INSIDE THIS ISSUE - August 27, 2016
• Safety Committee report from Craig
• We unify the MEC Sept. 6
2016 SAFETY TRAINING
First I would like to thank the leadership and members of Council 27 BOS for allowing me to attend our annual safety training in Chicago this past week. It is a privilege to be your voice at this training to bring our safety and security concerns forward so we can make sure that our issues are worked on and brought to a resolve. We would like to thank everyone who worked so diligently to get our EFAOM validated so we could stop carrying our paper FAOM.
We would like to ask for your continued support in writing IORs and ASRS there is a link on the UNITEDAFA.ORG website (temperately in place of ISAP) reports. If you do write an ASRS report please send a copy of the report to myself or Andrew so we can forward it to the MEC office. This helps to ensure that we make our airplanes as safe as possible for our crews and passengers. We would like to ask for your continued IOR reporting of air quality and melted ice issues on our planes. We are asking for the melted ice in IOR format as it is a potential safety issue. Your pictures are a great help when you write your safety reports. Please be mindful when you are writing your reports and if need be take notes and a deep breath or a few before you hit the submit button.
We had a great presentation from UA’s Safety Health department. During this presentation we were shown some prototypes of new carts, we discussed the problems with the new clear bins, oven racks, pot holders or lack thereof. Due to your vigilance of writing it up we will be getting a paper towel dispenser on the 737 aircraft yes you read that right a paper towel dispenser! Please keep writing it up until we hear it officially from United.
We had a great presentation from Adam Novish from CALAFA on FDA food handling issues which may cause potential FDA violations onboard the plane. There will be more coming in the near future in this.
AFA and ALPA EAP ask for your continued use of professional standards when conflicts arise between crewmembers onboard. This keeps the issue in-house and helps eliminate any potential discipline from the company as the result of a company complaint.
We are One United
Now that we have a ratified and signed contract, operating as one union to implement/enforce our contract will ensure the issues that matter to all of us at work are addressed. The Master Executive Council (MEC) structure is central to our union because it ensures that your directly-elected leaders of our union can coordinate through one body to address our issues with management and provide support for each other at work. This structure is fundamental to any union because it allows us to use the power and influence of our collective voices to protect our jobs and advance our goals.
On September 6, 2016 the three pre-merger MECs have been called together for a Special Meeting to merge the MECs and address the necessary transition issues associated with doing so. The meeting is open to active members in good standing.
September 6, 2016 Special Meeting
10:30 am – 6:00 pm
First Floor CWA Conference Room at
501 Third Street, NW / Washington, DC
In our union only your directly-elected Local Council Presidents can make decisions that affect us, serving as the voting members of the MEC. Local Council Presidents also elect MEC Officers who serve to coordinate our collective voice and interface with management on the issues that affect us across the system.
The first step in merging the MEC is the election of MEC Officers: President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. All active members in good standing are eligible to run for office, although these positions are not entry level and AFA-CWA experience is essential. Our Constitution and Bylaws Article VII covers the duties and responsibilities of the MEC President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer.
The September 6th Special Meeting will begin with elections of MEC Officers to fill the remaining (partial) term of office until June 30, 2017. The process begins at the meeting with Local Council presidents nominating candidates for each position, followed by a review of candidates and a vote. Those interested in running for an MEC Officer position must submit a 'Willingness to Serve' to the AFA-CWA Secretary-Treasurer Kevin Creighan at email@example.com. 'Willingness to Serve' letters and resumes of interested candidates will be posted on a dedicated page on OurContract.org within 24 hours of receipt or the next business day. After carefully reviewing the 'Willingness to Serves' for the prospective candidates, please contact your Local Council President to ensure your voice is heard.
Once elections are completed, the newly merged MEC will discuss other issues of importance such as merging of budgets, committee roles to address scheduling, grievance or other provisions unique to each pre-merger group up to the point of full integration. The merged MEC will ensure committee experts remain in place to enforce all contractual provisions in effect.
Combined Local Council Election Schedule
Section X.E.1.e. requires that “Local Councils at those bases where a duplication of Councils exists” will have elections to combine the Councils within 90 days of the “signing of a merged working agreement.” In order to combine the Councils, elections must take place including all members in the location. The following locations have duplicate Councils and will conduct elections according to the schedule listed below.
The new term of office will begin on 1/1/2017. More information will be posted after the September 6, 2016 meeting.
We will build Our United future together - taking care of each other and working together to address any issues we face or making the most out of any opportunities before us. We are one airline. We are one union. We are one.
Enjoy the last weekend in August, summer fades away, but you can't beat fall in New England!!
Andrew Jerome Cameron Craig Graham