AFA-CWA – Our Union Structure
March 8, 2019
MEC Communications Committee
Our AFA structure is successful because the Flight Attendant Membership based at each location elects their Local Executive Council (LEC) leadership from among their peers. These are the leaders who are based where you work and who are elected to represent the interests of the Local Council. Once elected, these are the individuals to whom you express your concerns, present problems or questions, present suggestions for improvements within our Union or from whom you seek assistance in resolving day-to-day problems.
At each airline, the Master Executive Council (MEC) is comprised of the Presidents from each of the Local Councils and this group forms the Union’s governing body for that airline. The Master Executive Council works on behalf of the entire Membership at the airline to advance the collective priorities for all of the Flight Attendants at the airline. An integral component in advancing issues for the collective Membership at the airline is the work of the Committee Members who are specialists in a variety of fields. Committee Members work at the direction of the Master Executive Council Officers and are elected by the Local Council Presidents with input from you.
The Executive Board consists of the Master Executive (MEC) Presidents at each of the AFA airlines. The Executive Board provides guidance to the International Officers and ensures the policies and procedures of the Union are upheld.
To reiterate, The Master Executive Council (MEC) structure (at United, all 16 elected Local Presidents) is central to our union because it ensures that the directly-elected leaders of our union 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.