Union Update – Mar. 2, 2012

Union Update – Mar. 2, 2012

Contract Opener on Monday

The CAL MEC enters into Section 6 negotiations on Monday morning as agreed upon by the company in our current contract – Section 27. We are seeking the improvements and protections necessary for us to quickly move into joint negotiations. We share the desire for achieving a joint contract as quickly as possible and welcome all efforts to lay the requisite cornerstones with reasonableness and prudence. Our current agreement becomes amendable this September and will not sustain our needs beyond. Items of grave concern include profit sharing, job security, and increases in the cost of living. Our brothers and sisters at United have secured their contract for a 4 year period – addressing their needs during joint negotiations. Your MEC asks for your total support while we seek, without delay, to place us on the same secure footing as our United brothers and sisters.

Newest Member of the Negotiations Team

As provided for in the AFA Constitution, we have selected our staff negotiator and we are pleased to introduce her to you. Our AFA Staff negotiator is Kimberley Chaput and she brings to us a wealth of knowledge and negotiating experience. Kimberley’s experience is specifically related to our “style of working” and we look forward to her contributions as we seek to secure our position moving forward. Kimberley’s experience is as follows:

Kimberley Chaput has been an attorney and professional negotiator with AFA since 2000. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University Of Oregon School Of Law. A member of the Oregon and California bars, Kimberley previously worked with such labor groups as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Inland Boatmen’s Union, the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots and the Oregon Nurses Association. Since joining AFA, she has presented arbitrations at nearly a dozen carriers and has negotiated contracts or other agreements at Alaska, Horizon, American Eagle, Lynx, Hawaiian, Atlantic Southeast and PSA. Kimberley lives in Oregon with her husband and four-year-old daughter.

Final Continental Flight Leaves Phoenix Tonight

Continental flight 1267 is scheduled to depart from Phoenix at 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday and is set to arrive in Cleveland as United 1267 Saturday morning. The airline will stop using Continental’s “CO” code. That means no more Continental Airlines tickets, or flights – even though the Continental name is still painted on some planes. Today is a sad day for all Continental Flight Attendants but the end of a name in no way means the end of our culture. We are each responsible for continuing our culture, values, and way of life in this merger – therefore we must stand in unity and welcome the future. Together we are strong and we will always be Continental at heart.

In Unity,

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Marcus N. Valentino, President
Continental Master Executive Council