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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!
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Mya Grap, AFA OAI Interim MEC President
Ken Heare, AFA OAI Interim MEC Secretary/Treasurer