SOUTHWEST AIR PILOTS ELECT MARK RICHARDSON AS UNION PRESIDENT
(The following is a reformatted version of a press release issued by the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2012
Southwest Airlines Pilots Elect Captain Mark Richardson as Union President
Houston-based Captain will lead Union’s efforts through 2014
(DALLAS) - The membership of the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) in voting that closed Monday elected Captain Mark Richardson as Union president to a two-year term beginning January 1, 2013. Capt. Richardson received 53.42 percent of the vote in the election to represent over 6,300 Southwest pilots. A Woodlands, Texas resident, Capt. Richardson has been a pilot at Southwest Airlines since 1995 and is currently based out of Houston Hobby Airport.
“It is truly an eventful time to represent the pilots of Southwest Airlines as the company completes its operational integration with AirTran and SWAPA continues contract negotiations,” said Captain Richardson. “I am honored by the pilots’ trust and do not take lightly the responsibility of leading our group through this changing landscape over the next few years.”
Capt. Richardson previously held the position of 2nd Vice President from 2007-2010 and was a domicile representative for Houston pilots in 2006.
In addition, Captain Richard Forlano was elected to serve as 2nd Vice President for the same two-year term. Capt. Forlano is also Houston-based and will serve the pilot group full-time managing the Union budget, elections and other executive tasks.
Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 6,300 pilots of Southwest Airlines. SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts, defending contractual rights and actively promoting professionalism and safety. For more information on the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, visit www.swapa.org.
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