AMFA again fails to understand the meaning of craft and class and is denied by the NMB
February 23, 2022
This determination addresses the application filed by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) alleging a representation dispute pursuant to the Railway Labor Act (RLA), 45 U.S.C. §152, Ninth (Section 2, Ninth),1 among “Maintenance Controllers” at JetBlue Airways Corporation (JetBlue or Carrier).
For the reasons set forth below, the National Mediation Board (Board or NMB) finds that “Maintenance Controllers” is not a distinct craft or class at JetBlue but rather are part of the Mechanics and Related Employees craft or class and, therefore, dismisses the application.
The Board finds that JetBlue’s “Maintenance Controllers” do not constitute a separate craft or class but are part of the Mechanics and Related Employees craft of class. AMFA’s submission of authorization cards for Maintenance Controllers does not constitute an adequate showing of interest for the Mechanics and Related Employees craft or class of which they are a part. Accordingly, NMB File No. CR-7230 is converted to NMB Case No. R-7575 and dismissed pursuant to §1206.4(b) of the NMB Rules.
By direction of the NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD
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