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Mar 24, 2015 (19:19:23)


Hey everybody !

     I know it is already late in the season, but if you are stuck at a gate with the door open awaiting for deicing in Philly, please email me the details asap. We are talking with the company about possibly being compensated for these delays while passengers are on board and the door remains open.

     We have received many emails about the poor quality of the suitcases from the ccompany's current vendor. But we need more emails with pictures! We are keeping this special email address open for one more week.  brokenbagszw@gmail.com .

     One behalf of eveyone, we would llike to congratulate DCA flight attendant Ashley Becker on the birth of her first child. Brenley Paige Becker arrived on 3/19/2015 at 4:29am. 7 pounds 2 ounces. 19 inches long. 

     Don't forget about our new ZW AFA app. Contract, officer contact information,jumpseat agreements,
EAP (employee assistance program), history of afa, and more to come !!!

                       to download, go to http://apps.appmakr.com/zwafa

ANDROID USERS : simply click on the left hand side of the
screen where it says “ANDROID NATIVE”. Be sure that you cell phone
settings are set to allow apps from unknown sources (since it is not from
the google play store).

APPLE USERS : click on “ HTML 5 “ which is right below the android
link. This will take you to a web based app that works exactly the same as
the android version. Bookmark the link in your web browser so you can
refer to it as needed. To view the contract and jumpseat agreements,
you will need to have adobe or another type of document viewer on your
device ( usually free on the apple app store)

If you have any issues, questions, or suggestions, feel free to
contact Ernie Lazernick (cell 410-262-6817) or elazernick@aol.com

                                   Thanks Everyone ! Fly safe!


p.s. this is a copy of the eline sent out from the International Office this morning.


Germanwings 9525 Crew, Passengers and Families in our Thoughts and Prayers

March 24, 2015 – We are all grieved to learn of reports that Germanwings flight 9525 crashed in a remote area of the French Alps with six crewmembers and 144 passengers earlier today. The Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings, a budget subsidiary of Lufthansa, was scheduled to fly to Düsseldorf from Barcelona. 

A French military helicopter located the wreckage near the town of Prads-Haute-Bléone. Rescue and recovery operations are underway, although French aviation authorities expressed concern about the remote location and conditions that will make it difficult to access the wreckage to search for any potential survivors.

As aviation’s first responders, we have dedicated our careers to maintaining the highest levels of safety and security in the aircraft cabin, and the news of Germanwings Flight 9525 strikes at the heart of our union. As we wait for answers to the many questions surrounding this incident, we hold the crew, passengers and their families in our hearts and minds.

News of an airline irregularity or tragedy, regardless of the airline or country involved, can trigger powerful emotions for those working in the aviation industry. As details unfold, our emotional connections are likely to deepen. Remember, your AFA EAP is available to help any member with their thoughts and reaction to this incident. You can find your local AFA EAP committee members at www.afacwa.org or by calling the EAP international helpline at 800-424-2406.

Remain vigilant at all times and take care of each other.

De-icing and Broken APUs

Mar 05, 2015 (09:58:58)


      As winter storm Thor bears down upon us, your MEC officers hope you are staying warm and safe. Unfortunately, this winter season has seen an unusually high number of broken APUs. Your safety chair, Sabine Pierre has been in touch with our maintainance department concerning this issue and this is what she has reported back.

     This past year, the FAA has changed the way that the CL-65 is deiced. The new requirement is for the entire fuselage to be deiced. This is causing deicing fluid to be sucked into the APU door and gunking up the APU, and thus causing the APU to fail. On any given day, we are averaging one or two planes with broken APUs. Maintainance has been replacing the broken ones as quickly as possible. The company is working with bombardier to try and have the FAA change back to the previous way of deicing to ensure that this is not a problem for next year.

     We know this is just an explanation, and not a fix for those of you that are stuck on a plane with a broken APU, but we wanted to let you know that we are in touch with the maintainance on a regular basis to try to insure to keep this issue as minimalized as possible.

                                       With warmest (hopefully warm) regards,

                                       Erin McGrogan and the entire MEC

Up To Date!!

Mar 05, 2015 (08:39:48)



Dear fellow fliers,

    For some of you, this is the first email in a long time. Due to a glitch in our email system, we lost some email addresses and just discovered the loss. We have manually added everyone back in (we hope) and this email will cover some old things and some new things.

    This past week, your AFA Officers attended an anvanced leadership training in Portland OR. This 4 day training allowed us to refocus our sights on you, our members. We remain committed to providing you with the best representation possible,

    Our new cell phone app. is officially a hit ! With over 40 downloads in less than 3 weeks, we are getting the info out to everyone in a quick, easy to use fashion. To download the new ZW AFA APP, go tohttp://apps.monk.ee/zwafa  . PLease contact Ernie Lazernick at 410-262-6817 if you need assistance with the appp.

     We are going to keep our bag issue email box going for one additional week. PLEASE, if you have or have had issues with your luggage,  send any pictures and a detailed report of what was wrong with your bag and what was done to fix it. The specail email address for this is  BROKENBAGZW@GMAIL.COM

     We seem to be having alot more issues with scheduling over the past few weeks. PLease know that we are aware, and we will be having a conference call with the head of scheduling in the coming week. If you feel that a trade or swap was denied unfairly, please contact a local officer asap.

                                                       Fly safe and have a wonderful weekend

                                                       Erin McGrogan and the rest of your MEC & LEC officers

Drafting Reminder

Mar 05, 2015 (08:38:48)


Dear Flying Partner,

It's been brought to the Union's attention that the Company is drafting tonight Saturday Feb 21.  Here are a few reminders. 

   -Drafting means any time a flight attendant is assigned to a trip or portion thereof on a scheduled day off. After the above mentioned procedue has been followed, flight attendants on his/her day off may be subject to drafting in the following order:

           -The most junior flight attendant on a scheduled day off at the domicile

           -The most junior flight attendant on a scheduled day off at another domicile

   -A flight attendant shall be paid under the provisions if Section 6.I

   -The Crew Scheduler shall identify themselves and declare that they are drafting.  It is unacceptable to ask a flight attendant if he/she wants a trip and if the answer is no, then declare drafting.  The flight attendant shall tell the crew scheduler if he/she wants time and a half (1 1/2) or another day off at time of draft.

    -Drafting can occur within twenty-four (24) hours of the start of the trip. 

Drafting language can be found on page 55 of the contract.  Please be sure to contact your LEC Officers if you have any issues or questions.


In Unity

Shoes, Luggage, Snow and Pay

Mar 05, 2015 (08:37:46)


Dear fellow flight attendants,

     With yet another winter storm upon us, I would like to remind you to please keep track of your hours and make sure payroll is paying you correctly. Please make sure to keep a copy of your initial pairing so if scheduling makes any changes, you will have a record of it. Your MEC officers have been in touch with the company abouut the storm, and if you have any issues, please contact your local officers. If you are unsure of whome to call, use the new ZW AFA APP! You can download the APP at http://apps.monk.ee/zwafa 

     We have been in contact with the company about the ongoing problems with the luggage from Crew Outfitters, and we are trying to find a different supplier. We need documention from flight attendants that have had issues with luggage pieces. Please email any pictures and issues to brokenbagszw@gmail.com  by Feb. 28th. This email will only be in use until that date.

     Don't forget about your shoe allowance ! Every flight attendant is entitled to a $30 shoe reimbursement every calander year. Submit your reciept via  T+E on the company portal.


                                                      Wishing everyone a safe week,

                                                      Erin McGrogan and the entire MEC

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