Q. Thank you for the webinar for those not able to make a roadshow. Even before the webinar I was wondering something about the pay. As a member of the first class after 9/11 and having been a CSA since 1999, our training for FA began approx. Jan 5th 2002 but we were held from coming online (to wait for the 2nd training class to finish their training) and not getting our base orientation date which has become our pay increase date until 4/29/02. (Completed already 15 years, we are 1 month away from completing 16 years)
If the JCBA TA passes then with seniority sync-up we will get the 4.5% increase PLUS our longevity premium also backdated? (Because we would have completed 16 years by our training date back in January 2018) Or are we just that years classes who get lost in the payroll and computer shuffle?
A. Yes, the Longevity Premium would be retroactive. Under the Integrated Seniority List, your occupational seniority date will be adjusted back to include initial training. Let’s say that it started on Jan 5, 2002. If the JCBA is ratified, then you would have 16 years of service credit as of Jan 5, 2018. That would make you eligible for the Longevity Premium in Section 21.C. of the CBA. The retroactive provision (to 1.1.18) would capture and pay your the Longevity Premium for which you were not eligible under the current CBA. You would receive the $1 premium retroactively on all Worked TFP from Jan 5, 2018 through the Date of Ratification (DOR) and would continue to receive it from then on.
The L-AS Transition Letter of Agreement [http://afaalaska.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/L-AS-FA-Transition-Agreement-2018-TA-2018.02.16.1300.pdf] provides for the following on the adjusted seniority date:
- As soon as practicable following ratification, each pre-merger Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant’s Occupational Seniority date (see JCBA §5 Definitions) will be synched up with her/his adjusted Competitive Bidding Seniority date, which is the date set forth in the Integrated Seniority List (ISL) certified by the AFA Seniority Merger Integration Committee (SMIC).
- Any pre-merger Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant whose Occupational Seniority date and Company Seniority date is the same date prior to receiving an adjustment to her/his Occupational Seniority date will have her/his Company Seniority date synced up with her/his new Occupational Seniority date. The Company agrees to recognize adjusted Company Seniority for the appropriate Company benefits including but not limited to pass travel and vacation accrual as soon as practicable. The Company also agrees to re-issue Crew ID badges with the adjusted Company Seniority date as soon as practicable at no cost to the Flight Attendant.
- Retroactive to January 1, 2018, and on a go-forward basis, each pre-merger Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant will advance to the next step rate of pay, qualify for the appropriate Longevity Premium and Vacation Paid Time Off entitlement in accordance with her/his adjusted Occupational Seniority date.