Southwest Airlines is seeking the right to outsource as much as 30% of its ground-handling at each airport, says the leader of the union representing more than 8,400 ramp, operations, provisioning and freight agents at the low-cost carrier. Charles Cerf, president of Transport Workers Union Local 555, says the union has been standing firm against the proposal since Southwest first proposed it last fall. But the airline has refused to retract the demand, he says, which led to the union’s ...

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