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 
SEA, GEG & BOI
MEC FAB Chair

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.

Posted in: EAP

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
jenniferlevcun@afahorizon.org

Sirkka Haagen PDX ACT Chair
sirkkahaagen@afahorizon.org

Managing Bullying

Managing Bullying

1. Check yourself

If you feel you are being bullied, the first thing to do is to take inventory of any ways you might be contributing to the challenging situation. It could be that you are doing nothing to provoke the bullying (which is often the case), but the point here is to truly size up the situation and take responsibility if you might be contributing to the difficult exchange in any way. From that perspective, you can determine the best way to deal with the situation.

Tip: Do keep in mind that people make mistakes. Take a moment to size up the situation and determine if the “bullying” was simply a one-time incident due to someone having a bad day. If yes, then consider letting it go and moving on.

2. Don’t take it personally

This can be difficult for many, but it’s important that you don’t take bullying personally. Remember, when someone is bullying you, it’s more about them than it is about you. Often, a bully is acting from a place of insecurity and/or from a need to control. Practice having healthy emotional boundaries that keep you from reacting or feeling bad about yourself when bullying occurs.

3. Address the issue head on

This won’t always be possible or comfortable, but if it is, speak up and stand your ground when communicating with a bully. Fran Hauser, author of “The Myth of the Nice Girl,” suggests using the following phrases when dealing with someone who is not treating you appropriately:

  • “Please don’t talk to me that way.”
  • “Let’s try to get this conversation to a place where it can be productive.”
  • “Let’s take a break and come back to this later.”

4. Take action before it has a negative impact on you

Understandably, many individuals are unclear or uncomfortable about speaking up when they are being bullied. Long-term bullying, however, can have a negative impact on your overall well-being. Take care of yourself and develop an action plan to address the concern. If you’d like to discuss and even practice some possible approaches in a safe and confidential manner, contact your AFA EAP/PS committee at 800-424-2406.

Posted in: EAP

Thank You!

Good morning:

We wanted to share the background on a few changes that will be coming out today to our PAs. Those of you who have recently traveled on Alaska may have already noticed changes to their inflight announcements.

We want to thank our brothers and sisters over at Alaska AFA for sitting down with their management team and changing most of these announcements to better suit our needs. Some of the changes include missing exit PAs for the regional fleet, and some references we felt took away from our role as first responders, e.g. “we promise the rest of the flight is just cheese platters and free movies from here on out”.

We do have one remaining concern about the suggested use of first and last names of our pilots. We have shared this change with the Pilot’s union, IBT.

Please reach out if you have any questions or safety concerns when you see the FAIF, and any time you feel you have noticed any safety issue that you would like us to review.

Your Horizon AFA Air Safety, Health and Security Committee (ASHS),

Bryan, Lori, Jennifer and Pam

Negotiation Informational Event

SAVE THE DATE!

Hello Fellow Flight Attendants,

HZN AFA Negotiation’s Team and ACT Chairs would like to invite all AFA members to a negotiation informational event.

This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions in a social environment, away from the airport, regarding our future contract. You’ll have an opportunity to voice concerns, share ideas for a better work environment, learn more about what your union does for you and enjoy each other’s company.

There will be light snacks and beverages provided. These informational events are scheduled in August one in PDX and one in SEA.

SEA: August 20, 2019

PDX: August 21, 2019

Save the dates. We will follow up with the times and addresses in the coming weeks.

See you there,

Your Negotiation Committee and ACT Chairs,

Ed, Tanya, Kimberley, Joelle, Sirkka and Jennifer