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Representing members at Southwest Airlines


2438 days 14 hours 12 minutes 45 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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News, Updates and Opportunities

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AMFA-SWA 2nd AMT Tentative Agreement Ratification Referendum Notice

The AMFA – Southwest Airlines (SWA) Negotiating Committee has requested a system-wide referendum regarding a Tentative Agreement (TA). The complete text of the TA was emailed to each member’s company email address for your review and consideration on March 27, 2019.

Votes for this referendum will be cast using ElectionBuddy election software. All active AMFA members in good standing employed by Southwest Airlines under the Mechanics and Related Collective Bargaining Agreement are eligible to vote in this referendum. Note: Any member whose membership dues, fees, and/or assessment obligations have not been paid in full is a member in bad standing, and therefore, is ineligible to vote. Members are strongly urged to resolve any arrearage prior to this referendum being conducted.

The voting period for this referendum will end at 10:00 am et on May 21, 2019, the day of the tally.

Read the entire referendum notice here.

April 2 – Joint Memo: AMFA and SWA Announce Tentative Agreement


AMFA – SWA AMT Negotiations Update #74

Read the latest Negotiation Update here.

All previous negotiation updates can be found here.


Letter from Local 11 ALR

AMFA and the Southwest Airlines remain engaged in collective bargaining pursuant to the Railway Labor Act. The law requires that both parties refrain from “self-help” until released by the National Mediation Board from mediation and a thirty-day cooling off period has expired. During collective bargaining the Company is prohibited from initiating a lockout or unilaterally changing the terms of our collective bargaining agreement – and conversely, AMFA-represented employees are prohibited from engaging in concerted “job actions” that interfere with Company operations…

Read the letter here


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Local News

National News

2019 Scholarship

It’s time again for the Local 11 Scholarships. All applications must be submitted no later than 23:59CT, 31 May 2019 to qualify for the drawing being held in that same year.

Read about our scholarship program, and get the current guidelines and application here.


Shop Rep Nominations Open

AMFA LOCAL 11 is accepting applications for Shop Representatives. This process is a self-nominating processed based on your 2019 shift and bid location. Local 11 is always accepting volunteers to be Shop Reps.

Open the nomination form here.

 

Other News


Memo Regarding LMS Issues

As you are certainly aware, the LMS training system is not working correctly. We have discussed this issue with Southwest and there has been little improvement.

We are now asking for your help to gather specific details of the problems you have encountered with the LMS training system, including times and dates, people you have notified, letters you have received, and anything else you feel may be important…
Read the entire memo here.


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…

Read the entire letter from Scott King here


Video: SWAPA Supports AMFA


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

 March National Director’s Update
View the update from Bret Oestreich here.
AEI Secretary of the Americas Annual report
Read the report from Louie Key here.
Compliance Reminder
View the update from National Safety & Standards Director here.