Council 26 HKG Newsletter
AFA Council 26 Newsletter
Council 26 Newsletter

September 1, 2016

Newsletter Contents
October Scheduling Update

One United Flying Together

FDAP Recovery Month

We Are One United!

Now that we have a ratified and signed contract, we must operate as one union to implement/enforce our contract and address all of the issues that matter to all of us at work. 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 will be called together for a Special Meeting to merge the MECs and address all of 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 to elect 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. 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 Willingness to Serve letters and resumes of interested candidates will be posted on a dedicated page on within 24 hours of receipt or the next business day.

Once elections are completed, the newly merged MEC will discuss other issues of importance such as merging of budgets, committee roles to address different 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.

  • DEN
  • EWR
  • IAH
  • LAX
  • ORD
  • SFO

Mail:  10-3-16
Open: 10-5-16 (EWR, DCA/IAD, LAX)
Open: 10-6-16 (IAH, ORD, DEN, SFO)
Close: 10-25-16 (EWR, DCA/IAD, LAX)
Close: 10-26-16 (IAH, ORD, DEN, SFO)

Mail: 11-14-16
Open: 11-16-16 (EWR, DCA/IAD, LAX)
Open: 11-17-16 (IAH, ORD, DEN, SFO)
Close:  12-13-16 (EWR, DCA/IAD, LAX)
Close: 12-14-16 (IAH, ORD, DEN, SFO)
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.



October is a 31day month starting September 29th and ending October 29th.

We have the base (3 positions) for Ord, Sfo and Sin including 1 position id's on
these trips.

                                                        OCT                         SEP
NON LANG POSITION                238                          244
MAN                                                 24                            24
CTN                                                  24                            24
TOTAL                                             286                          292             
LINE AVERAGE                            84.52                       83.56

Breakdown of flying:
SFO     :             All positions including Ctn/Man
ORD    :             8 positions plus Ctn/Man (Ord will fly 1 position)
SIN      :             All positions including Ctn/Man

Please note all information is subject to change

Scheduling build for October
Base                   :     Rob Lutsch
Single lines        :     Sandy Travis
Language           :     Rob Lutsch
Reserve              :     Mei Char




You can now find "One United" on Flying together.  A resource the company has created for our use to stay informed about upcoming  contract implementations. Please check One United regularly.

Go to Flying Together > Inflight Services > One United (on the left navigation).


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In Solidarity,

AFA Council 26 Officers


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