Social Media – Not a Forum for the Conduct of Official Union Business
June 12, 2019
Social Media is part of our lives. Some of us spend more time on various social media platforms
than others of us. Information can be readily obtained from social media but we
must always remember that not all of it a correct all of the time and there is value in confirming the accuracy of information we obtain.
While there can be certain conveniences associated with its use, we must never forget that no one should ever have an expectation of privacy on any social media platform. It is for this reason we must exercise caution and use discretion when we post or share information on these sites.
As your legal representative, Union representatives have a responsibility to avoid conducting Union business via these public forums. It is reasonable for each of us to expect that when we discuss our concerns or ask questions about the application of the Contract, that we are doing so in confidence and always outside the watchful eye of management.
Further, as Members in our Flight Attendant Union community, open discussion about provisions of our Contract and how they apply should never take place in a forum that is subject to management scrutiny. The same applies to our view of SOPs, FARs & security matters. None of this should ever be debated or presented on social media sites because it can potentially compromise our safety and that of our flying partners.
When we discuss workplace issues in a public forum, we always run the risk that our conversations or concerns will be misunderstood by management. These “private public” discussions in the hands of management are rarely understood in the way Flight Attendants may have meant the discussion to take place. Most especially, reviewing details of incidents that occur during the course of a work day will likely put you and others in jeopardy of disciplinary action when, not if, your post ends up in the hands of those not intended to be part of the discussion.
AFA has resources and personnel available to assist you in improving your understanding of policies, procedures, FARs, and SOPs. You are strongly encouraged to use those confidential resources to resolve issues and address concerns in the workplace or with flying partners.
Your official source of Union information should be your Union’s website – www.unitedafa.org. It is one of the best and most thorough resources for Flight Attendants to utilize when seeking information. This website is tied directly to the Official AFA United MEC Facebook page, which contains our weekly news and updates on matters that affect our careers and our profession.
Additionally, your Locally Elected Council Leadership is always available to confidentially answer questions or concerns via email or their official Union phone number. The Locally Elected Officers and Local Council volunteers are all highly trained to assist the Membership while always protecting your contractual rights.
As a reminder, for your protection we encourage Flight Attendants to review the United AFA Social Media Policy and remember to contact your Local Executive Council for all your AFA needs.