Oscar Ochomogo, MEC Chair
When do you need a Union Rep?
When a manager requests that you meet with them, it is important to remember:
- Ask the Manager if the meeting is about a disciplinary matter.
- If the Manager says "yes," you are entitled to a minimum of 48 hours written notice.
- Call the EDV AFA Hotline 855-4-EDV-AFA (855-433-8232) to obtain union representation.
Why should you have a union representative at the meeting? It is always good to have a second pairs of eyes and ears. Union Reps are trained to keep the meeting focused, they will advocate for you if discipline results, and they will keep the information confidential. Not only that, having a rep with you can be a source of moral support. Don’t go into a meeting unprepared. Protect your rights through proper representation.
Filing a Grievance
Why Does Management Continue to Violate the Contract?
This is a question often asked of our leadership. The answer is simple. Violations need to be grieved. If violations go un-challenged, they will be repeated. AFA is member-driven. In other words, every member shares in the responsibility to be part of the solution to the problem.
Let’s take the example of the ever-so-common complaint that Crew Scheduling is not processing your trip trades within 48 hours.
You want to file a grievance - what do you do?
A) Tell your captain on your next trip that your contract is being violated
B) Post your problem on social media - see how many “likes” you can get
C) Call or email a Grievance Rep and tell them you want to file a grievance
If you answered “C” you are correct! Here are the steps:
Step 1) Call or email one of the Grievance Reps and tell them you want to file a grievance. Be specific:
Instead of saying:
“My trip trade was not processed within 48 hours”
“I submitted a trip trade at 5:25 on 2/20/13 to pick up trip M9545/10 from open time, and I did not receive a response until 7:30 on 2/25/13. I would like to file a grievance.”
Your Rep will initiate the process on your behalf including paperwork. Besides the specific details of the contract violation, the Rep will also need to obtain the Flight Attendant’s name, employee number, phone, and email. Remember deadlines apply so do not waste any time.
Step 2) Once the Rep has collected all the information, they will initiate the Grievance Form using the online Grievance Ticketing System that all Grievance Reps have access to.
Step 3) Grievance Chair will complete the form by assigning it a unique identifying number and file it with the company.
Step 4) The grievance is then placed on the agenda for the next monthly Grievance Hearing (unless it is within a week and in that case it is scheduled for the following month).
Your Rep will guide you through the entire process! It’s easy to file a grievance but we do need you to bring the facts forward and get the ball rolling. The grievance process is how we hold the company accountable to the contract.
Below is a list of Grievance Reps. The LEC Chair is in Bold. Please reach out to them if you need a Grievance Rep.
Council 45 JFK/LGA
Andi Minner LEC C0-Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy McParland LEC C0-Chair - email@example.com
Tanya Clarke - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry Huebbers - Khuebbers@edvafa.org
Paula Jacobson - email@example.com
Samantha Lovatt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Mcparland - email@example.com
Ellie Zenner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Council 46 ATL/DTW
Gabrielle Hill - email@example.com
Ed Brylowski - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Clevent -email@example.com
Deb Davidson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry Huebbers - email@example.com
Lorna Mastin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Robyn Murphy - email@example.com
Oscar Ochomogo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Parr - email@example.com
Joan Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jatawne Wells - email@example.com
Council 48 MSP
Sheri Hendrickson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaela Berg - email@example.com
Thomas Burton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Evenson - email@example.com
Trina Johnson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Ostrowski - email@example.com
Lauren Vollmar - firstname.lastname@example.org