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Your AFA Works for You

Date: January 16, 2018

MEC Communications Committee

Introducing Change in Your Union

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) is a democratic Union with a structure that starts with the Member. Within our structure, a single Member has the ability to bring forward ideas to change the course of our Union.

As Members of the largest Flight Attendant Union, all or our opinions and ideas matter.  When you have an idea for improvement or change, consider taking the following steps:

  1. Talk with your peers to validate the idea.
  2. Discuss the idea with your Local Council President and, if appropriate, the Local Chairperson of the Committee who is responsible for the subject matter addressed.
  3. Write your idea in the form of a proposal or agenda item and request the President publish it in the next Local Council Newsletter, or place it on the agenda for the next Local Council Meeting.
  4. Attend the next Local Council Meeting and read and discuss your proposal with the Members and leadership in attendance.  Be prepared to explain your idea and volunteer to help implement and accomplish your plan.
  5. As a democratic Union, a vote by the Membership in the Local Council Meeting will take place.  The majority vote of those in attendance including proxies, will determine whether or not your idea moves forward.
  6. If your idea will only affect the Local Council, it will be acted on at that level.  The Flight Attendants at the meeting will vote to advance the proposal/agenda item or not.
  7. If your proposal must receive Master Executive Council (MEC) approval, and if it passes at your Local Council Meeting, the Local Council President will take it to the next MEC Meeting for consideration and a vote.

Note:  Changes to the United Flight Attendant Collective Bargaining Agreement must wait until the Agreement is up for re-negotiation; or a side letter dealing with that particular issue is negotiated.  Changes to the AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws must be voted upon by the entire Board of Directors at their next meeting.

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