- Our AFA Uniform Committee Chairpersons met on Tuesday, August 8 to discuss their ongoing program of work to represent Flight Attendants interests related to uniforms.
- The Committee also met with management to receive updates and discuss issues and problems that Flight Attendants are reporting related to uniform quality, wearability, and availability.
- If you are experiencing any issues with uniform quality or construction, please report the issues to Unisync as soon as possible. Please include your Local Uniform Committee Chairperson on the email so they can help track any issues or trends that might be developing.
On Tuesday, August 8th, the AFA Local Uniform Committee Chairpersons met to discuss their ongoing work to represent Flight Attendants and push for improvements in the workplace. Present at the meeting were Kim Mazzolini (ANC), Dena Heath (SEA), David Jelinek (PDX), Lisa Mueller (SFO), Heather Holmes (LAX), JP Perina (SAN), and MEC Uniform Committee Chairperson Kiara O’Bryant.
The committee met with Director – Procurement and Logistics Eric Phillipson, Uniform Fit Center Lead Ashley Sentner, Supply Chain Program Manager Lizzie Revard, PDX Base Manager Kristie Stafford, and SFO Base Manager Cierra Lewis.
The next Quarterly Uniform Committee Meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, November 14th, 2023.
Topics of Discussion
The committee reviewed several items during internal AFA-only conversations and when meeting with management. Some items discussed include:
- Reported quality issues including wings/pins causing injury and holes in uniform, name bar falling off wings, hems and seams running/tearing, zipper tabs falling off cardigans, holes in sweaters, and sleeves on cardigans splitting at cuff.
- Clarified there is no desire for management to remove the requirement for company-issued lanyard due to safety concerns. Current lanyards have a “snap away” feature that prevents injury.
- Management will consider moving from the current approved list to “boot guidelines and requirements” for the seasonal navy boots. Updates will be made as soon as internal discussions conclude.
- The committee requested management review seasonal neckwear policy to allow for year-round wear for Pride, Patriotic, and Breast Cancer Awareness themes. Marketing’s initial concern is this would lose the cohesive look of the brand with so many different styles. It also lessens the impact of the seasonal neckwear during those specific months/days. We will continue discussing.
- There will be an update on Gender Neutral Collections and the Unisync Website in late October. It will link back to Uniform Subsite to provide more information.
- Management is not inclined to remove the hosiery requirement for dresses/skirts.
- Unisync has a preferred vendor list which has limited the ability to source a transition jacket. The committee has requested a list of the preferred vendors and will continue to actively assist in sourcing the best possible fit and quality.
- The feminine vest wear test was a success and the redesign will be used in the site relaunch in October.
What The Committee Is Working On
- Wear Testing. Wear testing for the Pride neckwear began on Monday, August 7th, and ran for 14 days. Wear testing for a gender neutral “Aura vest” has been suspended. Advocating for a uniform that suits all body types requires available wear testers. Seeking volunteers who have gender neutral, petite, tall, and/or plus sizes to test uniform redesigns and additions.
- Mockneck Sweater. This piece will be added to the uniform collection, available for preorder in October and shipping in Q1.
- Warm Weather Shirt. Added to uniform collection and currently available for order. The shirt does not have alteration guidelines, however Flight Attendants may hem the shirt halfway up their bicep. Flight Attendants may not fold or cuff the shirts more than once.
We Want to Hear From You!
Please email Unisync with any quality issues. In the email, please describe the issue in detail, include the “PO” number from the tag, attach photos of the issue and the tag, if possible, and CC your Local Uniform Committee Chairperson. Please consider opening a ticket at AFA Alaska Support so the Uniform Committee can track these issues.
Would you like to join the wear test pool? Do you have other feedback for the committee or items that you’d like brought up with management? Please let us know! Your Local Uniform Committee is your voice to management. You can find contact information on the Uniform Committee page of the AFA Alaska website.