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ALR Update re ExTO and VSP

On June 1, 2020, Southwest Airlines released materials to you, along with the other unionized employees on the property, regarding employee time off programs (ETOs and ExTOs) and a voluntary separation program (VSP). The Company failed to bargain with AMFA prior to formulation and release of these programs. In addition, the Company did not seek any input from AMFA as it related to these programs. In fact, the Company was not prepared to share any details of these programs with your ALRs until May 22, which was only four business days before the programs were scheduled to be released to AMFA members. To make matters worse, the Company insisted we sign overly broad non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in advance of the May 22 meeting to even look at the terms of these programs. We declined to enter into these overly broad NDAs, because it would have restricted our ability to discuss the material directly with you, the members…

Read the entire update here.

AMFA-SWA ALR Update – April 14, 2020

To All AMFA Members at Southwest Airlines:
Earlier today AMFA Airline Representatives (ALRs) from the four AMFA Locals at Southwest, Local 4 (Dan Burgess), Local 11 (Craig Hamlet), Local 18 (Wayne Lampley), and Local 32 (Ken Patrick), as well as AMFA counsel (Lucas Middlebrook, Esq.), met via web conference with a delegation from Southwest management, headed by Anthony Wafer, Senior Director of Labor Relations. The meeting occurred because on April 1 the National Director was asked to meet under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the carrier. AMFA participated in this meeting without preconditions to listen and that is all.

Read the entire update here.

AMFA National Director’s Response

CDC – What Aircraft Maintenance Workers Need to Know about COVID-19

As an aircraft maintenance worker, you could be exposed to COVID-19 in situations such as when you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 or when you touch surfaces while repairing aircraft interiors and lavatories that have been touched or handled by a person with COVID-19…

Read the entire article 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.

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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

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

May National Director’s Update
View the update from Bret Oestreich here.
July Region II Director’s Update
View the update from Will Abbott here.
Compliance Reminder
View the update from National Safety & Standards Director here.
AEI Secretary of the Americas Annual report
Read the report from Louie Key here.