On Wednesday March 28th we held our second GMM meeting of 2018. Your LEC couldn’t be happier with the turnout. Nearly 100 members were in attendance! Thank you to all who attended.
As I mentioned in my Presidents report at the meeting I would submit my full report online. I did this to allow more time for our ALR Bob Cramer to give his report and for members to ask him questions concerning contract negotiations. If you weren’t able to attend you missed an excellent presentation by Bob explaining exactly where both sides stand heading into the next round of negotiations scheduled for April 9th and 10th in Dallas.
On the Local level, we have held two regularly scheduled Local Executive Council (LEC) meetings since the January GMM. I also represented Local 4 at the AMFA Joint Advisory Council (JAC) Meeting along with George Melachrinakis and Pat Amore who were in attendance as observers.
Your LEC is currently working on the following initiatives:
1. Meeting with New Hires - We would like to begin meeting with new hires shortly after they arrive in station. This will give us an opportunity to introduce them to AMFA and their future representatives.
2. Station Visits – We are planning on making station visits more often in the future. Past practice was to have the entire LEC and ALR visit the larger stations once per year. Scheduling issues often stood in the way of consistently making the visits. Moving forward we will be traveling in groups of 2-3 to all of the stations in our local a few times a year. Look for us in your station beginning in April.
3. Communication Coordinator – We have decided to add a Communication Coordinator position. Most of the AMFA Locals have this position which streamlines the communication process across all platforms (website, Twitter and Facebook). Having served as Secretary of our local for many years, I understand that handling communications are one of the many responsibilities of an already labor intensive position. Adding this position will greatly assist George our Secretary. It also gives one of our technology savvy members the opportunity to show off their talents.
4. Retiree Gifts – We are working on putting together a few standard gifts we will present our members when they retire. One will be a logbook with a polished cover, laser engraved with the AMFA logo, the retirees name and message. The logbook will be passed around the members’ station where members can write their good well wishes on a log page. The other gift will be an engraved glass plaque.
In February I attended the AMFA JAC meeting. Only a few items on the JAC agenda will be moving forward. National will be creating a National Communication Coordinator who will disseminate information to the Local Communication Coordinators for distribution. National will also be trying to get on the agenda to speak at the SWA Annual Shareholders meeting. If successful we will request that Lee Seham AMFA’s attorney speak to the shareholders on our behalf about the degradation of safety culture at SWA.
I’d like to end this report by reminding everyone to remain calm and unified as we move closer to what appears to be a resolution to our protracted contract negotiations. I believe our solidarity has increased measurably as this process has played out, so let’s not fall apart at the end. Don’t believe rumors and speculation. If you do not hear it directly from our Negotiating Committee then do not assume it is true.