What goes into effect today, Saturday, January 31, 2015?
New Junior Assignment provisions
If the operation requires flight attendants to be Junior Assigned, Crew Scheduling will no longer call flight attendants at home in addition to JA’ing F/As on duty. JA will move exclusively to F/As on duty only in inverse seniority order of those legal for the assignment. If your phone rings and you are off duty, no more worrying about whether or not it is CSKD!
Voluntary Junior Available (VJA) is still in effect through the April bid month. Premium Open Time will replace VJA in May.
Management flying as an extra
Management may fly as an extra position. The program is likely to start slowly but Inflight management’s latest goal is for each base supervisor to fly one sequence per month with one overnight sequence per quarter. However, there is no limit to the number of times a supervisor may fly as an extra.
Inflight has pledged a good faith effort to notify crews in advance of the flight that a supervisor will be part of the crew compliment as an extra position. Although there is no contractual requirement, notification is being targeted for the day prior if possible. Members of senior Inflight leadership such as Ron Calvin are determining the supervisors’ assignments.
Discipline may not result from a supervisor working as an extra being a “sole source” of discipline. This means in order for crew to be subject to discipline there would have to me multiple sources of information to corroborate an observation made by a supervisor working as an extra. Safety issues will be eligible for submission under ASAP. If you have less than a positive experience with a supervisor working as an extra, please contact your LEC leadership to provide feedback so AFA can pass this along to upper management.
Section 3 Scope D.1.c.1-4:
3.D1.c. Inflight management may work as a Flight Attendant on a sequence under the following provisions:
(1.) The Inflight management employee may work a scheduled sequence only in an open position as the D FA on a three (3) person crew or an E FA on a four (4) person crew.
(2.) S/he will be considered a working member of the crew and must follow all requirements in the Flight Attendant Manual (FAM) and all limitations in the applicable Sections of the CBA (e.g. duty and rest provisions). S/he will be considered a “crewmember” for the purpose of this provision. Her/his effective seniority will be considered to be the most junior Flight Attendant on that flight.
(3.) The Inflight management employee must work an entire sequence or a portion of a sequence broken at a SIP. The sequence must be legally constructed out of a Flight Attendant domicile.
(4.) No single-source discipline may result from the Inflight management employee’s presence on the sequence. Safety issues will be eligible for submission under the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP).
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Your Contract Committee—MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Kristy Stratton, Lisa Pinkston, Jake Jones, Christina Frees and AFA Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo