[See also Negotiations: General [misc]]
Q: Please explain who were the specific people at the negotiation table for both the union and company. Did the Company have legal representation/counsel present to review and advise the Company during the negotiation process? Did the Union have legal representation/counsel to review and advise the union during the negotiation process. If the Union had legal counsel during negotiations to review and advise is that information made available to us as Flight attendants of who that counsel is?
A: For the AFA JNC: MEC President Jeff Peterson, Jennifer Wise MacColl, Jamie Cogen, Lindsey Steele and AFA Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo. AFA Director of Collective Bargaining Joe Burns also joined the JNC for some of the key sessions in which the parties discussed comprehensive economic proposals.
AFA Director of Collective Bargaining Joe Burns is also an attorney. Keep in mind that Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo, although not an attorney, is a professional negotiator and has been bargaining for AFA since the 1990s. The full resources of the AFA Collective Bargaining, Research and Legal departments were made available to the JNC throughout the process, including AFA General Counsel Ed Gilmartin.
For the Company: Vice President of Inflight & Call Center/Guest Services Jeff Butler, Vice President of Labor Relations Greg Mays, Managing Director of Labor Relations Elizabeth Ryan and Manager of Labor Emily Kimmel. They were joined at various points by subject matter experts such as Managing Director of Inflight Operations Valerie Jenkins, Financial Planning & Analysis Manager Brittany Schaub, Director of Retirement Services Chrystie Dickens, Retirement Benefits Analyst Jaime Smalley, Virgin America Supervisor of Crew Pay Peter Silberstein.
Management did not have any legal representation/counsel present during any bargaining sessions. To the best of our knowledge, management did not have any legal representation/council present in their caucus room when we were not in joint session. The JNC is aware that Alaska Airlines Legal reviewed the JCBA Supplemental Reduction in Force LOA and advised management via email.