FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMFA Supports Chairman Katko’s Recommendation to TSA to Include Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) Union on ASAC
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – August 16, 2017 – The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) applauds Chairman John Katko’s recommendation to TSA Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia to include an AMT union on the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC).
AMFA National Director Bret Oestreich stated, “On behalf of the over 3,000 Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines aircraft maintenance technicians, I applaud Transportation and Protective Services Subcommittee Chairman John Katko for his leadership in recommending the Aviation Security Advisory Committee to include a ‘craft specific union to represent the AMT perspective on the Committee.’
“The ASAC’s mission is to provide advice and counsel to the TSA Administrator on a broad range of aviation security matters. As Chairman Katko notes in a recent letter to Acting Administrator Gowadia, ‘while the pilot and flight attendant perspective is represented by their industry union, the aircraft maintenance technician is regrettably absent.’
“The AMT owns a critical role to ensure the security and safety of the flying American public, and AMFA is uniquely qualified to support ASAC’s mission of providing advice and counsel to the TSA Administrator. As Chairman Katko stated, the longer ASAC continues without a ‘practicing or certified AMT, the effective counsel provided by [ASAC] to the TSA Administrator is, at a minimum, constrained.’
“With David Pekoske’s recent confirmation as TSA Administrator, I hope he moves quickly to implement Chairman Katko’s recommendation to include a ‘craft specific union’ on ASAC. As the only craft-specific union representing AMTs, AMFA is ready and willing to support the mission of ASAC.”
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.