ANC Roadshow Q&A 12/4/14
Section 3 – Scope
Q: Are we able to write up safety and service concerns specific to behaviors or actions of manager/supervisors flying?
A: Yes. File an incident report.
Q: How did management embrace the final TA regarding management flying?
A: They were upset there were restrictions within the provisions specifically related to the cancellation language. They were ok with the flying as an extra.
Q: Do you see this as an open door for the next contract?
Q: If a manager is laid off would could they come back to being a Flight Attendant?
A: Only if they were eligible and were originally a Flight Attendant who transferred to management and then subsequently transfers back to a Flight Attendant.
Q: Will they wear uniforms?
A: They may, there is no contractual requirement that they do wear a uniform.
Q: How often to expect to be exposed to management flying?
A: Unknown. There is no contractual requirement. Managers/Supervisors must adhere to the duty hour limitations of our agreement and CFRs. Duty in the office will count towards duty on the aircraft. They don’t receive additional compensation.
Q: Will Brad, Ben or Andy be a manager flying?
A: No. They have not gone through the training to be a FAA-certified Flight Attendant.
Q: Why has Andy not gone through training?
A: We’ve been in negotiations for a majority of the time she has been our VP of Inflight. There is a commitment to attend training once a TA is ratified.
Section 8 – Hours of Service
Q: On the 15 minute debrief could they shrink the bases?
A: There are so many factors to say yes, no or maybe. There could be an affect on hiring in the future. There wouldn’t be enough flying pulled back with the 15 minutes to have a huge affect. It could affect, in professional opinion not a drastic affect.
Q: Can a supervisor step on the plane within the 15 minute debrief and tell me I am JA’d?
Q: There is not ability to use debrief adjustment to be JA’d?
A: No. That is our position.
Section 9 – Junior Availability and Premium OT
Q: If I am on a scheduled sit and scheduling is paging me over the PA could I be JA’d on my sit?
A: Yes, you are to remain contactable during ground time.
Q: Am I required to be contactable on my layover for JA?
A: No. However, in some circumstances you are required to return contact within a specific time period. See Section 8.Q. Contactability while on duty or on a layover. The benefit of accepting a JA assignment allows someone the ability to post the trip with the premium for pick up.
Section 10 – Scheduling
Q: What 4k turns is ANC legal for?
A: You are eligible for 4k duty periods. Currently there are no ANC 4k turns. The 4k duty periods would be contained in multiday sequences.
Q: Why a 90/10 split?
A: NC wanted to ensure flying was rotated to other domiciles.
Q: What protects us from the company making a mistake and assigning 4k pairings?
A: The language is very clear. In disputes we file grievances if the error is not corrected. Iron clad in the agreement that 4ks cannot be assigned to a line holder.
Q: Are we opening the door for changes such as duty day and 480?
A: In any negotiation process the parties may change their positions and priorities. If a subsequent TA3 was negotiated the Company could change 480 to 600 and 10hrs 30 minutes to 12 hrs 30 minutes. There are always what ifs, pros and cons to each argument. It is part of your overall consideration. The changes however do not happen unless the membership ratifies the changes to the agreement.
Q: Is 4k opt in a month to month instruction?
A: Yes. You must opt in either in your monthly bid or default to be awarded or bid for pairings.
Q: Can the Company give more than 10% 4k rotation?
A: Yes, the 10% 4k rotation is a minimum.
Q: What are the hours of a 4k night preference?
A: The same as a redeye today. A redeye departs between 1400 and 0400 and arrives between 0200 and 12 noon. We will be adding a definition in Section 5.
Section 11 – Reserve
Q: Do hours on APSB count towards double out rest?
Section 12 – Exchange of Sequences
Q: When will new OT be implemented?
A: August 2015.
Q: Will this new OT system be in emaestro or a subsequent system?
A: Initially this will be part of emaestro and then when the new system is ready in August 2015 we switch to Enterprise.
Q: So will the new trading times take effect immediately or in August 2015?
A: In August 2015.
Q: Some penalty if they don’t meet the implementation?
A: We would file a grievance. They cannot willfully drag their feet. No monetary penalties.
Q: How long does a grievance take to be heard?
A: Depends on the grievance. AFA has some discretion over grievances and which would be next on the agenda. This is a priority.
Q: Can management after two weeks cancel the OT trial?
A: No. The parties have to mutually agree to decrease or increase threshold numbers while continuing to test the system.
Q: With the ability for Crew Scheduling to pick up trips in one ways does that eliminate personal drops?
A: No. Personal Drops are still available.
Q: What is a Jet Bridge Trade?
A: Entire sequence or part of sequence you trade under 3 hours all the way up to boarding.
Q: Why is the Jet Bridge trade allowed between FAs of the same domicile.
A: Crew Scheduling has to create a limo. One destination created to another destination. Sick Online is an example where the limo you. It is a manual process. Once scheduling because more comfortable with the process we plan to expand this program.
Q: On a Jet Bridge Trade where there is a layover, who receives the hotel?
A: The hotel situation will need to be worked out between the two parties.
Q: Can I pre-plan a Jet Bridge trade?
A: With another flight attendant in your domicile, yes. You will not pre-plan with Crew Scheduling. You will make the call to scheduling to complete the trade.
Section 14 – Vacation
Q: As a NC did you try to increase our vacation daily value?
A: Yes in the amount per day we asked for more. We were not successful in achieving a provision that increased the value of a vacation day.
Section 16 – Sick Leave and On the Job Injury
Q: If I call out sick for a 4 day trip, receive 2 points, but subsequently call in well for 2 days, how many points am I assessed?
A: 1 point, .5 point per day.
Q: Will sick leave make up start immediately if TA ratifies?
Section 21 – Compensation
Q: Is it true that some of the steps only received a little above or equal to $5.00?
A: Yes. Some of the newer steps and top of scale. Different percentages.
Q: Will our SEA 3 day be worth 8 TFP?
A: No, the minimum pay rule will build and pay 12 TFP with the Multiday Sequence Minimum.
Q: What does not count toward my line award in PBS?
A: ADPG and Sit Time
Q: Will the ADPG and Sit time be counted towards achieving the QPP?
Q: Does my QPP qualify for a 401K matching?
A: Yes. It is paid as regular income
Q: Does my QPP qualify towards my PBP?
Q: Will Minimum Pay Rules be automated?
Section 22 – Expenses
Section 23 – Insurance
Q: What is self insured?
A: Means the Company assumes the risk. Receives a benefit. Keeps rates lower. There is oversight and requirements to remain self insured.
Q: After 2020 will our rates stay frozen?
A: Yes, the dollar amount you pay stays frozen.
Section 27 – General Association
Q: Is the Scheduling Chair a full time position?
Q: What happens when the Scheduling Chair is on vacation?
A: Another member of the MEC will cover the position.
Q: Will we be able to contact the Scheduling Chair.
A: Yes, for some situations you may also want to make contact with your Local Officers.
Section 32 – Attendance Policy
Q: Does sequence recovery for a no show mitigate the points?
Q: Is counseling disciplinary?
A: No. It is not impactful to attendance for step of discipline.
Random Q & A:
Q: Is the 1/12 reduction still the same application as current as in TA2 for vacation accrual?
Q: Is there a flying requirement to use my point reduction form?
A: No. Same application as today.
Q: How are we protected from outsourcing of SkyWest? Can we stop it?
A: If Alaska Airlines purchases other aircraft and operates as Alaska Airlines then we are protected. Unless Alaska Airlines pilots achieve seat protections we will not have additional scope. The ship set sail when AAG purchased QX and ultimately added CPA flying using SkyWest for those specific protections.
Q: What is the maximum amount of points I can occur in a single continuous occurrence?
A: 2.5 points.