New York’s Labor Movement Stands with the Hardworking Members of the Transport Workers and Machinist Unions Against a Cynical Raid Attempt by Rogue Labor Group

Today, Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO, issued the following statement in response to the misguided effort by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) to deprive workers of representation by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

“It’s troubling that as their members are faced with real threats to their lives and livelihoods due to the pandemic, TWU and IAM have to fend off a foolhardy and opportunistic raid that only serves to undermine their efforts.  Both unions are relentless in the fight for good wages and benefits, workplace safety and health, and a voice on the job, and their members at American Airlines see it firsthand each day.  That is why I am fully confident AFMA’s raid will ultimately fail.  In the meantime, I offer TWU, IAM and the workers they represent the full support of the 2.5 million members and 3,000 affiliated unions of the New York State AFL-CIO, and expect this needless threat to their representation will be quickly  and resoundingly dispatched.”