July 22, 2022
Participants for AMFA:
Earl Clark – Region I Director
Will Abbott – Region II Director
Anthony Christner – Interim Airline Representative
Lucas Middlebrook – Legal Counsel
Participants for Sun Country Airlines:
Eric Levenhagen – Chief Human Resources Officer
Greg Mays – Chief Operating Officer
Bobby Purzitza – Director of Maintenance
Jacki Thompson – Legal Counsel
Andrew Papaleo – Senior Manager Labor Relations
The AMFA-Sun Country Airlines (SCA) Negotiating Committee is providing this update to the membership at SCA. This is the only official authorized source of negotiating communications by the Committee.
AMFA and SCA held their first meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Company headquarters in Minneapolis to discuss entry into formal collective bargaining negotiations and working together in collaborative fashion. The meeting started with each party introducing their respective negotiating committee. AMFA then explained its organizational structure to the Company, including identification of the interim AMFA-SCA Airline Representative, Area Representatives, and Shop Representatives. AMFA followed by explaining the need for cooperation in scheduling of union representatives in order to conduct union business as well as the information needed for AMFA to facilitate representation of its members at Sun Country.
The parties engaged in a brief discussion as to the process of collective bargaining and the best manner with which to proceed negotiating a first Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). To that end, AMFA officially delivered its Railway Labor Act Section 6 Notice, which sets certain timelines for the Company to respond to AMFA’s request to commence bargaining. We expect to hear from the Company soon and schedule dates upon which to meet and begin negotiation towards a CBA.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your ALR with any questions. And, as always, stay engaged and remain informed in order to support your Committee and its ability to bargain a CBA your hard work deserves.
AMFA-SCA Negotiating Committee