For Immediate Release
AMFA Applauds the Inclusion of Greater Oversight and Accountability for Foreign Repair Station Employees in FAA Extension
AURORA, Colo. – July 7, 2016 – Louie Key, National Director of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, released the following statement:
“On behalf of the over 3,000 Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines aircraft maintenance technicians, AMFA applauds House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio and Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune and Ranking Member Bill Nelson for the inclusion of greater oversight and accountability of foreign repair station employees in the FAA Extension bill.
“Safety is the cornerstone of the pact between the aircraft maintenance technician and the American flying public. Recognizing there is a safety gap with our foreign counterparts, AMFA leadership actively pursued policies in the FAA authorization to institute a mandatory drug and alcohol testing policy and establish a pre-employment background investigation requirement of foreign repair station employees.
“The safety and security standards on the domestic technician, that help to ensure the public safety and reliability of aircraft maintenance, should be uniform no matter where the repair station is located. To that end, AMFA recognizes the work of the House and Senate and supports the FAA Extension bill, more specifically the Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing and Background Investigations provisions found in Section 2112, Repair Stations Located Outside United States.
“In addition to the leadership of Chairmen Shuster and Thune and Ranking Members DeFazio and Nelson, AMFA would like to thank House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo and Ranking Member Rick Larsen, Senate Aviation Subcommittee Chair Kelly Ayotte and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell, and Congressman Ryan Costello, Congressman Dan Lipinski, Congressman Lou Barletta, and Senator Claire McCaskill. Their leadership, support, and persistence throughout this process helps ensure the safety of the American flying public.”
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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 craftsmen and women it represents. For more information about AMFA visit www.amfanational.org.