Probationary flight attendants are unable to vote for a contract and are not yet dues paying members. Generally this will exclude them from a signing bonus. However, we didn’t want to leave anyone out and believed that $500, paid at the point of successful completion of probation, was a great way to include our newest FA family.
Those that have topped out on the pay scale were unable to be moved beyond the 2nd place in the industry position that they had already achieved with TA1 rates. Management refused to move the top beyond the 10.8% they gave to the pilots top of scale. As a result, we felt it was important to include more in their signing bonus.