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Visit to Washington, DC – April 2014

Part of the AMFA National leadership team was in Washington, DC on April 9, 2014, to visit with our lobbying team and other stakeholders regarding our legislative goals. The National Director, National Secretary/Treasurer, and Region I Director started the day with, where AMFA was gladly received.

Aerospace Maintenance Competition - 2014

The Alaska Airlines team competed in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (formerly called the MX Skill Competition or MX Olympics) in Las Vegas on March 26-27, 2014. The event is held each year and teams from across the US and abroad compete against each other in several challenges of their skill.

Local 32 General Membership Meeting

Local 32 recently held their March 2014 membership meeting. In attendance were the National Secretary/Treasurer, National Safety & Standards Director, and the Region I Director. There was a great turnout and much was accomplished at the meeting, including an important part of the Bylaws change process.

2014 AMFA Scholarship Winner

For the past few years, AMFA has given out a scholarship in conjunction with the AMTSociety to aspiring Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) attending school. AMFA is proud to announce our 2014 Scholarship winner is Mr. Aaron Asche, who is currently attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

AMFA-SWA Negotiations On The Move
April 16, 2014 -- For the first time in AMFA's history at Southwest Airlines, both the Union and the Company mutually agreed to move contract negotiations outside of the state of Texas. Session 18 of the Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) and Related negotiations was held in Phoenix, AZ to allow our Local 32 members and observers from other locals the opportunity to physically see their union at work in negotiations.
National Director's March 2014 Update
March 31, 2014 -- March continued our very busy start of the year; the first week National Safety & Standards Director David Brooks and I attended the FAA ASAP Information Sharing meeting in Seattle, WA. The FAA holds two of these meeting per year for participants in the various ASAP programs to share de-identified information from events that have been submitted and resulted in educational opportunities to advance aviation safety. The FAA reiterated their commitment to the non-punitive aspect of the program. AMFA’s Alaska (ASA) and Southwest (SWA) ASAP Representatives also attended the 3-day meeting.
AMFA - SWA Facilities Maintenance Technician Negotiations Update #7
March 31, 2014 -- We met with the Company in Dallas, TX on Tuesday, March 25, for a scheduled day and a half Facilities Maintenance Technician (FMT) negotiation session. The Company began by presenting "Article 17: Safety and Health." The proposal reorganized language from the Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) CBA for clarity and slight adjustments were made to more accurately capture the FMTs’ needs with respect to safety equipment.
Primary AMFA – ASA ASAP ERC Representative Nomination Notice
March 24, 2014 -- AMFA National is calling for nominations from AMFA Locals representing the Alaska Airlines (ASA) membership for the position of Primary AMFA–ASA Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Event Review Committee (ERC) Representative. Nominations must be submitted to AMFA National no later than 5:00 PM ET, April 17, 2014.
Primary AMFA – SWA ASAP ERC Representative Nomination Notice
March 24, 2014 -- AMFA National is calling for nominations from AMFA Locals representing the Southwest Airlines (SWA) membership for the position of Primary AMFA–SWA Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Event Review Committee (ERC) Representative. Nominations must be submitted to AMFA National no later than 5:00 PM ET , April 17, 2014.
AMFA - SWA Technician Negotiations Update #17
March 17, 2014 -- On Wednesday March, 12, 2014, we began our scheduled two-day session in Dallas for the Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) agreement. It started with a review of where we left off from the February session in San Antonio. We then discussed our last proposal on Article 24, General and Miscellaneous, which included language to protect the current rights to both jumpseats, language that restricts supervisors from working on the aircraft, pay at the applicable rate for time spent renewing or acquiring a SIDA badge, and reimbursement for parking if not provided by the Company.
Compliance Reminder: Cover All The Bases
February 18, 2014 -- Who has the accountability in aircraft maintenance? The Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) of course. Supervisors or fellow technicians who advise you how to accomplish a task are not responsible for what happens if it is done incorrectly. If maintenance is not done properly, it could result in an incident which will cause you to have to file an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) report. The number one cause of ASAP reports or involvement with the FAA is failure to follow the maintenance manual.
Torqued: Brain Drain in Maintenance Sector Needs Another Look
January 3, 2014 -- Imagine seeing this headline: “Major Airline Uses Student Pilots on Passenger Flights.” There would be universal outrage and condemnation if an airline tried to put students in the cockpit on passenger-carrying flights–even if “just” to handle the radios or practice touching some of the controls in cruise flight. Slow as it is to react to some safety issues, even the FAA would be all over that airline in a millisecond.

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