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Local Council Meeting | Holiday Gathering | The Mechanics of Union Busting (Nov 17, 2021)

Council Office

  •  (310) 646-7518
  • Council Roster
  •  844-LOCAL-12
  •  (310) 646-4103 (fax)
  •  CWA Local #29012
  • AFA-CWA Council 12

    5901 W. Century Blvd., Suite 750

    Los Angeles, CA  90045

Dante Harris

LEC President

Phone: 818-415-8190

E-Mail: Dante@afalax.org

Kimberly Burckhalter

LEC Vice President

Phone: 424-356-7762

E-Mail: Kim@afalax.org

Sharlene Kirk

LEC Secretary

Phone: 310-910-4087

E-Mail: Sharlene@afalax.org

Mary Garton

Council Representative

Phone: 619-306-5534

E-Mail: Mary@afalax.org

Anthony King

Council Representative

Phone: 619-306-3271

E-Mail: Anthony@afalax.org

Timothy Trueman

Council Representative

Phone: 424-356-7759

E-Mail: Tim@afalax.org

Local Council Meeting | Holiday Gathering | The Mechanics of Union Busting (Nov 17, 2021)

Local Council Meeting Nov. 18th

A Message from President Dante Harris

The next Local Council Meeting will be held on November 18th at 10 AM. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Please click here to register.

Please join the call early so we may verify your identity and/or manage any technical difficulties you may have. Please Do Not wait until the last minute to register. If you register after 9:00 am on the 17th, you may not be able to access the meeting. In addition, please do not register with a united.com email address for security reasons - you must use your personal email.

November 18, 2021 at 10 AM

President’s Report
Vice President/Grievance Report
Secretary’s Report
Open Discussion

UMWA Day of Action- Thursday Nov 18


The United Mine Workers of America is holding a National Day of Action on Thursday, Nov 18 at 10am local time. They really need help turning out people in Newport Beach, CA, but also, we encourage attendance at any of the locations listed below. The miners have been striking in Alabama since April 1 and fighting for all of the things we are fighting for: a decent wage, good healthcare, control over their schedules, vacation, sick leave.  Let us help them fight the hedge funds and other forces trying to break the union.


If you are able to attend at any of the following locations, send an email to Taylor Garland to RSVP. tgarland@afacwa.org.  We really need your help on this initiative to support of brothers and sisters in their efforts to improve their livelihood.

Newport Beach, CA – BlackRock office

Address: 4400 MacArthur Blvd

Who: UMWA District 22, UNITE-HERE and labor allies

Mailing Union Dues Statements Resumes

As you may recall, last year we reported there was a technology issue that affected the Membership and Dues system used by our staff at the International Office in Washington, D.C.  The magnitude of the issue was fairly significant, and it required our staff to essentially “rebuild” our dues records before getting the system up and running for the processing of current month dues.  We are pleased to report that work has been accomplished and we are able to return to a process where these statements can be sent to the Membership on a more regular basis.


We are receiving some questions which suggest we should review when, in fact, dues are owed under our AFA Constitution if not deducted.  Dues are owed if:


  • You are on a paid absence status such as sick leave or extended occupational illness status (where you are supplementing your TTD payment with hours from your sick leave bank resulting in pay from United Airlines, and
  • You are on an unpaid leave (except military) – for the first three (3) months of the leave

As part of the normal business process of the Union, we regularly send statements to our members when they have an outstanding dues balance.  This typically occurs when the individual does not have sufficient money left after all other deductions are satisfied on the mid-month paycheck from which dues can be collected.  Given the large number of COLAs, there have been instances where the mid-month paycheck has not been sufficient to allow these deductions to be taken.  When deductions are not taken and there is an outstanding dues balance, this can impact a Members ability to fully participate in their Union through Local Elections or any Contract ratification.  Please keep in mind, our intention is to let you know if advance that there is an outstanding balance.  You can also monitor this by reviewing your mid-month paycheck.  If Union dues were not deducted from the check, it is likely you have an outstanding balance due.


Members who wish to pay the outstanding balance can do so using the dues payment link on our website at United AFA-CWA via Credit Card. If you feel you received the letter in error or that the outstanding balance is incorrect, we encourage you to first review your mid-month pay advice.  

Remember, we pay dues one month in arrears. For example, if you receive a statement indicating your March 2021 dues are owed, look at your April 2021 pay advice to determine if dues were deducted.  If, after you’ve done that research, you still have questions, contact our Membership Services Department using the following link: https://www.afacwa.org/contact_membership_services/. Our International Office Staff will be able to review your payment history and guide you to a resolution and will assist in making any necessary adjustments, if applicable.

Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Closes on Nov 19th

Annual Benefits Enrollment is ongoing through Friday, November 19, 2021.  We encourage everyone to use the comparison tool available from the Your Benefits Resources (YBR) website to evaluate available options.

As we mentioned earlier this month, there are some key items that you need to be aware of as it pertains to this year’s Benefits Open Enrollment:

  • You will default into a medical plan for 2022 as provided for in our Contract if you do not make an active election.   So, be sure to look at all your available options and ensure you are picking a plan that is right for you and your family.
  • Credits and surcharges on YBR will reset if you do not actively pick a plan during Annual Enrollment even if you had previously adjusted them.  This year, you must certify eligibility for the wellness credit and to avoid the spousal surcharge.
  • For those in San Francisco who are in the Kaiser Northern California plan that was previously provided at no cost, in the absence of an alternate election, you will remain in the Kaiser plan and will be charged the applicable premium. 

For questions regarding open enrollment, you can contact the United Airlines Benefit Center at 1-(800)-651-1007 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday.


John Oliver Discusses The Mechanics Of Union Busting

John Oliver discusses the mechanics of union busting, why the companies who do it face so few consequences, and what it really means when your manager wants to talk to you about “your attendance.”

Click on the link below for access to this video on YouTube

Union Busting: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube


Additional Council Information

The information below is maintained and updated by your Local Council.


5901 W. Century Blvd., Suite 750
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Office Phone: (310) 646-7518
Office Fax: (310) 646-4103
President's Confidential Fax Line:
 (877) 818-3043
E-Mail: afalax@unitedafa.org

1-800-DEAR-AFA (800-3327232)



Kim Burckhalter*  (424) 356-7762
Tim Trueman** (424) 356-7759
Mary Garton (619) 306-5534
Dante Harris (818) 415-8190
Anthony King (619) 306-3271
Sharlene Kirk (310) 910-4087


Maria DiPisa Brady*  (805) 551-2896
George Leivers (760) 458-4252
Heidi Napier
(714) 313-8988
Maria DiPisa Brady (805) 551-2896

Email: Safety@afalax.org



Dante Harris (818) 415-8190
Email: Communications@afalax.org



Marty Bierbrier* (323) 646-8548
Misshelton Cobbs (951) 903-6587 
Alicia Kern (310) 920-2237
Email: Reserve@afalax.org


Dante Harris
(818) 415-8190
Vice President
Kim Burckhalter
(424) 356-7762
Sharlene Kirk
(310) 910-4087
Council Reps  
Mary Garton (619) 306-5534
Anthony King (619) 306-3271
Tim Trueman (424) 356-7759


Lisa Maher* (562) 201-0060
Jean Marc Garcel (310) 766-6499
David Gomez (323) 387-2973
Steve Thomas (323) 828-8179
Email: Engagement@afalax.org



24 Hour Hotline (800) 424-2406
Kimberly Burckhalter* (424) 356-7762
Ernie Cornejo (MEC) (551) 208-1420
Email: EAP@afalax.org



Michele Jackson* (310) 686-1425
Email: Hotels@afalax.org


Workers Comp/OJI Benefits

Maryellen Dament  (310) 433-5916
Email: Occupationals@afalax.org 

* Designates Committee Chairperson **Designates Committee Vice Chairperson

To email an officer, use firstname@afalax.org  (i.e. Dante@afalax.org) 
To email a committee member, use first initial and last name@afalax.org  (i.e. MCobbs@afalax.org)

Revised:  January 9, 2020