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Region I Director Video Message to the SWA Membership

Region I Director Earl Clark presents this video message to the AMFA-SWA AMT Membership regarding the recent survey and its purpose in the ongoing negotiation process.

View this video at AMFA National.

National Director Video Message to the Members of AMFA

As the transition and integration process begins for Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, and Aircraft Maintenance Technician negotiations continue at Southwest Airlines, National Director Bret Oestreich has taken this opportunity to send the membership of AMFA this video update.

View this video at AMFA National.

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.

Read the overview from Lee Seham here.

The Aircraft Maintenance Technician: Skilled or Unskilled?

By Justin Madden, Legislative Affairs Director

There is a misleading issue that permeates our craft and threatens to keep the focus away from moving forward if not addressed properly. Why isn’t the Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) classified as skilled labor, and is instead classified as semi-skilled, or worse yet, unskilled labor? What, if anything, can be done about it? These questions are consistently brought up by our members, and are a battle cry by some who honorably seek professional recognition for the craft. Recently, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) was made aware of an effort on Facebook to change this incorrect designation. As the union who faithfully promotes and represents the AMT, AMFA is keenly aware that our technicians work on highly complex aircraft and associated systems, requiring education, training, and government certification just to get started in the craft. The investment in these prerequisites, not to mention tools and other essential items, is easily tens of thousands of dollars or more. To be considered anything but skilled labor is demeaning to the craft and a slap in the face to the skilled professionals who comprise it, and regardless of the issue, AMFA will never stand idly by when our significance is challenged.

Read the entire article here.

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…

Read the statement from our ALR here.

National Director’s Letter to Membership Regarding Complaint filed by SWA

February 16, 2017

Dear Members:

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…

Read the entire letter here.

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…

Read the entire letter here.

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…

Link for PDF file of AMFA filed complaint against SWA

Read the entire news release here.

National Director Letter to Members Regarding Filing Suit Against Southwest Airlines

SWAPA Announces Support For Aircraft Mechanics Over SWA Management In Contract Fight

Flight Attendants Join Pilots In Supporting Aircraft Mechanics In Their Contract Fight With Southwest Airlines Management

NEW—Transport Workers Union Local 555 the Third Key Labor Association to Come Forward in Support Of AMFA

Dallas Morning News article

Chicago Business Journal

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.

Read the update from your Negotiating Committee here.

AMFA / SWA Lawsuit Update #2

AMFA / SWA Lawsuit Update #1

Know your rights!

Our legal counsel Lee Seham has produced an instructional video about AIR21 and your rights as Aircraft Maintenance Technicians.

View the video here.

Reports and Updates

AMT Contract Negotiations Update (June 23)
May National Director’s Update
Read the update from Bret Oestreich here.
Facilities MX Contract Negotiations Update #26 (April 11) AEI Secretary of the Americas Quarterly report
Read the report from Louie Key here.