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Letter to Spirit Airlines AMTs
Feb 09, 2022

February 21, 2020

Dear Spirit Airlines AMTs:

First, I would like to thank you for placing your confidence in the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA). Your grassroots organizing efforts and collection of Authorization for Representation cards from your workgroup in favor of AMFA is still ongoing with favorable interest and results. We are honored and promise to work hard on your behalf if you continue to collect Authorization for Representation cards under the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and should you choose AMFA as your collective bargaining agent when the times come to vote.

At this time, we have received signed Authorization cards from almost 50% of your workgroup. We intend to file for a representation election with the National Mediation Board (NMB) on your behalf when we achieve the 50% + 1 showing of interest rule, where signed authorization cards are submitted by a majority of your workgroup. After the NMB conducts an investigation, audits the signed cards and employee list, and authorizes an election, the election process will commence. At that time the NMB Voting Instructions will be sent to all eligible Spirit Airlines employees under the Mechanic and Related craft and class.

We have no plans to denigrate other industrial union competitors who are seeking your interests as representation agents; we will simply present facts about AMFA’s successful operations and let you decide on your own. For those of you who are not familiar with AMFA, we are the only craft- specific, independent aviation union representing aircraft maintenance technicians within the entire industry.

We currently represent AMTs at Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, and Southwest Airlines – many of these AMFA members work beside you at airfields throughout the country. The AMFA–Southwest Airlines contract sets the standard for pay and benefits in the industry. As you know, a negotiated contract would give you continuity, structure and foundation in applied work rules for you and the company that is consistent across your stations.

About AMFA:

  1. Members elect AND can recall all officers
  2. Members must approve any changes to our constitution or bylaws, including proposed dues increases
  3. Dues rate is the lowest in the industry – two times your base hourly wage
  4. AMFA negotiated for and represents the two of the highest paid AMT groups among commercial passenger carriers: Southwest #1 and Alaska#3
  5. AMFA has won tens of thousands of dollars in outsourcing grievances
  6. AMFA has open contract negotiations where member observers can watch negotiations, holding the company and their union accountable
  7. AMFA maintains a highly trained Accident Investigation Team (AIT) that works with the NTSB during accident investigations
  8. AMFA has established a Professional Standards Program and trains representatives for these positions.

If you need more information, or you have a pressing matter, please call our National office at 303-752-2632.


Gene Painter
Assistant National Director


7853 E. Arapahoe Court, Suite 1100
Centennial, CO 80112

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