AMFA at American Airlines
This is not a raid – This is a revolution
Labor Attorney Lee Seham explains NMB definition of craft or class
To all of our brothers and sisters in M&R
AMFA at American Airlines
The time has come for all of us to take a good look in the mirror and ask ourselves, “what are we doing in this mess?” We have a bunch of great people that are behind this AMFA drive, that like you, feel we need to finally have the say we’ve been denied for far too long.
The association has asked for our patience, trust, & support while they get this contract done. We’ve done that. We can not any longer. We are doing a disservice to ourselves, our families, and our profession. We can do better, and we will.
AMFA is the union that has total transparency. AMFA is the union where the membership controls the power. AMFA is the union that allows members to observe negotiations. AMFA is the union where the constitution has allowances for officers to be recalled by the membership. AMFA is the only union that does not try to organize outside of maintenance and related. AMFA is the answer we are looking for. AMFA NOW!!!!
Signing an AMFA card is not a vote for AMFA. All you are doing is telling the NMB (National Mediation Board) that you want your voice heard. The voice that has been denied for far too long. A voice we were told we would have. Once we get the 50% plus 1 card needed of both the TWU & IAM, and the NMB certifies the cards; then OUR voice will be heard. You will be mailed a ballot; the ballot will have the incumbent (Association), petitioning union (AMFA), and a write-in for your union of choosing, or no union. You then have control of your representation.
We the organizers want to be crystal clear; we need & want ALL groups within M&R to thrive. This effort to rid ourselves of the corrupt association is gonna take effort from everyone within. I encourage all of you to get involved, this will be your union. Ask questions on the web site and educate yourselves with the facts. Don’t just ask your peers, because they might not have the correct answers. We don’t want you swayed with misrepresentations or lies.
So, sign a card; get a friend to sign a card. Let’s all go get the union that will best serve us.
In true solidarity,
The AMFA organizing committee
We believe that AMFA is the only union that can draw enough support among the former LUS and LAA groups to unseat the Association. This is based on the facts that the TWU and IAM will not run against each other due to the Jim Little agreement and the actions of the Teamsters withdrawing their filing at LAA without so much as an explanation.
The TWU and IAM are always accusing AMFA of showing up at the wrong time and or interfering with negotiations. Since the single carrier filing in 2015, we have waited to see if the Association could successfully negotiate a new contract. Now more than 4 years later we believe that we can wait no longer. The time has come to remove the Association, not just because of their failure to bring back a contract in a timely manner but also, we believe two separate unions with different belief structures and priorities is unworkable long term. We must come together under one leadership and more forward as a single
What about seniority integration?
Seniority integration has been ruled upon by the arbitrator, in our opinion there is no going back. One only needs to look at what happened once USAPA replaced ALPA at US Airways and attempted to overturn ALPA arbitrated decision on seniority integration. What followed was years of ligation and the inability to ever reach a collective bargaining agreement. If we are successful in replacing the Association, the arbitrator’s decision will stand, we must move forward not backwards.
Who Will Lead?
Once the filing occurs, we will go to our supporters and elect local leaders at each station, these will be temporary until a full election can be run. It should take just a few months to setup full elections at each station. AMFA National will represent the group to the company until we can get duly elected representatives.
If a contract has not been reached, our members can elect a group of negotiators to unite with AMFA National and their legal team to continue bargaining, this can be done even before full elections occur.
What About Negotiations?
Once winning the election, our goal is to engage the company from where we are at that moment. If we are picking up in the middle of negotiations and something has been tentatively agreed upon, we should review and remain with those decisions and work to bring the open items to a successful conclusion. Starting over is not the way to go. As with the seniority integration, we will attempt to move the group forward not rewrite the past.
How Long will this take?
Under the best-case scenario, we believe that it will take 6-8 months, to get the cards, file for an election, get a vote and win. For those who say “Give the Association a little longer” they still have 6-8 months. What you should ask yourself is “If we get to next summer and we still do not have a contract, would you then believe that we need a new union”, if the answer is YES, then sign a card and let’s get started.
Who is Eligible to sign?
The easiest way to answer this is the government’s decision on the mechanics craft and class, the following link has the NMB determination document regarding Craft or Class issues from the merger.
Who leads AMFA today?
National Director of AMFA: Bret Oestreich. Bret was an American Airlines mechanic in Tulsa, OK from 1996-2012 before leaving to go to Southwest Airlines.
Assistant National Director of AMFA: Gene Painter.
Who started this drive?
This drive was started by a group of employees around the system from both LUS and LAA. We believe that the Association is not viable long term, whether they can reach a contract or not. We seek to unify our two groups together under one leadership, so we can move forward together not separate as the TWU/IAM Association.
Will AMFA represent Non-Mechanics in their representation and support?
(Machinist, welders, platers, OSM’s, composites, facilities maintenance and ground service equipment employees, planners, schedulers, and auditors, ect.)
YES! The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft specific, independent aviation union. AMFA is not an industrial union and represents only aircraft maintenance technicians and related employees in the craft or class in accordance with the National Mediation Board Rules and their dictates. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled craftsmen and women it represents. (Mechanic and Related Employees craft or class has been determined by the National Mediation Board, NOT the Company NOT the Union!)
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft specific, independent aviation union. It is not an industrial union and represents only aircraft maintenance technicians and related employees in the craft or class in accordance with the National Mediation Board Rules and their dictates. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled craftsmen and women it represents.
AMFA was created in 1962 but did not represent any carrier until 1964 at Ozark Airlines. It later represented Pacific Airlines, Airlift International, Hughes Airwest, Southern Airways, Northwest Airlines, Horizon Air, Independence Air, United Airlines, and ATA. AMFA’s craft specific union now represents aircraft maintenance technicians and related support personnel at Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and Southwest Airlines. Except for negotiations under bankruptcy, AMFA has never accepted concessions, give-backs, two-tier pay scales, or “B” rate mechanics. One reason for this is that the local airline representatives, who are well-acquainted with their respective airline’s problems, are at the bargaining table with the national officers. AMFA also believes in having its members attend and observe contract negotiations through its “open negotiations” concept. Although this is considered by many to be a novel idea, AMFA has been doing this in negotiations for years, and it has helped both sides to understand the problems and issues that must be resolved at the bargaining table.
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Tell the NMB You Want Your Voice Heard
Signing an AMFA card is not a vote for AMFA. All you are doing is telling the NMB (National Mediation Board) that you want your voice heard. The voice that has been denied for far too long. A voice we were told we would have.