AFA Council 8 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - July 21, 2016

• Tentative Agreement Q&A Session Tonight in the City
• Tentative Agreement Voting Information
• Cocktails for Cause

Tentative Agreement Q&A Session Tonight in the City

Tonight we will be holding our first Q&A Session in the city.  It will be from 1830-2100 in the condo building at 3600 N. Lake Shore Drive in the “Wall Hall” in the lobby by the corner of Addison and Lake Shore Drive.  Other times/locations for Q&A sessions are listed below.


Airport Sessions

We will be holding Q&A sessions in the hangar by the Council 8 AFA offices every weekday starting on July 18th, 2016 thru August 11th, 2016.  Each session will run from 1000-1200.  Due to limited space, we are asking that you call the local Council 8 office at 773-601-5041 to reserve a seat if you are interested in attending one of these sessions (both pmUnited and pmContinental Flight Attendants are welcome to call this number and attend these sessions).


City Sessions

We will also be holding Q&A sessions at a condo building for those who have easier access to the city.  They will be at 3600 N. Lake Shore Drive in the “Wall Hall” in the lobby.  It is by the corner of Addison and Lake Shore Drive.  The sessions will be at the following dates/times:

July 21st                1830 – 2100

July 22nd               1830 – 2100

July 26th                1830 – 2100

July 27th                1830 – 2100

August 7th            1300 – 1600

August 8th            1830 – 2100

Tentative Agreement Voting Information

Voting for the 2016 Tentative Agreement will continue through August 12, 2016 at Noon Eastern Time. Information about the Tentative Agreement along with voting instructions have been sent to Members' homes. Your voting instructions will provide you with your unique activation code and instructions to cast your ballot at the secure VoteNet site (accessed through a link on our website and If you do not receive your voting instructions (allow time for mailing through the middle of this week), you may contact the Ballot Help Line at 800-424-2401, press 1, and then ext. 706 to obtain your voting instructions. 

How do I cast a vote?
Balloting will be conducted electronically through VoteNet Solutions, the leading provider of secure on-demand voting and balloting software and telephone voting for organizations including unions, membership, trade and other organizations. The member voting credentials are provided directly to the printer used by VoteNet and do not pass through AFA. Duplicate instructions are also only provided by the VoteNet system. A link to the VoteNet secure site will be accessible through once balloting opens.

Once I cast a vote can I change it?
The rules for balloting will change in the future due to an expected new rule from the Department of Labor and action by the AFA Board of Directors this year. These new procedures require an implementation process expected to be complete by the end of the year. That means this voting process will be familiar to all AFA members – as information becomes available during the ratification process AFA members can access their ballot and recast a vote. Only the last vote cast will be counted by the electronic balloting agency.

Who Votes on a Tentative Agreement?
In addition to information posted on-line, the Tentative Agreement (TA) summary and balloting instructions will be provided to all members eligible to vote, including members who have the opportunity to become eligible during the voting process:

  • All active AFA Members in good standing (dues current, active AFA member) are eligible to vote. Members ineligible due to non-payment of dues will be notified when attempting to vote and will be directed to the AFA Membership Department to become current in order to vote.
  • Flight Attendants on Probation will be eligible to vote during the entire period the ballot is open, provided they are scheduled to complete probation before the ballot count date.

(The AFA Board of Directors voted to change this provision this year, recognizing the need to encourage and allow our newest members to take part in our democracy sooner. The Local Presidents from all AFA-member airlines voted to make Flight Attendants eligible to pay dues for full AFA membership after four months of flying, but the implementation of this provision requires substantial planning with all of the AFA- member airlines and is not expected to become effective before January 2017.)

  • Inactive Members (Leaves of Absence, COBUS, etc.) may choose to "leave and remain active" to continue payment of dues during the leave in order to be eligible to vote.

Contact the AFA Ballot Help Line at 800-424- 2401, press 1 and extension 706, to complete the process to "leave and remain active." 

Cocktails For Cause

President:           Erica Levy

Vice President:   Scott Pejas

Secretary:           Thor Erickson

Council Reps:    Maria Alpogianis

                           Jason Kandel

                           Ian Kompel

                           Heidi Spinner


Main Office Number:     773-601-5041

Grievance Number:        773-601-5047

Fax Number:                   773-601-5045


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