As mentioned in the previous merger negotiations update, the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) is scheduled to meet in Seattle the entire week this coming week (February 5-9) as a final push towards completing a Tentative Merger Agreement. The JNC is pleased to report that we are confident we will be able to close out the remaining open items this week.
The JNC is planning to present the comprehensive full text agreement to the Master Executive Council (MEC) on Monday, February 12. If the MEC votes to release the tentative agreement (TA) for membership ratification, then the TA will go out for a vote. AFA would not normally publish a contract roadshow schedule at this point in the process, but pre-merger Virgin America (pmVX) Flight Attendants are bidding for March right now and pre-merger Alaska Airlines (pmAS) Flight Attendants will be bidding for March shortly. Consequently, the MEC is supportive of releasing a proposed roadshow schedule prior to the formal presentation of the full text TA by the JNC to the MEC.
To recap, the proposed roadshow schedule is based on these assumptions:
- The JNC will finalize all provisions with management and the parties will complete a comprehensive full text TA prior to the JNC’s presentation to the MEC, and
- The MEC approves the TA for membership ratification.
*** The following proposed roadshow schedule is subject to change or cancellation if the above conditions are not met. ***
Morning: 9 am – Noon, Afternoon: 1 pm – 4 pm (All times local.)
Tu 3/6 – ANC – Morning & Afternoon
Th 3/8 – SEA 1 – Morning & Afternoon
F 3/9 – PDX – Morning & Afternoon
Sa 3/10 – SEA 2 – Morning & Afternoon
M 3/12 – SFO 1 – Morning & Afternoon
Tu 3/13 – SFO 2 – Morning & Afternoon
W 3/14 – LAX 1 (LAX) – Morning & Afternoon
Th 3/15 – LAX 2 (SNA) – Morning & Afternoon
F 3/16 – SAN – Morning & Afternoon
Any pmAS or pmVX FAs are welcome to attend any and all sessions. Please be aware that only AFA members in good standing may vote on the TA, so it is extremely important that pmAS FAs are current on their dues and pmVX FAs have completed an AFA membership application prior to the vote. We are anticipating that voting would open shortly after the completion of roadshows in mid-March and would end in early April.
More updates to follow pending the outcome of this week’s session!
Your JNC – MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Jennifer Wise MacColl, Jamie Cogen, Lindsey Steele and AFA Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo