This past week has been a surreal whirlwind of a ride. In the midst of a four-day trip, somewhere over ORD by my calculations, I became the Interim National Vice President of APFA.
Receiving this news upon touching down in SFO caused a very odd sensation. But the more I thought about it, the feeling was not so foreign. It was somewhat like that feeling when, as a Flight Attendant, we get rescheduled or reassigned to work a different flight with a different crew. The work is familiar. The objectives are the same. It is simply a matter of establishing a rapport with the new crew and getting to work to get the job done. Is it easier if the new crew contains some familiar faces? Usually. Do we still get the flight to its destination even if we don’t know anyone on the crew? Yes, because we all work together.
I am humbled and honored to have been appointed by the APFA Board of Directors to serve in this position. From many years of previous union service, the work is familiar. The objectives are the same: represent and protect the interests of our members.
During this brief period of transition, I will do my best, working with the National Officers, your Base Presidents, the Regional Representatives, and the many other dedicated individuals who serve on your behalf, to enforce the contracts under which we work. I pledge to serve with integrity and respect. And when you have selected a National Vice President in the National Officer re-run election, I commit to doing whatever I can to assist the individual you choose so that the important work of representing the interests of the American Airlines Flight Attendants continues without disruption.
Sincerely and In Unity,
Mark L. Littleton
Interim APFA National Vice President