staffing cushion" to better prepare for disruptions. Van de Ven warns the company may reduce its winter flight schedule if it cannot find enough workers. Southwest Airlines' COO Mike Van de Ven told employees on Sunday that a "staffing cushion" is needed to prevent further sche...
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Southwest says it still plans to implement its employee vaccine mandate, citing federal rules that trump the Texas governor's blanket ban

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Carrington Tatum/Shutterstock, Stewart F. House/Stringer/Getty Images Southwest Airlines plans to keep its vaccine mandate despite the Texas governor's executive order. President Biden's federal vaccine requirement supersedes state law, according to the carrier. Southwest said that to remain a government contractor, it must comply with the president's mandate. Southwest Airlines said it will comply with President Joe Biden'...
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Southwest will pay flight attendants double overtime as it struggles with a staffing hole over the July 4 week

A Southwest Airlines agent in Los Angeles. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Southwest is paying some staff double for overtime shifts in the first week of July, CNBC reported. The airline said the extra pay would boost staff levels and reduce the number of flight disruptions. Demand for travel is rebounding fast but the aviation industry faces a staffing shortage. See more stories on Insider's business page. Southwest Airlines is doubling overtime pay for some staff over the July 4 week as it ey...
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