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.

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LETTER FROM NATIONAL DIRECTOR REGARDING SWA SHAREHOLDER MEETING

Dear SWA Members:

During negotiations with Southwest Airlines (SWA) our members have not reaped any of the rewards of year-over-year record profits. Since the amendable date of our contract, August 16, 2012, the sacrifices for AMTs have far outweighed the Company’s financial record profit success. Since 2012, shareholders and SWA executives have been profiting off their returns from stock repurchases and dividends, while our members have not benefited or received improvements in wages, benefits, or compensation that reflects the Company’s strong financial stance.

We AMTs are a crucial part of the Company’s safety record…

Read the entire letter 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.

Alternate AMFA – Southwest Airlines (SWA) ASAP Event Review Committee (ERC) Representative

On March 7, 2017, AMFA National called for nominations to fill the position of Alternate AMFA – Southwest Airlines (SWA) Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Event Review Committee (ERC) Representative.

Southwest Airlines members of Locals 4, 11, 18, and 32 were allowed to submit names in nomination for this position. Following the close of the Willingness to Serve Form process of this election, there is only one candidate for this position: John Paonessa.

As there is only one candidate running unopposed for this position, an election is not required; therefore, John Paonessa will serve as the Alternate AMFA – SWA ASAP ERC Representative commencing on July 1, 2017.

Alternate AMFA – Southwest Airlines Outsourcing Liaison Representative

On March 7, 2017, AMFA National called for nominations to fill the position of Alternate AMFA – Southwest Airlines Outsourcing Liaison Representative.

Southwest Airlines members of Locals 4, 11, 18, and 32 were allowed to submit names in nomination for this position. Following the close of the Willingness to Serve Form process of this election, there is only one candidate for this position: Frederick Andrew Ruebman.

As there is only one candidate running unopposed for this position, an election is not required; therefore, Frederick Andrew Ruebman will serve as the Alternate Outsourcing Liaison Representative commencing on July 1, 2017.

AMFA-SWA AMT Survey Notice

The National Executive Council has called for a survey of the membership at Southwest Airlines (SWA) regarding contract negotiations.

This survey will be conducted via the TrueBallot Inc., WebVote® system. All active members in good standing employed by Southwest Airlines under the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians contract are eligible participate in this survey. Note: Any member whose membership dues, fees, and/or assessment obligations have not been reconciled is a member in bad standing, and therefore, is ineligible to participate.

Read the entire Survey Notice here.