What goes into effect today? New Year’s Day holiday pay Any flight(s) touching January 1 are now paid at 2x the trip rate. Deadhead and surface deadhead are also included, as well as Airport Standby credit. [Section 21.H. Holiday Pay] Longevity Premium Flight Attendants who have completed sixteen (16) years of […]
The Contract Implementation Schedule has been updated to reflect the latest clarifications as well as to capture some of the items missed in the TA2 print version. Please use this version going forward. The Negotiating Committee will be meeting next week with management to begin the preparations for publication of the finalized document. In […]
Junior Available And Voluntary Junior Available Junior Available (JA) and Voluntary Junior Available (VJA) are covered under the provisions of the former contract through January 2015. The only exceptions are the increased premiums—at 2.5x pay for JA—and the ability to trade or jet bridge trade a JA to another Flight Attendant. The premium follows […]
Local Voted Count Voted % Particpated Eligible Voters Base Participation % 19 SEA FOR 885 55.56 1593 1756 90.71 AGAINST 708 44.44 30 ANC FOR 160 64.52 248 287 86.41 AGAINST 88 35.48 39 PDX FOR 214 55.73 385 418 92.1 AGAINST 167 43.49 15 SAN FOR 141 66.51 213 233 91.41 AGAINST 70 33.02 […]
Now that TA2 has been ratified as our new Collective Bargaining Agreement, what do you need to know or to expect over the next two weeks? Effective today 12/17 New Step rate effective midnight this morning. Per diem of $2.50 for all sequences touching today and credited back to the beginning of the sequence. […]
The ballot results for TA2 are in. With a 90.8% participation, TA2 has been ratified. AFA thanks you for being engaged in the process. Click here for full ballot results: Certified Results In solidarity, Your MEC—Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Yvette Gesch, Becky Strachan, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Sandra Morrow and Stephen Couckuyt; and Your Negotiating […]
No. A signing bonus will NOT reduce workers’ compensation benefits. Quite the contrary – the bonus will be added to wages used to calculate future benefits, thereby increasing disability benefits paid on claims with a date of injury approximately one year after the bonus is earned. If you are currently on a workers’ comp you […]
FINAL VOTING REMINDER! Polls close: TOMORROW—Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 9:00am Pacific Standard Time. As of this morning, 77.1% of the Membership has voted. It is imperative that all eligible voters cast their ballot prior to polls closing tomorrow. You must vote in order for your vote to count! AFA International must […]
As of this morning, 12/16/14, there have been 2389 votes cast which is 77.1%.
Q&A: How Did The American TA Rates Change in the December Arbitration Award and How Do They Compare to TA2 Rates?
AA rates Failed TA and Arb Award vs ALA TA rates
Here is our fourth weekly update highlighting posts on the Negotiations blog from December 8th through December 13th. The Negotiating Committee made our way to each base again this week, conducting a morning and afternoon Roadshow session. We thank each of you who joined us at a Roadshow. At the end of each day we […]
SNA Roadshow Q&A 12/12/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: Who is going to verify everyone is exhausted prior to a supervisor/manager working a cancellation? A: AFA Scheduling Chair and MEC Q: What is punishment if there is a violation of the contractual provision? A: We would file a grievance and ask for […]
SNA Roadshow Q&A 12/12/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: Today management has to ask AFA to fly for a cancellation? A: Yes, under TA2 they must notify us they are flying a cancellation and as an extra. Q: Under implementation for management flying when does that take place? A: Management flying as […]
SAN Roadshow Q&A 12/11/14 Afternoon Session Section 3 – Scope Q: Could a manager/supervisor fly on a sequence with a deadhead? A: Yes, but the provision would require they fly as an extra. Q: Is allowing manager/supervisors a union busting tactic? A: No. Q: What about allowing a side letter to […]
Here are the stats presented at the recent Roadshows this week showing a pairing run with just the Minimum Pay Rules and a run with the Minimum Pay Rules, 4k and 15 min change. Why did we not compare current runs used today as well? Because we do not plan on giving back the Minimum Pay Rules […]
SAN Road Q&A 12/11/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: If they fly they are only the extra? A: Yes, unless in a cancellation. Q: Management flyers are not replacing reserves? A: Correct. Q: Could a supervisor come on as an extra under this program and conduct a check ride or IOE while […]
SEA Roadshow Q&A 12/10/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: Does management require each supervisor to fly a certain amount each quarter? A: They have not thought the program out that far. There is no contractual requirement for a minimum or maximum. A few months back they were discussing supervisors taking passenger seats […]
SEA Roadshow Q&A 12/10/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: If there were irregular ops can managers/supervisor bypass the provisions? A: No, there is no exception for irregular operations Q: Does AFA International advocate for managers/supervisors to work our union jobs? A: Don’t believe we advocate for this provision, however many carriers have similar […]
Did you know that there is absolutely NO quarterly flying requirement in meeting the yearly 480 requirement? Just as to today, you DO NOT have to fly any set amount in a quarter when working to achieve the yearly flying requirement of 480 for benefits. There is no flying requirement to retain employment.
ANC Roadshow 12/9/14 Q&A Afternoon Session Section 3 – Scope Q: The 2% of managers, is that the cap? A: Yes. Section 8 – Hours of Service Q: How is block-in determined? A: The parking brake must be set and the first aircraft door being opened to officially be “blocked in”. Q: […]
ANC Roadshow 12/9/14 Q&A Morning Session Section 3 – Scope Q: Do managers get to choose their flights? A: Ron Calvin will be choosing the flights. Q: How much advance notice will we have for management flying? A: The day prior however there is no contractual requirement to give notice. Q: Prior to management flying […]
No. All provision are the same as current book. If a FA calls in well, Crew Scheduling may offer the following options and if the FA agrees, they may: 1. Pick up their sequence at a SIP 2. Receive a Like Sequence 3. Sit Reserve 4. Remain off duty for the remainder of the sequence […]
PDX Roadshow Q&A 12/8/14 Afternoon Session Section 3 – Scope Q: Do Managers have to be in our uniform? A: No, it isn’t specifically stated that they are required to wear a uniform. Q: Will it be announced that a supervisor is on board the flight? A: It is an […]
PDX Roadshow Q&A 12/8/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: If I am “A” could I switch positions with the “E” (manager/supervisor)? A: You may change service positions once in the air, however all FAs must sit their safety position. Q: What is industry standard on this? A: The provisions from […]
1290 votes cast or 41.8% of eligible voters Flight Attendants who do not receive their voting instructions with the 16 digit activation code must call the AFA Ballot Helpline at (800) 424-2401, option 1 then extension 706. Flight Attendants who have dues or membership issues must call AFA Membership Services at (800) 424-2401, option 7. […]
Here is our fourth weekly update highlighting posts on the Negotiations blog from December 1st through December 7th. Roadshows Week 1 Recap This past week was a whirlwind of Roadshows—the first round of two tours around the system. The Negotiating Committee made our way to each main domicile, conducting a morning and afternoon […]
A: Yes. All provisions of Section 8 apply to 4k sequences. If the 4k is sequence is a turn then Section 8.F. (Over-Duty Pay), Section 8.G. (Fourteen Hour Rule), Section 8.H. Double Out Rest, etc apply. If there is a multi-say sequence that contains a 4k then all duty periods other than the 4k, Section […]
SEA Roadshow Q&A Afternoon Session 12/5/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: Any department or just inflight? A: Just inflight FAA certified supervisors. Q: Can inflight managers/supervisors buddy bid? A: No, they are on as extra to compliment the crew. Q: How are supervisors/managers paid? A: Their salary. […]
SEA Roadshow Q&A Morning Session 12/5/14 Due to time constraints some sections did not allow time for questions Section 3 – Scope Q: If management flying, can they occupy a jumpseat and possibly bump a commuting FA? A: Yes, if they are non-reving, they have the ability to occupy the jumpseats […]
Q&A: We hear that provisions are contingent on 4k and 15 min debrief, why does management want this?
Here is management’s response: Jeff, I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your question and to clarify the reasons both provisions remain important to us. It has been our goal throughout these negotiations to improve productivity. Our belief is that we should have rates of pay that rank high within the industry along with the […]
It was added to reflect current policy which is that USERRA governs military leaves for Flight Attendants. The language brings no material change the language is not detrimental to the FAs. We did try to secure a waiver for military personnel for the 1/12 reduction towards vacation, however we were not successful in getting this […]
Q&A: Why was a definition of Reassignment added to the TA and what implications does it have to our work rules?
As you will notice, we added quite a few new definitions to Section 5. We also added a headers throughout the body of the TA. This was all in an effort to make the contract more readable and a much better reference tool. Specifically about the definition of Reassignment…As you know, currently the provisions for […]
ANC Roadshow Q&A 12/4/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: Are we able to write up safety and service concerns specific to behaviors or actions of manager/supervisors flying? A: Yes. File an incident report. Q: How did management embrace the final TA regarding management flying? A: They were upset there were […]
ANC Roadshow Q&A 12/4/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: Is there a cap on frequency of managers flying? A: We did ask for a cap, but were unsuccessful in agreeing on a provision. Q: Managers who are FAA certified as Flight Attendants, how do they qualify for the jump seats? […]
Your pay increases exceed your insurance increase. These examples are based on insurance increasing at the max cap of 15% year over year. Which indicate worst case scenario. The pay increases are based on 80 tfp credit for the month and do not include reserve or longevity premiums, “A” pay, per diem, 401k, etc… If […]
961 Total Votes cast 31.2% of total eligible voters
Here is our third weekly update highlighting posts on the Negotiations blog from November 23rd through November 30th. We apologize for its delay in release. This past week was quiet as we are sure you were all reviewing the full TA2 text. We are currently mid-week of our first week of Roadshows. You can find a […]
PDX Roadshow Q&A 12/3/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: How many supervisors would that allow? A: There are currently 42 on the list. The TA allows for 2% of the FA population so this would be a total of 66 maximum with 3300 FAs. Q: If they come on as an extra are […]
Q&A: I want to know what other carriers have for provisions specifically related to Management Flying, where is that information available?
ALA_MgmtFlying_1214 MIA_managementflying USA_MgmtCoFly We had AFA International Research Management Flying at other carriers. We have included links to information and documentation for comparison and consideration. Please click on the links above to access this information. As a side note: At SWA a manager can fly to prevent a cancellation if there is absolutely no FA […]
PDX Roadshow Q&A 12/3/14 Section 3 – Scope Q: Does there have to be no reserve available within the 2 hour call out? A: The flight would have to cancel if they couldn’t get a flight attendant to airport. Any time a manager flies the Company must notify AFA and there will […]
LAX Roadshow Q&A Afternoon Session 12/2/14 Scope 3 – Scope Q: Was there any research since management addressed this provision versus other airlines? A: Alaska has had that program in place but required AFA waiver. This allows but has a waiver. Took the existing language of the 1% up to 2%. Management […]
AFA has received the LOA 5 regarding Sick Family/Sick Child from Vice President of Inflight, Andy Schneider. Below is a link to view the LOA: Sick Child/Sick Family Side Letter
LAX Roadshow Q&A Morning Session 12/2/14 Scope 3 – Scope Q: Do managers pay union dues? A: No, not an AFA member, don’t receive the benefits of your contract. If they are disciplined we don’t represent them. There is no additional pay associated with them flying as an extra. Q: Curious why […]
SAN Roadshow Q&A Afternoon Session Section 3 – Scope Q: Why did we not hold onto the provision of requiring management to ask AFA for approval? A: This was an objective of management’s bargaining unit. Additionally, the NC had objectives as well and overall we had address the top priorities of both […]
Q&A: If TA2 is ratified and I am taking a staffing leave in January 2015, how will it influence my 480 requirements?
If you are taking a staffing leave in January 2015 and TA 2 is ratified, the following will apply: Receive 1.333 TFP for each day of the leave for a total of 40.0 TFP (30 days in January bid month) Feb – Dec 2015 your 480 is credited the 40 TFP (for January staffing leave […]
SAN Road Show Q & A Section 3 – Scope Q: With managers coming on board the aircraft do they have to pay union dues? A: No, they don’t pay dues, they don’t get the benefits of your contract. They are not union members. Don’t receive all the protections. They are flying […]
Each pdf is specific to each domicile and has range maps, 4K and 15 minute pairing examples separated out. LAX map with 4k & 15 debrief pairing examples SEA map with 4k & 15 debrief pairing examples SAN map with 4k & 15 debrief pairing examples PDX map with 4k & 15 debrief pairing examples […]
There is a letter titled “Miscellaneous Issues” in our current agreement on page 181 from Jeff Butler dated March 14, 2006 discussing sick child as a “family member”. There is no intent to change the letter, simply Andy needs to provide an updated letter with the same language. In the meetings it was simply asked […]
Q&A: Why did the Negotiating Committee start at Step 3 in the “Progressing Through the Pay Steps” video?
Q: Why did the Negotiating Committee start at Step 3 in the TA2 “Progressing Through the Pay Steps” video? It seems like this video is more focused on the junior Flight Attendants and their pay raises. A: The video is geared towards the lower seniority steps only in the sense that it was specifically designed to explain […]
Q: Why is management guest starring in some of the TA2 videos? A: The Negotiating Committee knew there would be concerns and questions about the implementation schedule as well as changes to management flying. The NC asked management to film a video explaining the challenges that prevent us from swiftly implementing various provisions requiring automation […]
Whenever a Tentative Agreement is out for a ratification vote, passionate opinions are inevitably going to be expressed. In general it is a time of high stress for everybody. This is normal and expected. Unfortunately, it’s getting a little crazy out there. The Master Executive Council (MEC) has been made aware of various messages, […]
Q: What happens to my per diem and duty hours if deplaning exceeds the 15 minute debrief at domicile? A: If deplaning exceeds the 15 minute debrief at domicile, a Flight Attendant may call Crew Scheduling to have her or his debrief adjusted to end at the time when the last customer exited the aircraft. […]
The Negotiating Committee filmed several informational videos regarding various topics in TA2. They have been posted on the AFA Alaska Negotiations YouTube channel, on the AFA Alaska website at afaalaska.org/negotiations/ta/ta2-videos and on the AFA Alaska Facebook page. The videos are on the following topics: 4k Sequences 15-Minute Domicile Debrief 480 TFP Provisions Implementation […]
Q: If we receive an acars, get contacted before landing or a supervisor meets our plane, can we be required to Pre-Board a different flight? A: Pre-boarding under TA2 is the same application as current book, but will be a 15 minute debrief period rather than a 30 minute debrief period so only the time […]
Q: I’ve been seeing a lot of talk about no more VJA in TA2, just JA. Is the Premium Open Time that is seen in TA2 actually the same as our current VJA? Or what’s the difference? A: The concept is essentially the same with both VJA and Premium OT. There will still be trips […]
The current agreement does NOT have a provision protecting new aircraft orders and options. In TA2 there is Letter of Agreement #1, titled “Boeing Purchase Order”. This letter of agreement adds protections for 2012 order and options ensuring all Flight Attendant work performed on current aircraft and aircraft acquired under the 2012 Order shall be […]
Q: I was told by another flight attendant that if I am a yes vote that I don’t need to vote because “not voting is an implied yes”. She said anyone who doesn’t vote gets counted as a yes. Is this true? A: That information is incorrect. The TA failing or passing is based on […]
Absolutely NOT. There is specific language for 4k pairings in Section 10.DD. A line holding Flight Attendant will not be forced to accept 4k flying. However, Crew Scheduling may offer and a Flight Attendant may accept a 4k sequence consistent with the process of reassignments which requires that the trip be offered in seniority order. […]
Here is your second weekly update highlighting posts on the Negotiations blog from November 15th through November 22nd. This past week culminated with the full text release of TA2. The Negotiating Committee knows many are spending time reviewing the TA. Remember you can search in the blog using keywords to find answers to specific questions […]
TA2 allows for FAs to cash out 25% of their available sick leave upon retirement. However, there is no requirement to leave any certain amount in your sick leave bank until you retire. If you need to use your sick leave while you are working, you may use 100% of all the sick leave you […]
If TA2 is ratified there will be a trial period of 12 months. Section 12 “Exchange of Sequences” discusses many provisions but most importantly the Open Time Trial. The 12-month trial period with AFA and management will evaluate whether the new system works and becomes permanent. If either party determines the new OT system is […]
Do you have questions about the TA? Would you like to see a blog post or have suggestions regarding our blog?
Do you have questions about the T/A? Would you like us to post a specific blog post? Is there language you would like clarified or need more information about? Email the Negotiating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your answers from the source and give us suggestions! In solidarity, Your Negotiating Committee—MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Kristy […]
Flight Attendants who do not receive their voting instructions with the 16 digit activation code must call the AFA Ballot Helpline at (800) 424-2401, option 1 then extension 706. Flight Attendants who have dues or membership issues must call AFA Membership Services at (800) 424-2401, option 7. The office is staffed Monday through Friday 930AM […]
No. The JA provisions will not take effect until 2015. We understand that changing the provisions immediately would not allow you the ability to adjust your schedules. We are looking at an implementation of the new JA rules after January 1st, 2015. Once we have an exact date of JA implementation we will communicate that […]
It is extremely challenging to beneficially channel social media without allocating significant resources Social media is an extremely powerful communication tool. As such the Negotiating Committee has attempted to acknowledge the importance of social media by interacting on various outlets in order to reach the greatest number of our members. However, it is […]
Click on this link to access TA2 Calculator Thank you for your patience while there were enhancements to the TA2 calculator. It is now available for your use once again. In solidarity, Your Negotiating Committee—MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Kristy Stratton, Lisa Pinkston, Jake Jones, Christina Frees AFA Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo
A: If you are on a leave of absence and coordinating with sick leave then that month is not counted as part of the calendar year look-back under TA2. The look-back would extend into the previous year to capture additional months of flying to count towards the 480 TFP. This provision is a more favorable […]
Click here for the Agenda In Solidarity, Your Negotiating Committee—MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Kristy Stratton, Lisa Pinkston, Jake Jones, Christina Frees and AFA Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo
The company offered a productivity premium and told us it was a take it or leave it item because they were not asking to negotiate any provision for it. We asked to put the money into the rates and they told us absolutely not. We asked to include vacation and they said no. Your MEC and […]
The payscale was negotiated with this mathematical equation below – No step would be lower then 2 or 3 in the industry, no step would get less then $5 at DOS, no step would fall behind AA/US/DL during or at the end of 5 years with managements 1.5% downline requirement (AS/DL had between 2-4%) and managements […]
Minimum Pay Rule Pairings – click on this link for a full list. Average Duty Period Guarantee L7111 Check-In 16:10 Check-Out 09:21 February 2014 Day Flt Dep Arr Turn Eqp Meal Flight TFP Duty 1 561 LAX 17:10 PDX 19:32 8ET 002:22 2.5 003:37 PDX 010:13 Shilo Inn 2 560 PDX 06:45 LAX 09:04 000:51 739 A 002:19 2.5 2 707 LAX 09:55 YVR 12:52 […]
When reading a contract you need to take the WHOLE citation as the provisional language. You can not separate out one sentence from the subsequent sentences that apply to that specific citation. Example: Section 10.DD.11.a Crew Scheduling may offer the “4K” sequence to a Lineholder as a reassignment at check-in consistent with 10.R. [Reassignments(s)]. Crew […]
Please click on the link to view industry comparisons: Industry Comparison PowerPoint
Section 3 – Scope How many times have we allowed management to fly in the last 4 years? Approximately 3 instances, during holiday periods, coupled with inclement weather. What is a single source of discipline? When the supervisor or manager is the only witness to observing an action that may […]
The much-anticipated full text TA2 is now posted at http://afaalaska.org/negotiations/ta! The Negotiating Committee realizes there have been concerns over the timing of its release. We thank you for your patience and understanding as the NC worked through a complete overhaul of TA2. We believe all the effort has paid off and will make it […]
The NC absolutely does NOT receive any special bonus if the TA passes. We are eligible for the same signing bonus appropriate to our longevity as any other flight attendant but that’s it. In our specific cases, that would be the $2000.
Q: Because the “COLA” is going away and being replaced with the Longevity Premium will I lose money? A: NO. The COLA (real name: Profitability Bonus) for those with over 17 years of service does not compensate as well as the Longevity Premium. Also, the COLA only pays out when the company is profitable. The […]
A: TA2 will be posted for viewing by end of the day, Wednesday, November 19th.
Q&A: If I have 35 days of vacation how much do I have to fly to accrue vacation in the following year?
Current process: If I have 35 days of vacation today I fly 340 TFP to receive my full accrual. TA 2: If I have 35 days of vacation today I would need to fly or be credited worked tfp including minimum pay rules, training, reserve guarantee, premium pay, over duty pay and any pay in […]
Yes! New Years Day 2015 and all subsequent New Years Days will be a paid holiday, paid at 2x the applicable trip rate for flights flown including APSB and surface deadhead.
The signing bonus will be paid on December 22nd!
The AFA Scheduling Chairperson will be advised of important day-to-day scheduling issues including but not limited to Open Time, Reserve Assignment, Reserve Repositioning, JA and other related concerns. The AFA Scheduling Chairperson will participate in the Scheduling Review Committee, Sequence Analysis, PBS and other scheduling related groups/committees. S/he will compromise one (1) of the three […]
Due to availability of the Information Technology (IT) team and other automation support, which includes acquiring necessary software, and the time required to implement specific terms and conditions of the contract, the parties agree to an implementation schedule. All Flight Attendants will receive a copy of the implementation schedule and the specific items with an […]
In TA2 what are the changes to our OT? The purpose of creating a new OT trial is to create a better, more equitable trading system that increases Flight Attendants’ flexibility in modifying their schedules and to improve predictability of staffing and limit the impact of sequence drops to OT on reserve coverage. What day […]
Dec 1 SAN Doubletree 1646 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101 Am Session 8:30am-12:00pm Pm Session 1:00pm-4:30pm Dec 2 LAX Westin 5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Am Session 8:00am-11:30am Pm Session 12:30pm-4:00pm Dec 3 PDX Sheraton 8235 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220 Am Session 9:00am-12:30pm Pm Session 1:30pm-5:00pm Dec 4 ANC […]
A: NO The Productivity Premium is a premium paid to those Flight Attendants who qualify based on their quarterly flying. It is paid in ADDITION to the current PBP and OPR company bonus programs and DOES NOT replace either program. Please see this additional post below on the Productivity Premium to learn more on how to qualify. Get the Facts […]
Weekly Update The Negotiating Committee will be sending out a weekly update to let everyone have the opportunity to know and review the information and questions we are answering via the Negotiations blog. You will find the daily posts linked below. Search the blog using keywords You can search in the blog using […]
The attached link provides a copy of all pairings in all domiciles in no particular order. The document is 1155 pages. The document includes 4k pairings and pairings with a 15 min debrief at domicile. Click on the link below: Pairings
Pairings_long_Duties Click on the above link to review examples of 4k pairings.
Long Duty Rule Maps Click on the link above to see map examples for each base.
The total number of JAs in 2014 combined for all bases so far this year is 142.
The NC negotiated the tentative agreement. The NC unanimously voted to send the TA to the MEC for their consideration. The MEC voted 4 yes, 1 no to present the tentative agreement to the members for your consideration. Secondly, per the constitution and bylaws the MEC is required to give a recommendation of neutral, for […]
It is important to note the information provided was used for January 2015. Pairings Pairing Operations 6456 13,872 Total 327 687 Long Duty Pairings 5% 5% Percentage created
There are two moving parts to the insurance premium. 1. There is a cost sharing for self insurance. Currently, our rates are locked, and you pay a portion of the overall benefit. 16% paid by the FA, 84% paid by the Company. Each year the cost sharing will increase 1%, up to a maximum of […]
A: NO EVERYONE needs to work 480 to accrue PAID vacation for the following year. IF you do not work 480 you will be given a FULL credit towards Healthcare coverage consistent with your seniority awarded vacation allotment. Seniority affords you more vacation days and the ability to hold prime vacation time whether it was […]
During the Negotiations Process, there are three rooms. There is a joint room where all members from both committees meet to exchange proposals and have discussions. Each committee has it’s own room as well, allowing us to have private discussions and work on issues without the other committee present.
The Longevity Premium is paid on all worked TFP. It’s a premium for those at the top of scale (TOS) based on years of service (YOS). All premiums in the contract are paid only on worked TFP. Just like the Reserve Premium and Productivity Premium, the Longevity Premium is not paid on vacation or sick leave. […]
TA2 Provision Comparison Chart now available The Negotiating Committee has developed a document that compared the various provisions in TA2 with those in the current Contract. The TA2 Provision Comparison Chart has now been posted at http://afaalaska.org/negotiations/ta. Check out the Negotiations blog for the latest information regarding TA2 There has also been […]
The formal formatting of TA2 is nearly finished! The Negotiating Committee had hoped to release an electronic version of TA2 to you by now. However, we heard from management’s team Friday afternoon that they would need a few more days to make sure there were no language changes in the final version that were not […]
The Negotiating Committee has had a little extra time after we released the TA2 Summary last Saturday, which has provided us the ability to answer questions on social media this week. During this time we have also been making posts on the Negotiations Blog as we have seen questions arise. We have enjoyed the opportunity […]
Many Flight Attendants have asked, “What did we give up to achieve that provision?” Most often it’s not as simple as the Negotiating Committee had to “give up” one provision in order to gain another. Sometimes there is a certain amount of trading for various aspects of the Tentative Agreement but not always. There were […]
Probationary flight attendants are unable to vote for a contract and are not yet dues paying members. Generally this will exclude them from a signing bonus. However, we didn’t want to leave anyone out and believed that $500, paid at the point of successful completion of probation, was a great way to include our newest FA family. […]
The signing bonus has a value of at least double or more for many FAs than that of the retro pay of TA1. The retro pay of TA1 was limited to only worked TFP. This means that anyone on a leave of absence including workers comp, those who had vacation and those who earned less on the […]
Current Book Cost = 145 million (wages and fringe) TA1 (wages and fringe) – Annual average 5 year cost* $17.3 m over current book – 2.5 months retro approx $1.6 m (one time realization) Co Savings of TA1 failure approx. $18m TA2 (wages and fringe) – Annual […]
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Q&A: Does the Longevity Premium replace the Profitability Bonus (commonly called the COLA)? Will this mean less money?
A: It will mean more money. Any FA eligible for the 2014 Profitability Bonus (COLA) will receive that bonus in April. For 2015 and beyond, the Profitability Bonus (COLA) will be eliminated. The Bonus is based on the company’s profitability and the number TFP a FA is credited in the year. The Longevity Premium will […]
How do the Minimum Pay Rules in TA2 impact my pay and 480 credit? Duty Period Minimum (DPM): This is the same provision we have in place today that guarantees you will receive a minimum of 4.0 TFP per for each duty period in a pairing. Today, if the raw or hard value of a […]
Q: How do the TA2 wage rates compare with the proposed AA/US Airways TA rates and the new increased rates Delta FAs will get in 2015? A: The Alaska TA2 pay rates are higher in every pay step and will continue to be throughout the life of the proposed 5-year deal. Q: I know the […]
A: No. That’s what happens today: the reality is that normally only those on duty get JA’d. With today’s technology (cell phones, caller ID, etc) FAs rarely answer the phone at home/off duty if they suspect that Crew Scheduling is calling to JA. Remember: Under the TA provisions, after the 15 minute debrief in Domicile, […]
A: This provision is an improvement and will help more FAs attain the 480 TFP threshold. Today’s 480 TFP calculation is based on a calendar year. Under TA2,If a FA was on a leave of absence and coordinated sick leave in any month, s/he can “reach back” beyond the calendar year if s/he did not […]
A: Alaska already has the highest vacation pay in the industry for carriers with PBS. Our vacation pay is 4 TFP per day – which translates to 4.52 block hours per day. As a comparison the AA/USA TA put the value of a vacation day at 3.5 block hours for “filler days” and 4.o block […]
A productivity premium is not a requirement, but in essence a bonus for the quarters Flight Attendants are able to achieve it. Not every Flight Attendant will achieve a Productivity Premium every quarter. Some Flight Attendants may earn the bonus every quarter, while some Flight Attendants may never earn it; and some Flight Attendants will […]
A: NO. Management expressed a strong interest in having FA managers experience our jobs first hand so they could understand the difficulties of our work environment and hopefully drive improvements. While management wanted them on as minimum crew, we pushed to have them be an extra. Having them on as a minimum crew would potentially […]
As promised here is the full TA language for 4K pairings. It is contained in Section 10 [Scheduling] Section 10.DD. LONG STAGE LENGTH (“4K”) DUTY PERIOD 1. At the Flight Attendant’s option, s/he may preference and may be awarded a sequence with one (1) or more Long Stage Length Duty Period(s), as defined in Section […]
A 4K pairing operates similar to a charter with the exception that it includes cities that are regularly scheduled routes. NO LINE HOLDER IS EVER FORCED TO FLY ONE THROUGH BIDDING, SECONDARY LINE GENERATION (UNSTACKING), REASSIGNMENT OR JA! The sequence can contain ONLY 2 legs that combined CAN NOT exceed 4,000 statute miles (2,000 out and […]
Your LEC presidents would like to explain their perspectives and voting record regarding TA2. Rather than attempting to include one statement from each of the five LECPs (which would make for an even longer communication), the four presidents who voted to release the TA for ratification with a “neutral” recommendation have crafted a general statement […]
A summary of TA2 is now posted online <http://afaalaska.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Print-FINAL-ALA-TA2-Summary-v3-11.10.14.pdf>. You will find the TA2 Summary housed on the new “Tentative Agreement” page < http://afaalaska.org/negotiations/ta> of the AFA Alaska website under ‘Negotiations.’ You will find additional information posted on the TA page such as Roadshow schedules, etc., that we will add to as time goes on. […]
Negotiating Committee and Master Executive Council met to review TA2 The Negotiating Committee and the Master Executive Council (MEC) met today in Seattle, WA, to review the full text language TA2 document. MEC votes to release TA2 for ratification 4 “yes” / 1 “no” After thorough review and consideration, the MEC has […]
Your Negotiating Committee (NC) has nearly finished formatting and proofing the final TA2 document. It has been sent to management’s team for review and we understand that review will occur early next week. NC to Present the TA to the Master Executive Council (MEC) on Thursday, November 6th The NC is planning to […]
The AFA Negotiating Committee has finished presenting the Agreement in Concept for TA2 to the Master Executive Council (MEC). This presentation led to a thorough discussion of the negotiated provisions. While all tentatively agreed and signed TA2 sections were available at the meeting, the MEC expressed a desire to see a complete, finalized document. The […]
Update: Your Negotiating Committee and Master Executive Council (MEC) are still hard at work. The MEC decided to continue the meeting through tomorrow evening before releasing more information. We realize many are anticipating more information this evening, but we ask that you please stand by for an update tomorrow. In Solidarity, Your MEC – Jeffrey […]
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What’s the 411 you ask? How does this negotiations thing work? What step are we currently at in the process? We voted down that last Tentative Agreement (TA), why aren’t we doing away with it and starting from scratch? Why don’t we reopen all sections? How do we know if a section is closed? Do […]
Converting $/ TFP → $/ Block Hour $/ TFP → $/ Block Hour $ amount (TFP) X 1.13 = $ Amount/ Block Hour Example: AS Top of Scale $rate currently $46.48/ TFP X 1.13 = $ 52.50 / Block Hour at other carriers Converting $/ Block Hour → $/ TFP $/ Block Hour → $/ […]
After several late nights, long hours and a flurry of activity here in Chicago, management and your Negotiating Committee have reached an agreement in concept. The next step of the process is the Negotiating Committee will present the agreement to the Master Executive Council (MEC) for approval per the AFA Constitution and Bylaws (C&B). Pending […]
Question: Wondering what your position is on this is article http://www.thestreet.mobi/story/12892492/1/american-flight-attendants-got-13-million-more-thanks-to-delta.html I expect us to exceed and surpass. Answer: Negotiations are a dynamic and fluid process. Many external situations impact and complicate contract negotiations. It is indeed an interesting and exciting story that at the final hour the Delta pay raise impacted […]
Mediation started off today in Chicago on a positive note. The parties, as mediated by National Mediation Board (NMB) Mediator Victoria Gray, signed tentative agreements (TAs) in the following sections: 8 – Hours of Service, 10 – Scheduling, 11 – Reserve, 12 – Exchange of Sequences, 15 – Leaves of Absence, 27 – General Association […]
Some Flight Attendants have asked to compare the value of the AA/US TA minimum “day” (based on duty period not calendar day) to the Alaska current and TA1 values. The AA/US TA has a duty period minimum (DPM) of 5.0 block-hours, which equates to 5.7 TFP at the conversion of 1.13 TFP per block-hour. The […]
Has Alaska Airlines management specified exactly how much more productivity they want from the flight attendants?
“Has [Alaska Airlines management] specified exactly how much more productivity they want from the flight attendants? I know many people are wondering this. If they have, maybe you could let us know! 🙂 And is it more TFP in general or…? Thanks! :-)” From Alaska Airlines Vice President of Inflight Services Andy Schneider:
AA/US Tentative Agreement Highlights AA/US Tentative Agreement Q&A Comparison of AA/US TA Rates to AS TA1 and Current
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We have protections in our AFA Contract at Alaska. Our contractual scope language protects our jobs. Scope language ensures that work traditionally performed by Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants remains our work every day we board a plane, close a bin, brief an exit row, and conduct predeparture equipment checks and services along with many other […]
The Negotiating Committee reviews all comments, concerns, suggestions and questions. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us. By channeling our voices in one direction the negotiating committee is able to evaluate and use feedback in our bargaining. Please use the feedback form and encourage others to as well. This way we will have […]
How many Sections are closed? 28 of 35 Sections are TA’d. What Sections are open and what are major topics in each? Section 3 – Scope (Management Flying) Section 11 – Reserve (ER days, Reserve reposition calendar) Section 12 – Exchange of Sequences (Open Time trial period) Section 14 – Vacation (480 provisions, accrual, 960 […]
How does Sick Leave Make-up work? A Flight Attendant who calls in sick, whether line holder or reserve, who accessed their sick leave bank will have the ability to restore the sick leave by picking up Sick Leave Reserve Days. Who will designate Sick Leave Make-up Days and the number of days? Crew Scheduling will […]
What are some of the changes in Section 32 during the last session? I am hearing different things on the line….. Do we still have to fly a leg prior to calling in sick online at domicile for check-in? In the last negotiating session the committee told management that many changes were required to meet […]
Did the negotiating committee review Section 23 and achieve a cap on our insurance? Yes, we achieved a 15% year on year cap on health care contribution and maintained the annual cost share caps from TA1.
SECTION 9 – JUNIOR AVAILABLE Can we have “limited immunity for trips traded off of FA’s original line” from the opener specified more thoroughly? Sure. We are proposing that if a Flight Attendant trades away – with Open Time or another Flight Attendant – a trip and does not replace flying on those days, then any days […]