When it’s time to renew your passport, the contract has a process outlined to ensure that you only fly domestic trips while your passport is out of your possession. If your passport is in the renewal process and you have international flying on your line, the pre-cancellation language outlined in section 10.S.12 will be used to find alternative flying. If no flying is available that meets this language, pay protection as outlined in section 10.S applies as long as your attempt to renew your passport was initiated at least 15 days before the expiration date of your passport (see section 22.D [expenses/passport renewals] and the addendum to section 22 #1).
Inflight bulletin #2014-0218 also has information about expediting passport renewals.
You are entitled to AFA representation when you have a discussion or meeting with management and the possibility of discipline exists for you, another Flight Attendant or another employee. If a supervisor contacts you, you have a right to ask, “Could this conversation result in discipline?” If so, we recommend that you tell the supervisor that you would like an AFA representative before having any further discussion. The supervisor should provide you with the name and phone number for your Local Executive Council (LEC) President. Regardless of whether there is a possibility of discipline, you can always contact your Local Grievance Committee for AFA representation. You can find contact information for your Local Grievance Committee on the AFA Alaska website.
Probationary Flight Attendants may also ask for an AFA representative to be present in a supportive (non-representational) role. Again, if you are asked to provide a written statement or account of events, you are always entitled to confer with an AFA representative prior to doing so; this is also true for probationary Flight Attendants.
The Grievance Committee has recently noticed an increase in discipline for using profanity, making discriminatory statements, and sitting in passenger seats playing games or watching movies. Management is taking a hard line on these issues regardless of intent or seniority. In many instances, they are skipping steps of progressive discipline and going straight to suspension without pay or even termination. Management says this increase in discipline is coming from the Legal department and upper management. We will continue to dispute inappropriate and/or inconsistent discipline and are available to represent all members regardless of circumstance.
Medical/Maternity/Workers’ Compensation/LTD/STD Leaves
If you are contemplating taking a leave, be sure to contact your Local Benefits Committee for assistance. Members of the Benefits Committee have specialized expertise involving leaves of absence and can help to guide you through the complicated leave process.
Sick Leave and Attendance Points
Management takes the following position regarding short sick calls and the associated 2.5 attendance points: even if management can back date a medical leave, they will not remove short sick call points associated with the dates of the leave. This can be an issue if you are struggling with an illness. The following is a recap of contractual provisions regarding sick leave.
“Short Sick Call” or FS2 (formerly S2 in eMaestro)
Contract section 30.C.5
If a Flight Attendant calls in sick less than two 2 hours prior to scheduled check in, then s/he will be given 2.5 points with no option for quarterly point reduction.
“Sick Leave on Line at Scheduled Check-in” or FSB (formerly SB in eMaestro)
Contract section 30.C.6
If a Flight Attendant scans in on time and subsequently calls in sick later than scheduled check-in time, then s/he will be given 0.5 points in addition to the points value of the trip, e.g., 1-day is 1.0 points (0.5 points + 0.5 points), 2 day is 1.5 points (0.5 points + 1.0 points), et cetera. If the Flight Attendant is on FMLA then s/he will receive no points.
“Sick Leave on Line” or FSO (formerly SO in eMaestro)
Contract section 30.C.7
If a Flight Attendant calls in sick after flying one leg, then s/he will be given only points for the value of the trip, e.g., 1-day trip is 0.5 points, 2-day trip is 1.0 points, etc.
Please make sure you are familiar with the above provisions, especially if you are struggling with an illness and point accumulation.
For further questions, contact one of your LEC Officers. Contact information for your LEC Officers can be found on your Local Council page of the AFA Alaska website.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Linda Christou, Lisa Pinkston, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Tim Green, Brice McGee and MEC Grievance Committee Chairperson Stephanie Adams