A Message from Local Council President Melissa Osborne
I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for all the expressions of support that I received for the position of Council 35 Transitional President. I am overwhelmed and honored to be selected to represent you. This is an exciting opportunity to promote the interests of our teammates in a cooperative effort with the seasoned and well-established Master Executive Council (MEC) at Alaska. I am very hopeful that we will make tangible progress to improve our compensation when MEC President Jeff Peterson and I meet with management next week. The next several weeks will be challenging; however, I am eager to face them knowing the amount of support I have received from all of you.
This marks a new and exciting era for VX flight attendants, providing the perfect opportunity to start afresh with unity, optimism and hope. Mergers are never an easy process, and although it is the desire of AS management and your MEC to provide the smoothest one possible, please know that it is up to all of us to make this endeavor a success. Your role in this merger matters, and working together, we can help to build a heritage that can make our new Alaska Airlines the pride of the industry.
I look forward to meeting many of you in the Villages in the months to come, as your new Council 35 introduces you to AFA and all the benefits that the membership enjoys. I will make every effort to address all your concerns and encourage you to utilize the prescribed lines of communication with our new representatives at AFA. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns that you may have or to offer constructive suggestions. I will make every effort to provide timely and newsworthy updates to keep you abreast of progress.
Thank you, again, for your support. I take this responsibility seriously and I will do my very best to merit the confidence that you have placed in me.
Transitional Local Council 35 President
A Message from Local Council Secretary James Ikehara
Thank you very much for all of your support to serve as your Transitional Secretary. It was very humbling to receive your well wishes, and I greatly appreciate your confidence in me as we work with the MEC and Alaska Airlines towards the integration of our work groups. As Melissa stated, it is up to all of us to restart this process with a sense of unification, and to work together to achieve the common goal of improving our work rules and compensation to be on par with our fellow flight attendants at Alaska Airlines.
I am eager to work for and support Melissa during this exciting time frame, and will do everything possible to ensure all of you are kept informed of the latest information. As always, please feel free to reach out to me to discuss any issues regarding our negotiations.
Once again, many thanks and I look forward to seeing all of you on the line or in the Village.