Second Weekly Implementation meeting this past week
AFA and management are making good progress towards implementation of the new contract. Additionally, the parties continue to resolve various challenges as we continue further into the implementation process. In the past week the Alaska Airlines Information Technology (IT) department has done much work on the various TFP calculators. AFA will work on vetting the usability and accuracy of the calculators but for now we recommend the calculators be used only as a very tentative guide.
Reserve ER “conversion” pay!
Good news for flight attendants sitting reserve in December, January or February! Due to technological constraints, ER days could not be removed from Reserve’s schedules as quickly as the parties originally anticipated during active negotiations. Some of you noticed there was a modification to the Implementation schedule between the published version and the 12/29/2014, which delayed when pre-plotted ER days went away. In consideration of the Reserves, AFA and management agreed Reserves may submit for extra pay essentially as if the pre-plotted ER days were already gone. Pre-plotted ER days will be removed in the March bid schedule.
In the meantime, Reserves may submit additional pay for activity between between December 2014 and February 2015 as follows:
- 1st and 2nd ER day in the month = free
- 3rd ER day in the month = 1.5x the trip rate for activity during an ER duty period or 1 TFP paid above reserve guarantee (!) if not used
- 4th ER day or more in a bid month = 2x the trip rate for activity during an ER duty period or 1 TFP paid above reserve guarantee (!) if not used
Submit via an Activity Claim Form in the World of Inflight (http://asainflight.alaskaair.com) –> ‘Forms’ –> ‘Pay Forms’ –> ‘Activity Claim Form’. Fill in the “1.5 x Standard Trip:” (for 3rd ER) or “2.0 x Standard Trip:” (4th or more ER) for activity flown during the ER duty period at the appropriate premium rate. Otherwise fill out the “Other: (Trips/Dollars/Explain Below)” field with “1.0” and in the “Comments:” field indicate “1.0 TFP ER day not used.” You must fill in the other required fields (base / flights / sequence / pay month / activity month / activity day) as appropriate.
Minor typo in the 12/29/2014 Implementation Schedule
Due to an inadvertent clerical error, there is an error on line 73 of the revised Implementation Schedule dated 12/29/2014. The line reads “New Junior Assignment provisions and Premium Open Time.” However if Premium OT goes into effect on 1/31/2015 that conflicts with line 119 which states Premium OT will be implemented on 5/1/2015: “9.E. – FA’s will be allowed to pick up trips posted in open time (OT) at premium rate. FA’s are not able to trade a trip into OT to pick up a trip designated as premium in OT.”
The Contract Committee has definitively confirmed via our bargaining notes and other records the phrase “and Premium Open Time” should be deleted on line 73 to resolve the conflict and correctly reflect intent between the parties. A link to the corrected version of the Implementation schedule follows this paragraph. Please note the deletion of those four words on line 73 is the only difference between the version published on 12/29/2014 and today. AFA apologizes for any confusion.
Meeting next week in Portland to focus on finalizing the document for publication
The parties’ Contract Committees and several subject matter experts will meet next week in Portland, OR, to focus on finalizing the TA2 document for publication. It is our goal to publish and distribute the new contract as soon as possible.
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Your Contract Committee—MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Kristy Stratton, Lisa Pinkston, Jake Jones, Christina Frees and AFA Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo