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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Council 72 -

AFA Omni Update

Important Note: This newsletter is being sent to all Omni flight attendants for whom we have a valid email address.  Beginning January 15, 2012, newsletters will only be sent to flight attendants who have submitted an AFA membership application. The AFA Constitution & Bylaws mandates that AFA communications be sent ONLY to members. Do not lose out on valuable information. Join AFA today!

 

December 17, 2011

 

Hello Fellow Omni Flight Attendants,

I hope everyone is enjoying this joyous holiday season and all the trimmings that go along with it.  In the past ten days since our last e-line update, many things have occurred.

First and foremost, we have appointed our negotiators for our Negotiations Committee.  Per the AFA Constitutions and Bylaws, we are allowed two appointed negotiators to join our MEC President and AFA Staff Negotiator, Beth DeProspero in contract negotiations with Omni.  These flight attendants will serve on the committee from now until we have ratified our first contract.  We had many qualified applicants, and thank each of them for their willingness to serve on the committee.  We weighed each applicant’s strengths and experiences to determine who would be best suited for the position and have come up with a very strong negotiating team!  Hamilton Kaopua (LAS) and Michelle Oden (DFW) have been appointed as our negotiators along with Renee Mayer (DFW) as an alternate negotiator.  With over 40 years experience in the charter airline business, we are confident that this team will deliver a tentative agreement that will thoroughly address the needs of our flight attendants.

In the next couple of days we will be posting short bios about the Negotiating Committee members on our website at www.afaomni.org. Go check it out and get to know our new negotiators.  Please join us as we welcome them into their newly appointed positions. We look forward to the results they will achieve during negotiations with the company.

Secondly, we are receiving feedback from flight attendants that they are unaware they need to complete an application until we have a contract.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  We need to move forward as a united group and show the company that we are strong in our numbers.  We had an overwhelming turnout in the election to have AFA representation, a turnout the company surely was not expecting.  While those numbers gave the company great pause, they are closely following our progress and gauging our solidarity on the communications we have with one another about the membership drive.  With that said, we still need everyone’s help and support to get all flight attendants signed up to be AFA members.  Please encourage everyone to go to www.afaomni.org and print out their membership application today!  There are also many flight attendants out online with pre-paid self-addressed membership applications, so please contact any one of the Membership Drive Committee members for one if you haven’t completed the application yet.

Many applications were received this past week and are being added to the database as they are received by our AFA International offices in Washington, DC.  For those that have yet to send theirs in, please get your application in the mail as soon as possible, or give it to someone who is headed back to the states to mail it in for you.

There has also been talk about a survey being sent out the first week in January.  We have been asking for and compiling feedback from flight attendants about changes you want to see in our first contract.  We will be using that information to help us compose a survey to gauge the wants and needs of our flight attendants.  According to the AFA Constitution and Bylaws, only members can participate in the survey process.  Therefore, without your membership, your voice won’t be heard and our first contract will hardly convey all our wants and needs if we only have a fraction of our flight attendants as members.  We started this process so that every voice would be heard and every voice would be an active part of the solutions we desire!  Sign up to be a member of AFA today!

Due to the upcoming holiday season, please be aware that the AFA International offices in Washington, D.C. will be closed from December 23, 2011 until January 3, 2012, consistent with all major government offices and other agencies in the district. Please complete your applications and get them mailed in early next week so they can be processed when the offices reopen January 3, 2012.

The first installment of “Get to know your AFA” was posted and also sent out to all on our email list this past Wednesday, December 14, 2011.  We are hoping that through these posts all flight attendants will familiarize themselves with AFA and all they have to offer.

In conclusion, we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the crew of Vacations-Hawaii Flight 108.  On Monday, December 12, 2011 while flying from Las Vegas to Honolulu, they worked together seamlessly as a crew in response to a serious medical situation they encountered less than two hours from landing in Honolulu.  After arriving, the EMTs and State of Hawaii Fire Department took over; unfortunately the passenger passed away.  As soon as we became aware of the situation late Monday night, we reached out to the crew to offer our support and assistance to them during this difficult time.  This type of medical emergency can be difficult on the crewmembers that were called upon to respond to the situation and therefore have put them in contact with the AFA Employee Assistance Program.  Again, we would like to extend our appreciation to the crew and will continue to offer them support as they process the magnitude of the situation.

As always, your feedback is much appreciated, so please continue to contact us directly at any time with any questions, comments or concerns. We continue to look forward to even more input as we are one step closer to negotiating our first contract!

If you know of anyone who is not receiving our e-line newsletters, please direct them to www.afaomni.org or click here to add their contact information to our database to ensure they receive future communications from your AFA OAI MEC Officers.

 

In unity,

Mya Grap, AFA OAI Interim MEC President

Ken Heare, AFA OAI Interim MEC Secretary/Treasurer

AFA Omni Update

December 6, 2011

 

Hello Fellow Omni Flight Attendants,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday, whether it was out on the road or at home with loved ones.  Since our last e-line update, progress has been made on all fronts.

First and foremost, we have secured dates for our first meeting with Tulsa management to discuss our representation and upcoming negotiations.  It will be necessary for the Negotiating Committee to be offline some during negotiations.  We need to discuss the procedure by which we are removed from the schedule and compensated.   The meeting will be taking place in Tulsa, OK on December 19-20, 2011 at the headquarters of management’s outside law firm.  Ken and I will be attending the meeting along with Suzanne Balzer, AFA Staff Negotiator, who will be filling in for Beth DeProspero.

Secondly, we have made progress on the Membership Drive!  We currently have 80+ members and many more applications being inputted into our database as they are received at AFA International Offices in Washington, DC.  We get an update from AFA on a weekly basis, so check back on www.afaomni.org every Friday for an updated number.  We still need everyone’s help in getting all Flight Attendants signed up to be AFA members.  Please encourage everyone to go to www.afaomni.org and print out their application today!  We also have many flight attendants out online with self-addressed membership applications, so please contact any one of the Membership Drive Committee members for one.  If you would like to assist in handing out applications and be on the Membership Drive Committee, please contact Mya Grap or Ken Heare and we will get a packet complete with applications, AFA pins and bag tags mailed to the address you specify as soon as possible!  Remember, you must either print one off our AFA Omni website or obtain one from a Membership Drive Committee member; they are not being mailed to each individual flight attendant.

Being an AFA member will allow you to participate in contract surveys that will be coming out in the next couple months, it will also allow you to participate in the officer elections as well as run for office, vote on our first contract, and receive Union Privilege Benefits. We can hold our officer elections once we have 50% of the flight attendants signed up as members. Basically, being a member equals having a voice! So we encourage you to fill out the application and be an active member in your union.

Also, no dues for being a member, or initiation fee, will have to be paid until we have ratified our first contract. Nothing will have to be paid until then! Once we have a contract, per the AFA Constitution and Bylaws Article 11 is when we will have union dues and an initiation fee.  Article 11-B3 states that dues can be paid either on an annual basis, on a monthly basis by dues check-off, or on a monthly basis, with payments due by the first day of the month.  Please refer to the link above to get a full explanation of the dues, initiation fees and assessments.

Next, we have our applicants for the Negotiating Committee!  We received intent letters from eight different flight attendants from almost every base and are weighing our options heavily.  We are in the final stages of selecting two flight attendants from the eight who applied to be on the Negotiating Committee.  That announcement will be made no later than December 16, 2011.

Finally, knowledge is power!  Please keep informed via www.afaomni.org.  We are updating our website to include a Frequently Asked Questions link.  This will be specific to our Flight Attendants and the questions we are frequently asked.  We will also be posting a weekly “Get to know your AFA”; this will cover different aspects of AFA and what it means to be an AFA member.  Please keep informed and check our website regularly!

Your feedback is always appreciated, so please continue to contact us directly at any time with any questions, comments or concerns.  We continue to look forward to even more input as we are one step closer to negotiating our first contract!

If you know of anyone who is not receiving our e-line newsletters, please direct them to www.afaomni.org or click here to add their contact information to our database to ensure they receive future communications from your AFA OAI MEC Officers.

Upcoming Schedule

December 19-20:  Meeting with management in Tulsa, MEC to begin work on the contract survey.

First week of January:  Contract survey to be sent to AFA members.  Have an opinion about what should or should not be in our first contract?  Tell us by taking the survey.

February:  Negotiating Committee to begin working on our opening proposal for our contract.

 

In Unity,

Mya Grap, AFA OAI Interim LEC/MEC President

Ken Heare, AFA OAI Interim LEC/MEC Secretary/Treasurer

 

AFA Omni Update

November 17, 2011

Hello Fellow Omni Crew Members,

It’s been three weeks since we won our AFA election to have our voices heard here at Omni. It took a lot of hard work on everyone’s part leading up to that big victory and now even more work has begun to move toward securing our first collective bargaining agreement.

It has been very quiet the last couple weeks and we recognize that the silence has been a bit unnerving.  Rest assured that while it doesn’t seem that much has been said, there is a lot of work going on.  From here on out we will be updating our website www.afaomni.org on a weekly basis.  Additionally, we will be sending out e-line newsletters on a regular basis to keep you informed of our progress as we move forward.

Currently, we are working on three very important tasks as we move toward negotiations with the company:

1: Our Membership Drive is in full swing!  We are actively reaching out to flight attendants via e-mail, our website, www.afaomni.org, and Facebook, to get the message out to sign and mail in your AFA membership applications.  Additionally, we have flight attendants out on the line with applications to complete and mail back to AFA.  Scott Miller, DeAndre Pressley and Andrus Washington have volunteered to be on the Membership Drive Committee and are actively assisting people to get their applications completed.  If you would like to volunteer to be on the Membership Drive Committee and receive a membership kit (complete with applications, AFA pins and bag-tags) to assist in this effort, please contact Mya Grap or Ken Heare and we will send those supplies directly to your home.  Membership applications can also be downloaded from our website at www.afaomni.org.

2: We are in the process of selecting our Negotiating Committee! The Negotiating Committee will be comprised of two Omni Flight Attendant AFA members, the MEC President, and our Staff Negotiator from Washington, D.C., Beth DeProspero. If you wish to be considered as a member of the Negotiating Committee, please email us at afaoaimec@gmail.com with your interest and information by November 21, 2011. We expect to make a decision by December 1st.

3: The last, and one of the most important tasks we are working on, is to establish a timetable with management to begin our negotiations process.  A few days after we won our AFA representation election, we sent a letter to Jeff Crippen and Jeff Staton, declaring our victory and introducing our appointed LEC/MEC officers.  We have requested an initial meeting with management to establish an agreement regarding the provisions that will be afforded to our MEC leadership to conduct union business.  This will include how the MEC leadership and Negotiating Committee members are released from duty to participate in meetings and other union business such as trainings and preparations for negotiations, as well as the financial provisions for the above listed events.  We are also asking the company to work in good faith to establish the calendar for negotiations.  We hope to have a date for this first meeting by the end of this week.

Your feedback over the last few weeks has been helpful, and also appreciated.  Please continue to contact us at any time with any questions, comments, and/or concerns.  We look forward to even more input as we work to negotiate our first contract!

If you did not receive this e-line newsletter directly to your e-mail address, click here to add your contact information to ensure you receive future communications from your AFA Officers.

In Unity,

Mya Grap,  AFA Interim LEC/MEC President

Ken Heare,  AFA Inerim LEC/MEC Secretary/Treasurer

AFA Membership Application

Hooray, we are now represented by the Association of Flight Attendants!  But we aren’t yet members of AFA.  To be a member, a flight attendant must complete an application and send it to the AFA International Office.

Click on the link below, print, complete and send it in today.  Please make sure to include your email address. 

AFA-CWA Membership Application

We Won!

The election results are in and we won the election!  Omni Flight Attendants are now represented by the Association of Flight Attendants.

AFA received 84% of the 284 votes cast.

We’d like to thank everyone who helped with the campaign.  It was our teamwork and commitment that made this victory possible.

Congratulations to us!