Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
The TWU and IAM are always accusing AMFA of showing up at the wrong time and or interfering with negotiations. This drive began in November of 2019 and it’s not hard to imagine that the threat of a membership uprising helped push the Association to expedite negotiations, resulting in a JCBA. We believe the time has come to remove the Association simply because two separate unions with different belief structures and priorities is unworkable long term. We must come together under one leadership and move forward as a single membership.
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?
Now that our JCBA has been ratified, our current contract will remain in place until its amendable date in 2025. At that time AMFA will enter section 6 negotiations with the company. Contract negotiation rules can be found in Article XXIII of the AMFA Constitution.
How Long will this take?
AMFA filed for an election with the National Mediation Board on November 13, 2020.The Company has submitted its list of eligible employees. Due to Covid-19, the NMB is short-staffed which makes it very difficult to predict a time line. The NMB is currently performing an audit of our authorization cards. Our hope is to get an election well before spring.
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!)