COUNCIL 11 SAN FRANCISCO
August 25, 2016
Inside this issue: Joining the MEC's!
Dear Council 11 Members,
On September 5, I will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in the final Joint MEC meeting of pre-merger Continental, pre-merger Continental Micronesia, and pre-merger United Airlines. When I return from this meeting we will only have 1 MEC president representing all United Flight Attendants. This is the next step for combining our workforce into one. Following the merging of the MEC, we will start the process of merging all local councils. On January 1, 2017, all 16 domiciles will have single representation under a single MEC.
The following article is from the International President.
We are One United
Now that we have a ratified and signed contract, we must operate as one union to implement/enforce our contract and address all of the issues that matter to all of us at work. The Master Executive Council (MEC) structure is central to our union because it ensures that your directly-elected leaders of our union can coordinate through one body to address our issues with management and provide support for each other at work. This structure is fundamental to any union because it allows us to use the power and influence of our collective voices to protect our jobs and advance our goals.
On September 6, 2016 the three pre-merger MECs will be called together for a Special Meeting to merge the MECs and address all of the necessary transition issues associated with doing so. The meeting is open to active members in good standing.
September 6, 2016 Special Meeting
10:30 am – 6:00 pm
First Floor CWA Conference Room at
501 Third Street, NW / Washington, DC
In our union, only your directly-elected Local Council Presidents can make decisions that affect us, serving as the voting members of the MEC. Local Council Presidents also elect MEC Officers who serve to coordinate our collective voice and interface with management on the issues that affect us across the system.
The first step in merging the MEC is to elect MEC Officers: President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. All active members in good standing are eligible to run for office, although these positions are not entry level and AFA-CWA experience is essential. Our Constitution and Bylaws Article VII covers the duties and responsibilities of the MEC President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer.
The September 6th Special Meeting will begin with elections of MEC Officers to fill the remaining partial term of office. The process begins at the meeting with Local Council presidents nominating candidates for each position, followed by a review of candidates and a vote. Those interested in running for an MEC Officer position must submit a willingness to serve to the AFA-CWA Secretary-Treasurer Kevin Creighan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Willingness to Serve letters and resumes of interested candidates will be posted on a dedicated page on OurContract.org within 24 hours of receipt or the next business day.
Once elections are completed, the newly merged MEC will discuss other issues of importance such as merging of budgets, committee roles to address different scheduling, grievance or other provisions unique to each pre-merger group up to the point of full integration. The merged MEC will ensure committee experts remain in place to enforce all contractual provisions in effect.
Combined Local Council Election Schedule:
Section X.E.1.e. requires that “Local Councils at those bases where a duplication of Councils exists” will have elections to combine the Councils within 90 days of the “signing of a merged working agreement.” In order to combine the Councils, elections must take place including all members in the location. The following locations have duplicate Councils and will conduct elections according to the schedule listed below.
Open: 10-5-16 (EWR, DCA/IAD, LAX)
Open: 10-6-16 (IAH, ORD, DEN, SFO)
Close: 10-25-16 (EWR, DCA/IAD, LAX)
Close: 10-26-16 (IAH, ORD, DEN, SFO)
Open: 11-16-16 (EWR, DCA/IAD, LAX)
Open: 11-17-16 (IAH, ORD, DEN, SFO)
Close: 12-13-16 (EWR, DCA/IAD, LAX)
Close: 12-14-16 (IAH, ORD, DEN, SFO)
The new term of office will begin on 1/1/2017. More information will be posted after the September 6, 2016 meeting.
We will build Our United future together - taking care of each other and working together to address any issues we face or making the most out of any opportunities before us. We are one airline. We are one union. We are one.
Over the next 12 days, your officers will be available to answer any questions you may have about this process. As soon as we have information about candidates we will let you know.
Kaitlin White, President
AFA-CWA, San Francisco, C-11