Master Executive Council (MEC)
- Our AFA Alaska Master Executive Council (MEC) met this week on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14 to conduct their ongoing work to represent our Flight Attendants.
- As part of the meeting, the MEC met with members of inflight and crew planning 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, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your LEC President if you have any questions.
The September 2022 Regular MEC Meeting was held this week on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14. 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.
Joining our Negotiating Committee for Opening of Contract Negotiations
Our MEC joined our Negotiating Committee for the opening of contract negotiations on Tuesday. As a show of support, the MEC sat in as the Negotiating Committee and management exchanged opening proposals. After the introductory portion, the MEC adjourned to continue the MEC Meeting and the Negotiating Committee proceeded with discussions at the bargaining table. More information about this week’s contract negotiations will be posted on the Contract 2022 website after the session concludes.
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 Managing Director of Inflight Operations Michaela Littman, Managing Director of Inflight Services Gloria Chow, Director of Inflight Training and Standards Thomas Kaminski, and Managing Director of Operations Staffing & Resource Management Brittany Audette.
Some of the topics that were discussed include:
- Plans for changes to Initial Training. Management provided an extensive update on Initial Training and the classes held so far this year. They also shared plans for changes to the Initial Training program for upcoming classes, including the reintroduction of service flights.
- Plans for 2023 Recurrent Training. Management also shared plans for the 2023 Recurrent Training (RT) program. RT 2023 will include a return to two full days of classroom training.
- Domicile staffing & base transfers. Management indicated that they plan to grant additional Flight Attendant domicile transfers over the next several months and will be working to clear the base transfer waiting lists.
- Quality of pairings. Our MEC once again shared that Flight Attendants are looking for improvements to pairing quality. In particular, there are concerns with changes made to the schedule by network planning that affect the ability of Flight Attendants to achieve desired productivity and additional commutability concerns.
- Concerns with the current absence management vendor. Our AFA Benefits Committee and LEC Presidents have received reports that the company’s current absence management vendor is not responsive, has provided incorrect information, and has made errors that have impacted Flight Attendants.
- CARE Retreat concerns. Our MEC shared some specific concerns about the CARE Retreat, including issues with some Flight Attendants not receiving pre-event communications and questions about how management plans to address possible environmental allergies that some people may have to some of the items being given to attendees.
- Drug testing policies and procedures. Our MEC brought concerns forward about possible discrepancies in how random DOT drug tests were being conducted and asked for clarification about the procedure.
MEC Policy & Procedure Manual Amendment
This month, our MEC took action on one agenda item for amendment of the MEC Policy & Procedure Manual. The agenda item incorporates new language establishing structure within the Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC) to support the new Inflight Line Observation Safety Audit (LOSA) program. This agenda item has been incorporated into the manual and posted to the AFA Alaska website.
If you have any questions about this month’s Regular MEC Meeting, please reach out to your LEC President.