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SCOPE – Protecting our Career and our Contract | Federal Mediation – Filed on December 5, 2023 (Dec 08, 2023)

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

Kimberly Burckhalter

LEC President

Phone: 424-356-7762

E-Mail: Kim@afalax.org

Timothy Trueman

LEC Vice President

Phone: 424-356-7762

E-Mail:  Tim@afalax.org

Tanya Livingstone

LEC Secretary
Phone: 424-356-7759

E-Mail: afalax@unitedafa.org

Jennifer Mannan

Council Representative

Phone: N/A

E-Mail: afalax@unitedafa.org

Anthony King

Council Representative

Phone: 619-306-3271

E-Mail: Anthony@afalax.org

George Leivers

Council Representative

Phone: 424-356-7759

E-Mail: afalax@unitedafa.org

SCOPE – Protecting our Career and our Contract | Federal Mediation – Filed on December 5, 2023 (Dec 08, 2023)

SCOPE – Protecting our Career and our Contract

As Flight Attendants, our career is protected by the provisions within our Contract. Flight Attendants who came before us worked to secure this profession for all of us. Over time, they negotiated Contractual improvements that defined the working role of a United Flight Attendant.

While Scope, or the language of our specific Contractual Scope, may not be familiar to some of us, it’s important that we be informed of this cornerstone of our Contract that protects us, and also the Scope of other work groups at our airline.

Our company consists of many different roles that operate under separate job functionalities. For example, Customer Service agents scan boarding passes and assist passengers before getting on the aircraft, Mechanics fix and maintain our aircraft, and as Flight Attendants, we perform safety-related duties, including adhering to Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) such as closing the overhead bins before boarding door closure.

While we can and should appreciate the effort of “working together,” Scope prevents work from being assigned to other employees for a good reason. Being mindful of the Scope of different work groups will ensure the job duties traditionally performed by Flight Attendants continue to be done by Flight Attendants. We must protect our future by respecting not only our scope but also avoiding unintended interfering with others' work-related responsibilities.

To review more information on scope, please visit our website or contact your Local council.

Federal Mediation – Filed on December 5, 2023


As mentioned in the MEC President Letter from December 1st, we filed for Federal Mediation on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023.

At this time, we are waiting for a response from the National Mediation Board (NMB). 

Reserve Christmas Wish List


The Reserve Christmas Wish List (RCWL) portal is now open and accepting layover preferences!

RCWL is a Reserve assignment procedure that is provided for in Section 8.H.8.c. of the Contract. At Christmas, for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday, Reserve Flight Attendants may preference up to four (4) layover stations where they wish to be on and around the holiday. If legal and available, requests will be awarded in Inflight Seniority order.

To accommodate these preferences during the RCWL period, and prior to running the Reserve Preferencing System, under the terms of the Contract, Crew Scheduling employs a manual procedure that differs from that of assigning by day of availability and Time Accrued (TMAC) order (which is described in Section 8.C. of the Contract). The modified process places the Flight Attendant's layover request as the main consideration for pairing assignments in seniority order.

The Reserve Christmas Wish List portal may be accessed in one of three ways:

  1. Via www.unitedafa.org/wishlist
  2. Via CCS under the Reserve tab
  3. Via the Quick Links section of the Inflight Services homepage on Flying Together.

Some important points to remember:

  • The RCWL system operates independently of the Reserve Preferencing system. Only the layover preferences entered in the RCWL portal will be considered during the Wish List award process, which will occur prior to running the regular Reserve Preferencing system each day.
  • The RCWL system officially opened at 1200 (noon) Central Time on December 1, 2023. Any layover preferences input prior to that date must be re-entered in order to be considered for the 2023 RCWL period.
  • RCWL preferences may only be entered via the online portal. Requests will not be accepted over the telephone by contacting scheduling.
  • Preferences entered will remain on file for the duration of the RCWL period unless and until you make changes. Preferences may be altered at any time up until the deadline for each day (see below schedule). Only the latest request/update made prior to each deadline will be considered.

For a complete description of the process, please see our detailed guide. If you have additional questions, please see our FAQ page or contact your Local Council Reserve Committee.

Important Dates:

  • Thu, Dec 14th, 2023 - 12:00am
    Save The Date: System-Wide Day of Action - Click for details

Local Council Meeting - December 19th, 12:00PM Pacific

Location: Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting: Click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

President's Report
Vice President's Report
Secretary's Report
BOD Meeting Info
Open Discussion

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
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



Email: Communications@afalax.org



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



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

Revised:  January 9, 2020