AMFA and Southwest Airlines have been engaged in bargaining exchanges, held virtually and in person, regarding an extension letter of agreement to the Appearance Technician (AAT) collective bargaining agreement (CBA). These discussions commenced not long after the first tentative agreement (TA) was overwhelmingly rejected on July 1, 2022, and the subsequent membership survey determined what needed to be improved.
The Parties, on September 7, 2002, finalized a second TA. We believe this TA addresses the what the survey indicated was the main reason for the first TA being voted down, including: an increase in the initial snap up in pay from six and a quarter (6.25%) to twelve percent (12%) for anyone at the fourth year and above in the pay scale; the elimination of the efficiency bonus; and an additional year to the agreement which again like in the first TA has three percent (3%) increases for each step of the scale in each out year of the agreement.
AMFA National will be starting the process of a ratification vote in the near future so be on the lookout and cast your vote.
Please do not hesitate to contact your ALR with any questions you may have. Agreement attached.