For Immediate Release
|Bret Oestreich, National President
AMFA Aircraft Mechanic and Related Professionals Overwhelmingly Reject Tentative Agreement with Horizon Air
CENTENNIAL, CO – March 15, 2022 – Today, Horizon Air (QX) Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs), Fleet Service, and Aircraft Cleaners overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement put forward for a ratification vote.
According to the union’s National Executive Council, they believe the group rejected the contract because the economic package falls short. In the next week, AMFA will survey the membership to confirm the reason for this anticipated rejection of the tentative agreement (TA).
“The AMFA Mechanic and Related employees deserve a compensation package that reflects their value and relevance at Horizon Air. With the shortage of AMTs and competitiveness in the industry, it’s justifiable to be rewarded for their selfless efforts and contributions to the continued success of the Company, especially during the previously turbulent years,” said AMFA National President Bret Oestreich. “Horizon Air has major problems retaining qualified, skilled, and tenured Technicians while trying to adequately staff positions throughout the system. This is not the time to disregard the value of skilled professionals and missing an opportunity for the Company to be an innovator in negotiations affecting the industry. Meanwhile, Horizon has never been in a better environment to reward the AMTs, Fleet Service, and Aircraft Cleaners. We know it, and our members know it. It’s time the Company recognizes the for their skillset, loyalty, and hard work of these groups.”
“AMFA has been in negotiations with Horizon for more than four months, and Horizon believed by giving time for money on the front end, the Mechanics and Related would be satisfied enough to ratify the TA, anticipating fewer senior employees would ‘chase the carrot,’” said Oestreich. “The results of this referendum make it crystal clear that Horizon failed and confirms how out of touch Horizon management is with their devoted and proficient employees. This membership unity was an impressive 86% participation and this group overwhelmingly rejected the TA with 93% of the members voting to reject the deal.”
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The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented, independent aviation union representing 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.