CA Based Local Council Membership Meeting
As previously communicated, our local Council meeting will be Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1100 PDT. The meeting will be via Zoom and is open to all members of Councils 15 (SAN), 18 (LAX) and 35 (SFO) in good standing. The primary purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the AFA Board of Director’s meeting scheduled for May 13-14, and any local council agenda items. Please submit local council agenda items to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to May 5th, 2021. Advance registration is required using a personal (non-company) email address. To receive confirmation to attend, please register here.
MEC President Jeff Peterson has offered to be available to answer any questions regarding the Contract Extension Tentative Agreement during the first portion of the meeting.
Road Show Videos Posted For TA Extension Vote
All four virtual roadshows have been posted. Recordings of the Zoom sessions and their respective transcripts (when available) may be accessed from the Contract Extension 2021 webpage –> Virtual Roadshows –> Session Recordings.
The MEC highly encourages you to check out the 2nd roadshow with special guest panelists AFA Director of Collective Bargaining Joe Burns and Aviation Economist Dan Akins of FlightPath Economics.
Did Not Receive a Ballot or Misplaced Your Activation Code
Flight Attendants who do not receive their voting instructions with the 16-digit activation code after the polls open may request a new code and instructions by filling out an online form. Membership Services will process these requests and a new activation code with instructions will be emailed directly to the Member as soon as possible during regular business hours.
Alternatively, you may call the AFA Ballot Helpline at (800) 424-2401, choose option 1, then enter extension 706. Flight Attendants who have dues or membership issues should call AFA Membership Services at (800) 424-2401 and choose option 7.
AFA Membership Services and the AFA Ballot Helpline are staffed Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 5 PM EDT. The AFA International office is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so everyone is working from home. Please leave a voice message with your name, Peoplesoft number and a good callback number. Someone will return your call as soon as possible during regular business hours.
Dues, is the Invoice You Received Correct?
AFA International recently updated their billing systems. There were also several types of leaves due to Covid that may not have been coded consecutively. Your invoice may be showing you owe more than you do.
Before paying your invoice or if you’ve already paid please contact AFA Membership Services at (800) 424-2401 and choose option 7. AFA Membership Services is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 5 PM ET. Keep in mind that the AFA International office is currently closed due to the pandemic, so everyone is working from home. Please leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible during regular business hours.
You can also email San@afaalaska.org
We need to know the following
- Type or leave
- Month or months of each leave
- continuous or multiple leaves
- did you come back from leave and go out on a new one
- did you attend RT or RQ while on leave
The new uniforms have been on the line for about a year now. Since the new custom uniform was released during COVID, many Flight Attendants returning from furlough will be wearing it for the first time.
Wondering what the guidelines and policy are for the new uniform? Here is a link to the uniform page for guidelines, ordering, the fit center, etc: https://splash.alaskasworld.com/es/uniforms/
Need different uniform pieces? Different sizes? Here are some options to help if it is past the 90 day return policy:
- Trade your Uniform pieces (if it’s past the 90 day return policy) with other flight attendants by posting on the AS/QX in-flight new uniform Forum on Facebook AS / QX Uniform Trades
- Inquire with the Seattle Fit Center. They have limited pieces that you may possibly (not guaranteed) be able to exchange your pieces for if they have the size you need. These are pieces from flight attendants who have quit, retired etc. Phone: 206-392-7730, email: email@example.com
- You can also to order new pieces via the Uniform Webpage
Committee Chairs and Members Needed
The following Council 15 committees have vacancies in both the chair and member positions:
If you are interested in volunteering, please have a look at the position duties and responsibilities and reach out to your Council 15 officers at SAN@afaalaska.org.
Covid-19 Absence Reporting Form
If you accrued attendance points for sick leave usage under Section 32 (Attendance Policy) of the CBA for a COVID-19 related absence, you had the option to submit a “COVID-19 Absence Reporting Form.” Per the Bulletin dated April 12 2021. F/As on any leave of absence (including EVF or ELOA) as of the date of that Bulletin will have 14 calendar days to submit starting from their first day back to active service (the date you return from your leave of absence regardless of whether you fly that day or not. Ensure you include enough detail in question #6 of the form (the reason for the absence) so a thorough review may take place
Any future non-work-related sick leave absences due to COVID-19, from the date this Bulletin is published, through 5/31/21, must be substantiated with a non-work-related positive COVID-19 test from either the F/A or someone in the F/A’s immediate household to be considered for point reduction. Please submit your documentation to the following confidential email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you Contributing to 401k
We discovered many F/A’s are not taking advantage of their 401K company match. The previous company match was 7% its been 7.5% company match for 5 years. If you are able and you haven’t updated your contribution to 7.5% try and do so It all adds up in the long run. The % change is not automatic, you have to physically go into your Vanguard account or call Vanguard direct (800-523-1188).