American Airlines AMT Tom Aurilio: Why We Need AMFA

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 of our colleagues at IAM. Had the association been truly invested the members interests, they would have insisted on parity across the board, but they were more than happy to allow the TWU membership to suffer.

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