FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United mechanics reject concessions
Local 9 of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association
San Francisco, Ca.
TODAY, THE UNITED AIRLINES mechanics and related employees, represented by
the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), voted not to accept the
terms of the Letter of Agreement to reduce wages, work rules, and benefits.
They also overwhelmingly authorized their National Director the right to
call for a strike.²
The AMFA-United Airlines Strike Committee, consisting of AMFA¹s Local
Presidents, issued the following statement regarding the memberships vote
If the bankruptcy court uses the 1113(c) process to impose terms or changes
to our collective bargaining agreement, to which the membership did not
agree, the membership will use its right to strike or withhold its services.
"The die is cast and the membership has made it crystal clear to us that
they are not willing to work under the terms as presented to them for their
vote." said Joseph Prisco, President of AMFA Local 9 in San Francisco. "In
AMFA, we truly believe in membership control, and the will of the collective
membership is always the final arbitrator. This leadership will take
whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the true will and intent of the
membership is manifested. The fact that the UAL mechanics and related have
voted to reject the company's terms is a loud announcement that we will not
be funding corporate incompetence any time in the near future."
Joseph Prisco, 650-416-2002 (office) or 650-826-1405 (cell) email:
Richard Turk, 650-416-2006 (office) or 650-826-0378 (cell) email:
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented,
independent aviation union. It represents only airline technicians and
related employees in the craft or class in accordance with the National
Mediation Board Rules and their dictates. AMFA is committed to elevating the
professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive
improvements in the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled
craftsmen and women it represents.
AMFA was created in 1962 and now represents over 18,500 technicians
nationwide at 8 of the large domestic airlines including Alaska Airlines,
ATA, Independence Air, Horizon Airlines, Mesaba Airlines, Northwest
Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
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