Dear Flight Attendants,
Your Negotiating Committee heads to San Diego this coming week for our fifth mediation session. Bargaining will take place November 12th-14th under the direction of Victoria Gray with the National Mediation Board (NMB).
Each of you is aware that we are down to the core issues in negotiations: economics. If we do not reach an agreement with management on a new deal in this next session, it will be time to turn up the heat. If we want improvements, we must step up to the plate.
Have you been outspoken in your demands for pay and benefits? Then now is the time to focus on our future and pull together and demonstrate to management that we can be a powerful force and fight together to secure our future. Contact your local executive council (LEC) officers and add yourself to a list of volunteers to help organize activities and participate in upcoming events.
Council 30 ANC: http://alaskamec.org/council-30-officers/
Council 19 SEA: http://alaskamec.org/council-19-sea-officers/
Council 39 PDX: http://alaskamec.org/pdx/officers/
Council 18 LAX/SAN: http://alaskamec.org/council-18-lax-officers/
In a recent interview, Brad recognized Alaska’s “best quarter ever” and the contribution of all the employees in achieving that result. Well, we see our Company’s positive financial trend and we want our “best contract ever.” In the interview, he also acknowledged the uncertainties and challenges that our Company faces—especially from Delta! That is exactly why management needs to come to the table with the intention of putting serious money into our contract and making us feel valued as employees.
Labor relations strife as a result of Flight Attendant contract negotiations is not what the Company needs right now. A new contract that makes Flight Attendants feel valued for their contribution is what is needed. Then we can all move forward and do what we do best: continue to work hard together to solidify Alaska’s position as the most respected and successful airline in the industry. Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants are proud to have helped build that reputation. If management can agree to an appropriately rewarding contract, we look forward to participating in our collective bright future!
Your AFA Negotiating Committee – MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Tracy, Karina Cameron-Fetters, Jake Jones and AFA Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo
“Five Bases, One Voice”