The AMFA-Southwest Airlines (SWA) FMT Negotiating Committee is providing this update to the Facilities MaintenanceTechnician (FMT) Membership at Southwest Airlines. This is the only official authorized source of negotiating communications by the Committee.
The Parties held a three-day bargaining session, August 30 – September 1 in Denver to continue Section 6 bargaining toward a successor collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the FMT group. The first day began with AMFA delivering counterproposals on Article 14 – Wage Rules, Article 15 – Wage Rates, and Article 24 – General and Miscellaneous. The sole issue remaining in Article 24 was new language requiring the Parties to meet and discuss reimbursement for the cost of training, tuition, and required books/materials if additional training is necessary in the future to obtain a required license or certification. The Parties were, after a short caucus on Day 1, able to tentatively agree (TA) to Article 24. However, despite productive discussion and exchange of proposals, the Parties were unable to tentatively agree upon either Article 14 or Article 15.
At the outset of the Day 2, the Parties agreed to “table” Article 14 – Wage Rules until the two sides could progress toward agreement on Article 15. Both sides continued discussion and exchanged Article 15 proposals; however, despite productive movement, the Parties were still unable to reach a tentative agreement. The Parties had previously agreed to table Article 4 – Classifications; however, given the tabling of Article 14 and the inability of the Parties to reach tentative agreement on Article 15, AMFA proposed a counter with respect to the Lead ratio language in Article 4. AMFA proposed reducing the numbers necessary to require additional Lead positions. Currently, Article 4 requires there to be five (5) or more FMTs onduty on the same shift within a bid location before another Lead position would be required; AMFA proposed reducing that number to four (4). In addition, current book provides that no Lead FMT will be required to lead and direct the work of a group totaling more than ten (10) on duty FMTs, and AMFA proposed reducing that number to six (6). The Company was amenable to this proposal and the Parties were able to TA Article 4 – Classifications at the conclusion of Day 3 in Denver.
The Parties, carrying over from the previous session, remained productive in Denver by TA’ing Articles 4 and 24. There is still significant bargaining work to be done to bridge the gap between the Parties on economics and the other remaining open issues. To that end, AMFA drafted and delivered an information request to the Company designed to further inform your negotiators during these important discussions at the table. The Parties are working to secure dates in October to continueFMT bargaining. We will update you as to those dates when the Parties finalize the schedule.
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