Inflight Service Committee Changes
The Council 39 Inflight Service Committee will be undergoing a change of Committee Members over the next few weeks.
Tutu Smith will be joining the Committee, effective February 12, 2014. Tutu has been an employee for Alaska Airlines since February 2001. Her foundation started as a Customer Service Agent in Seattle and she then transferred to Portland after about a year. In 2007, she decided to pursue a career in Inflight and honestly loves flying. “I’ve seen familiar faces over the years and definitely have met new ones that have created loyal and lifelong relationships for me,” says Tutu. Though she has not been involved in any prior union committees, she looks forward to the opportunity to be representing her coworkers on the Inflight Service Committee.
Tutu was born and raised in Portland and has an amazing supporting cast at home: her husband John and daughters Ariana (9) and Averie (4).
David Sutherland will join the Committee effective February 5, 2014. David started his flying career 12 years ago and has worked with SkyWest, United and Alaska. He started his most recent round with Alaska in 2008 and has been based in Portland since 2010. He loves the Portland base and is lucky enough that he’s able to work with some of closest friends on a regular basis.
David’s previous union involvement includes serving on the Reserve Committee. As a new member of the Inflight Service Committee, he looks forward to giving Flight Attendant thoughts and feedback on changes that will keep us competitive in this always-changing industry.
David was born and raised in Fairview, Oregon and has lived all over the west coast and in Washington D.C. He has 3 adorable nephews who keep him occupied on his off time and currently resides in Northwest Portland.
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Please join us in thanking Committee Members Alan Sousa and Cali Huynh, who have served on the Committee for the past few years. They will remain on the Committee during the transition period and will step down on February 28, 2014. We thank them for their volunteerism and service.
The Inflight Service Committee represents Flight Attendant interests regarding catering and inflight service/sales and addresses Flight Attendant complaints and concerns regarding catering and inflight service/sales. They may be contacted through the PDX AFA Hotline at (503) 396-4089, option 7 or through the AFA website at alaskamec.org/pdx/inflightservice.
Yours In Solidarity,
LEC President Cathy Gwynn, LEC Vice President Brian Palmer, and Local Inflight Service Committee Chairperson Todd Horn