For Immediate Release
AMFA Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Overwhelmingly Reject Tentative Agreement With Southwest Airlines
Centennial, Colo. – September 18, 2018 – Today, Southwest Airlines (SWA) Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) rejected a tentative agreement put forward for a referendum vote.
According to the union’s National Executive Council, the group rejected the contract because the economic package overall falls short. In the next week, AMFA will survey the AMT group to confirm the reason for rejection.
“The SWA AMTs deserve a compensation package that reflects their value to Southwest Airlines, it’s justifiable to be rewarded for their efforts and contributions to the success of the Company over these years,” said AMFA National Director Bret Oestreich. “Southwest made billions in profits, while lowballing our AMTs in negotiations. They were stalling our negotiations and pay proposals to ‘to allow [their] competitors a chance to catch-up.’ Meanwhile, Southwest has never been in a better economic environment to reward our group. We know it, and our members know it. It’s time the Company recognizes the AMTs for their hard work.”
“The AMTs have been in negotiations with Southwest for more than six years,” said Oestreich. “Southwest believed by dragging out the process, the AMTs would be exhausted enough to ratify the TA, anticipating 50+1% to ratifying this Agreement. By this vote, it’s clear that Southwest’s tactic failed and clarifies just how out of touch SWA management is with their employees. 96.53% of the workgroup voted, and the majority has clearly spoken to reject this deal.”
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.