New FAA Memorandum of Understanding outlines program for both pre-merger Alaska and Virgin America Flight Attendants
AFA is pleased to announce that a new Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by management, the FAA, and AFA, renewing the ASAP program for another two years. The new MOU includes a provision to roll out an ASAP program to pre-merger Virgin America Flight Attendants in the near future and then integrate the pre-merger Virgin America ASAP program into the pre-merger Alaska ASAP program once a single collective bargaining agreement and integrated seniority list have been achieved.
Click here to view the new ASAP MOU
Along with the ASAP MOU, an accompanying letter of agreement (LOA) has been signed that specifically apply to the Flight Attendants at each specific pre-merger airline. The LOAs spell out additional protective provisions of the program that complement the MOU.
IMPORTANT: ASAP Reporting Timeline Change for Pre-Merger Alaska Flight Attendants
One important change to the ASAP program involves the timeframe for filing a report under the protective provisions of the program. Previously, ASAP reports needed to be filed no later than 24 hours after the end of the sequence during which the event occurred. Recently, the FAA has moved to a new standard template MOU that changes that timeline; this template was used to renew the AS ASAP program. Under the new ASAP MOU, reports must be submitted no later than 24 hours after the end of the duty period during which the event has occurred in order to qualify for the protective provisions of the ASAP program.
Coming Soon: ASAP for Pre-Merger Virgin America Flight Attendants
AFA and management have also agreed to establish an ASAP program for pre-merger Virgin America Flight Attendants. Please note that even though the ASAP MOU and LOA have been signed, the ASAP Program for pre-merger Virgin America Flight Attendants is not yet in effect. A timeline for implementation is currently being discussed with management and more information will be communicated regarding training as well as the date the program will be effective.
Pre-Merger Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants
If you have questions about the ASAP program, please contact AFA ASAP ERC Representative Ronda Ruderman or a member of your Local Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC).
Pre-Merger Virgin America Flight Attendants
If you have questions about the upcoming ASAP program, please contact your Local Council Officers.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Linda Christou, Lisa Pinkston, Terry Taylor, Mario de’Medici, Melissa Osborne, Tim Green and Brice McGee