It won't be any surprise to regular readers of this blog, but I have a bone to pick with APFA leadership.
Everyone knows that last year we came to an agreement with US Airways about pay and benefits after a merger (if that happens, which looks more and more likely). Earlier this month we reached a MOU (memorandum of understanding) about the merger. This document was negotiated in secret, and is being kept secret from APFA members, with no opportunity for us to vote on it or even discuss its terms.
Why does our leadership insist on operating in secret? And why should we trust that these "leaders" like Laura Glading really have our best interests at heart? A very reliable source told me that some of Laura's people were out shopping for new office space recently. Is that where their focus is - on securing the new corner office? By all appearances they do not give a damn about the membership!
The APFA Code of Conduct states that "The APFA seeks an atmosphere wherein all flight attendants conduct themselves in a manner which promotes unity and strength..." Where is the unity in negotiating a secret agreement? Where is the strength in keeping members totally in the dark?
Union are supposed to be democratic entities. And a merger would be a very big deal for our careers. We deserve a vote on the MOU, bottom line!
Maybe if there had been a merger vote in 2000, the TWA flight attendants would not have been screwed.