Master Executive Council (MEC)
- Our AFA Alaska Master Executive Council (MEC) met this week on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 to conduct their ongoing work to represent our Flight Attendants.
- As part of the meeting, the MEC met with members of inflight, labor relations, and executive management to discuss issues and concerns that are facing our work group and need to be addressed.
- The next Regular MEC Meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your LEC President if you have any questions.
The June 2022 Regular MEC Meeting was held this week on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15. The meeting consisted of updates provided by our MEC Officers, LEC Presidents, Grievance Committee, and Scheduling Committee. Our MEC also reviewed written reports submitted by other AFA MEC Committee Chairpersons about their current programs of work.
System Board of Adjustment Interviews
Our MEC spent part of Tuesday interviewing candidates for the System Board of Adjustment position that was previously posted in April. Members of the System Board of Adjustment are responsible for arbitrating any disputes or grievances that may arise under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Alaska Airlines and its Flight Attendants. Our MEC would like to thank all of the candidates who expressed a willingness to serve and interviewed for the positions.
After extensive discussion and thorough consideration, the voting members of the MEC (LEC Presidents) have re-appointed Sandra Morrow to the position. Sandra’s term of appointment will begin on July 1, 2022 and conclude on June 30, 2024.
Meeting with Management
As part of most Regular MEC Meetings, our MEC meets with management to review current issues and challenges that Flight Attendants are facing. Attendees from management this month included Vice President of Inflight Matt Prainito, Managing Director of Inflight Operations Michaela Littman, Managing Director of Inflight Strategy & Support Gloria Chow, Director of Inflight Crew Scheduling Denia Pisia, Managing Director of Operations Staffing & Resource Management Brittany Audette, and Managing Director of Labor Relations Carmen Williams.
Some of the topics that were discussed include:
- Base visits by new Vice President of Inflight. New VP of Inflight Matt Prainito will be conducted base visits this week and next week. He will be attending Initial Training starting at the end of the month.
- COVID points forgiveness. Our MEC has formally requested that management resume forgiveness of attendance points for COVID-related absences.
- Quarterly Point Reduction Form (QPRF) errors. If a mistake is made by a Flight Attendant when submitting a QPRF (e.g. selecting wrong start day of a sequence), management will deny the form and not give the Flight Attendant any opportunity to make corrections. Our MEC requests that management provide notification to Flight Attendants in these instances and give them the opportunity to correct the error.
- Distribution of Flight Attendant staffing by base. Our MEC has requested that management add staffing to all bases. Bases outside of SEA need additional Flight Attendants to provide relief, especially to Reserve Flight Attendants.
- Cross-utilization of Reserve Flight Attendants between domiciles. Our MEC has requested that management discontinue the practice of cross-utilizing reserves between domiciles, particularly between LAX and SAN. Excessive use of this practice is unnecessarily burdensome on Reserve F/As. With current staffing levels, our MEC believes there is no need for management to continue this practice.
- Flight Attendant Initial Training (IT) classes. Management is evaluating whether or not additional IT classes will be held this year on top of those already scheduled.
- Service flights during Initial Training (IT). Management would like to bring service flight back to the IT curriculum and is examining ways to do so.
- Organizational changes in Crew Scheduling. Some Crew Scheduling Duty Managers have taken positions elsewhere in the company. The positions will be backfilled by new Crew Scheduling Supervisor positions.
- Delays in getting Flight Attendants information during irregular operations. There is a perception that Pilots often receive information about cancellations, delays, hotels for irops, etc. significantly before Flight Attendants do. Management needs to take steps to address this perceived disparity and ensure that Flight Attendants are not left behind.
MEC Policy & Procedure Manual Amendments
The AFA Alaska MEC Policy & Procedure Manual contains a provision requiring that the document be reviewed at least annually for possible updates and amendments. Our MEC conducted that annual review during this meeting. Of the 21 proposed agenda items, 19 were adopted. One agenda item was amended and tabled until the next MEC meeting and another was referred back to the originator to be rewritten and resubmitted. The agenda items that were adopted will be incorporated into the manual and posted to the AFA Alaska website early next week.
If you have any questions about this month’s Regular MEC Meeting, please reach out to your LEC President.