Category Archives: Kincare

Arbitrator Rules Against California Agents Continuing Fight For Kincare

An Arbitrator recently denied two grievances regarding our CA members' rights under Labor Code 233, otherwise known as Kincare. First, he denied the grievance of a SAN agent, who the Company had claimed attempted to utilize 29.9 hours under the Kincare provision. The Arbitrator then stated under "Discussion and Conclusions" that,

"The Company needed to ensure it was both protecting and fully

Recent Kincare Overcharge Arbitration Update

After the recent Arbitration ruling regarding the charging of more than the contractual maximum of 8 hours to cover a Kincare call out, instead of abiding by the ruling, the Company chose to contact Arbitrator Javits for the following stated reason,

"Southwest requests that you either reconsider or stay your August 9, 2017, award."

The Company's position is that any hours …

Kincare Overcharge Grievance Sustained At Arbitration

We have received more good news in the fight for ensuring our CA members are treated appropriately regarding sick leave laws, namely CA Labor Code 233, otherwise known as Kincare. This year, the Company began charging more than the contractual maximum of 8 hours per call out and attempting to use their interpretation of Kincare to diminish our contractual rights, by …

Kincare Update: Senator Bradford Sends Letter Of Support

In April of this year the TWU California State Conference, which includes representatives of our own local 555 in addition to Local 556 and others met with state representatives in Sacramento to discuss the many issues facing our unions. The primary issue addressed by locals 555 and 556 were the Company's misapplication of California's sick leave laws, specifically Kincare. As …

Changes to California Kincare

Kin Care is Now California Paid Sick Leave: A Protected Sick Leave

California agents received notice from Southwest Airlines in March and April that "beginning January 1, 2016, the California Kin Care law has been modified to include "self" as an option when using Kin Care." This and other amendments were made which impacted the Healthy Workplace …