- Our AFA Uniform Committee Chairpersons met on Tuesday, May 3 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, May 3, our AFA Local Uniform Committee Chairpersons met to discuss their ongoing work to represent our Flight Attendants and push for improvements in our workplace. Representing you at the meeting were Kim Mazzolini (ANC), Dena Heath (SEA), David Jelinek (PDX), Lisa Mueller (SFO), Heather Milner (LAX), and Denise Sheldon (SAN). Also present were MEC Uniform Committee Chairperson Todd Scarlett; MEC Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC) Uniform Safety Representative Deb Wallstrom; and MEC Vice President Brian Palmer. The committee met with Director of Procurement Eric Phillipson, Uniform Programs Manager Ashlyn Pham, Senior Marketing Product Delivery Manager Kelly Cuthill, and PDX Base Manager Kristie Stafford from management.
Topics of Discussion
The committee reviewed a number of items both during internal AFA-only conversation and when meeting with management. Some items discussed include:
- Confirmation of the 90-day return period for unused uniform items. This return period is contractual for Flight Attendants (CBA addendum to section 13, #2), but there has been some confusion as the return period for other company employees is shorter.
- Recent changes to uniform policies and upcoming gender-neutral uniform pieces.
- Introduction to new management employees responsible for overseeing uniform procurement, the fit center, and the company’s relationship with Unisync.
- Ongoing requests to streamline uniform boot policies.
- Requests for improvements to the transition jacket, specifically increased warmth and wind resistance.
- Introduction of a new, smaller pronoun pin than what was introduced last year and is available at the Company Store. The smaller pin will be available soon in all bases and will be available free of charge to anyone who would like one.
- Request to remove the policy requirement that uniform shoes have a defined heel.
- Concerns that the policy requiring that hosiery be worn with the uniform skirt and dresses is outdated.
- Request to review the current process for Flight Attendants to provide feedback related to uniform pieces. The requirement to compose an email to Unisync is not consistent with how Flight Attendants report issues in other areas and is unnecessarily cumbersome.
- Ongoing uniform quality issues. Management indicates that improvements have been made with double stitching and reinforced seams, but Flight Attendants are still experiencing problems.
- Concerns with product shortages and items that are backordered for extended periods of time. Management states that the shortages are due to supply chain issues as well as greater than expected hiring of new employees that they did not project for.
- Issues with a shortage of standard issue crew luggage pieces for new hire Flight Attendants. Management has temporarily issued alternate pieces of luggage to several of the new classes due to the shortage. This shortage has also affected the availability of loaner bags at each base.
What The Committee Is Working On
- Improving the Uniform Boot Policy. Working with management and the AFA Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC) to allow for a broader range of Arctic boots, to allow Arctic boots in Alaska any time there is snow or ice on the ground, and to allow boots outside of terminals and the aircraft anytime there is inclement weather (policy not yet in effect).
- Simplification of Uniform Policies. Advocating for an overall simplification of company uniform policies through clearer guidelines, removal of excessive or unrealistic restrictions, and other common sense changes.
- Streamlining the Uniform Feedback Process. Working to develop an easy-to-use, online form that Flight Attendants can use to provide feedback about uniform issues and concerns that automatically routes to management, Unisync, and our AFA Uniform Committee.
We Want to Hear From You!
Please help our Uniform Committee by taking the time to email Unisync at email@example.com with any quality issues you are experiencing. When sending an email, please describe the issue with as much detail as possible and include photos if you can. Please CC your Local Uniform Committee Chairperson on the email so that the Uniform Committee can track the issues as well.
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 our contact information on the Uniform Committee page of the AFA Alaska website.