SAN LAX SFO Membership Meeting Nov 16
The next membership meeting for Council 15 members will be Monday, November 16, 2020 at 1100 on Zoom. The purpose will be to discuss the AFA Board of Director’s Meeting scheduled for November 18, 2020. This meeting will be a combined council meeting and open to all Council 15, 18 and 35 members in good standing (up-to-date on dues). You must register to attend. If you have any agenda items to discuss or specific questions please submit to SAN@afaalaska.org by November 9, 2020.
Increases to High-Deductible Health Insurance Plan
Your Council 15 Officers have fielded many questions regarding increases in the consumer choice health insurance plan. The JCBA §23.A.3 defines the option: “The Company will offer a high-deductible group-insurance plan. Flight Attendants will pay no more than any other work group to participate in the plan.” The regular PPO is limited to a 15% increase over current rates in §23.A.1 and did not increase for 2021. The PPO rates are frozen at the 2019 rates per JCBA§23.A.2
Multi-Factor Authentication coming soon
Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is a security process for authenticating users by requiring two methods to sign in – generally a password and another form of identification. Many already using this process to access sites such as online banking, and Alaska is now rolling it out to all employees for PeopleSoft and Office365 products. The deadline to enroll in MFA is December 1, and employees that do not enroll by the deadline will be locked out of AS accounts. Enrollment information will be sent to all employees via company email.
FMLA Qualifications after Staffing and Furlough Mitigations Leaves
To qualify for FMLA, FAs need to work 504 hours within a rolling 12 month period. With so many FAs taking leaves this year, qualifying for FMLA is a struggle for many. AFA approached management to request a waiver or exemption to qualifying hours. Management declined to change required hours to remain consistent with other work groups in the company. This means that if an FA doesn’t qualify for FMLA, the intermittent leave option will not be available. Continuous leaves will be offered through Matrix as a (non-FMLA) medical leave.
Trending Performance Investigations and Disciplines
Discipline for failing to complete quarterly CBTs are continue to trend. Flight Attendants returning from leave are given 60 days to complete CBTs. The Council 15 Grievance Committee has been successful in assisting FAs dispute discipline when evidence of technical difficulties exist. Being busy and forgetting to complete the CBT has not been accepted as extenuating circumstances to miss a CBT deadline and the discipline will remain. If more than one CBT deadline is missed, discipline will progress to higher steps on the discipline scale (ie 2 missed CBTs in 18 month period will escalate to a Written Warning).
Reserves that spend their reserve days out-of-base or not remaining within airport during airport standby continue to be investigated. Violations of the reserve proximity requirements will result in termination on the first offense. Please see JCBA§11 for rules regarding reserve availability periods.
Contacting AFA Officers
Please, Do Not call from a blocked phone number. Blocked Calls/Voicemail are filtered out and may not be delivered.
Please, Do Not send messages via Facebook Messenger (or any 3rd party message App).
Please, Do Not email over Company servers (@alaskaair.com).
The company has access to all communications on company servers. Assume every email sent or received via Co Email will be seen by management.
Member run Facebook Pages are NOT actively monitored by AFA. Therefore, there should be no expectation that any AFA officer will see or address any issues or complaints posted on those pages.
If you need assistance, please reach out to your AFA Reps via appropriate channels and provide details for us to assist you.
Please contact us using the following approved platforms:
Registered Commuter Status
Key reminders for F/As who are registered commuters D8Y Status:•
- Commuting using the D8Y boarding priority is only permitted when traveling to/from work.
- F/As are not eligible to use when traveling for personal reasons.
F/As must submit an update request or removal request via the Commuter Form on the Inflight Website if any of the following events have changed since originally enrolling in the Commuter program.
- Registered commuter city, primary residential address, permanent domicile, temporary base swap
Commuting using the D8Y boarding priority is not permitted when:
- Beginning or completing an out of base pick up
- When choosing to be released from a deadhead originally scheduled to return F/A to domicile,
- F/A travels to a city that is not their registered commuter city and then flies to their domicile(exception: making a legal connection en route from the F/A’s registered commuter city to the F/A’s domicile or vice versa).