TWU-IAM’s Desperate Measures to Prevent Members Their Right to Choose Representation

March 5, 2021

Dear American Airlines’ Mechanics and Related Employees:

The TWU-IAM Association (“TWU/IAM”) has been widely claiming AMFA does not have enough cards to induce an election. The fact is, on December 4, 2020, American Airlines provided the NMB with a proposed eligibility list of 13,213 names and signatures. Subsequently, on December 23, 2020, the TWU/IAM, without invitation from the NMB, prematurely responded with challenges to the proposed eligibility list and began publicly claiming falsely that AMFA did not have sufficient cards to have an election.

It would seem that after further review, the TWU-IAM lost confidence in their initial false narrative and came to realize an election is likely coming. Consequently, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, about 48-hours before the deadline, the TWU/IAM requested a 10-day extension to file their challenges for the National Mediation Board (“NMB”) Investigator’s review.

Yesterday, March 4, 2021, the NMB Investigator, Josie G.M. Bautista, granted the TWU/IAM’s 10-day extension request, shifting the deadline 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 to March 15, 2021, and responses to challenges or objections by all Participants, including the Carrier, to March 25, 2021.

We expect the TWU-IAM to create further delays and use other underhanded tactics to attempt to prevent this election from happening. If they were confident in their representation of you, why would they be afraid of an election? If they put their members first, why would they want to get in the way of having you express your collective democratic will? The TWU-IAM “association’s” time has come, and they now know it. These efforts, and the ones that are sure to come, are desperate measures of an organization that cannot admit they have put their own interests ahead of yours, and that will now have to suffer the consequences.

AMFA looks forward to the opportunity to represent your group and unify your power under one union. AMFA is a firm believer in keeping transparency with our union members because we respect employee choice. For further updates and information, please visit AMFA at the American Airlines page of the AMFA National website. AMFA will continue to work diligently on your behalf to get you the vote you were promised and deserve. We appreciate your support.

In Solidarity,

Gene Painter

Assistant National Director




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