September 6, 2019
To the Membership of Local 591:
The disturbing incident in Miami has been an unwelcomed blackeye to both our profession, and our never-ending commitment to safety. As President of Local 591, I want to start by stating that I absolutely condemn the acts that have been reported. If the allegations are proven true, these actions are inexcusable, and I cannot express more strongly how much I deplore and denounce those actions.
Not only should we never act in such a way as to endanger our crews and passengers, but we should NEVER EVEN THINK such things. There is NEVER justification to EVER endanger the lives of those we are entrusted to protect when we maintain these aircraft.
When I read the news reports of the alleged act of sabotage and subsequent arrest, my reaction was to be stunned, and then outraged, that anyone would place anything above the safety of our flight crews and passengers. The reports also reminded me, and hopefully for each Aircraft Mechanic, of the solemn oath that licensed Aircraft Mechanics hold to everyone who flies on the aircraft that we maintain. That oath is called “The Mechanic’s Creed”, was originally written by Jerome Lederer back in 1941.
One phrase from the Creed first came to mind when I read the news reports that money was the motive: “nor shall I permit my judgment to be influenced by money or other personal gain.” In addition, I, as well as all who hold the earned aircraft mechanic privilege stand together on this foundational statement from the Creed: “I REALIZE the grave responsibility which is mine as a certified airman…” We all hold fast to the commitment to work to the highest standards that the Aircraft Mechanic’s Creed embodies!
TWU Local 591
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President Letter 9-6-2019.pdf