Southwest employees picket at KCI to protest proposed outsourcing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Southwest Airline employees expressed their concern on Thursday about the company's proposals to outsource workers.

Members of Transport Workers Union Local 555 took to the Southwest terminal at Kansas City International Airport as part of a nationwide protest on Thursday. They said they want Southwest customers to be aware of company proposals to outsource jobs to temporary workers, as well as cut current employees' medical benefits.

These particular proposals have been in the works since July 2011.

Some of the employees at the protest said the proposals will affect customer service.

"If you've got people invested in the company, handling those bags, they've got an interest in getting the job done right," said Curtis Clevenger, Southwest employee and union contract negotiator.

Clevenger explained most employees are stockholders in Southwest, which only adds to their investment in the company.

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