Horizon Mechanics Fend Off Raid by AMFA
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mechanics and related workers at Horizon Air reaffirmed their support for the Teamsters Union today, voting in favor of representation by the Teamsters Airline Division.
"Although AMFA was able to create a representational dispute through a deceitful campaign of misinformation and untruths, our strong Teamster brothers and sisters stood their ground and beat back the raid," said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. "Horizon mechanics and related workers recognize the improvements the Teamsters have made for them and I applaud this group for standing together in solidarity."
The mechanics, who have been Teamsters since 2009, had the option of voting for the Teamsters Union, AMFA or no union. The vote was 151 to 103 with 3 voting for no union. There are 323 workers in the bargaining unit.
The vote follows a contract ratified by the mechanics in December 2010. The contract secured significant improvements in job security and increased pay and benefits.
"I'm thankful that the members saw through the misinformation and made the correct choice. We can now move ahead," said John Cox, chief shop steward and seven-year employee at Horizon Air. "It's time to get back to the key issues that benefit the members."
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @TeamsterPower.
SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters