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Local Council Meeting via Teleconference (Jan 08, 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 via Teleconference (Jan 08, 2021)

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Dear Council 12 Members:

By now you have heard about the passage of the Payroll Support Program that required United to cancel the Furlough and Furlough Mitigation Programs.  United has unfortunately made it clear that the recall is temporary and there will be a need to furlough again for the April schedule if we do not obtain additional payroll support from Congress.  With this in mind, AFA Council 12 will be conducting a series of meetings to discuss the state of the airline industry.  It is imperative that all Council 12 Members participate in these upcoming meetings as we would like to obtain your feedback.  All decisions that AFA makes on behalf of the members is based on direct feedback.  Don't miss the opportunity to let your voice be heard.

Regular Local Council Meetings

President’s Report/State of the Industry
Vice President’s Report
Secretary’s Report
MEC Meeting Info
Open Discussion

Click the Meeting Date to Register for a Specific Day:

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11am
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11am
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11am
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11am

Although we now have a vaccine for the virus, it will take some time to get it widely distributed to hundreds of millions of Americans and millions more around the world.  This is why we have to have a discussion about the state of our industry to prepare us for any scenario presented to us.

Again, don't miss the opportunity to talk to your Local AFA Council 12 Leaders!  We are here to listen to your thoughts and represent you based on that feedback.

Click the link above to the meeting you would like to attend.  Registration is required.  A free Zoom account is also required.  Please do not register with a united.com email address, this is strictly enforced.  You MUST be a member of Council 12 based at LAX, SAN, or SEA. 

(From AFA E-Lines January 5, 2021)

Let's Talk About Scott Kirby

We started a conversation last week about what may happen on April 1. As we continue our expanding conversation, today we’ll focus on United’s CEO, and understanding Scott Kirby.

As we discussed last time, many within our airline, our industry and those who invest or follow us, consider Scott a “numbers guy.” It’s a distinctive difference compared to his predecessor, Oscar Munoz, who was well known for the interpersonal connections he made with employees as he traveled the system, showing up in some of the most unexpected places. We all knew, things were always going to be different with Scott, a man with a well-earned reputation for number crunching, weighing every decision through a cost versus profit lens. We do have to acknowledge and understand the lens through which the world is viewed by those around us even though, as “people-people”, it’s likely difficult for many of us to fully appreciate that perspective.

Having said that, we really should consider giving him some credit. It is undeniable that he took over as CEO of our worldwide company in the midst of the worst pandemic seen in over a century and likely the direst crisis to impact our industry, perhaps ever. 

There are those who believe his aggressive and decisive leadership may have been instrumental in keeping our airline afloat during a time when the industry was imploding around us. There is no denying that difficult, if not almost impossible, decisions were required to stem the hemorrhaging of cash and slow our losses to preserve the liquid resources we had in the bank. Considering the circumstances, our airline was fortunate to have someone with his skillset and experience to lead us through the initial months of the pandemic. At the same time, over those many months, corporate leadership changed even more as Scott put into place management leaders that reflected his style as a lean operating machine, focused above all else, on numbers.

This philosophical shift can be seen as we look back over the past 60-days at Flight Attendant staffing decisions made leveraging the negotiated provisions of our Contract to manage the staffing needed to meet holiday travel demand with limited staffing resources through the use of White/Purple Flag, Drafting and other scheduling tools. As a result, that segment of the Membership who took advantage of picking up flying for premium pay benefited while working alongside their flying partners who were not receiving that same pay while being subject to drafting and reassignment. The result was chaotic, ultimately creating a significant lack of schedule flexibility for many of us while impacting Flight Attendant quality of life.

Scott’s view of looking at “numbers” to run an airline is a legitimate perspective. However, the problem with this approach at ten months into the pandemic and in the long-term, is that we are not numbers, we are people. 

Perhaps from management’s view, we are now neatly packaged into finely-tuned, labeled and numbered groups consisting of Involuntary Furloughs, Voluntary Furloughs, IVFMP, those on NAL schedules, Lineholders, Reserves, senior, junior and, the list goes on. 

Some may argue, this is a necessity to manage staffing during a crisis. We can find agreement in the fact we are still an industry in crisis, and that we need equitable solutions to manage staffing to run the airline while allowing a mobile workforce to care for not only ourselves, but our families as well. We are not in agreement with continuing to follow a strict numbers approach that fails to recognize the very human circumstances we collectively find ourselves in during a pandemic. We remain resolute that we need to find better long-term solutions that don’t pit Members of our Flight Attendant family against each other. Breaking us down into these groups, by its very nature, puts us at odds with one another creating a competitive rather than a collective environment for employment, benefits, a living wage, discretionary time off or schedule flexibility. 

We are reminded each time we put on the uniform, and we need to remind Scott, as employees, while our employee files may have numbers, we have names. We are United Airlines Flight Attendants who believe not only in our airline, we most importantly believe in each other. As that work group that spends the most time with the passengers (upon whom we all depend for our success) and we bring them back, time and again, through our work and commitment.

Collectively, we must continue to vigorously pursue three goals:

  • To defend and protect our Contract, so that when the pandemic is over, we all have not only a job to which we can return but one that is respected and worth having. This may be the worst crisis we’ve ever faced, but it certainly will not be the last; and ensuring we have not just a job, but a career that recognizes the hard work we do is critical.
  • To minimize any and all potential involuntary job loss. Our ultimate goal must be to eliminate it, and that may or may not be a road that takes some time to achieve, depending on the willingness of Scott and his team to find reasonable, equitable solutions to our mutual issues. As we often say, “An injury to one is an injury to us all.”
  • To work through this crisis together as a United Flight Attendant family. We cannot, in fact, we must affirmatively work to avoid being at odds with each other. Despite all of the “titles” ascribed to our work group, we are first and foremost, United Flight Attendants. Allowing ourselves to be divided into these “numbers” and to be adversarial with each other, only allows management to exploit that division within our group to our collective detriment.

When we come together as a United work group, we can take Scott along for that ride with us. While Scott’s current playbook may have brought about much needed stability to survive during this crisis, we don’t want to just survive, we expect to thrive, together.

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