Grievance Committee

For assistance, contact our Grievance Committee using the Local Grievance email addresses below. You can find a list of Committee Members on your Local Council Committees page. For your convenience, a list of Committee Chairs and links to the Local Committee lists are below.

The Grievance Committee’s primary responsibility is the protection of all Flight Attendants against arbitrary and unjust disciplinary action and to uphold the collective bargaining agreement.

Members of the Grievance Committee review each report and follow up with the Flight Attendant to help determine options and a course of action.

If you have been subject to a situation that you believe might warrant filing a grievance, it is recommended that you report the issue through the online support center.

  • Enforce the contract
  • Represent all Flight Attendants when unjust discipline is issued
  • Collect evidence and establish that the alleged violation has occurred. Solicit documentation as needed.
  • Clearly and persuasively explain the union’s position concerning a grievance
  • Frankly explain to a grievant when there is little or no chance of winning a grievance
  • Ensure that time limits are met for filing
  • File grievances
  • Handle initial grievance hearings; report the results to the LEC Officers and the grievant
  • Keep complete files on assigned cases
  • Assist union attorneys in preparing grievances for System Board
  • Keep the grievant informed about the processing of his/her grievance
  • Review material, handle correspondence, and keep the LEC Officers well informed of current grievance developments
  • Communicate regularly with the membership about decisions on local grievances—promote wins and explain ramifications of a loss
  • Write grievance articles for local membership communications upon request by the LEC Officers

The Grievance Committee is available to help you with:

  • Guidance and assistance in situations where contractual violations have occurred
  • Representation in disciplinary meetings and hearings
  • If you receive a Disciplinary Notice that you have been issued due to an accumulation of points or a Policy Step and you disagree with the discipline, you should immediately file a ticket in the support center.
  • If you receive a Notice of Investigation regarding an alleged incident and you are seeking union representation, you should immediately email your local grievance committee.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Grievance Committee
Composition and Qualifications

This committee is composed of members interested in representing their fellow Flight Attendants in situations regarding contractual violations and disputes with management.

Qualifications include:

  • Willingness to attend the requisite grievance training(s)
  • In-depth knowledge of the contract
  • Understanding of the principles of just cause
  • Adherence to committee policies, procedures, and standards of ethical conduct
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive and personal information
  • Maintenance of member-in-good-standing status
  • Ability to remain in good standing with the company
  • Willingness to do ongoing committee work on a volunteer basis



Purpose and Scope
The Grievance Committee’s primary responsibility is the protection of all Flight Attendants against arbitrary and unjust disciplinary action and to uphold the collective bargaining agreement.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enforce the contract
  • Represent all Flight Attendants when unjust discipline is issued
  • Collect evidence and establish that the alleged violation has occurred.
  • Solicit documentation as needed.
  • Clearly and persuasively explain the Union’s position concerning a grievance
  • Frankly explain to a grievant when there is little or no chance of winning a grievance
  • File grievances; ensure that time limits are met for filing
  • Handle initial grievance hearings; report the results to the LEC Officers and the grievant
  • Keep complete files on assigned cases using manual and electronic systems
  • Assist Union attorneys in preparing grievances for System Board
  • Keep the grievant informed about the processing of his/her grievance
  • Review material, handle correspondence, and keep the LEC Officers well informed of current grievance developments
  • Communicate regularly with the membership about decisions on local grievance — promote wins and explain ramifications of a loss
  • Write grievance articles for local membership communications upon request by the LEC Officers



Communication

  • Act as liaison between the membership and the Local Executive Council (LEC) Officers.
  • The Local Chairperson will act as liaison between the Local Committee and the MEC Committee Chairperson. 
  • Coordinate with the Local Chairperson of the committee regarding all activities
  • Collaborate with other AFA committees as needed
  • Report to the LEC Officers on any discussion with management
  • Any AFA committee appointed by the LEC and empowered to conduct discussions with management on behalf of the flight attendants must first meet with the LEC Officers prior to forming any agreement to gain the direction of the LEC
  • The committee will not make any policy that conflicts with LEC, MEC, or AFA policy

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MEC Grievance Committee Chair

TERI DAVISON

MEC GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

MATTHEW KUCINSKI

MEC GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE VICE CHAIR

Teri Davison Spirit AFA-CWA Union

Took Office: July 1, 2017  
Term Expires: June 30, 2020
“I watched good Flight Attendants get the short end of the stick and disciplined or terminated unfairly.  I became a Union Representative because someone had to be a voice for those that were not confident to speak up for themselves.  I still get excited every time a Flight Attendant wins a case.”

Took Office: July 1, 2017  
Term Expires: June 30, 2020 
“Got involved to help people get their problems solved.”

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