As many of you know, there are opportunities to represent and advocate for your fellow flight attendants on several volunteer committees under the direction and guidance of your FAEC. Our structure differs from the pilots in that we are all volunteers fighting to protect the integrity of our contract with the company in our workplace. Over the years since we became unionized, we have had many of you serve and represent our work group as FAEC (Flight Attendant Executive Committee) representatives and Union Negotiations committee representatives. Both of these committees consist of four (4) Flight Attendant representatives that are chosen through a democratic voting process as outlined in our Local 284 Bylaws. Currently, your active FAEC consists of Darcey Kniseley (committee chair), Sean Dawson, Jill Mawdsley and our newly elected representative, Chris Strauch. On each Flight Line and on our union website (www.netjetflightattendants.com
), we have our contact information and our group email (FAEC@netjetsflightattendants.com
) for you to contact us so that we may resolve any contractual issues or give you guidance on contract interpretation. We are your representatives or what is known in the pilot world as stewards. We also serve the role of making executive decisions on your behalf regarding grievance settlements and NJA Flight Attendants System Board of Adjustment, as outlined in Section 22 of the CBA and in compliance with the Railway Labor Act which governs much of our union activity.
However, we rely on the membership to keep us abreast of contract violations and labor management cooperation. We are able to do this through the oversight and collaborative efforts of the committees outlined in Section 17 of the CBA and also in Section 23.15 and LOA 23-001, which explains the role of our Flight Attendant Professional Standards Committee. In addition to this committee, we have a CIRP (Critical Incident Response Program) representative and the ASAP ERC. The following information outlines the role of each Union Committee and introduces its representative(s) and their contact information and where there is a need for more representation, as well as the expectations of those roles.
Per CBA Section 17, we have three Union Committees. Each of these committees meet up to once per quarter for one day (except in the quarter where the full Committee meets). The company will meet with the full Union Committee once per year for one day. The company shall release from conflicting duty assignments Committee Representatives in order to meet with the company’s representative(s). Section 17.6 explains the logistics of this commitment (meeting dates, expenses, pay, and identification of members). Please review this information to decide if you would like to participate in voicing flight attendant concerns in each of the committee focuses. For each of these committees we need one representative of each fleet (Standard Range and Long Range); however, multiple people may participate. The chair will organize regular conference calls or email communications with the respective committee and an FAEC representative, when able, to communicate the interests of the membership and update the entire committee and FAEC on current, pertinent, and time-sensitive information regarding the meetings and communication with the company.
Union Safety Committee (Section 17.3)
Committee Representatives: Wendi Walters (chairperson) and Jill Mawdsley
- We are currently seeking a Standard Range representative for this committee.
The Union Safety Committee works with the company to resolve safety-related concerns and the ASAP program through the lens of the CBA and the flight attendants’ perspective.
One of the projects that the Safety Committee has recently accomplished after more than three years of diligent work is a MOU (memorandum of understanding) regarding our ASAP program.
Wendi Walters (chairperson)
Union Travel Committee
Committee Representatives: Natalie McFadden (chairperson) and Britt Cox
- Please contact us if you would like to participate on this committee. All CBA required positions are presently being served.
The Union Travel Committee meets with the company to discuss changes and updates regarding hotels, travel, airlines, and crew food. They communicate to the membership many of the programs for reward points and other travel-related perks.
Natalie McFadden (chairperson)
Union Training Committee
Committee Representatives: Lynn Kelley (chairperson)
- We are seeking a Standard Range representative for this committee.
The Union Training Committee meets with the company to discuss changes and updates to training, curriculum, manuals, standards, and CBA Section 6 compliance. The training committee will work with the company to communicate to the membership this information.
Lynn Kelley (chairperson)
In addition to these committees, CBA Section 17.7 mentions other committees. The following are some of these committees:
Union Scheduling Committee
Committee Representatives: Mike Withorn (chairperson)
- We are currently seeking other representatives from either fleet.
The Union Scheduling Committee reviews the Flight Attendant Duty Status Reports (Section 23.23), distribution of international flying, scheduling methods and systems, and Section 28 concerns such as duty limitations, duty rests, and duty period issues and concerns.
Mike Withorn (chairperson)
Union Uniform Committee
Committee Representatives: Shannon Saxe (chairperson), Chris Strauch, Andrew Collis, Joanne Savage, Barb Heinedrich, Michelle Morrison, and Bill Brackney
- Please let us know if you have an interest in the uniform committee.
The Union Uniform Committee communicates with the Company about our new uniform and participates in periodic meetings. Since the restart of the uniform process, the committee has had more of a participatory voice in the style and design of the new uniforms.
Shannon Saxe (chairperson)
Union 401K Committee
Committee Representatives: Jerri Nickell (new volunteer)
- We are currently seeking representatives from either fleet.
The Union Retirement Committee evaluates and suggests improvements to the 401(k) fund options, etc. This is a newly formed committee as recognized per CBA Section 29.2, and we are looking for your proactive suggestions and involvement.
Union Professional Standards Committee
Committee Representatives: Jill Frantal (retiring) and Bethany Zell (Long Range)
- We are currently seeking one representative for this committee.
The Professional Standards Committee (PSC) provides an avenue for NetJets Flight Attendants and Pilots to promote a professional work environment as well as to facilitate peer intervention based upon mutual respect, cooperation, and trust. The committee is recognized for these efforts by the company, and as such, may accept cases from management in an attempt to resolve issues, thereby avoiding management involvement. The committee can assist in situations dealing with CRM-style issues, personality conflicts as well as non-compliance with SOP’s. This committee does not however, handle cases involving FAA enforcement actions, grievance matters, and substance abuse issues while on duty.
The PSC functions on a strict policy of confidentiality and a need-to-know basis. A case will not be discussed with others, including committee members unless the caller is advised that additional committee members will be informed and that their assistance would be helpful in resolving the case. By the same token, the professional standards process relies upon each participant to keep their conversations and the facts of each case confidential, which allows the resolution process to proceed in accordance with an established protocol.
CIRP (Critical Incident Response Program)
Committee Representative: Vicky Lorton (chairperson)
- We are currently seeing one representative for this committee.
The purpose for NetJets critical incident response program (CIRP) is to mitigate the psychological impact of an incident or accident and aid in the normal recovery from these events before harmful stress reactions affect job performance, careers, family and health. This is accomplished through peer-to-peer confidential debriefing, as well as but not limited to facilitating additional mental health referrals.
Vicky Lorton (chairperson)
Union Communications Committee
Committee Representative: JoDelle Burwell (retiring chairperson)
- We are currently seeking two representatives for this committee.
The Union Communications Committee handles all communications between the FAEC and membership. This includes disseminating the Flight Line newsletter through Constant Contact, the online email marketing program. Additional responsibilities include maintaining the flight attendant website (netjetsflightattendants.com), union message board, and union membership databases throughout all platforms. Knowledge of online marketing platforms and website maintenance is helpful, and a strong copywriting and/or journalism background is mandatory.
If you have an interest in volunteering for any of the committees, please feel free to contact the chairperson with your questions. Or you may contact the FAEC at FAEC@netjetsflightattendants.com with your questions.
Darcey, Sean, Jill, and Chris