The Master Executive Council (MEC) has recently become aware of situations involving Inflight management discouraging new hires from exercising their contractual ability to trade, reposition, or give away trips or reserve days. This kind of pressure violates our contract.
Have You Been Pressured Not To Trade?
When you were on probation, did a member of Inflight management discourage you from exercising your contractual rights to trade? We’re looking for first-hand examples of Inflight supervisors or managers discouraging you from:
- Asking for personal drops
- Trading or giving away pairings (either on your line or picked up)
- Repositioning, trading, or giving away reserve days or block
Share Your Example With Us
If you have a first-hand example of an Inflight supervisor or manager pressuring you not to exercise your contractual right, we’re looking for your feedback. Flight Attendants currently on probation: please participate! However, be assured that AFA will hold any responses from probationary Flight Attendants in strict confidence until the completion of probation.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your MEC—Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Yvette Gesch, Becky Strachan, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Sandra Morrow and Stephen Couckuyt
New Reserve Committee Member
Please join us in welcoming Bethany Gilbo to the Reserve Committee, effective February 12, 2014. Bethany has been an Alaska Flight Attendant since December 2011 and was with Horizon prior to joining Alaska. This is her first time being involved in a union position. She is looking forward to helping Reserve Flight Attendants gain knowledge about their work group and contract while working to make the transition to their new career as easy and understandable as possible.
The main purpose of the Reserve Committee is to help Flight Attendants to interpret and understand the reserve portion of the contract and serve as a liaison between Crew Scheduling and Flight Attendants holding a reserve schedule. They may be contacted through the PDX AFA Hotline at (503) 396-4089, option 4 or through the AFA website at http://alaskamec.org/pdx/reserves.
Yours In Solidarity,
LEC President Cathy Gwynn, LEC Vice President Brian Palmer, and Local Reserve Committee Chairperson Hannah Winit
When: Thursday, August 29 from 3 to 5 PM
Where: Buffalo Wild Wings, Cascade Station, 9810 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, Oregon 97220-6825
We hope you’ll join us for an opportunity to meet the members of the Reserve Committee, ask questions, get answers, and network with your fellow F/As. This is a great opportunity to get to know everyone who has joined us in the PDX base recently including the 35 F/As who will be joining us in September!
All F/As, reserve and lineholder, are welcome! However, due to limited space, no non-F/A guests please.
The AFA-CWA Council 39 Reserve Committee will soon be undergoing a realignment of Committee Members to help keep the Committee closest to those it represents—Flight Attendants holding a reserve schedule.
Melissa Stanek will be joining the Reserve Committee, effective August 1. Melissa recently began her career with Alaska Airlines in September of 2012. As a new Flight Attendant with no previous airline experience, she came into the industry excited to learn as much as she could. Although Melissa has only been with company a short time, her desire to be involved comes with no hesitation.
With a background in Real Estate as well as Sales and Marketing, Melissa has had the opportunity to be involved by helping individuals in the community professionally with high standards and ethics. She grew up in the Portland/ Vancouver area and helping others has always been a part of her nature. She also enjoys the outdoors, traveling and spending time with family.
Melissa is very excited to part of the Portland Reserve Committee and to be able to get to know everyone. Being a part of the Committee will allow her to be available to help anyone that may not understand some of the legalities of our contract and help answer any questions they may have. She is more than happy to assist and excited to get started. She looks forward to helping others and building new relationships.
David Sutherland will take over as Reserve Committee Chairperson, effective September 1. David has served on the Reserve Committee since October 2012 and has been an Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant since June 2008. With nearly all of that time spent on reserve, David has developed a firm understanding of the reserve sections of the collective bargaining agreement and is seen by his co-workers as an encyclopedic resource for all things pertaining to reserve.
In his role as Reserve Committee Chairperson, David will lead the long-term efforts and program of work of the Committee and provide support to Committee Members Hannah Winit and Melissa Stanek.
Jennifer Duvall will be leaving the Committee effective August 31. Jenn has served on the Committee since 2010 and will be pursuing other AFA Committee work.
Brian Palmer will be stepping down as Chairperson effective September 1 and will be leaving the Committee effective November 30. He will be focusing on his responsibilities as LEC Vice President for Council 39.
Contact information for Reserve Committee Members can be found on the PDX Reserve Committee page of the MEC website at http://alaskamec.org/pdx/reserves.