July 21, 2012
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Today we recognize the efforts of the Officers of the Continental Master Executive Council in addressing the concerns that have been brought to their attention.
Specifically, since bringing these serious concerns to the attention of Marcus Valentino, President of the Continental Master Executive Council, he has acted quickly to undertake the first steps in initiating a proper investigation into the matter.
The confidential draft of the proposed Joint Negotiations Survey that was shared was intended to garner input and feedback from the CAL MEC. It is appreciated that “one individual, on a local level” has acknowledged the improper action of distributing the draft of the Joint Negotiations Survey and has expressed regret.
In our view, it is essential that we address the specific concerns brought to our attention in an open manner with our Membership. As we stated in our letter, only a handful of examples of illicit behavior have been detailed in our public disclosures and more detail has already been provided to the CAL MEC President. We will provide additional information to assist in the investigation.
We are fully prepared to further demonstrate our resolve in holding those accountable for attempting to harm our community of Flight Attendants. We look forward to a thorough investigation on the part of the Continental Master Executive Council and adjudication of these matters in the proper forum.
While matters such as these are difficult, even unpleasant, they must be resolved to ensure nothing stands between us and our collective goals. We are confident that the necessary steps to move forward together are being taken. By addressing any concerns, illicit activities that have brought harm and misunderstandings prior to the start of negotiations, we put ourselves on a far more solid foundation for success in bargaining.
We are prepared to begin the work necessary to rebuild our professional relationship following this incident and remain steadfast in our commitment to work together to restore the necessary trust and confidence that will be required in order for us to collectively succeed in our upcoming negotiations.
To this end, we join the CAL AFA MEC in asking that "all parties cease their destructive behavior, embrace diversity, shun fear, and hold themselves to a higher ethical standard." As we enter into Joint Negotiations we must know that we have each others' back and that any actions that introduce a spectrum of doubt must be avoided at all costs. We cannot, nor will we allow, underground activities intended to destroy our Solidarity to persist. Quite simply, there is too much at stake for us not to do so.
Greg Davidowitch Linda F. Farrow Jeffrey W. Heisey
President Vice President Secretary-Treasurer