February 24, 2021
Dear American Airlines’ Mechanics and Related Employees:
We wanted to give you an update following AMFA’s filing for a representation dispute on your behalf with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for the American Airlines (AA) Mechanic and Related workgroups.
As outlined in our last update, dated December 10, 2020, we have been assigned both an NMB Case No. R-7557 and NMB Investigator Josie G.M. Bautista. AMFA’s legal counsel has been in contact with the NMB and Investigator Bautista regarding the status of the investigation. Due to the January election, impeachment hearing, and numerous closings-threats within Washington, DC, the NMB offices were in quarantine for 2 weeks, resulting in the Investigator having minimal access to the NMB offices.
At this time, Investigator Bautista continues the investigation, validating the authenticity of your overwhelming number of signed authorization cards by comparison with the Company’s signature samples provided to the NMB. Additionally, over the last several months, Investigator Bautista has been assessing the sufficiency of the number of AMFA authorization card signers of the Mechanics and Related Employees Craft or Class at AA to ensure that a majority of the group sought an election for union representation.
When the determination of a majority showing of interest occurs, Investigator Bautista will schedule the opportunity for the parties to make challenges and objections to the proposed eligibility list filed by AA over the next several weeks, and then challenges to the challenges for several weeks after that. We expect the Investigator will then schedule the election and distribute voting instructions to eligible voters to determine the representative of the Mechanics and Related Employees at AA.
Again, we anticipated that the TWU/IAM Association will make every attempt to prevent this election by any means necessary, including inflating the eligibility list submitted by the Company with other workgroups. Understand, AMFA has filed more than enough signed Authorization for Representation cards with the NMB to cover the Company’s submitted number of 13,213 potential eligible voters.
We are working diligently to secure your opportunity to vote for the one union representation of your choosing. AMFA looks forward to the unifying of your group and the opportunity to represent you. For further updates and information, please visit AMFA at American Airlines page of the AMFA National website.
Assistant National Director