Inflight management has been actively pursuing a mentorship program over the past year
As many of you know, Inflight management has been actively pursuing a Flight Attendant mentorship program over the past year in order to supplement Initial Training. Management has allocated significant resources towards implementing a program—even going so far as to hiring outside consultants. Several of you have had an opportunity to help develop the mentorship program by providing feedback as participants in system-wide focus groups. The Master Executive Council (MEC) thanks all those who have supported the effort.
Mentorship program would require contractual waivers
Numerous aspects of a mentorship program—even a trial program—would require deviations from current contractual provisions. In other words, AFA and management would have to agree to contractual waivers in order to launch such a program. Although the MEC has been impressed with the developments so far, we are declining to move forward at this time. Why?
Why the MEC is declining to move forward
The MEC appreciates management’s enthusiasm for a mentorship program, but Inflight management has been too enthusiastic in its communications on the topic. Management has gone so far as to write on more than one occasion that a mentorship program will be launching in the near future—despite the fact that the MEC has not agreed to do so. The MEC lodged our objections to these communications verbally and in writing, but even so management sent out another one saying the exact same thing shortly thereafter. What are your AFA leaders to make of that?
Besides feeling that management is being overly presumptuous, the MEC cannot justify implementing a somewhat costly new program right now. In our humble opinion management has yet to adequately address a multitude of issues important to the membership: turning off all trip trading for up to 78 hours during the upcoming Jeppesen Crew Exchange cutover, on-going implementation delays for Reserve self-assignment and repositioning, serious problems with vacation bidding and vacation Open Time trading, lackluster new Inflight web site, no calendar sync external to Outlook, et cetera. When we start to see movement in the right direction from management, the MEC is willing to reconsider our position.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Yvette Satterlee, Lisa Pinkston, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Tim Green and Brice McGee