Distribution begins on Monday
Alaska Airlines management will begin distributing the iPhone 6+ as our Inflight Mobile Device beginning on Monday, March 9, 2015. Distribution will continue over the next six weeks. There will be no less than twenty-one days available per domicile to pick up the device with additional accommodations made for the Los Angeles co-terminals. Management will provide dedicated staff to distribute the device.
Flight Attendants will be compensated 0.5 TFP for picking up the iPhone 6+
AFA and management have agreed to pay and credit flight attendants one-half (0.5) TFP for simply picking up the iPhone 6 Plus. The 0.5 TFP will serve as a “bonus” towards achieving the Quarterly Productivity Premium (QPP) in whatever quarter the device is picked up (Q1 for March, Q2 for April). The estimated amount of time to pick up the device is between five and fifteen minutes. However, flight attendants should allot up to a half-hour. The pay will be reflected in the flight attendant’s next adjustment check associated with the date of device pick up. “Early adopters” who have already received the iPhone 6+ will likewise be paid and credited one-half (0.5) TFP.
Arrangement for pick up
Flight attendants may pick up the iPhone 6+ either on or off duty. A Flight attendant who does not have scheduled flying or airport standby during the scheduled pick up dates must make arrangements with Inflight supervisor to receive her or his device at a mutually agreed-upon time and place. Nobody will be disciplined for not picking up the iPhone 6+ during the required period but everybody will be issued a device and are expected to make a good faith effort to facilitate this process.
Los Angeles co-terminal arrangements
For Los Angeles-based flight attendants who wish to pick up her or his iPhone 6+ in a co-terminal, she or he must pre-arrange to do so through a sign-up process. No less than two days will be available in Burbank (BUR), two days in Ontario (ONT) and five days in Orange County (SNA). Each co-terminal session will be no less than six hours and targeted around scheduled crew check-in times.
Pick up does not constitute training
This is not training. Nobody is expected to start using the Inflight Mobile Device for a couple months. For now, the iPhone 6+ is being issued simply in order to familiarize flight attendants with the device. Additional training will occur at a later date prior to any required use.
More information about the Inflight Mobile Device
A copy of the Inflight Mobile Devices Distribution Letter of Agreement is here. We know many of you will have additional questions. More information regarding the Inflight Mobile Device will be forthcoming in the next few days.
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Your MEC—Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Yvette Gesch, Becky Strachan, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Sandra Morrow and Stephen Couckuyt