For Immediate Release
Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Demands Southwest Airlines
Stop Harassment of Mechanics
AMFA Claims SWA Management Is Inundating Association Members
With Misleading Information Regarding Contract Negotiations
AURORA, CO – Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) has sued Southwest Airlines (SWA) management officials to cease any and all forms of direct dealing and harassment directed toward AMFA members.
At issue are repeated efforts by SWA to provide false and misleading information about contract negotiations to their airline mechanics. AMFA filed suit last Friday in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against Southwest Airlines, claiming SWA’s efforts violate the Railway Labor Act.
“For too long Southwest Airlines management have been directly dealing and harassing our airline mechanics with face-to-face meetings, repeated emails, and workplace video displays containing false and misleading information about our contract negotiations,” said Bret Oestreich, AMFA National Director. “This kind of unethical behavior would not have been tolerated under the leadership of former CEO Herb Kelleher and must cease immediately.”
Founded in 1962, 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.