The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), union representing the pilots of Southwest Airlines, is piling on pressure to Southwest management to finalise a labour contract that has been under debate for four years. On May 16, SWAPA, filed papers in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to obtain status quo protection, which will effectively bar Southwest from operating its new 737Max aircraft. The pilots assert that Southwest may not operate or threaten to operate the MAX without a contract provision for this aircraft. SWAPA asserts that Southwest Airlines is violating federal law by threatening to proceed

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