The AFA MEC has received many questions from members about upcoming negotiations for a new contract. We want to give you some proposed timelines and provide some information on the process.
Our CBA is amendable on Dec 31, 2018. As part of our concessionary agreement we have the option to open negotiations early on Dec 31, 2017. How does this process work?
The AFA-CWA Constitution and By-laws provides for a Negotiations Committee that negotiates new contracts and reports directly to the Master Executive Council. The Negotiations Committee is composed of four (4) members: the MEC President, an AFA Staff Negotiator, and two other Endeavor Flight Attendants.
This summer AFA International will assign a Staff Negotiator for our coming negotiations. After our Staff Negotiator is assigned we will put out a call for all members in good standing interested in serving on the Negotiations Committee, likely August or September. Nominations will be open for at least two weeks. After nominations close the MEC will appoint two members to the Committee.
After the Negotiations Committee is fully in place, it will draft and release a survey to members asking what they would like to see in the new contact. After the survey is complete the Committee will begin working on an opening proposal for our first negotiations session, which will likely happen in January 2018.
We hope that this information will be helpful to you so that you have a better understanding of the process of Section 6 negotiations. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the MEC.