Master Executive Council (MEC)
Our Master Executive Council (MEC) conducted final interviews this week for three Negotiating Committee Member positions who will represent us in upcoming contract negotiations with the Company. Our MEC would like to thank the candidates who demonstrated willingness to represent our Flight Attendants.
After thorough deliberation, the voting members of your MEC, consisting of the six directly-elected LEC Presidents, have appointed Sandra Morrow, James Bozanich, and Kiara Jenkins to the positions.
About Our Committee Members
Sandra started her flying career in 1984 as a Jet America Flight Attendant. Jet America merged with Alaska Airlines in 1987 and that is when she started her Union career. She helped establish a new Local Council in LGB and held many positions. She was LEC President, MEC President, and a member of the negotiating team in early 1990. After years of negotiating, talks broke down and they entered CHAOS™. They eventually got a deal which led to the adoption of the Southwest Airlines agreement. Their team was proud that 94% of Flight Attendants voted to ratify the agreement.
Sandra took a break from Union work for about 10 years until 2010 when she ran for LAX LEC President. She was elected to the position for two consecutive terms. Sandra is currently a San Diego-based Flight Attendant, Grievance Committee Member, and serves as a member of the System Board of Adjustment.
Sandra lives in Menifee and has been married to her husband Chuck for 43 years. She has a daughter (Cassie), son-in-law (Joe), and twin grandkids (Jordan and Jacob).
James started his career with Virgin America in 2009 as a SFO-based Flight Attendant, and has held many positions within Inflight since. Shortly thereafter, he became an Inflight Team Leader, an Air Transportation Supervisor, and an Inflight Instructor, a position he is still active with today. In addition to teaching Recurrent and Initial Trainings, James has co-developed numerous Inflight Training programs at both Virgin America and Alaska. His most memorable experience was the Virgin America / Virgin Australia Exchange Program where he, amongst five others, moved to Australia to fly as a Sydney-based Flight Attendant for one year.
James became involved with AFA shortly after ratification of the 2018 JCBA, serving as the SFO Hotel Committee Chair until his base transfer to SAN in October 2021. He has maintained his involvement with the Hotel Committee as a Committee Member in his new home. The Union draws its strength from those that serve, and giving back is the single most important way one can improve the collective conditions and livelihood of our Members. This has been his motivation in applying for the Negotiating Committee, a position he is humbled and honored to hold.
James holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from UC Davis. Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant, he was a Securities Licensed Banker and a Trip Leader for a high-end active travel company. When not flying the network, he enjoys diving, backpacking, skiing, and eating the various cuisines of the world while on location.
Kiara (Kiki) Jenkins was hired in 2011 as a Flight Attendant with Alaska Airlines. She was fortunate enough to be based in ANC for her first 8 months which allowed her to experience 24-hour sunshine in the summer and plenty of snow in the winter. After ANC and a few years in SEA, she left to experience the California lifestyle. At the LAX base, she served in the role of Government Affairs Committee Chairperson. In 2017, SEA called her back home where she now lives with her fiancée Mo and her two dogs Lumos and Nox.
Kiara has served in the position of MEC Grievance Committee Payroll Representative since June 2018 and hopes to help negotiate a contract reflective of what Flight Attendants deserve. She has been here through a Master Rebid, contract negotiations, tentative agreements, and extensions. Her experience and dedication to serve as a representative over the years is proof of her commitment to the negotiations process. She looks forward to meeting people from our membership who come from all walks of life so a contract suitable for 6,000+ Flight Attendants can be drafted. Feel free to say hi and ask questions if you see her on the line!
About Our Negotiating Committee
Our Negotiating Committee works to negotiate and institute the needs and desires of our Flight Attendants into an effective collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The Committee, with the advice of the Staff Negotiator has the authority to conclude an agreement, subject to the provisions of Article XII of the AFA Constitution and Bylaws. More information about Negotiating Committee duties and responsibilities can be found on the AFA Alaska Contract 2022 website at https://contract2022.afaalaska.org/committee.
Our full Negotiating Committee is MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Sandra Morrow, James Bozanich, Kiara Jenkins, and AFA Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo