December 12, 2013
Dear Flight Attendants,
We are very happy to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement (TA) with management. Naturally you all will want to know the details. However, please understand that no details will be released until after the TA has been presented to the Master Executive Council (MEC) for approval. This is AFA’s practice. When you see your Flight Attendant negotiators out on the line over the next several weeks, please be mindful of their obligation to not divulge details before the MEC has approved the TA.
Once the MEC does approve the TA, a full text document will be sent out for membership ratification. Because of the upcoming holiday, the earliest this could happen is by the end of the month. There is cleanup work that must be completed in terms of the language and the formatting that we’ll be working on immediately.
We anticipate roadshows to commence at every base starting in early January. At the roadshows, the Negotiating Committee will explain in person the details of the TA and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. We will be targeting a count date of mid-February. Remember you must be a member in good standing (your dues must be current) in order to be eligible to vote.
The Committee is pleased with the result and looks forward to presenting the details to the membership. Many thanks to AFA subject matter expert and transportation economist Dan Akins for his invaluable help. Also, National Mediation Board (NMB) mediator Victoria Gray was instrumental in assisting the parties in reaching an agreement.
Your Negotiating Committee – MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Tracy, Karina Cameron-Fetters, Jake Jones and AFA Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo