DAL Tech Ops Family Day – Frisco RoughRiders

Join us for DAL Tech Ops Family Day! Frisco Rough Riders vs. NW Arkansas Naturals on Saturday, August 19th. We ask that you join us with your family in a show of support for our struggle to maintain our quality of life and a show of solidarity. The campaign essentially will be based on both our majority military roots and our instilled values that Herb and Colleen taught us to be one big family. Hence, “Gary no family left behind” campaign. This is a Tech Ops event, but AMFA Local 11 will provide tickets, parking pass, and t-shirts.

Please fill out the attached form and return it to Local 11 no later than August 3.

Notice of Changes to the AMFA – SWA ASAP MOU

After many months of work there has been a change in the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Southwest Airlines (SWA). Our ASAP came under 14 CFR, part 121 and AC 120-66A as an air carrier engaged in passenger operations within the United States. Our Program’s initial MOU was signed on September 27, 2001, and the only modification made to the MOU since was the addition of AMFA when we were elected as the bargaining agent for the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) and Appearance Technicians.

Several years ago the FAA updated the AC to AC 120-66B, but we did not update our MOU at that time…

Read the entire notice here.

AMFA–SWA AIT Party Coordinator Vacancy and Call for Applicants

Due to the recent resignation of the AMFA Accident Investigation Team Party Coordinator, we are beginning the process to fill the vacated position.

We are seeking one individual well versed in all aspects of aircraft maintenance. The Party Coordinator will be responsible for team administration, annual team budget, ensuring team member training, and other duties as given by the National Safety and Standards Director. Please note that every member of this team is required to sign a four year minimum commitment due to training costs.

Interested candidates should apply to your respective Local Safety and Standards Chairman no later than 5:00pm ET on July 31, 2017.

View the notice here

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.

Read the entire article here.