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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.
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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.
April 2 – Joint Memo: AMFA and SWA Announce Tentative Agreement
Following our announcement that we reached an Agreement in Principle on March 16, our Teams have been working to finalize the contractual language into an official Tentative Agreement (TA).
We are happy to report that work is complete, and the TA is ready for your review.
The full red-lined version of the TA can be viewed by clicking here. It will also be available in the ‘Mechanics and Related Employees’ section of the Labor Negotiations page on SWALife. As a reminder, much of the first TA remains in place, and the key differences will be highlighted for you in the coming days so that you have the best understanding of what has changed. AMFA will receive payroll data from Southwest in the next week in order to finalize the ratification bonus amounts per Letter of Agreement 4. The voting timeline will also be passed along to you from AMFA.
Both committees worked hard to tie up the remaining pieces and get everything in order. Please take some time to read and understand this TA to decide if it is best for you, your family, your career, and Southwest Airlines. Most importantly, when the time comes to vote, let your voice be heard.
Press Release: AMFA and Southwest Airlines Reach Tentative Agreement For Aircraft Maintenance Technicians
CENTENNIAL, CO – April 3, 2019 – After almost seven years of negotiations, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) and Southwest Airlines (SWA) announced a tentative agreement (TA) on a proposed contract for the airline’s Aircraft Maintenance Technicians.
The TA includes significant pay increases, headcount protections, and job protection provisions.
“The AMTs are major contributors to Southwest Airlines’ efficiency, safety record, reliability, record profits, and overall success. We have been locked in negotiations with Southwest Airlines for 75 sessions, and our members have had their pay frozen at rates from 2012, with no bonuses or increases,” said Bret Oestreich, AMFA National Director. “As major contributors to the Company’s success, this offer allows Southwest to take care of their loyal employees and customers and ensures flexibility for future growth. Our priority was always to protect our current and future members’ work, and the safety of Southwest’s passengers. Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction in repairing the relationship between our groups, thus emphasizing the importance of taking care of our people.”
“Lastly, I would like to recognize and offer my sincere gratitude to all who were involved in this long negotiation process – from 2012 to the present – for your dedication and tenacity in achieving this TA. Now it’s time for the membership to speak by their vote,” said Oestreich.
The TA will be sent out to the affected membership in the coming weeks for a ratification vote.
AMFA – SWA AMT Negotiations Update #74
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…
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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…
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.
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.
View the update from National Safety & Standards Director here.