May 1, 2023 -- On April 28, 2023, AMFA received notice that WestJet had filed a Notice of Application for Judicial Review with the Canada Federal Court of Appeal. The Company intends to challenge the Canada Industrial Relations Board’s (“CIRB”) certification decision on the grounds that the decision is “unreasonable” and contrary to “principles of natural justice.”
April 10, 2023 -- Last week, AMFA completed legal briefing in connection with its Air Canada certification application. In its final reply, AMFA addressed the extensive legal and factual errors contained within the IAMAW’s sur-reply.
March 31, 2023 -- The Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) officially announced yesterday that WestJet Airlines Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) and skilled trade groups chose the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) as their collective bargaining agent. And today, AMFA is proud to continue to lead a craft/trade-specific labor union movement in Canada, while also continuing to be a force at the negotiating table and the voice of our skilled professionals in the US.
March 9, 2023 -- Your group agreed upon a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) prior to AMFA certification at L3. AMFA and L3 have finalized housekeeping items in the recently ratified CBA and have required signatures from both parties to reach a final resolution. Additionally, after much collaboration with both L3 Harris MAS (L3) management and Edward Jones Financial Group, we are finalizing the final step to complete the transition from the IAM Pension Plan to an L3-funded, individually directed Retirement Savings Plan. Thank you for your fortitude and perseverance throughout this process.
November 21, 2022 -- Aviation Safety InfoShare is a semi-annual (Spring and Fall) conference where safety concerns and best practices are shared in a protected environment. The overall goal is to enhance safety through the sharing of experiences and resulting improvements. Participants include government agencies, labor groups (aviation maintenance, dispatch, cabin, ground operations, air traffic, and pilots), university aviation departments, trade associations, aircraft manufacturers, domestic airlines, international airlines, regional airlines, corporate operators, and rotorcraft operators.
AMFA was certified at WestJet on March 30, 2023, and the Association currently represents approximately 670 aircraft maintenance engineers and skilled trade groups. AMFA will soon begin negotiating the group's first collective bargaining agreement.
October 17, 2022 -- AMFA and Alaska Airlines met to discuss the annual pay scale wage review on October 3, 2022 outlined in Article 23, Wage Rules for wage increase. The AMFA-Alaska AMTs and Related new all-in rate — which includes base pay, license premiums, line premium, and longevity at the top of each of scale — was set to $57.44. This equates to an 11.5% increase for each step in the Alaska wage scale.
October 4, 2022 -- The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) is extremely elated and honored to announce the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) certified AMFA as the trade union representative, followed by an overwhelming majority representation vote of the Canadian aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs and Leads), aircraft technicians and apprentices (maintenance group), and occupational support services (OSS) employees from L3 Technologies MAS at CFB Trenton. The group was previously represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
AMFA was certified at L3 Harris Mas (L3) on October 18, 2022, and the Association currently represents approximately 60 L3 members who are a distinct, federally regulated trade group responsible for the repair and certification of the CC150 Polaris aircraft fleet, air-to-air refueling aircraft, and the Prime Minister’s aircraft.