AMFA-Southwest Airlines Members Overwhelmingly Reject Tentative Agreement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jay Johnson, National Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: (720) 744–6632
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — July 5, 2022 –Last week, Southwest Airlines (SWA) Aircraft Appearance Technicians (AATs) overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement (TA) put forth for a ratification vote.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) National Executive Council believes the AATs rejected the contract because the economic package fell short of expectations. AMFA will survey the membership to confirm the reason for the rejection over the next few weeks.
“The AMFA-SWA Appearance Technicians deserve a compensation package that reflects their value and relevance as essential frontline workers,” explains AMFA National President Bret Oestreich. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, these employees have been responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the Southwest Airlines aircraft to keep passengers safe and hazards at bay. With the shortage of AATs and competition within the industry, it’s justifiable that these employees expect to be rewarded for their selfless efforts and contributions to the success of Southwest Airlines.”
Oestreich says, “Southwest has acknowledged problems retaining qualified, skilled aircraft cleaners.” And that the company has trouble “filling vacant staff positions throughout the system because wages are not competitive enough.”
AMFA believes that this is a critical time for Southwest to show they value these skilled professionals and an opportunity for the company to reward their essential frontline workers. “The dedication of this group remains steadfast in providing the cleanest and most sanitary aircraft each day,” said Oestreich. “It’s time Southwest show them the respect they deserve.”
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented, independent aviation union. AMFA represents licensed and unlicensed technicians and related employees actively involved in the aviation industry. These technician and related employees work directly on aircraft and/or components, support equipment, and facilities. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled folks it represents. For more information about AMFA visit www.amfanational.org.