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Press Release: AMFA Opposes Any Airline Merger That Doesn't Consider Employees
Feb 15, 2008 - Posted by:

AURORA, Colo. - (Business Wire) The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) today said that it will actively oppose any airline merger that continues the erosion of American jobs and further devalues the American middle-class.

The union will support merger plans that maintain or enhance the careers and standard of living of the combined companies' employees. AMFA represents mechanics and related employees at seven air carriers, some of which have recently been named as potential merger partners.

Noting that most air carriers exist today as the result of industry mergers, AMFA National Director Steve MacFarlane said, "The details of the plans will determine our support or opposition. Given the significant impact of maintenance on the operation on any airline, AMFA and its members expect to be engaged and informed by management on a transparent and collaborative basis in regard to any merger scenario."

MacFarlane said American corporations have been given the privilege to operate in the most lucrative market on the planet. "Corporations that derive significant benefits from the United States government and the American people have a responsibility to ensure that a sustainable balance exists so that both the corporation and the country in which they operate are well maintained for future American generations."

AMFA is the largest craft union representing aircraft technicians and related employees and serves members at Alaska Airlines, ATA, Horizon Air, Mesaba Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. AMFA's motto is "Safety in the air begins with quality maintenance on the ground."

AMFA National: Steve MacFarlane, 612-910-8003


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