Dear Flight Attendants,
As we have said in prior communications, our federal mediator from the National Mediation Board (NMB) Victoria Gray has imposed a “limited communication” policy on both AFA’s and management’s teams. As a result, this update does not contain the same level of detail as during direct negotiations and prior to mediation.
However, we want you to know that much progress was made in our session at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in the beautiful City of Roses. Although no tentative agreements (TAs) were reached this session, we are extremely close on three sections and fully anticipate signing off on them right out of the gate during our next mediation session:
Section 14 – Vacation,
Section 16 – Sick Leave/On the Job Injury, and
Section 32 – Attendance Policy.
Mediator Gray was extremely effective in getting the parties to discuss compromises and “think outside of the box.” She facilitated full committee and small group sessions and helped us navigate some pretty thorny areas.
Our next meeting is in Washington, DC, from September 9th through 12th at the NMB headquarters. Until our next communication, stay informed and stay strong.
Your Negotiating Committee – MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Tracy, Karina Cameron-Fetters, Jake Jones and AFA Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo
“Five Bases, One Voice”