Section VI.B.6.a of the AFA-CWA spells out the process for MEC and membership action regarding taking a strike vote. First, a majority of the joint MEC must vote to send out a strike vote. Each member of the joint MEC will have the opportunity to discuss with each other and ask questions of the Joint Negotiating Committee and AFAs Legal Department and professional negotiator before casting a vote. If a majority of the combined MEC votes to send out a strike ballot then a voting time period will be determined and the membership will be balloted. The voting period will be at least 21 days.
The next step is the membership balloting. Communication about the strike vote will continue with written communications, videos, townhall meetings, joint local meetings and member to member mobilization. This will provide the resources for all Flight Attendants to have their questions answered and to fully understand why the Joint MEC approved the membership strike vote.
While we only need a simple majority of the votes cast to authorize a strike vote (Section XI.PartIV.d), we would benefit the most from a strong majority vote. The more support we receive, the stronger our leverage with the company and the National Mediation Board is encouraged to help end the dispute. A strong majority vote indicates that the members expect the company to negotiate an agreement that reflects the Flight Attendants' contribution to United's record profits and running the world's premier airline.
We understand that there are many questions and some concern around a strike vote. When we have faced these concerns at other MECs we have been able to explain the negotiations strategy behind a strike vote and turn out support of 94% at USA, 97% at ARW, 94% at CPZ, 98% at PED, 98 at PSA. All of these members voted to demonstrate the power that a strong strike vote can give and all of these members moved the process to a ratified contract at their airline. If the combined UAL/CAL/CMI leadership decide to ask this of United Flight Attendants we feel confident that we will rise to the challenge as well.