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The 2022 Recurrent Training (RT) program is underway at all training locations. Read on for information about preflight oral evaluations and acceptable deviations to emergency evacuations commands. For those who are attending RT in Seattle, be aware that the training facility has moved this year. Check the RT website for information about the new location, directions, and parking. Safety measures such as continued social distancing and HEPA filtration systems in RT classrooms will be in place as a result of AFA advocacy. These measures should be in place as of January 12.
Our AFA Human Rights Committee Chairpersons met on Tuesday, January 11 to discuss their ongoing program of work to advance human rights within our workplace and community. The Committee also met with management to receive updates on what progress has been made on concerns that had been previously brought forward and address new concerns that have been brought forward. The meeting with management was originally scheduled to be held on December 6 but was cancelled at the last minute due to inflight management changes that took place at around the same time. If you have ideas, thoughts, or feedback for the committee, your Local Human Rights Committee Chairperson would love to hear from you!
Our AFA Representatives have been successful in getting management to agree to additional onboard service reductions in light of the current spike of COVID-19 cases nationwide. Any flight currently scheduled for more than one beverage service will be reduced to only one service regardless of the length of the flight. Additional reductions include changes to the food pre-order system based depending on the length of the flight. Changes take effect today and are scheduled to be in place through January 31, 2022. As always, please continue to report any safety-related issues with onboard service using a Flight Attendant Irregularity Report (FAIR) in ReportIt! Please report any catering issues using the catering feedback function in Block2Block. Management needs to hear about the challenges we’re facing!
Our AFA Alaska Master Executive Council (MEC) met this week from Tuesday, January 4 through Thursday, January 6 to conduct their ongoing work to represent our Flight Attendants. As part of the meeting, the MEC met with members of inflight, labor relations, and executive management to discuss issues and concerns that are facing our work group and need to be addressed. The last two days of the meeting were spent interviewing candidates for the three Negotiating Committee Member positions. The MEC selected several candidates to advance to the final interviews to be held on Wednesday, January 26.
The snowfall that occurred over the last several days in the Pacific Northwest has caused operational havoc throughout the Alaska Airlines system. Many Flight Attendants are being impacted by cancelled flights, reassignments, and other scheduling issues. Your contract is one of the best resources to help answer questions about pre-cancellations, reassignments, duty times, and rest. The AFA Scheduling Committee has also put together an updated quick reference guide with some key contractual information. If your flying has been impacted by the snowstorm and you have contractual questions or concerns, please open a support ticket using the AFA Alaska Support Center. AFA Representatives are working to resolve issues as expeditiously as possible.
December 2021 MEC Meeting Recap Master Executive Council (MEC) President Jeffrey Peterson Just wrapped up chairing our monthly MEC meeting yesterday and today. As usual, your AFA committee chairs and reps provided written reports to the MEC about the latest developments in their areas, and we received live briefings regarding dispute resolution & grievances, scheduling, […]
Master Executive Council (MEC) President Jeffrey Peterson Now that is has been officially announced that Travis will be stepping away as leader of the Inflight division, I thought Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants might want to hear from their MEC president. I may not always be at liberty to communicate the details of every conversation advocating […]
For my first “Message from the MEC President,” I thought I would share an email I sent to executive management earlier today regarding Flight Attendant low morale: I already received this in response: Jeff and the MEC, Thank you for sharing the specific concerns and opportunities below. A number of us, including Constance and Todd […]