Kevin Hester for MEC Chairman
First and foremost, I want to emphasize that my campaign is about serving the members. It is not about me, or any personal ambition. Rather, it is about ensuring that every member has a voice in our union, and that we work together to build a stronger, more united Union that can effectively advocate for our rights, interests, and CONTRACT.
To achieve this goal, I believe that we need to focus on several key areas.
First, we must prioritize communication and transparency, so that every union member knows what is happening within our union and has the opportunity to provide feedback and input. This means using technology to communicate effectively, establishing regular meetings, and forums.
Second, we must strengthen our bargaining power buy hiring a real negotiating team to handle negotiations on our behalf and fight for what is ours!! We only deserve what we fight for. Pilots are airplane flyers not negotiators, lets us hire professionals that know the legal ins and outs to navigate the perils of negotiations. This means working collaboratively with management through a representative team that specializes in high level negotiations, engaging in collective bargaining, and advocating for our union what is ours and work for policy changes that benefit our members.
Third, we must prioritize training and education, so that every member has the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in their roles as crew members at K4. No pilot should ever feel that their job is in jeopardy at a training event. This means investing in Union supervision of the training program at K4. We have the numbers and thus the power to effect change. We as a union must ensure that our training staff has our best interest in mind. Safety and quality must be the moto of our training program, as a union we can make sure this happens. Again, no pilot that has made it through an initial training event should “Sweat” training… EVER.
Fourth, we must protect our members' safety and well-being, both on the job and in their personal lives. This means advocating for proper rest rules, providing line guarantees that we can all be dependent on, and fighting for policies that promote work-life balance.
Finally, we must build solidarity and foster a sense of community among our members, so that we can stand together in the face of challenges and achieve our collective goals. This means celebrating our successes, supporting each other through difficult times, and actively engaging in outreach and recruitment to bring new members into our union family.
Thank you, and I look forward to working with you all to build a stronger, more united union.
Please stand with me as a run for MEC Chairman.