Grievance filed in June 2015
On June 18, 2015, AFA Alaska filed Grievance No. 36-99-2-26-15 Quarterly Productivity Premium (QPP). The grievance requested an investigation and hearing into whether the Company violated Section 21.R [Quarterly Productivity Premium] and all related section of the Collective Bargaining Agreement when it excluded Flight Attendants who did not receive a PBS bid award due to leave status from the QPP. Effective July 23, 2015, the Master Executive Council (MEC) is pleased to announce the grievance has been settled. A copy of the signed grievance settlement can be found by clicking here.
0 TFP threshold (including carry-in and pre-planned absences) on no-bid status January through July 2015
For the months of January through July 2015, Flight Attendants who did not receive a PBS bid award in each applicable month due to leave status (medical-related leaves, staffing adjustment leaves, military leaves, Company Business and Union Business leaves, etc.) will have their QPP threshold set at zero (0.0) Trips For Pay (TFP) plus any TFP from month-end carry-in and pre-planned absences. This is the original “AFA interpretation” of Section 21.R.
Q1 and Q2 QPP payments
Second quarter (Q2) QPP (April through June) will be paid normally on August 5th. Any Flight Attendants who will now achieve Q1 QPP (January through March) will be made whole by receiving a retroactive payment no later than September 30, 2015.
75.0 TFP threshold (excluding carry-in and pre-planned absences) on no-bid status starting August 2015
Starting in August 2015, AFA and management agreed that Flight Attendants who did not receive a PBS bid award due to leave status will have their QPP threshold set at 75 .0 TFP for each month on no-bid status. Month-end carry-in and pre-planned absences will be excluded in such months.
Settlement language incorporated into the final print version of the contract
The following settlement language will be incorporated into the final print version of the contract currently being indexed as the new Section 21.R.2 (and all other paragraphs afterwards will be advanced by one citation):
“For any full bid month in which a Flight Attendant is on a ‘no bid’ status, the TFP equivalent of her/his bid award will be seventy-five (75.0) TFP. The TFP value of any month-end overlap carry-in or pre-planned absences will be excluded in a ‘no bid’ month for the purposes of determining the TFP equivalent of her/his bid award.”
Settlement should alleviate concerns regarding perceived inequality in achieving QPP for those on no-bid status
This grievance settlement should alleviate the concerns some Flight Attendants have expressed that QPP is perceived as easier to achieve for those on no-bid status than for those flying on the line. That was never the intent of the Negotiating Committee when this provision was negotiated. QPP was proposed in the last days of negotiations and the parties had very limited time in which to make adjustments to the provision. After some discussion management essentially took the position that QPP was a “take it or leave it” provision. Because QPP had the potential to put money into the pockets of many Flight Attendants, the Negotiating Committee accepted the QPP language as it was.
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Please contact a Local Executive Council (LEC) officer if you believe you are eligible for the Q2 QPP and you do not receive the payment as scheduled on August 5, 2015; if you believe you are eligible for the Q1 QPP retro payment and do not receive one by September 30, 2015; or if you have any general questions or concerns about the QPP settlement.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Yvette Gesch, Becky Strachan, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Sandra Morrow, Stephen Couckuyt; MEC Grievance chairperson Jennifer Wise MacColl; and AFA Senior Staff Attorney Kimberley Chaput
Your Contract Committee – MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Kristy Stratton, Lisa Pinkston, Jake Jones, Christina Frees and AFA Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo