Happy 4th of July!
Dear Seattle Flight Attendants,
Today marks the first day of the new election cycle for your AFA LEC Officers! For the past three years Jake, Linda, Tonnette and I have had the pleasure of serving as your LEC Officers. We jumped into our term with goals to increase communication, reinvigorate committees, and mentor Flight Attendants who are interested in AFA work. It has been hard work, but we have loved every minute of it!
I want to thank Tonnette for her unwavering help and dedication over the past three years. Although she has decided not to continue as an LEC Officer we have managed to convince her to stay on as our Seattle Communication Chair. Tonnette will also work with MEC Vice-President Brian Palmer on helping to manage social media. It is more important than ever that we stay connected with out members and Tonnette is going to be invaluable as our communication chair to help us fulfill this goal!
I am very excited to introduce your new SEA LEC Council Representatives: Stephanie Adams and Adam Clarey!
Hello Seattle Flight Attendants! My name is Stephanie Adams, and I am one of the new Council Representatives in Seattle. Also, I am going to assist flight attendants by doing grievance work. I have been with Alaska Airlines for 19 years, flying for 17 of those years. I am a licensed attorney in Washington, and hope I can put my good education to use! I enjoy traveling and spending time with my two busy children. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 206-852-4750. I look forward to serving you.
Hello Seattle Flight Attendants- Thank you for electing me as your Council 19 Representative. I grew up in the Seattle area, and have spent most of my life in the state of Washington. I have been a Flight Attendant here at Alaska for over 10 years, spending the last 7 plus years here in Seattle. I’ve been involved with AFA Leadership since 2011 as MEC VOICE and Mobilization Chair. My previous career experience is in marketing and advertising. In my down time I enjoy rooting for my favorite teams “Go Cougs and Sounders,” as well as numerous outdoor adventures such as surfing, camping, golfing, and hiking. I’m excited to bring experience, leadership, and compassion to my role as your new Council 19 Representative. ~Adam Clarey
Stephanie and Adam both start their new terms already grievance trained! Your LEC Officers met in early June to start our transition and to get to know one another a little better. We have a great team in place and we are eager to have 5 grievance-trained officers to assist the Flight Attendants in Seattle. Stephanie and Adam started their grievance training in June and will continue to sharpen their skills with our own AFA Alaska grievance training in August 7. Jake, Linda and I will have Stephanie and Adam assist us in disciplinary meetings, as note takers, to help them understand the process and continue their education. Within six months they will be able to start taking meetings on their own!
RED HOT SUMMER MOBILIZATION ACTIVITES
I want to thank everyone who came out to the June Seattle Summer Strategy Session. We had a great turn out and even better conversation! We are going to use some of the ideas that came out of this session- stay tuned for your chance to participate in RED HOT Summer activities!
July 22 is the next RED HOT Summer Mobilization activity at the SEA-TAC airport and we have obtained 2 sky bridges for our mobilizers who cannot come thru security! Fore more information on how you can join the fun contact:
Krystle Cook: email@example.com
As we move into the next mediation session it is imperative that we show our solidarity- WE ARE FIVE BASES STANDING STRONG! Wear your RED AFA pin! Wear your RED lanyard! New hire Flight Attendants- you are allowed to wear the RED AFA pin and we encourage you to do so! This is our official AFA Alaska pin!
Remember: stay informed and stay connected at: alaskamec.org
Last week the MEC met with the Negotiating committee for a 2-day training. All of us had a chance to learn what it takes to negotiate at the table with a mock negotiation! I had Lisa Pinkston on my team and I was able to negotiate with Christina Frees on the management team. Let me tell you that both of these ladies have tenacity! I did not get a chance to work with Kristy, but from what I hear she also took the management team to task! Add Paula, Jeff and Jake into this mix and I am hear to tell you that this team is tough, united, and ready to rumble!
During last week the MEC and the Negotiating committee met with Ben Minicucci, Andy Schneider, Elizabeth Ryan, and Mike Link to discuss the executive summary from the Flight Attendant survey. This summary was blasted to all the members last week and if you missed it you can find it at:
The team is flying to Washington DC next week for the first mediation session!
SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFITS – 2014 ENROLLMENT
From July 14th—19th, National Group Protection (NGP) will be in the Seattle crew lounge to communicate the AFA supplemental benefit plans.
Please look for the benefit counselor during the on-site enrollment to enroll or make changes to your existing coverage. Note that you can enroll in any of the crew lounges, not just your base location (call NGP for other enrollment dates/locations)
· Accident Insurance
· Critical Illness Coverage
· Whole Life Insurance
There are some benefit enhancements/upgrades this year, so please take the time to sit down with a benefit counselor and review your options. This is also an excellent time to make sure you have filed for your annual health screening benefits, which are part of the accident and critical illness benefit plans.
· Supplemental – these plans supplement any existing coverage
· Voluntary – members choose to participate
· Limited Underwriting – no medical or physical exams required
· Family Coverage – available with all of the plans
· Portable – members can continue coverage if they leave the company
· Payroll Deduction – premiums are paid through payroll deduction
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming enrollment, please contact National Group Protection (NGP) at 800-344-9016.
Many of you have reached out to us to share your thoughts on negotiations and we continue to ask for your comments and thoughts! It’s important that we hear from you and stay connected to the issues that are important to you.
It is also very important that you reach out to your AFA committees for help with medical leaves, hotel issues, reserve concerns, and uniform issues. Your SEA LEC committee chairs volunteer many hours of their time for our benefit! But, they cannot address issues if they do not hear from you!
o Benefits: Kathy O’Malley- firstname.lastname@example.org
o EAP: Lisa Haugen- SEAeap@alaskamec.org
o Hotel: Jodi Snow- email@example.com
o ISC: Linda Christou- firstname.lastname@example.org
o Government Affairs: Bev Bullock- email@example.com
o Maternity Co Chair: Beth Hogger- firstname.lastname@example.org
o Maternity Co Chair: Danni K Peterson- email@example.com
o SHSC: Susan Lee- firstname.lastname@example.org
o Reserve: Erik Velez- email@example.com
o Retirement: Tim Roddy- firstname.lastname@example.org
o Uniform: Eric Tafoya- email@example.com
You can find a complete list of your Seattle AFA Committee members at:
JA this weekend? At this point the company has no plans to JA. Flight Attendants have contacted me asking about this and I know this is a topic on social media. If there is a need to JA the company will reach out to AFA first and alert us. Once we hear this is a possibility we will communicate to you!
During this RED HOT Summer your Negotiating Committee and you MEC asks that you stay informed, stay connected, and show your solidarity! We are only as strong as our members and we need ALL of our members STANDING STRONG!
Laura, Jake, Linda, Stephanie, and Adam
Laura Masserant, LEC President- firstname.lastname@example.org- (360) 633-5905
Jake Jones, LEC Vice-President- email@example.com- (206) 617-7499
Linda Christou, LEC Secretary- firstname.lastname@example.org- (206) 409-0354
Stephanie Adams, Council Representative- email@example.com- (206) 852-4750
Adam Clarey, Council Representative- firstname.lastname@example.org- (425) 269-3262