Flight Attendant Leadership – You Decide
Who do you know who always makes your day on the job better and a little brighter?
Our AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws ensure that our Union remains in the hands of Flight Attendants where they work. If AFA wins the representation election, right away Pinnacle and Colgan Flight Attendants will gain the benefits of Membership in AFA – including representation from your flying partners where you are based. And, just to be clear – there will be no initiation fee for Pinnacle and Colgan Flight Attendants.
Immediately after AFA is elected as your representative, you will begin the process of electing your peer representatives. Until elections can be completed AFA International President Veda Shook is seeking your guidance for temporary placement of Local Officers – Flight Attendants from your airline and base. We want to be sure to have people you respect as leaders in your location.
We need to hear from you. We don’t have contact information for every Pinnacle and Colgan Flight Attendant so please spread the word among your flying partners.
Who is a Great Advocate from Your Base?
Flight Attendants know who gets the work done. Maybe it’s someone who helped you out when you needed a hand – maybe it’s someone who has all the latest information – or maybe it’s someone who isn’t afraid to speak up when something’s just not right. Who do you want to represent you as a temporary Local Council President, Vice President, or Secretary until your officer elections are concluded?
Nominations Are Closed
Local Executive Council (LEC)
If AFA is elected to represent all Flight Attendants at the new Pinnacle, AFA will form new Local Councils and each one will have a Local Council President, Vice President, and Secretary from your base to represent you and be available to you.
Master Executive Council (MEC)
Your Local President is part of the Master Executive Council (MEC), which is the governing body of the union at each airline. This ensures attention to your specific contractual and daily life issues from the Flight Attendants who know those issues best. There are also three MEC officers who do not have voting rights, but coordinate action on the issues affecting all Flight Attendants at the airline. These officers would be Flight Attendants from the new Pinnacle Airlines. The new MEC officers will be elected once your elected local officers are in place.
AFA Board of Directors
Local Council Presidents are also members of the AFA Board of Directors, the highest governing body of our Union. This ensures that every Member can directly elect and hold accountable the highest governing body of our Union.
AFA Builds Strength and Keeps Our Union in Flight Attendant Hands
When AFA signed the merger agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in 2004, Flight Attendants gained the support, power, and solidarity of 700,000 union sisters and brothers while maintaining full autonomy and ownership of our union, the Association of Flight Attendants. Our merger agreement, a legally binding contract with CWA, states:
“The affiliation with CWA is based upon the maintenance of AFA’s full autonomy as an independent labor organization with full control over its funds, assets and policies.” (Section 2.a.1)
Committees – Important Work & Another Way to Be Involved
The passionate work of volunteers has enabled our Union to be the strong and effective voice for Flight Attendants. Flight Attendants who demanded better for our work lives and focused advocacy on critical issues have made real gains for our profession. Trained Flight Attendants become experts in different areas of our work lives and they have the assistance of our professional AFA staff while doing their work. Pinnacle and Colgan Flight Attendants will have access to all of the resources of AFA from Day One, including advocacy from your flying partners.