March 28, 2013
To: AMFA Locals and Members
Re: National Director’s Monthly Update for March 2013
On March 5, 2013, Paul Kanitra, President and Nile Elam, Senior Lobbyist of our lobbying firm,
Lobbyit.com, hosted a conference call for the NEC and the Local Legislative Points of Contacts (LPOCs)
to review the legislative initiatives we are working on. We had great participation from the locals and
anticipate a busy year working on legislation that benefits our membership.
March 13-15, 2013, the NEC attended the AMT Society’s Maintenance Skills Competition in Las Vegas for
the second year in a row. Alaska Airlines sponsored a team of AMFA Technicians to compete but,
unfortunately, Southwest Airlines (SWA) decided to withdraw their sponsorship of their hugely successful
team which was very disappointing for all. During the awards event AMFA National presented a scholarship
to A&P School student, Douglas Rand, who wrote the winning essay outlining the advantages of a craft
specific union as compared to an industrial union. Mr. Rand is attending the Tulsa Technology Center in
Contract negotiations at SWA continued this month with meetings on March 7 and 8. Please look for
committee updates on the AMFA National Web site. The second session scheduled for March 26 and 27 was
canceled at the Company’s request. The next meeting dates are set for April 2-4 and 29-30; please contact
your Airline Representative for observer opportunities.
On March 19-21, 2013, National Safety & Standards Director David Brooks and the ASAP Representatives
from Alaska and Southwest Airlines attended the FAA’s ASAP Info-Share in Denver, CO. Kevin
Jurasinski, Alaska ASAP ERC Representative, wrote a very detailed report which highlights that the
Advisory Circular covering the ASAP program is being amended to include several improvements for
technicians; however, the FAA does not anticipate the amendment will be approved until 2014. One of the
hot topics at the Info-Share was maintenance personnel fatigue and how it contributes to maintenance
errors. For a detailed article on maintenance fatigue from Aviation Maintenance Magazine; click here and
go to page 18.
On March 25, 2013, Local 4 concluded their Local Officers and Representatives Election, and the results
are posted on their Website. Local 4’s very first general membership meeting is scheduled for April 22 in
Chicago and they will also be video conferencing in the stations of Atlanta, Baltimore, and Midway.
Most of the NEC officers are planning on being in attendance to congratulate the new LEC members.
For more carrier specific updates and further information regarding AMFA and the airline industry, please
visit the AMFA National Web site at www.AMFANational.org and remember our most determined efforts
will only succeed with your continued support and participation – Please stay informed. Remember, “safety
in the air begins with quality maintenance on the ground.”
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