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Southwest Airlines Board Tells Unions CEO Not Going Anywhere

  • Four employee groups this week called for Kelly to step down
  • Directors write letter scorning ‘reckless’ no-confidence vote
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Southwest Airlines Co.’s board made no bones about its response to the labor groups that called for the ouster of two top executives: They’re not going anywhere.

After the carrier’s four largest unions earlier this week called for Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven to step down, directors fired back in a letter Friday saying they have “no intention” of removing either executive from his position.