Contract Negotiations Update

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

We thought we would update you on the Mediation process and what has happened to date.

First and foremost, we have been assigned a mediator for our negotiations. James Mackenzie will be overseeing our talks. Jim joined the National Mediation Board in 2009. Prior to that, Jim was a commercial pilot who retired at Northwest Airlines as an Airbus Captain. He had held a number of positions with ALPA on a local and international level.

The majority of the contract sections have been tentatively agreed to in direct talks.  What remaining are mainly economic items.  Our wages must to go up and we must see better scheduling flexibility to improve our quality of life. In the airline industry we have seen unprecedented profits that are the product of our hard work. We all deserve a career that will pay our bills without worry. We need to see our contributions rewarded and reflected in our paychecks!

We will have our first mediated sessions the week of November 5, 2018 in Dallas.

Thank you for all your support! Continue to wear that RED PIN!

Fly Safe! Take care of each other and remember


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Contact Negotiations Update

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
The week of March 26, 2018, your Negotiations Committee met with PSA management in Dayton, Ohio. For this session your committee was Marty Dellinger and Alicia Brockers assisted by AFA Staff Negotiator Suzanne Balzer. Due to a personal situation, MEC President Lee Wilkes was unable to attend but we consulted her via phone. Representing PSA was Keith Stamper, Deb Hoke, Brookelen Resides, Brenton Yeager, and Tony Bralich of F&H Solutions.


We had prepared counter proposals to management’s last proposals of January 2018. This counter included:
  • Compensation
  • Travel Expenses
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Hours of Service and Scheduling
  • Reserve
  • Uniforms
  • Retirement
Before our session ended, management presented counter proposals to Uniforms, Leaves of Absence and Sick Leave.  We were able to reach a Tentative Agreement (TA) on Uniforms and have narrowed our issues in Leaves of Absence and Sick Leave.

We continue to make it clear what are your top priorities! We must see vastly improved wages and increased flexibility-our quality of life! We are in the most complicated areas of the Contract and progress may take some time but that is what may be needed to reach the agreement you have earned and you deserve.

We have no session scheduled for April due to scheduling conflicts but have tentative dates in May and confirmed sessions in June and July.


Again we appreciate your emails and calls of support! Proudly wear your red AFA pin!



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Negotiations Begin Today!

In just a very short while the negotiating team along with our International Contract Negotiator will be sitting at the table with the Company to begin our collective bargaining. Nothing extraordinary will happen over the next few days, it will mostly be presenting of what sections we plan to open and the highlights of what we plan to negotiate in each section. Please keep us in your thoughts the next couple days as we start the negotiating process. – Lee Wilkes, MEC President

Negotiations Opener is Today!

Today is the opening of negotiations between AFA and the company.
Your negotiations committee is ready to address the issues that are important to you.
Show your support and solidarity by wearing your AFA pin.

Some of you who are new to AFA or have never been through a contract negotiation may not understand what an “Opener” is.

Our Sisters and Brothers at United, who recently ratified a new contract, said it best.

-“What is an Opener?
The “Opener” is the initial set of proposals presented by the Union and management at the start of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. The Opener may also be referred to as an “opening letter” or simply a “proposal.” It may be detailed or general, but it is intended to put the other side on notice as to the changes being sought to the Contract.”

Your negotiations committee is prepared and looking forward to meeting with the company.