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Social Media – Be Aware

Date: February 23, 2019

The use of Facebook™ and other social media “networks” have become widespread in the last decade, helping us stay entertained, socially engaged and connected to the world. Yet, social media networks not only have the tendency to propagate inaccurate information, but also bring up issues of personal safety and privacy. It is important to understand that social media networks can pose threats to our privacy and safety as well as that of others, if not used responsibly. 

Contractual questions concerning our JCBA or other Union information should always be directed to your AFA Local Council representatives. We understand that posting a contract question on social media can offer a quick response, but it also has the potential to provide inaccurate or misleading information.  Because of the nature of questions and representational responsibilities of Union leaders, there should be no expectation that Union business will be conducted via social media or in any public forum.

If you require assistance, we strongly recommend you contact your Local Council Office directly.  Local Council contact information can be found on unitedafa.org. We suggest you consider adding your Local Council contact information to your mobile device for easy quick access. 

Additionally, when using social media there should be no expectation of privacy. Therefore we caution you about posting in secret or closed groups. In theory there really is no such protection as a secret group. When posting always do so with the understanding that everyone can see what you have posted. 

Additional information on AFA’s social media policy can be found here.

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