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Dear AFA: August 19, 2014

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Reported by Sheri Meehleis

  • Long Wait Times for Crew Scheduling and Crew Accommodations
  • United MEC Safety Health and Security Committee Training
  • United AFA Summer MEC Meeting - August 26-28
  • Unions Representing U.S. Flight Attendants Call on DOT: #DenyNAI
  • Follow Us on Twitter

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to Dear AFA. We are a democratic, Member driven Union of Flight Attendants for Flight Attendants. Today is Tuesday, August 19, 2014 and this is , reporting. I am a Member of San Francisco Council 11, and I stand with, and will help protect, all of my 685 Sisters and Brothers.

Long Wait Times for Crew Scheduling and Crew Accommodations
We have received reports from Flight Attendants who have encountered lengthy call wait times for both Crew Scheduling and Crew Accommodations.  If you experience a long wait time, Flight Attendants should submit a report to their Local Council including the date and time of the call along with the specific ID, date and position. This will provide us with a better way to track the call wait times and rectify this issue with management. 

If you have any questions please contact your Local Council.         

United MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee Training
The past two days our flying partners from BOS, DCA, DEN, FRA, HNL, JFK, LAX, LHR, and ORD successfully completed two days of our AFA MEC Safety, Health and Security Training.

AFA Representatives reviewed and were provided additional resources and tools to help manage issues at the Local level.  We congratulate our colleagues who stepped forward to do this important work on behalf of all of us, and we thank them for renewing their commitment as advocates for all Members.

United AFA Summer MEC Meeting - August 26-28, 2014
Next week, the Summer Regular Scheduled Meeting of the United Master Executive Council will take place in Chicago on Tuesday, August 26 thru Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Hyatt Rosemont. Your Local Council President, joined by our 14 other Local Presidents from around the system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to you.

We encourage all Members to witness our democratic process by attending either your Local Council meeting and/or the United MEC meeting if you are in the Chicago area.  Schedule times for your Local Council meeting and the MEC Meeting agenda are available on our website.

Unions Representing U.S. Flight Attendants Call on DOT: #DenyNAI
Today, AFA-CWA International along with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reject an application for a foreign air carrier permit submitted by Norwegian Air International (NAI). In comments filed yesterday, the Unions, representing over 80,000 Flight Attendants, urged the DOT to uphold the strong labor protections outlined in the U.S.-European Union Air Transport Agreement (ATA) known as Open Skies.

AFA, IAM and TWU issued comments in association with the Transportation Trades Department, AFL–CIO (TTD), and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF).

What can I Do?
We need to continue to defend our U.S. aviation industry and our jobs, by spreading the word to friends and family. 

Here is what you can do:

  • Take action and sign the petition that tells the Obama Administration to defend our U.S. airlines and U.S. airline workers.
  • Tweet  (on Twitter) demanding, the #Obama Administration #denyNAI's dangerous application to fly in the US & defend US airlines and US #jobs
  • Change your status on Facebook to have your friends and family join the fight! Tell the Obama Administration to defend U.S. airlines and airline jobs. #DenyNAI's dangerous application to fly into the United States.

For more information please contact your Local Council Government Affairs Committee or visit our Government Affairs webpage.

Follow Us on Twitter
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @AFAUnitedMEC.

That’s all for tonight and thank you for calling.  Through strength and solidarity, we will continue building our collective future.  After all, it’s our future.

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