The Wall Street Journal: Southwest sues its mechanics union, claiming it’s purposely taking planes out of service

The dispute between Southwest Airlines and its mechanics union escalated on Thursday as the carrier filed a lawsuit accusing the workers of reporting trivial maintenance issues in an effort to take planes out of service and gain an advantage in contract negotiations.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Texas, Southwest LUV, +4.07% said it has seen a surge in “cosmetic and other minor maintenance write-ups that do not have any effect on the safety of flight,” such as a missing row number. The airline asked a federal judge force the union to stop promoting what Southwest describes as an illegal effort.

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