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2019 Mid – Year Update

Good Afternoon Chairs,

This is my 6 month report on the AFA EAP Committee.  

EAP has been hopping the past 6 months, handling issues with galley complaints to quite a few TFA (troubled flight attendants) issues ranging from pro-standard issues between crews, depression, and attendance issues.  As I am sure you all have somedays are quiet with no issues and the next day your phone is blowing up!!  I will admit I am behind on my client data sheets and try and do them on my RON’s, but my client data sheets need so much information on all clients involved it takes a lot of time to fill them out.  

On April 29th I attended my 5th AFA MEC EAP Chair Training in LA.  This years training was hosted by Breathe.  We toured 2 facilities on our first day, which was a tour of Experience which is linked to Breathe Recovery Center.  We then toured the Breathe Recovery Center.  On Day 2 we went to the corporate offices of Breathe and had training with Candace Bruce, on Inspirtional Leadership:Reaching Best Outcomes in Team Potentiality. We then had our round table meeting where each chair gives updates of the current situations happening at there airlines.  It was taken to a vote on next years training and it will be in New Orleans.  

EAP is in need of at least one more rep for our Chicago Base, we have a lot of interest from our flight attendant group that have not had much time with Air Wisconsin, and it is not in the best interest of EAP to have a Rep that has not been with the company for an extended amount of time.  I rarely have any issues that happen at our IAD base, and have 2 reps there, which is really not necessary.  I handle 95% of all EAP cases and if I could just have one good back-up rep on days that are overwhelming with calls would be surfice with the needs of our small airline. 

The 9th Annual FADAP Conference is scheduled for August 19-22. Registration is open at this time and availability is filling up quickly.  We were informed at our MEC Training that the Maritime has already filled up, so if you are planning on attending PLEASE register as soon as possible. 

I have attached a picture of the 2019 AFA MEC Training, the picture was taken at Breathe Recover in LA,CA.

Michelle Woods

EAP MEC Chairman
CIRP Certified

2018 Mid – Year Update

The picture above is a picture of the 2018 AFA MEC Chair Training group in Jacksonville, FL.  I recently returned from a 4 day training event. Yearly we go to different Recovery Centers that are approved for our Flight attendants. This year our event was sponsored by Lakeview Health Addiction Treatment and Recovery.  And when I say sponsored I mean they pay for our hotel stay and meals for the complete training event.  So AFA money is not spent on these training events, we are allowed $250 for travel that is paid for by International but I was able to non-rev with no issues into JAX.

This years training was Taming Disruptive Behavior and Professional Boundries by Dr. Phil Hemphill who is a author and the Chief Clinical Officer of Lakeview.  We also had Dr. Earl Suttle Ph.D who is a motivational keynote speaker and business consultant, Dr Earls training was on How to Reach your Full Potential and was truly inspiring and left you with a total FEELING GOOD about life after his program.

Our last day consists of Chair Roundtable, which we speak about what is happening within our airlines and EAP issues we might be having.  Some areas that I would like to see happen with our EAP and it was recommended that we attend Newhire training classes with our chairman that attend as EAP is available to all newhires, as coming out of trainng can be a stressful event.  The FADAP conference is coming up in Baltimore, MD and we will have several Air Wisconsin AFA members in attendance.

These yearly MEC EAP Training sessions get me so pumped up to do so much with EAP.  I look forward to continuing my work with the EAP department.

~ Michelle Woods