For Immediate Release
Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association Announces Support
For Aircraft Mechanics Over Southwest Airlines Management In Contract Fight
SWAPA: “It is time for our mechanics to be rewarded for your significant part
in our company’s continued success.”
AURORA, CO – December 22, 2016 – The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) today received the valuable support and backing of the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA). The announced support comes as AMFA representatives enter their 52nd month of contract negotiations with an airline that is enjoying record profits.
SWAPA President Jon Weaks sent a personal letter to AMFA National Director Bret Oestreich to acknowledge they are siding with the Association over Southwest Airlines management. See attached for full version of the letter of support. Below is an excerpt:
“As you continue to face the Company’s outdated and unfortunate negotiating tactics as outlined in your recent legal filing, please rest assured that SWAPA stands behind AMFA 100% in the struggle to achieve a fair contract. As pilots who are responsible for the aircraft in the sky, we rely on our AMFA brothers and sisters on the ground to ensure that our aircraft are operating safely. It is well past time Southwest recognized your value to this airline. We certainly appreciated your dedicated support as we faced our own protracted negotiations. Please know that the pilots of SWAPA continue our support for your efforts as you work diligently toward the contract you deserve… It is time for our mechanics to be rewarded for your significant part in our company’s continued success.”
AMFA filed suit a week ago in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against Southwest Airlines, claiming SWA’s actions violate the Railway Labor Act. At issue are allegations of bad faith bargaining and repeated efforts by SWA to provide false and misleading information about contract negotiations directly to their airline mechanics.
Founded in 1962, 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.