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AMFA legislative Liaison is:
Maryanne Demarco
[email protected] (202) 822-8700
(202) 822-8887 (fax)


Beer, porn, TV, pizza, chips, computer games, sports, recreational drugs, affairs, social games anything to dull the senses and allow mental laziness, victim mentality, refusal to take personal responsibility to predominate. These are all reasons people are not
active in their Unions. It is always a burden and a
bother to have to spare precious time away from these pursuits to go and fight for your rights in a Union hall, even if that just means being there for a meeting. These same people will wait and be driven down until they are forced to work two or three jobs to make ends meet and then they tell themselves some stupid
mindless saying to justify it all to themselves. They are willing to work hard on someone else's behalf at
three low paying crappie jobs, but unwilling to take one afternoon a month to work on their own and their Union brother's behalf. This is the worker-victim
mentality and I don't understand it.



The following will give you an idea of the negotiation process regulated by the Railway Labor Act. AMFA and ATA will follow this process.

1. The two parties will negotiate until one or both parties feel that they can no longer make progress.
2. One or both parties request a mediator from the Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC. This can take some time, depending on the political climate in Washington. Keep in mind that some of the people running the Labor Relations Board are politically assigned their position. Therefore, yes, politics plays a part.
3. The board assigns a mediator to AMFA/ATA. The mediator will review what has and has not been accomplished and will try to move negotiations along.
4. When there is no longer negotiation progress (I think this is judged by the mediator) The National Mediation Board offers Binding Arbitration as an option.
5. If Arbitration is rejected at this time, the mediator will release AMFA and ATA. This means AMFA will be allowed to strike after a 30 day cooling off period. The National mediation board (NMB) will notify the President of a possible threat to commerce. (There is a possibility that ATA serves such a small percentage of passengers, compared to the number of flying public each day, that the NMB and President may not feel a strike at ATA would be a threat to commerce.
6. If ATA and AMFA could agree to binding arbitration, they will present their position on the issues to an arbitrator (One person I think) and are bound by the decision of this arbitrator. Arbitrators can be sympathetic to one side or another, depending on several factors, such as the contracts of other airlines, the political affiliation of the arbitrator, the US economic conditions and the airlines economic conditions in general.
7. If the President elects to get involved, he can give a 30-day extension to the cooling off period. He can even extend that 30 more days. Sometimes the president gives the 60-day cooling off period all at once. The president may form an emergency board to investigate and report within 30 days. However if they do not settle the contract after the 90 days of cooling off period, the president can let the strike happen or force arbitration.
8. During the cooling off period and forming of this board, the two parties often get together and hammer out a settlement. Depending who is on the board and the fear of their position may make it look more favorable to negotiate a settlement rather then be subjected to the decision of the head arbitrator and his committee.

This is not word for word out of the Railway Labor Act, as it can be difficult to follow. I hope the above will give you an idea of what will happen with our negotiations. Select the link to go directly to the Railway Labor Act. Also select the Collective Bargaining Process to see a diagram that gives a good understanding of collective bargaining process under the Railway Labor Act.




AMFA National Participates in Inspector General's Study
of Domestic and Foreign Repair Stations

Laconia, NH and Washington, DC - February 12, 2004 - With both Congress and
the Administration taking note of the many reports and pleas for improving
the oversight of maintenance, AMFA National and its Legislative Liaison
office in Washington, DC will be participating in a study of the industry's
domestic and foreign repair stations. This report, being conducted by the
Inspector General's Office, will focus on contract repair stations and
independent contractors.
As part of an increasing effort to ensure that more maintenance problems are
reported, AMFA National has developed a Safety Reporting System available to
its members.
Over the course of the next couple of months, AMFA will be participating in
this most important study initiated by the Committee of Transportation and
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly:

O.V. Delle-Femine, National Director (603) 527-9212
Frank Boksanske, National Safety & Standards Director (603) 642-3914
Maryanne DeMarco, Legislative Liaison (202) 822-8700

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