Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association
|Full name||Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association|
|Office location||Denver, Colorado|
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) is an independent craft union representing aircraft maintenance employees of commercial airlines in the United States. AMFA is committed to the principles of craft unionism. It only seeks to represent airline mechanics and related employees, a "craft or class" recognized by the National Mediation Board under the Railway Labor Act applied to airlines. It is a particularly vocal opponent of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and has found itself in competition with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Transport Workers Union of America as well.
AMFA was created in 1962 but did not represent any carrier until 1964, when it won recognition at Ozark Airlines. Later, AMFA won bargaining rights at Alaska Airlines, ATA Airlines, the defunct Independence Air, Northwest Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
Its national headquarters is located in Denver, Colorado.
Local Officers and Representatives are elected by the Local Membership and can be recalled by the Membership. A petition signed by 25 percent of the members begins the recall procedure.
The National Office assists the Locals throughout the system. The National Executive Council hires professionals to provide CPA accounting, legal representation, labor relations advice, insurance/pension actuaries, and National administration. National officers oversee these professionals and report to the Membership. Candidates for national office need the endorsement of only one Local to have his or her name placed on the ballot. National officers are subject to the same recall procedures as Local officials.
"Locals". Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association. Retrieved 16 February 2012.