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12.30.16 – 2016: Year in Review

Friday, December 30, 2016

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2016: Year in Review

Every year, I hope to send out a New Year’s communication that reflects on the closing year and provides inspiration and hope for the upcoming year. That has become increasingly difficult. Let’s face it, with each passing year, this merger has become increasingly painful at every possible level. With that said, I always try to see the glass half full, and want to encourage the membership to remain positive.
This Company is like a tsunami; every time we think we have good footing and things start to look up, here comes another wave to pummel us. Every day we triage issues and put out fires. It is exhausting. But, I am going to find the good in this, and my hope is you will too.
Another year in the history books and we survived. We had many disappointing things thrown at us this year, yet we survived. We are the ultimate professionals. We love what we do, and we continue to demonstrate that it doesn’t matter what this Company throws at us. We will survive.  
Now, more than ever, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to come together. We need a unified voice. We need to stand together and demand our new Contract be implemented, and our current and future language be respected and preserved. We need to do this together, with one voice. We need to listen to each other, respect differences of opinion, and move forward as one. We will continue to honor our rich history with many great memories, but we must realize that moving forward together is the only option.
As we ring in the new year, you have my commitment that I will do all that I can to continue the fight for fairness and respect for all of us. 

On behalf of myself, Brian, Rick, Sara, and all the Flight Attendants who volunteer their time to serve our membership in PHL, here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2017 at the New American. Together, we will get through this.

In Unity and Solidarity,

Kim Kaswinkel
APFA PHL Base President 

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