The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association told American Airlines mechanics on Monday that it will be unable to organize the workers for at least a year.
The union said the National Mediation Board has upheld a decision to bar applications for a representation vote of American mechanics for one year, thus AMFA will not be able to file for a representation election. American mechanics are currently represented by the Transport Workers Union.
The government board ruling follows the dismissal of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters application to the NMB to try to represent the mechanics at the Fort Worth-based carrier. AMFA had tried to submit its authorization cards for a representation vote to the NMB shortly after the Teamsters had filed but the NMB rejected their attempt.
"After all of the hard work and dedication by the AA organizers, it is unfortunate that they now have to wait when the overwhelming evidence pointed to the collusion of the IBT and TWU, and ultimately, the deceitfulness of the Teamsters. The industrial unions have unconscionably manipulated the influence they have gained through dues and work ethic into a ruse designed to steal away the AA Technicians’ right to a free and democratic election to determine who represents them," the union said.
With the one-year moratorium, AMFA said it will spend the future reviewing its recent organizing drive as the union has failed four times to organize the mechanics group at American.
Keep reading for the full release from AMFA.
AMFA news release
AMFA has received notification that the NMB has decided to uphold the one-year bar to applications for the American Airlines (AA) Technicians and Related following the dismissal of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) application. We are saddened and deeply troubled at the course of action they decided to take, and furthermore at their interpretation of "unusual or extraordinary circumstances." After all of the hard work and dedication by the AA organizers, it is unfortunate that they now have to wait when the overwhelming evidence pointed to the collusion of the IBT and TWU, and ultimately, the deceitfulness of the Teamsters. The industrial unions have unconscionably manipulated the influence they have gained through dues and work ethic into a ruse designed to steal away the AA Technicians’ right to a free and democratic election to determine who represents them.
As we consider the future and what it may hold for us, we must first take into account the past. Even though there have been many shared sacrifices and much time and money invested in bringing the AA Technician and Related group into AMFA, four drives in the last two decades have failed. Whether their failure can be attributed to a widespread conspiracy or not is irrelevant and should not consume our designation of blame. There have been collective mistakes made and it is important that we do not gloss over them as doing so would bind us to repeating them and thus continuing a vicious cycle.
To that end, AMFA will be spending the foreseeable future reviewing this most recent drive and our organizing philosophy as a whole. We will be revising our organizing strategies to best reflect the goals of the Association. The National Executive Council (NEC) believes that our organizers and supporters should also take some time to reflect, both on the most recent drive and the others that have come and gone. Repeating the same mistakes over and over is a sure blueprint for failure and is not acceptable. As much as many may not want to hear this, and is painful for us to say, we feel this time of reflection and contemplation is a necessary and important step towards achieving success in any future drive.
We firmly believe that AMFA will always be the best choice for Aircraft Maintenance Technician and Related employees. We are confident that AMFA has a bright future and look forward to the day that we represent all those in our class and craft.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association was established in 1962 as a craft focused union that represents Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Related employees. AMFA currently represents Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Related employees at Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines. For more information about AMFA visit www.amfanational.com.