LEC Responsibilities and Duties
A local council is can be created in a domicile with 100 or more registered member ﬂight attendants in good standing. Small domiciles of fewer than 100 may be grouped together to comprise one council. The local executive council is the set of ofﬁcers elected by the membership of the council.
The local executive council should meet regularly to set goals and make plans to best represent the local council. It is important to remember that the membership cares mostly about what the union is doing to improve their pay and working conditions. Ofﬁcers frequently get caught up in process; they may run for ofﬁce because they like the politics involved. Most ﬂight attendants do not. Process should remain internal.
Divide the responsibilities:
Each ofﬁcer should have certain committees they oversee. A report on the activities of these committees should be a part of each meeting. The Constitution outlines the speciﬁc duties of both the President and the Secretary, but the V.P.’s duties are designated by the President. In a well-run LEC, it is clear which tasks belong to the V.P. Council Reps should also be given speciﬁc jobs so that they feel they serve an integral part in the LEC.
At each meeting, there should be a brieﬁng on the status of grievances ﬁled by the LEC and decisions should be made jointly on those grievances.
The education of the local membership is a responsibility of the LEC. Ofﬁcers should be aware of what the membership might not know or understand and what should be done about it. The policy set and adopted by the AFA Board of Directors (BOD) should be a key part of member edu- cation.
It is not only the Secretary’s job to monitor how local activities are funded; the budget should be decided by the entire LEC.
Whenever the MEC meets, it is the responsibility of the Local Presidents to report back to their LECs. Reports should include agenda items submitted and acted upon, resolutions made and passed, and any reports from the MEC ofﬁcers and committees.
At each meeting, goals set at prior meetings should be reviewed. Each meeting should involve asking and answering the questions “what are we doing to improve our members’ pay and working conditions?” and “how are we communicating to them our work on this?”
If you establish a record of integrity, maintain it and never waver, it will carry you through good times and bad and keep the respect of your members as well as management.
Local Executive Council Ofﬁcers’ Duties and Responsibilities
Grievance and Complaints
- Is responsible for the expeditious processing of complaints and grievances of the Local Council’s members, upholding the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and promoting the ﬂight attendants’ interests locally in whatever way possible with local management.
- Is responsible for establishing and implementing timely communication strategies for the Local Council. This includes printed newsletters, electronic bulletins, telephone trees, bulletin boards and crew room sits to name a few.
- Is responsible for ensuring communication strategies at various levels within the union including among ofﬁcers, committees, and other labor groups on the property.
- Is responsible for ensuring communication protocols are established with management counter-parts.
- Is responsible for establishing and overseeing local council committees charged with speciﬁc duties and direction to assist in the work of the local council and promote the welfare of the ﬂight attendants.
- Is responsible for calling and chairing meetings of the Local Council (membership) and Local Executive Council (LEC ofﬁcer meeting), per the AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws.
- Is responsible for the ethical and ﬁduciary oversight of the members’ dues dollars and how funds are spent.
- It is expected that LEC Presidents will conduct their representational duties within the boundaries of their budgets.
- Is responsible for implementing, administering and explaining the policies set forth at all levels within AFA-CWA (LEC, MEC, BOD and EXBOD).
- Is required to vote on any Side letter, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Letter of Agreement (LOA) that amends the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. Alternatively, such Side letters, MOUs and LOAs may be sent to the membership for ratiﬁcation by vote of the MEC and in accordance with the AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws.
- Is responsible for maintaining the union’s ﬁles and property and transferring to their successor(s).
Setting Union Policy
- Is a member of the AFA-CWA Board of Directors (BOD) and represents the Local Council membership at the yearly BOD meeting.
- At multi-council airlines, is a member of the Master Executive Council (MEC) of that airline and represents the Local Council membership at those meetings.
- Is a CWA Convention Delegate (#1)
LEC Vice President:
- Stands in for the Local Council president when she/he is unavailable to carry out those activi- ties as set forth under the AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws.
- Is responsible for any duties delegated to them by the LEC president.
- Is responsible for assisting the LEC president in overseeing and monitoring the local budget and maintaining Local Council records
- Is responsible for taking the council minutes at Local Council meetings and ensuring distri- bution to the membership and the AFA-CWA International Secretary-Treasurer.
- Is responsible for overseeing local council membership roster name, address and phone num- ber changes and updating the AFA-CWA Membership Department as well as appropriate MEC designee with any changes.
- Is responsible to carry forth any activities as directed by the LEC president.
Local Council Representative:
- Shall assist the LEC president, vice president and secretary in the administration of the Lo- cal Council activities and perform any such other duties as the president may assign to them.
Nuts and Bolts of LEC Work
- Talk with each of the other LEC Ofﬁcers at least once a week. Always tell them what your schedule is, what problems you are working on with management, and what you need from them.
- Talk with the chairs of the committees under your direction. Give them tasks. When tasks are completed, assign new tasks. Communicate with them monthly.
- Address the membership at least once a month. Tell them what the Local Council Ofﬁcers, committees and AFA-CWA International are doing on their behalf. Use e-mail blasts, hard copy, or e-lines as desired.
- Keep your other ofﬁcers and the intermediate leadership updated on what is happening with AFA-CWA International and the MEC.
- Newly organized carriers: Know who your members are. Know who still needs to sign up as a member. Have an active member development program going on at all times.
- Leave an outgoing message on your AFA-CWA phone, instructing your members what to do if you are unavailable. Give instructions on how to get help from AFA-CWA in your absence.
- Hold union meetings no less frequently than two (2) time per year.
- Be an active advocate for ﬂight attendant interests, their job security and their protection from unfair treatment in the workplace.
- Actively seek out what the ﬂight attendants need from the union – and then act on it. Keep in mind that what they care about is their pay, schedules and careers, not the process of running the local.
- Represent the local membership on AFA-CWA’s Board of Directors and the MEC.
- Stand in for the President when h/she is unavailable. Act on all the above under the direc- tion of the LEC President.
- Be a sounding board for the LEC President.
- Oversee and monitor the local budget, take council minutes and distribute to the member- ship. Oversee membership roster name, address and phone number changes. Act on all of the above under the direction of the LEC President.
(AFA Constitution and Bylaws Article III C 3 a b c d)