- Our AFA Uniform Committee Chairpersons met on Tuesday, November 15 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, November 15, 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 JP Perina (SAN). Also present was MEC Uniform Committee Chairperson Todd Scarlett. The committee met with Uniform Programs Manager Ashlyn Pham, Uniform Fit Center Lead Ashley Sentner, Day of Travel Experience Manager Kelly Cuthill, PDX Base Manager Kristie Stafford, and other representatives 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:
- Review of recently updated uniform policies, which include a clarified winter hat policy and the ability to wear zero drop shoes. The updated policy guide is posted on the uniform subsite of Alaska’s World.
- Ongoing uniform quality issues. The Committee has received numerous recent reports of pieces not standing up to normal wear and tear and inconsistency of sizing, cut, and fabric on new orders. Reports have also been received about wings breaking and the printing rubbing off the name plate portion.
- Ongoing request to review the current process for Flight Attendants to provide feedback related to uniform pieces. Management indicates that they are working on an improved system for reporting issues and providing feedback based on what they heard from the Committee at the last quarterly meeting.
- Concerns with lack of availability of approved boots that can be worn with the feminine uniform.
- Ongoing concern that the policy requiring that hosiery be worn with the uniform skirt and dresses is outdated. Management has declined to make any changes to the policy at this time.
- Repeated request to designate certain existing pieces as gender neutral until specific gender neutral uniform pieces are available. Management does not anticipate designated gender neutral pieces will be available until 2024 at the earliest.
- Repeated request for a packable, insulated jacket that provides more substantial warmth than the transition jacket in a similar form factor. Management has started reviewing options but they will not be available this season.
- Concerns with product shortages and items that are backordered for extended periods of time. Management reports that supply chain issues are continuing to be a challenge. An increased number of orders are being shipped from the manufacturer by expedited means in order to increase availability.
- Management plans to launch a new warm weather shirt in mid-2023. A prototype shirt had previously been tested by some Uniform and Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC) Members. The warm weather shirt will be allowed to be worn with the skirt and Arctic parka based on continued advocacy by the Committee.
The committee is next scheduled to meet with management on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
What The Committee Is Working On
- Cold Weather Improvements. Working to expand policies and improve uniform pieces in anticipation of upcoming cold weather months. This includes advocating for improvements to the uniform boot policy and a warmer packable jacket.
- 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.