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The LAX Briefing - Newsletter (Nov 06, 2018)

Council 12 - LAX Meeting Information

Meeting Date: 11/15/2018
Time: 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. via Teleconference
Location: Teleconference: (641) 715-3650  
Access Code: 503027 
Agenda:

Agenda:

  • President’s Report

  • Vice President’s Report

  • Secretary’s Report

  • Committee Reports

  • Open Discussion

 

* Teleconference Rules:  

- You must be a member of LAX Council 12.  

- Private or unavailable numbers will not be accepted by the system.  

- Please call from a number listed with AFA and/or CCS so your identity can be verified.  

- Please call in 15-20 minutes prior to 2:00pm so there will be enough time to verify your identity.  

- The teleconference will be locked promptly at 2:15pm.  After that time, you will not be able to access the system.  
- If you experience difficulty accessing the system, contact the AFA Office at 310-646-7518. 


Council Office

  • (310) 646-7518
  • Council Roster
  • (818) 415-8190 (emergency)
  • (310) 646-4103 (fax)
  • CWA Local #29012
  • AFA-CWA Council 12
    8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 110, #782
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    (map and directions)

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

John Palumbo

LEC Secretary

Phone: 310-200-2854

E-Mail: John@afalax.org

Marina Bins

Council Representative

Phone: 832-607-1531

E-Mail: Marina@afalax.org

Rafael Garcia

Council Representative

Phone: 310-951-1797

E-Mail: Rafael@afalax.org

Timothy Trueman

Council Representative

Phone: 424-356-7759

E-Mail: Tim@afalax.org

The LAX Briefing - Newsletter (Nov 06, 2018)

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Letter from the United AFA MEC President Ken Diaz
Date: November 5, 2018

Great Job! Now Here's Your Punishment

Dear Flying Partners:

By now most, if not all of us, have read John Slater’s recent communication regarding the changes to service and staffing that will become effective as of February 1, 2019.  Despite the effort to deliver the message wrapped up in pride, growth & producing great results both operationally and financially, there is no way to hide the misguided plan to reduce service and cut staffing. This is unacceptable and an outrageous result for the work group that has done our part to deliver these great operational and fiscal results. None of this is acceptable to us.   

John does have it right – “…growth only works if we can do it efficiently.”   But let’s not lose sight of what this entire initiative is all about.  This is about a senior management team who has made a commitment to Wall Street investors to keep CASM flat.  What is CASM?  Cost per available seat mile (CASM) is a common unit of measurement used to compare the efficiency of various airlines. It is obtained by dividing the operating costs of an airline by available seat miles (ASM). Generally, the lower the CASM, the more profitable and efficient the airline.  The fact is, senior airline management has made a promise to Wall Street investors to keep costs low. They are using reductions in staffing and services as the way to reach their bottom line initiatives.

None of us asked for services to be reduced below what passengers expect from our highly experienced group of service professionals.  What we have consistently asked for is the staffing to timely deliver the services our passengers have consistently come to expect at an airline known for its unique level of service worldwide.

Why is senior management making these reductions now?  They are doing this because, on any given day, they can reduce staffing levels at non-Union carriers like Delta Air Lines.  By constantly comparing Union and non-Union carriers to each other, they use these comparisons in their never ending drive to the bottom.  That is, to the lowest level of staffing we and our customer base will tolerate.

What’s the answer?  We, the workers, must stand together in support of each other. What happens at one airline has an effect on the rest of us. United is saying American and Delta already do it, giving them the “cover” to do it too. Flight Attendants need to stand together and push back. Staffing is about safety and service - we can’t accept the lowest level in either case. We need to stand up for the resources and tools we need to interact successfully with the passengers who are paying all of our salaries. These staffing levels do not give us the people resources we need to develop the relationships with passengers that will encourage them to choose to fly United Airlines – in good times and in bad.  While management may view these positions as a “service role”, we know that having the right Flight Attendant staffing allows us to board faster, deescalate situations proactively and to respond effectively in those situations where the investment in our training really pays off.

Staffing should be increased in these times of profits, not decreased. Cuts were made during industry restructuring to reduce costs. Rather than matching the staffing level of our competitors on these aircraft, we should set an industry standard that makes it impossible for them to compete with United. We should be driving the highest standards today. 

Calling all Flight Attendants across the industry. It is time to band together to out the real reason for diminished service: Short-term gain for Wall Street with billions in stock buy backs funded on our backs. We are an airline, not a hedge fund. Time to focus on our passengers with realistic Flight Attendant staffing and investment in the people who make our airline fly. 

Sincerely,

Ken Diaz, President
United Master Executive Council



Local Council Meeting via Teleconference

Teleconference Meeting

Dates: November 15, 2018

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Access Number:  (641) 715-3650  

Access Code: 503027 

Agenda:

  • President’s Report

  • Vice President’s Report

  • Secretary’s Report

  • Committee Reports

  • Open Discussion

 

* Teleconference Rules:  

- You must be a member of LAX Council 12.  

- Private or unavailable numbers will not be accepted by the system.  

- Please call from a number listed with AFA and/or CCS so your identity can be verified.  

- Please call in 15-20 minutes prior to 2:00pm so there will be enough time to verify your identity.  

- The teleconference will be locked promptly at 2:15pm.  After that time, you will not be able to access the system.  
- If you experience difficulty accessing the system, contact the AFA Office at 310-646-7518. 




Save the Date!!

LAX Flight Attendants UNITED as ONE!
Association of Flight Attendants 8th Annual

Holiday Celebration!

December 6, 2018

8:00 p.m. to Midnight

 

Sheraton Gateway LAX

6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Parking will be validated

 

Flight Attendants from ANY airline are invited!
Bring a Guest, Dress to Impress!

 

Donations: We are accepting donations and selling raffle tickets in support of the CAUSE Foundation at the door.  These donations will go toward helping Flight Attendants who are unable to work due to injury illness or disability.  Although there will be no official door cover charge this year (Due to membership feedback), donations are welcome in support of our Flight Attendant Sisters and Brothers in hardship.

 Entertainment, Appetizers, Desserts, Water & Iced Tea are complimentary.  Beer, Wine, & Cocktail prices range from $6 - $13. 
(Cash Only Bar)


Entertainment

Ø Acoustic Soul

 

R.S.V.P. by November 29th, 2018

Email: afalax@unitedafa.org or Call (310) 646-7518



Additional Council Information

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

AFA-CWA COUNCIL 12

8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 110 #782
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

E-LINES  UPDATES: 
1-800-DEAR-AFA (800-3327232)

AFA– CWA  WEBSITES:
AFA LAX WWW.AFALAX.ORG
UAL MEC   WWW.UNITEDAFA.ORG
AFA INTL    WWW.AFACWA.ORG

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE

Kim Burckhalter*  (424) 356-7762
Marina Bins (832) 607-1531
Rafael Garcia (310) 920-4294
Dante Harris (818) 415-8190
John Palumbo (310) 200-2854
Tim Trueman (424) 356-7759

SAFETY, HEALTH, AND SECURITY

John Palumbo*  (310) 200-2854
Huda Kaoud (832) 212-0140
George Leivers (760) 458-4252
Barbara Lewak
(310) 874-0069
Heidi Napier (714) 313-8988
Ray Seta (310) 567-6617
Kenneth Thomas (678) 371-5987
Email: Safety@afalax.org

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Rocky Ruiz* (808) 987-7404
Dante Harris (818) 415-8190
Email: Communications@afalax.org

 

RESERVE

Marty Bierbrier* (323) 646-8548
Brianne Borninkhof (909) 904-1140
Jourdy Johnson (678) 458-3524
Alicia Kern (310) 920-2237
James Le Blanc (918) 417-9246
Linda Salerian (310) 292-9011
Email: Reserve@afalax.org

LEC OFFICERS

President
Dante Harris
(818) 415-8190
Vice President
Kim Burckhalter
(424) 356-7762
Secretary
John Palumbo
(310) 200-2854
Council Reps  
Marina Bins (832) 607-1531
Rafael Garcia (310) 920-4294
Tim Trueman (424) 356-7759

MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

Rafael Garcia* (310) 920-4294
Jean Marc Garcel (310) 766-6499
David Gomez (323) 387-2973
Frank Leutner (310) 902-0638
Steve Thomas (323) 828-8179
Email: Engagement@afalax.org

 

EAP & PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

24 Hour Hotline (800) 424-2406
Jennifer Mannan* (510) 757-6087
Yulonda Harriston**  (216) 288-5881
Krista Beyer (201) 725-0401
Tina RuvalCaba (949) 212-5128
Darcy Winnek (415) 505-8284
Ernie Cornejo (MEC)  (551) 208-1420
Email: EAP@afalax.org

 

HOTEL/TRANSPORTATION

Michele Jackson* (310) 686-1425
Angelique Franklin  (213) 550-7005
Steve Thomas (323) 828-8179
Email: Hotels@afalax.org

* Designates Committee Chairperson **Designates Committee Vice Chairperson

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

Revised:  April 30, 2018