Management is going forward with implementation of the new crew tracking system despite AFA’s objections (see “AFA Objects to January 30th Jeppesen Crew Exchange Cutover”). So now what?
Voluntary Paid Computer-Based Training (1 TFP)
Alaska Airlines management developed Crew Access Instructional videos in partnership with the AFA Scheduling Committee and other Flight Attendant Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) selected by AFA. You can access the videos here: http://www.aagtechnologyuniversity.com/as-inflight/crewscheduling/learning-roadmap.html. Although this computer-based training (CBT) is not required, AFA advocated for the training to be paid and management has agreed to do so.
If you watch all the video tutorials and score 100% on the three-question quiz within 30 minutes of starting the quiz, you will be compensated 1 TFP. AFA highly encourages everyone to take advantage of this paid resource!
Quick Reference Guides
Quick reference guides are located on the same web page as the links to the video tutorials. There are four helpful topics:
Base Sits and Voluntary Unpaid Classroom Instruction
Management is working with the MEC, the AFA Scheduling Committee and the Flight Attendant Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to arrange base sits in all domiciles as well as voluntary unpaid classroom instruction in select locations. Management will communicate the details shortly.
Please keep in mind that the AFA Scheduling Committee members and SMEs are available as friendly peer resources. They can certainly pass along feedback to management about the new Jeppesen Crew Access (JCA) system, but they are not responsible for implementation nor are they “experts” on JCA due to limited training. They also have had no opportunity to practice on a fully functional system prior to live launch.
Upcoming trip trading freeze and the associated contractual grievance
In order to implement the new crew tracking system, all Flight Attendant trade will be suspended starting at 8pm Pacific Time on Monday, January 30, 2017, for up to 78 hours. AFA filed a contractual grievance on the issue in August 2016 (see “Trip Trading Freeze Part 1” and “Trip Trading Freeze Part 2” for more information). The MEC believes we are on the cusp of finalizing an acceptable settlement agreement to resolve the contractual grievance. Stay tuned for additional developments hopefully early next week!
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Linda Christou, Lisa Pinkston, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Tim Green, Brice McGee; MEC Scheduling Committee Chairperson Jake Jones and MEC Grievance Committee Chairperson Stephanie Adams