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Dear American Airlines’ Mechanics and Related Employees:

On February 26, 2021, the National Mediation Board (NMB) Investigator Josie G.M. Bautista notified all parties of the next phase of investigation regarding NMB Case No. R-7557.

NMB Investigator Bautista has directed AMFA and the TWU/IAM Association to file challenges to the proposed eligibility list filed by American Airlines or objections with regard to any other matters and supported by substantive evidence and argument by March 5, 2021. Responses to challenges or objections by all Participants, including the Carrier, must be filed by March 15, 2021.


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Like many of their passengers, Alaska Airlines seems to be growing weary of Covid-19. Recently, Alaska Airlines began enforcing an ambiguous attendance policy in a manner never before seen — one that includes discipline for the use of accrued sick leave and lower thresholds for counseling or discipline than before the pandemic. Strangely enough, the new enforcement policy was put into action at the peak of the pandemic’s surge. This change in enforcement policy occurred while another special Covid policy mandating workers to stay home if they have Covid symptoms or were possibly exposed to the virus was in effect…


December 10, 2020

Dear American Airlines Mechanics & Related Employees:

We wanted to reach out and give you an update following AMFA’s filing for a representation dispute on your behalf with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for the American Airlines (AA) Mechanic and Related workgroups. As previously outlined in our last update, “We have filed with the NMB” dated November 13, 2020. We have been assigned both an NMB Case No. R-7557 and NMB Investigator Josie G.M. Bautista. On Friday December 4, 2020, American Airlines’ Vice President of Labor Relations, Lucrecia D. …


CENTENNIAL, CO — December 8, 2020 — The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) applauds Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao for her decision to appoint an aircraft maintenance technician (AMT) to the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC). AMFA Executive Director of Government Affairs and Southwest Airlines AMT Justin Madden’s appointment to the ARAC fills a critical void in the Committee’s membership.

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AMFA National Director Bret Oestreich stated, “The AMT is a highly educated and skilled professional charged with inspecting, troubleshooting, and repairing aircraft to ensure the safety and security of the flying public. Justin’s appointment is recognition of that role…


December 7, 2020

The Honorable Peter A. DeFazio Chair

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Sam Graves Ranking Member

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Rick Larsen Chairman

House Subcommittee on Aviation Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Garrett Graves Ranking Member

House Subcommittee on Aviation Washington, D.C. 20515

RE: Aviation Industry Urges Inclusion of The Promoting Aviation Regulations for Technical Training (PARTT) 147 Act in the Aircraft Certification Reform Act

Dear Chairmen DeFazio and Larsen and Ranking Members Graves and Graves:

The undersigned organizations, representing a broad cross-section of the aviation community…


Southwest Airlines notified AMFA of its intent to execute a mass furlough of 403 Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Facilities Maintenance Technicians, and Aircraft Appearance Technicians, scheduled to take place on January 25, 2021. This action is being taken in retaliation for Southwest’s perceived lack of progress in cost savings discussions with the union. To make this threat more explicit, Southwest suggested the furloughs could be avoided if we agree to cost savings measures (voluntary wage concessions), if additional government aid is extended to the airline or if there is an unforeseen revenue increase.

“This threatened furlough, if executed, is in violation…


Dear American Airlines Mechanics & Related Employees:It has been almost a year to the day since we started receiving your personally signed Authorization for Representation cards. We’re proud to announce that today, on your behalf, we filed your cards with the National Mediation Board (NMB). At the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), we understand your frustration is high with your current representation and we are honored to have the opportunity to become your chosen representative, pending a successful representation election.

We would like to thank you for placing your confidence in AMFA. We appreciate all of your hard work and…


AMFA is the only viable choice based on track record, expertise and accessibility.

This letter is to ask all my IAM colleagues to not be taken in by the outright lies that are being spread to scare you into voting for this train wreck called the TWU/IAM Mechanics Association.

For background, when our unions were merged in response to the AA/U.S. Air merger, membership had no say in whether we wanted this partnership. We were forced to accept it with the assumption being that 30,000 employees could force the company to concede into a better contract. Since the signing of…


In an effort to scare its membership into remaining members of a poorly run union, the TWU/IAM Association is trying to play up their clout in Washington D.C. while de-emphasizing AMFA’s contributions and their importance to the aircraft mechanic and related maintenance workers’ class and craft. There is no doubt that the IAM and TWU parent organizations spend considerable resources maintaining offices in and around Washington, D.C. They often lobby on behalf of their membership, but how much of that lobbying and money spent is actually for the aircraft mechanic and related?

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Although AMFA does not pay for overpriced real…


When American Airlines merged with U.S. Air, there were two unions representing the AMT’s — TWU and IAM. Rather than allowing the membership to determine which union they wanted representing them moving forward, the two unions decided to both remain in power so that neither of them would have to lose, even though TWU represented a solid majority of the combined AMT’s. When the workforce was combined, the IAM workers were elevated to our pay scale, but we did not get elevated to their benefit level. That injustice cost us at TWU years without sick pay and half the holidays…

AMFA National

We are independent Aircraft Maintenance Technicians committed to the highest safety standards. Safety in the Air Begins with Quality Maintenance on the Ground.

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