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March General Membership Meetings
Letter from Outsourcing Liaison concerning downline trips
In case you’ve been wondering what your recent past and future at Southwest Airlines looks like, please take a close at the following. Here are three new types of outsourcing notifications that we have never seen before (downline trips), all in the last four days. It is absolutely clear that Southwest intends to circumvent any agreement that we may reach…
Alternate AMFA– SWA ASAP ERC Representative Nomination Notice
AMFA National is calling for nominations from AMFA Locals representing the Southwest Airlines (SWA) membership for the position of Alternate AMFA–SWA Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Event Review Committee (ERC) Representative. AMFA National will accept nominations from each Local until 5:00PM ET, March 28, 2017.
Alternate AMFA– SWA Outsourcing Liaison Representative Nomination Notice
AMFA National is calling for nominations from AMFA Locals representing the Southwest Airlines (SWA) membership for the position of Alternate AMFA– SWA Outsourcing Liaison Representative. AMFA National will accept nominations from each Local until 5:00PM ET, March 28, 2017.
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…
New ad for AMFA makes its Broadway debut!
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2017 Local 11 Scholarship
It’s time to apply for the 2017 Scholarships. Please view the guidelines and get your application here. Applications are due by 2359CT on 31 May, 2017.
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.
Urgent Update regarding Southwest Airlines AMT Contract Negotiations Tactics
As you may have read in your Company e-mail, the Company has started a campaign to poll you directly regarding the status of the negotiations. Your Negotiating Committee is asking that you refrain from participating in any voluntary survey or request for information presented by the Company – even if it is disguised as a sincere program to deliver information to you.
Participation in this Company-process will only detract from the ability of your Union to negotiate and secure the long overdue contract that the Company is withholding. Moreover, we are evaluating the legality under the Railway Labor Act of the Company’s decision to poll and negotiate directly with you, and will take all legal measures available to protect the rights of you and your Union provided by the RLA.
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 (March 9)
||February National Director’s Update
Read the update from Bret Oestreich here.
|Facilities MX Contract Negotiations Update #25 (October 6)||AEI Secretary of the Americas Quarterly report
Read the report from Louie Key here.