REPUBLIC MANAGEMENT TO HAVE NON-CERTIFIED WORKERS TO PERFORM AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE AND HAVE CURRENT AMTS SIGN OFF ON THEIR WORK
Republic management has decided to allow non-certified personnel to perform aircraft maintenance, preventive maintenance and alterations. Republic AMTs and supervisors will either have to sign off on the non-certified personnel or directly supervise their work and then sign off. All this extra work and responsibility and not one penny extra in pay.
This change by management not only denigrates the AMT profession, but also increases the risk of aircraft maintenance not being performed optimally. Not only will Republic AMTs and supervisors have to do all our work, but now we must also be responsible for the work of other who do not possess the skill, knowledge and required federal certifications to perform such work.
This is a bad decision and threatens the future of the AMT profession at Republic Airways.
IAM union contracts for aircraft mechanic and related workers strictly prohibits this kind of risky, short-sighted scheme. IAM contacts specifically outline exactly what work must be done by IAM-represented AMTs. If a carrier cannot attract or retain AMT talent, then the carrier must implement sound policies to attract and retain AMTs.
These policies center around providing an employment package that highly trained AMTs deserve. However, without collective bargaining rights and negotiations, companies like Republic will cut corners and devise short-sighted schemes such as this.
Please sign an election authorization card (a-card), so we can petition the National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold a union representation election. Once we have at least 50 percent of mechanic and related workers sign, we will be able to vote. Once we win the vote, we will begin negotiations and then, and only then, will we have the opportunity to get rid of schemes like this and achieve fair employment terms that respect our skill and profession.
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