Pilots at Southwest Airlines picketed at the airline's hub at Love Field in Dallas on Wednesday. The pilots are not on strike, but they're trying to draw attention to their demands for better contracts and the slow pace of negotiations. Pilots at Southwest have been in mediated talks with the airline for two years following two years of standard negotiations.

"During that time, executives have enjoyed nearly 50% in average raises, and shareholders have enjoyed nearly $6 billion in stock buybacks while Southwest pilot wages have been stagnant since 2011 and are well behind industry standard wages," said the union.
The union says average pay for its 8,400 captains and first officers at Southwest is about $180,000 a year. It is seeking pay raises totaling 32% through 2019, but it says part of that is to cover retroactive pay hikes back to 2012, when its last contract became open.
"We're not trying to kill the golden the goose," union president Jon Weaks told CNNMoney. "We just want a market rate contract."
Earlier this month, after a computer glitch grounded Southwest flights and caused more than 1,000 flights to be canceled, the pilots and three other major unions at the airline joined together to issue a call to replace top management at Southwest.
"This is about more than just one failure in the operation or a contract," said Weaks. "This is about the reputation of the company we love. After years of operational failures and a degradation of our culture that risks slowly eroding our loyal customer base, we must speak up and be catalysts for change."
The Southwest pickets follow picket lines at eight airports earlier this summer by pilots at Delta Air Lines. Delta pilots are due to be back on the picket lines Friday at Delta's headquarters in Atlanta. The pilots are seeking 37% pay hikes over the next three years.
"All other employees, shareholders and investors have benefited from Delta's success. Now it is the Delta pilots' time," said the union's statement