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Representing members at Southwest Airlines
1886 days 21 hours 56 minutes 18 seconds
Since we have had a new contract!
First, I’d like to point out something of which some of you may not be aware. Our fine mechanics were among the other employee groups who stood shoulder to shoulder with us while we all tried to wrap up protracted negotiations. Negotiations have concluded for all major employee groups except for our mechanics, as the Company continues a scorched-earth policy. I know that you all appreciate our mechanics’ dedication to their profession and their quality of work as much as I do. No one in the world appreciates a good aircraft mechanic as much as a Pilot, and AMFA has our full support.
–John Weaks, President, Southwest Airlines Pilots Association
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Due to the hurricane in Houston, there is a need to house displaced AMFA members and their families. If you have available space in your home and would be willing to help, please contact Local 11 President Dale Dixon.
NEW— We have a Go Fund Me page for financial donations to members of Local 18 who are financially impacted.
Local 11 Officer Elections
Nominations are being accepted for the following Local Officer positions:
- Vice President
- Airline Representative
- Area Representative AMT
- Area Representative Mx Control
- Communication Coordinator/Website Administrator
Nominations will be accepted until Thursday, 31 October 2017 at 23:59CT. All nominations will be required to have the “Willingness to Serve” portion of the application signed by the nominee and a home email (NO @wnco.com addresses).
Primary AMFA – SWA ASAP ERC Representative Election Results
Congratulations to our own John Paonessa who is the new Primary ASAP Representative.
Compliance Reminder: Non-Compliance Awareness
On July 13, 2017, Southwest terminated an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) for deviating from “all required procedures included in MT 735-00-01.”
The letter of termination indicates that the Company relied on surveillance tape to determine that the AMT may have allowed a second mechanic to sign for work that the AMT had performed: “security video evidences that a second AMT did not enter the area of the flight crew oxygen cylinder and therefore, required processes and/or procedures of MT 735-00-01 were not completed.”
Based on this single incident, Southwest justified the AMT’s termination in the following terms:
Southwest Airlines expects its Aircraft Maintenance Technicians to follow policies and procedures to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. Based on the aforementioned conduct, which has led to Southwest Airlines losing confidence in your judgment and ability to properly follow regulations, policy and procedures, your employment with Southwest Airlines is terminated.
Disclosures to the FAA have also led to the AMT’s receipt of a Letter of Investigation…
Informational Picketing Marks the 5 Year Anniversary of the Southwest Airlines Aircraft Maintenance Technician Contract Amendable Date
Centennial, Colo. – August 14, 2017 – AMFA National Director Bret Oestreich has released the following statement:
“On behalf of the Southwest Airlines (SWA) aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs), ground support equipment technicians, plant maintenance technicians, maintenance controllers, and maintenance trainers, AMFA members will be conducting informational picketing in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ on August 16, 2017, marking the five year anniversary of the AMT contract amendable date…
August 15, 2017: Chicago Business Journal
August 16, 2017: Dallas Morning News article
Video: SWAPA Supports AMFA
AMFA Supports Chairman Katko’s Recommendation to TSA to Include Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) Union on ASAC
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – August 16, 2017 – The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) applauds Chairman John Katko’s recommendation to TSA Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia to include an AMT union on the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC).
AMFA National Director Bret Oestreich stated, “On behalf of the over 3,000 Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines aircraft maintenance technicians, I applaud Transportation and Protective Services Subcommittee Chairman John Katko for his leadership in recommending the Aviation Security Advisory Committee to include a ‘craft specific union to represent the AMT perspective on the Committee.’…
Statement Regarding the Wrongful Termination of Ken Hackett
There have been a number of recent inquiries from you, the members, regarding the status of Ken Hackett’s termination. Hopefully this will provide a general status update and fill in some of the gaps.
In February, Ken was on duty and working in Shops. He was engaged in a discussion near the end of the shift – responding to member inquiries regarding overtime and our contract…
Overview of Pending AIR 21 Cases
In recent weeks, AMTs have initiated three separate AIR 21 cases against Southwest. Our attorney, Lee Seham, has provided a brief summary of the relevant allegations.
UPDATE – 28 July: In a memorandum entitled “Compliance Culture” dated July 7, 2017, Landon Nitschke and Trevor Stedke wrote that safety has always been the “top priority” of SWA maintenance operations. Notwithstanding this purported priority, the memorandum conceded that the FAA and Department of Labor have received an “uptick” in complaints from SWA Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) relating to management coercion, which the federal agencies have taken “very seriously.” The memorandum admonishes and underscores, “It is never appropriate for a [Tech Ops] leader to intimidate or pressure an employee.”
Every AMT worth his salt applies pressure to himself knowing the importance of returning planes to revenue service. But, as the Compliance Culture memorandum correctly indicates, returning planes to revenue in an airworthy condition must be the top priority…
National Director’s Letter to Membership Regarding Complaint filed by SWA
February 16, 2017
Yesterday Southwest Airlines filed a lawsuit against AMFA National, AMFA Local 11, and several individual AMFA officers and contract negotiators. The lawsuit alleges that AMFA-represented mechanics initiated an overtime boycott and that AMFA and the other defendants failed to make “every reasonable effort” to prevent the boycott and/or bring it to an end. As a remedy, SWA is seeking wide-ranging injunctive relief that would implement judicial oversight of how you perform your maintenance work.
During the pendency of the Section 6 negotiating process, both the carrier and union, and its members, are required to maintain the status quo. This obligation requires the carrier to bargain in good faith and refrain from unilaterally changing working conditions. Because SWA has not lived up to this obligation, AMFA filed a lawsuit in a federal court Arizona several weeks ago…
Letter to AMFA members from National Director
As you know, AMFA is currently engaged in collective bargaining with Southwest Airlines pursuant to the Railway Labor Act (RLA). The RLA mandates that the parties are required to refrain from “self help” until released by the National Mediation Board (“NMB”) from mediation and a thirty-day cooling off period has expired. This means that during the negotiating process Southwest is prohibited from initiating a lockout or unilaterally changing the terms of our collective bargaining agreement. Southwest is also prohibited from implementing a divide and conquer strategy based on direct negotiations with our members. Based on our determination that Southwest has violated its legal obligation in this regard, we have commenced litigation against the carrier in federal court.
Conversely, AMFA-represented employees are prohibited from engaging in concerted job actions designed to create bargaining leverage…
AMFA Files Suit Against Southwest Airlines For Declaratory & Injunctive Release
AURORA, CO – Friday, December 16, 2016 – The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) today filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against Southwest Airlines, claiming the carrier has committed multiple violations of the Railway Labor Act during contract negotiations.
AMFA is accusing Southwest Airlines of negotiating in bad faith, misrepresenting negotiations to AMFA members, and interfering with the AMFA representatives’ efforts to represent their AMFA members. See attached for a copy of the suit filed with the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
Southwest Airlines mechanics have been negotiating a new contract with Southwest Airlines for four years, three months and thirty days. During this time period the mechanics have not received an increase in pay despite the carrier enjoying record profits. In 2014 company profits exceeded $421 million and by 2015 the profits reached $2.4 billion.
One of the main contentions in the contract negotiations is CEO Gary Kelly’s insistence on outsourcing maintenance work to low skilled, non-certified mechanics to include foreign countries…
AMFA / SWA Lawsuit Update #3
February 7, 2017
This is the third update, which details the factual allegations contained in the complaint against Southwest Airlines that was filed with the federal court in Phoenix, Arizona.
The second update detailed Southwest’s unpreparedness to engage in meaningful negotiations. This update will provide insight into the allegations of Southwest’s regressive bargaining tactics contained in the Complaint.
Know your rights!
Our legal counsel Lee Seham has produced an instructional video about AIR21 and your rights as Aircraft Maintenance Technicians.
Reports and Updates
|AMT Contract Negotiations Update (August 18)
||September National Director’s Update
Read the update from Bret Oestreich here.
|Facilities MX Contract Negotiations Update #27 (September 13)||AEI Secretary of the Americas Quarterly report
Read the report from Louie Key here.