Master Executive Council (MEC)
- Our AFA Alaska Master Executive Council (MEC) met this week on Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2 to conduct their ongoing work to represent our Flight Attendants.
- As part of the meeting, the MEC met with members of inflight, crew planning, and payroll management to discuss issues and concerns that are facing our work group and need to be addressed.
- The MEC also conducted MEC Officer elections for the term scheduled to begin on January 1, 2023.
The November 2022 Regular MEC Meeting was held this week on Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2. 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.
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, Associate Vice President of Finance and Resource Planning Ryan St. John, Managing Director of Labor Relations Carmen Williams, and Director of Payroll Leah Ables.
Some of the topics that were discussed include:
- Pairing selection process. Management indicated that they are open to greater collaboration with our AFA Pairing Construction Subcommittee in working to understand what is important to Flight Attendants when it comes to pairing quality. An additional meeting between respective AFA and management representatives will be scheduled in the near future for further discussion.
- NAVBLUE PBS performance concerns. Flight Attendants are continuing to experience performance issues with NAVBLUE PBS. Our AFA PBS Subcommittee, Scheduling Committee, and MEC have been bringing these issues forward continuously with every level of management and pushing for improvements and a resolution. Management has in turn taken the issues to management at NAVBLUE and has escalated the issue to the executive level. NAVBLUE indicates they are working to make improvements but our MEC is looking for tangible results to the ongoing problems.
- Staffing and growth. Management provided a review of staffing plans for next year. The projections are constantly shifting based on anticipated aircraft deliveries and market conditions. They are currently working to determine if staffing adjustment leaves will be offered in 2023.
- Revised Initial Training program. The Flight Attendant Initial Training program was recently increased in duration from 4 to 5 weeks. Management reports that there has been a corresponding increase in student success rates.
- IMD replacement project. Our MEC shared Flight Attendant frustrations with the delay in replacing iPhone 8 IMDs. The problem is compounded by a lack of replacement devices and accessories which is making it difficult for Flight Attendants to perform basic inflight service duties. Management indicates that there are challenges in the supply chain and will follow up with more details as to when new devices can be expected.
- California meal and rest break laws. Our MEC again requested an update from management regarding their plan to comply with California meal and rest break laws in accordance with the decision in the Bernstein v. Virgin America case. Management provided the same information that they did last month—they are continuing to lobby for a legislative resolution and did not have any further updates to offer.
MEC Officer Elections
Elections for Alaska MEC Officers were conducted on first day of the meeting. From among the eligible candidates, the voting members of the MEC (LEC Presidents) elected an MEC President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer for a three year term that begins on January 1, 2023 and concludes on December 31, 2025. The newly elected MEC Officers are:
President: Jeffrey Peterson
Vice President: Brian Palmer
Secretary-Treasurer: Linda Christou
For more information about the MEC Officer election results, click here.
Upcoming MEC Committee Position Interviews & Elections
In accordance with Article VI.C of the AFA Alaska MEC Policy and Procedure Manual, the term of appointment for the MEC Committee Chairpersons is concurrent with those of the MEC Officers. As the current MEC Officer term ends on December 31, 2022, the MEC will be conducting a review of all MEC Committee Chairperson and other MEC-level appointed positions at a Special MEC Meeting to be held November 29 through December 1, 2022.
If you’re interested in learning more about the upcoming interviews, click here. To submit an expression of interest and resume for a position, click here. The deadline for submissions is 9 AM Pacific time on Saturday, November 19.
If you have any questions about this month’s Regular MEC Meeting, please reach out to your LEC President.