AFA Council 38 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - November 22, 2016

• AFA Local Council Elections
• AFLAC Open Enrollment
• Happy Thanksgiving!

AFA Council 38 Local Elections

By now you should have received the nomination ballots for our Local Council Election.  If you have not received it, or lost your user ID and need a replacement Activation Code you can request a replacement Activation Code at

Nominations will close on December 20th.  

*Important Note* Please remember that our Local Elections have a two-step process, nominations (ending December 20th), then voting (starting in January).  While you can change your nominations a many times as you like, with the last nomination being the one that is counted, once actual voting begins in January, due to Department of Labor rule changes, once you vote, you will not be able to change your vote.

Below is a reprint of the election notice for your reference.

In accordance with the Article VIII of the Constitution & Bylaws, all Councils in Category II must nominate and elect officers for the term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Local Council Officers to be elected will be LEC President, LEC Vice President, LEC Secretary and 2 Council Representatives.

As an active member in good standing, you have the right to nominate candidates for office, to run for office and to cast a secret ballot.

Nominations and elections are governed by procedures outlined in the Association’s Constitution & Bylaws, Article VIII and the AFA Policy Manual.

In order to participate in the nomination and election process a Flight Attendant must be an Active Member in Good Standing.

This means you must not be on a leave of absence, you must be a current member of the Association of Flight Attendants and your AFA account should be in good standing (no delinquent union dues).

For those who are on probation, your probation end date must be on the count date or before in order to participate in the nomination or election process.


The first step in the process is nominating candidates for each office. Every active AFA member in good standing is eligible to nominate one Flight Attendant to each LEC Office for their respective Local Council. There is no candidate list provided for Nominations since any active AFA member of the Local Council, who is in good standing and is committed to serve, is eligible to be nominated.

You will receive a Voting Notice and Instructions guide via postal mail which includes a personal 16-digit activation code that is required to log into the voting system in order to obtain a username and password. You will then be able to access the balloting section and cast your vote. The entire process can only be accomplished via the internet in one session, but please ensure you completely follow the instructions.

The next step in the process is electing those members who have committed to serve the membership and received at least two nomination votes. Each member in good standing is eligible to vote for one candidate for each LEC Office.

You will receive the Voting Notice & Instructions along with a Voting Guide listing the candidates running for each office. This mailing will include a new personal 16-digit activation code, and similar to the Nomination process, it will allow you to access the voting system via phone or internet to obtain a username and password and cast your ballot. Due to account security requirements you are issued a new 16-digit activation code for each election.

Each member who receives at least two nominations and who intends on running for office must complete a Commitment to Serve form. This form is found on the AFA Election website:

The AFA Election website contains information regarding the voting process, eligibility to vote and step-by-step guides and videos. The official certified results for each nomination and election will be posted on this site under the specific Council’s page.

Nomination Schedule:

POLLS OPEN: 11-16-2016     Polls Open and voting begins

POLLS CLOSE: 12-20-2016  Polls close and the election count takes place.

Election Schedule:

POLLS OPEN: 1-11-2017     Polls Open and voting begins

POLLS CLOSE: 2-09-2017  Polls close and the election count takes place.

AFLAC Open Enrollment

Flight Attendants wishing to enroll for voluntary supplemental insurance may do so in December.  

This enrollment is available 3 ways:   
1.      Onsite at U.S. domiciles from December 5th - December 16, 2016.
2.      Call Center with personal representatives, December 5th, 2016  -  January 16, 2016. This option will allow you to email the Call Center with your request. A representative will then coordinate an out-bound call to you for education on the program and can enroll you over the phone as well.
3.      Online/Self Services Enrollment option, December 5th, 2016  - January 16, 2016.

As a reminder, the two requirements to enroll in the plans (other than being a AFA United Flight Attendant under the UAL contract) are 1.) a Social Security number and   2.)a U.S. address for mailing purposes. This can be a friend, relative and a P. O. Box is fine. Please make sure to read the FAQ’s when they are posted for common International based questions.

The schedules for onsite enrollment, scheduling for a call center enrollment and online enrollment access will be available through the website.

Happy Thanksgiving!

In solidarity,

Rick Gonzalez
Office: 0476.33.8182
Fax: 0476.33.8183

Marisa Deng
Council Representative
Cell: 080.5052.6306
Tony Wetterer
Vice President
Cell: 090 6025-4252
Cell: 415 216-3262

Nobu Masui
Council Representative
Cell: 090.7765.2065
Norman Morinaga
Cell: 090.8840.6475

AFA Council 38
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Terminal 1 - Central Building
P.O. Box 168
Narita-shi, Chiba-ken
282-0011 Japan

Office: 0476.33.8182
Fax: 0476.33.8183
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