VOICE Comment Card Report May 2013
Your Negotiating Committee reviews all comment cards submitted by members and posts those each month for transparency. Please know that we appreciate all comments, concerns and feedback. Some of the comments submitted maybe in Sections that have not yet been discussed, they may be included in our opening proposal (posted on AFA website http://www.alaskamec.org), our previous survey or may have already been addressed. Your opinions do count and we will continue to respond to concerns and comments not previously addressed or as sections become available.
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Comment Card Topics:
Scheduling/hours of service: 5
Sick Leave/attendance: 3
Hotel/Crew Meals: 0
Contract Language: 7
I was sitting APSB and didn’t answer my phone. They called on the inflight (above the C gates) to give me my assignment 8 minutes later. I immediately answered andreceived2.5 points. I was under the impression that we had a 15-minute window of notification, but when sitting APSB the contract is “silent”. Can we add wording that sets a clear window and takes the power away from crew scheduling, and personal preference?
There will be clarification in the new agreement in regards to calling Scheduling back within five (5) minutes of a phone call when on APSB. You are correct the contract is silent but the expectation is you are readily available while on APSB.
If you have to call in a MBL and scheduling sees the plane is late then scheduling will change your check-in time. I got a MBL and got there 30 minutes prior to the plane arriving.
Make no changes to the compensation proposal, i.e. ask for SWA pay.
The new 900-ER, we need a 5th on the new ER Sky Interior plane.
Our 1 week of vacation back.
Trip rate same as SWA
Exact wording of “irregular ops”
Higher trip minimum per day (6 trips)
T Wood, SEAFA
Thank you for all your hard work, you are doing awesome!
Thanks to the negotiating committee! I want a fair raise comparable to SWA, less minimum flying 480 or less per year!
-If AS corporate says we are the “best in the industry” then pay us the best!!! Our pay should match and continue to match SWA contract as their contract changes! -Sick leave accrual should increase not decrease! -Health benefits should cost less and not continue to cover less and less! -Commuter’s should be allowed to pay out of their own pocket in lump sum for parking at their commuting out of airport. Can be paid to AS even with a processing fee and AS pays commuter airport for airport employee parking. -All airport sits should be paid. Force company to be more efficient with crew! -Min Duty rig should increase to match SWA and continue to match. -NO duty day increase! -Rest minimum should increase from no less than 10 and half hour scheduled to 12. Long van rides cut into that rest and FA’s have to apply uniform standard makeup and hair which takes extra time in the morning. Meaning less than 8 hours sleep. -Crew scheduling should be required to leave detailed message or don’t call at all! SHould not be allowed to call with emergent nature…”call us immediately” in order to JA on a FA’s day off. Harassment. -We “the labor”, “the back bone” of the company should benefit from the soaring profit as does corporate! The company can run without their religious ideals but it can’t run without us! The Back Bone! The Labor! -Want to show us appreciation then pay us what we deserve! Don’t treat us as though we are best friends like the used car salesmen down the street. Telling us we all have to stick together and fight these lost cost carriers (fight, fight, fight) meanwhile sneaking out the back door with 7.5 million dollar bonuses! -It must be made “beyond a shadow of a doubt” clear, that we do not have an office cubicle job allowing us to go to work with colds and sprains, splints and so forth. We can’t work half a day then go home to our own beds every night! Our sick leave, point system and/or employment protection mechanisms must not only remain but be bolstered! -This contract must have verbage so clear and precise that Scheduling cannot change the perception of a paragraph or sentence to suit their needs and steal from labor!!! Don’t settle, we’ve already given too much and no we don’t have to negotiate from the standpoint that we also have to give up something…No! The company does not empower the people! The people empower the company!!! If the company has a new angle then AFA should have a new addendum and retain the right to addend at any time. Stand strong together! LABOR POWER!
The JA section needs to stay more similar to the stipulations in the contract currently. Including calling FA’s and giving the option of a different day off.