MESA AFA

SUBJECT: Rumor Control-AA Flying

Dear Flight Attendants,

We normally do not respond to unsubstantiated rumors, however this one seems to be in a special category.

The current rumor appears to be that Mesa will lose AA flying at the expiration of the current contract.  Based on all the current information, there is no truth to this rumor. 

Yesterday, I met with both CEO Jonathan Ornstein as well as President Mike Lotz. Such a rumored event was never mentioned.

If and when such an event occurs, AFA will be notified in advance.  In addition, should a domicile close for any reason, the collective bargaining agreement clearly details the process of displacement of flight attendants from one domicile to another.  Please review Section 16.B.1-7 of the CBA.  Please note that anybody who needs training on another type of aircraft operated at the new domicile will be provided the training prior to the commencement of flying at the new location.

Please do not provide any credibility or pass on rumors unless you have seen verifiable printed information from an executive management officer at Mesa. 

Rumors are fed by fear; we do not need this fear at Mesa. 

In Unity,
Maggie Fox
MEC President

 

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Dear IAH Flight Attendants:

After many cancelled meetings, we were finally able to get the agenda item to make IAH it’s own council presented to the Executive Board and voted on January 31, 2022. The Executive Board voted unanimously to make IAH Mesa AFA Council 44 effective March 1, 2022! Congratulations and thank you to all the volunteers that stepped forward to build the infrastructure necessary to make this happen! 

Temporary Officers have been appointed and will serve until a new election is held and those elected take over. Your temporary officers are:

Temporary LEC President: Sam Polyzou. Sam has served as a grievance representative, LEC Sec, and most recently, LECVP, all in Council 56. She has the knowledge and experience to build this new council.

Temporary LEC Vice President: Richard Melim. Richard has been with Mesa for a year but comes to us with the background of being a representative for CWA in his former employment. Richard recently completed grievance training and will be training to participate in discipline meetings in the near future.

Temporary LEC Secretary: Shannon Harris. Shannon has been with Mesa for a little over two years and has been engaged with the union from the beginning. Shannon has completed grievance training and will also be training to participate in disciplinary meetings in the near future. 

What happens next:

As IAH is still Council 56 until February 28, 2022, those of you that are members in good standing will receive nomination ballots in the mail for Council 56 Officer elections. You may nominate yourself or any member in good standing in PHX or IAH for an Officer position. However, Council 44 will be up and running prior to the actual elections for Council 56 will be held. This means anyone that is based in IAH will not be able to vote for Council 56 Officers. Anyone from IAH nominated for Council 56 Officer positions will be removed from the Council 56 ballot. 

Council 44 will have nominations and elections for Officers starting approximately June 1, 2022. The Council 44 elected Officers will serve a term from the date of election until December 31. 2022 to align with the Election Category 1 as per the Constitution and Bylaws of AFA. 

We are excited to have Council 44 join Council 56 and 88 to provide representation of Mesa Flight Attendants and look forward to working with both the temporary and elected Officers from IAH! 

Please watch for further updates as Council 44 gets started and grows! 

In Unity,

Your MEC Officers

 

 

LATEST UPDATE

October 21, 2021

10 Hours Rest Implementation is Moving After Years of Obstruction
Three years ago, together we won our #FightFor10 with an overwhelming bipartisan vote to raise our minimum irreducible rest to 10 hours, equal with the pilots.

The prior administration didn’t follow congressional instruction on our 10 hours or hundreds of other safety initiatives in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, and instead put our rest into a regulatory process that was meant to kill it.
We made clear the next President needed to make this a priority and our 10 hours minimum irreducible rest takes a big step toward implementation today. (Elections have consequences.)
Despite the outcome of congressional mandated fatigue studies that confirmed Flight Attendant fatigue is real and a safety/health risk, airlines have argued to the federal government that it would be too costly to implement 10 hours. You cannot put a cost on safety.
After the bill passed in October 2018, we negotiated with some airlines to include the 10 hour rest in our contracts, and got it implemented quickly after ratification. But this safety issue needs to be a federal rule that applies across the industry, and it’s all the more urgent with the schedules of long days and short nights due to reduced service from COVID, and the current conditions on our planes.
DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg put our 10 hours back on track, and after internal review with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), where our union met to press the urgency and facts about implementation at some AFA airlines, the agency sent their review back to FAA over a month before the deadline.
The minute it hit FAA Administrator Steve Dickson’s desk last night he signed the order for a notice of our rule on rest. The rulemaking process now requires a comment period for 60 days, then the FAA will move to implement the final rule.
Fatigue is real. We need our 10 hours yesterday.
From President Biden, to Secretary Buttigieg, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, and our champion Chairman Peter DeFazio who has never stopped fighting on this - we were heard and each of these leaders worked hard to undo the efforts to kill our hard won rest and put it back on track to implementation.
Together with APFA, TWU, IAM, ALPA and all of our allies, we will keep the heat on and press for full federal implementation as soon as possible. The fatigue we all feel has not stopped and neither will we until this rule is fully implemented.

We are so excited to announce the OFFICIAL LAUNCH of our MESA AFA WEBSITE! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of MEC Communications Chair Clark Gonzales, we finally got it done! Clark worked with the AFA International and CWA National offices to make this dream a reality and I could not appreciate him more! 

You will find informational updates, negotiations updates, Officer and Representative contact information and more! 

So go check it out! Let us know what you think by emailing [email protected]  

In Solidarity,

Maggie Fox

MEC President

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