Friday, March 31, 2017
This climate of continual change and sacrifice has fallen squarely on the backs of the Legacy US Airways Flight Attendants. However, you do not go through all we have and not come out stronger in the end.
For the first time throughout all of our previous mergers, becoming “The Largest Airline in the World” was occurring at the same time we were navigating through an entirely new Union, structure, and resources.
This pulled us to Dallas and away from our bases numerous times a month while fighting to ensure your voices and concerns would be heard.
This evening, my term will end as your Washington LUS Base President. I have no doubt you will forge on with the same strength and resilience displayed for decades.
It is impossible to do Union work all these years without the assistance of others. That long list of names began in 2008 as AFA Pittsburgh Base Council Representative to where we are today. If I could, I would personally thank each and everyone of you, but please know that your support throughout the years is appreciated more than you can imagine.
It also takes a special type of person to run towards the flame. I give credit to John Pennel and Lori Vitto-Glattly for stepping up as DCA-US Base President and Vice President. Many thanks to DCA-US Vice President Christine Kolackovsky Larson, Base Council Representatives Walter Davis and Claudia Frye, along with DCA Flight Service.
I am extremely proud of the DCA Flight Attendants and all we have accomplished; although you have also heard me say I wish we could do more.
“Work for a cause not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, make your absence felt.”
With Gratitude and Pride.
APFA DCA-LUS Base President