LEC 16 Officers – Introduction

From left – Jennifer Levcun, Joelle Jaeger, and Heather Coleman

Hello fellow LEC 16 members,

July 1st marked the official first day of a three-year term as your newly elected Officers for AFA-CWA Local Executive Council 16 (LEC) which represents BOI, SEA, GEG and PAE.

Firstly, thank you to our previous LEC 16 officers, Heather Coleman, Bryan Grosvold and Aimee Baird for their commitment, hard work and dedication to their fellow HZN AFA members.

Here is your new team for the next three years.

Joelle Jaeger, President. Joelle has been with Horizon Air for 12 years. She has been active with the Negotiation Committee since summer of 2018. Joelle recently completed Initial New Officer Training in June and has recently stepped into the acting role of MEC Communications Chair. She is looking forward to making a difference by providing information regarding our contract, how it protects us and being an advocate for her fellow flight attendants during this term.

Jennifer Levcun, Vice President. Jennifer has been with Horizon Air for 21 years, (22 with AAG). She has served on the Health and Safety Committee for 5 years, Grievance Committee for a year and is currently serving as the SEA ACT Chair during negotiations. She recently completed intermediate Health and Safety training as well as Initial Officer Training in June. Jennifer is honored to serve fellow flight attendants in this new position.

Heather Coleman, Secretary. Heather has been with Horizon Air for 20 years. Stepping down from LEC President after 9 years, currently serves as our MEC FAB Chair and is basic EAP/CIRP trained. She has been on various committees and has attended multiple trainings. Her service as a volunteer and a voice is greatly appreciated. Her experience and continued participation are invaluable for all of us.

Our goals during the three-year term are to improve communication on issues that we, as Flight Attendants are facing as a workgroup. We are dedicated to re-educating our fellow members about who AFA-CWA is and how they advocate and support us. We have a strong desire to empower each member with the knowledge of how the contract protects us and we want to give each of you the tools necessary to advocate for yourselves. You’ll have a better understanding of the committees, how they work, and who your fellow volunteers are when you need them. We’ll work on fostering teamwork within our workgroup as well as the other workgroups we work closely with daily. Our hope is to inspire each other, help others as volunteers and grow our committees.

Thank you so much for your support and trust in us as your fellow team members to drive this positive change. We look forward to working with each of you.

In Solidarity,

Joelle Jaeger, Jennifer Levcun and Heather Coleman

Uniforms – Update

Fellow Flight Attendants,

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the concerns we have been hearing about and working to address regarding our uniforms. We have been in discussions about these items over the last few months with management. Below are a few of the major hot topic points that have been highlighted by the flight attendant group as areas of concern:

1. Lack of compensation for time spent at the uniform fittings.

2. Inability to order individual uniform pieces vs pre-built kits.

3. Clarity on ordering additional uniform items and when flight attendants can expect to receive them.

4. Shoe options on display at fit tours are not clearly explained.

5. Increased cost of new uniform pieces necessitates an adjustment to our existing uniform banks.

6. Questions as to why flight attendants are unable to use existing uniform bank balance to purchase new uniform items.

These issues have all been brought to the company’s attention in meetings that began in October of last year with management. We also presented a Memorandum of Understanding over a month ago which addressed the increased cost of the uniform pieces and our existing uniform bank.  We are continuing to work on your behalf for answers and clarification and hope to have final answers to you next week.

In Solidarity,

Shawna Cox

MEC Uniform Chair

AFA MEC Announcement – Crew Planning Liaison

To:         HZN AFA Membership/Flight Attendants

Date:     July 9, 2019

Subject: HZN AFA MEC Crew Planning Liaison Position

Flight Attendant Callie von Borstel informed the MEC that she will be leaving her AFA MEC position of Crew Planning Liaison at the end of July 2019.  Callie has been front and center working with the Jeppesen pairing optimization software.  All of us at the MEC are proud of Callie’s leadership, skill and advocacy for Flight Attendants during her tenure as MEC Crew Planning Liaison.

The MEC recently posted the opening for the Crew Planning Liaison position and we are pleased to announce that Seattle domiciled Flight Attendant Cyndy Mathison has been selected to fill the opening.  Cyndy will be working with Callie von Borstel and Peter Oxentenko during the July optimization for the September bid month pairing build.  Cyndy will also be leading the revitalization of our AFA LEC 16 and LEC 17 domicile scheduling committee members as well as attending the third quarter August Crew Planning/AFA scheduling committee meeting.

If you have an interest in pairing schedules please contact Joelle Jaeger, LEC 16 President, BOI/GEG/SEA/PAE – joellejaeger@afahorizon.org or Kirk Hansen, LEC 17 President, MFR/PDX – kirkhansen@afahorizon.org.  Cyndy’s email is cyndymathison@afahorizon.org.

In solidarity,

Your MEC,

Ed Hawes, Lisa Davis-Warren, Deb Harding-Elliott, Kirk Hansen and Joelle Jaeger

FAB Meeting Notes – July

FAB meeting notes 7/3/2019

Mandy Mundy
Elizabeth Ceja
Anne Strand
Heather Coleman

New Block2Block reporting coming 7/11 or 7/12 much easier to use for catering issues. Safety issues still will be through Report it. 

LAS catering is being looked into, need reports. Same with other stations if any issues. 

Only 2% of FA’s are actually reporting issues with pre departures beverage service. Meaning no legitimate reason to cancel doing it from the current reports submitted. Elizabeth is available to help give pointers and help if needed to show how to do it.

*Reporting trends FAIF – Coming Soon

*Updated QRG – Coming Soon

*Mandy going to part time 7/15

Send FAB emails to QXonboardproductservice@horizonair.com

Heather Coleman
QX LEC Secretary, Council #16 

CBD Promise and Dangers

A Now Famous But Tragic CBD Case

Douglas Horn, a veteran New York state truck driver lost his job after using a Hemp CBD oil product. Horn said that the ad for this hemp oil wellness product claimed that it had a 0% concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, the compound responsible for psychoactive effects. The ad stated that the company had imported the hemp product with 0.3% THC but processed it down to 0% THC. “As an over-the-road trucker, subject to regular and random drug-test screenings, I was acutely aware that in addition to the prohibition from smoking marijuana, I could not take any product with THC in it,” Horn wrote in an August 2018 sworn affidavit filed in the New York state court. Shortly after Horn made the purchase, he began ingesting the elixir, which constituted swallowing a dropper full of the liquid. On Oct. 9, 2012, he was summoned for a random DOT drug test. Two days later, he was informed that he had tested positive for a “marijuana metabolite” almost double the cutoff concentration limit. On Oct. 11, he was fired. After his termination, Horn decided to test the content of the product himself. He ordered a second sample of the CBD oil and shipped it to a lab for testing but the lab declined to return it, saying it was illegal to return it because it contained THC. At the time of his termination, Horn and his wife, who had driven as a team for 10 years, were earning about $200,000 annually together, according to court documents. Horn has attempted to get several jobs since his firing but has been denied due to his failed drug test.

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ACT UPDATE – June 2019

Hello All,

We wanted to thank everyone that attended the ACT crew room sits in June.

During our crew room sits we heard concerns from you regarding inflight managements proposed changes to Article 7; Reserve, the need to implement an attendance policy in our contract and the ability to cash out a portion of our sick time that has accrued upon retirement. We also discussed concerns and addressed questions regarding general negotiations topics.

Several of you were kind enough to hand write your stance on the topics that were being discussed during negotiations to take back to the table and show management that their proposals are not adequate.  

We also created a data sheet for you to sign whether you were opposed or for mixed lines.  One hundred percent of the people that filled out the data sheet were opposed, including some pilots. We had a few more members sign up for AFA committees.  Thank you for your continued support and desire to help make positive changes!

The next SEA ACT sits are July 19th and 29th

The PDX SIT is July 23rd

The Negotiations Team will also be catering informational negotiation events away from the airports August 20th in Seattle and August 21st in PDX.  More information to come.

Another exciting event is our first negotiations ACTivist training that takes place July 8, 2019.  Your ACTivists are the first group of fellow members who will have an opportunity to engage in training regarding negotiations. They are an additional resource for us and will be available to assist with face-to-face interactions, answer questions and discuss the negotiation process in general. Things are heating up! We are thankful for your support and teamwork.

Thank You.

In Unity,

Jennifer Levcun SEA ACT Chair

Sirkka Haagen PDX ACT Chair