February 8, 2013 @ 1430 PT
Dear Flight Attendants,
Due to severe weather on the East Coast, Alaska Airlines management and AFA have agreed to enact the “Natural Disasters and Acts of War” provision in section 8.S of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. This agreement went into effect yesterday late afternoon and will remain in place through Monday, February 11, 2013, for all flights serving Boston (BOS) and Newark (EWR). Several flights have already been canceled: Feb. 8 – BOS flights 30 &12, EWR flights 8 & 14; Feb. 9 – BOS flight 30. DCA and PHL are in normal operation. Unfortunately, the decision to enact 8.S came a little too late to remove a crew from BOS yesterday early afternoon, so they will remain stranded there (with pay protection or stranded pay, as appropriate) until service resumes. All others have been returned to domicile or are on their way.
The provisions of 8.S will allow over-duty pairings to be built in order to “re-populate” those routes once service is restored. Double-out compensatory rest and premiums apply to these pairings. A link to the letter of agreement enacting 8.S can be found here:
AFA LOA 2012-02-07-A “Enacting 8.S Natural Disaster Language: Boston/Newark Snow Storm February 2013”:
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Terry Taylor, Yvette Gesch, Melanie Buker, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn and Sandra Morrow