AFA Meeting Oct 8th 12:00 to 3:00
AFA Constitution and Bylaws require that local councils hold a membership meeting twice per calendar year. Our first meeting of the year was held in May to discuss the AFA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda.
This meeting is open to all Council 15 members in good standing. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide members the opportunity to meet your Officers. Please come ready to ask questions and participate in the discussions regarding merger negotiations, bidding and the latest issues impacting Council 15 members. The meeting will be in the Volunteer Conference Room located above the USO across from Terminal 2 East.
Scheduling Chair JR will be attending to discuss scheduling issues and our Uniform Chair Denise Sheldon will be there with her uniform pieces and will discuss the second round uniform testing.
If you have an agenda item that you would like to discuss at the local meeting or any issues or concerns you would like us to discuss with management, please send them no later than OCT 4th, to LEC Secretary/Treasurer Stephen Couckuyt at Stephen.Couckuyt@afaalaska.org
We hope to see you there!
Going Away Party/Happy Hour for Melissa
We are looking for a fun venue for the happy hour following the Base Meeting, someplace close to the airport. If you know of a place please, contact Melanie Buker @ 208-890-1849 and continue to send photos, videos, quotes, etc so that we can create a nice going away video. Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome Norma Dorman, Rex Hampton and Holly Mozzone to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Professional Standards Committee.
These 3 bring diverse backgrounds, work experience and many varied skills in areas such as peer support, working with addiction and volunteer work.
They have just recently completed the EAP initial training, so please help us in welcoming them to the EAP peer support program.
We have one opening on the uniform committee and with the second round of wear testing upcoming, we think it’s important to add a male to the committee. If interested, please send an email to: SAN@afaalaska.org.
We are also looking for someone to assist with Workers Comp if you would be interested and have knowledge in this area please send an email to: email@example.com
After many talks with management regarding our high percentage of 4-day trips in SAN. They heard us loud and clear: 4-day pairings for SAN significantly dropped to 14.7% for OCT. However, please know that though Crew Planning was able to make this adjustment from SEP to OCT, they may not always make adjustments like this. The reality on trip distributions is that it needs to be assessed on a month-by-month basis across all bases as Crew Planning tries to balance safety, quality, cost, and productivity.
Until we are fully integrated, scheduled for February 2019, we may see many changes. Flying that we’re missing now should return and you’ll have the ability to fly on both Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Also, this is when all bases are planned be aligned and transfers will be allowed for both Airbus and Boeing into all 6 bases as staffing permits.
Conflicts and/or issues with Coworkers
In San Diego we are lucky to have a great team of supervisors and management staff.
Please keep in mind that many personal conflicts should be taken to your Professional standards team and not taken immediately to management. Often AFA EAP/ Professional Standards can resolve the problems or issues without Management becoming involved. Once management is aware of the situation that could lead to someone’s discipline and or possibly even termination.
Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Chair and Reps can be found here: http://afaalaska.org/san/committees
Reminder: Calling out Sick or Sick Family
Less is more
When calling in sick, the only thing that scheduling needs to know is that you are calling in either sick, sick family, FMLA or Workers Comp period. They do not need to know why, what symptoms or anything else related to the illness. You don’t need to apologize, and you don’t need to explain.
Reminder: Contacted by Management?
Know Your Rights
If you receive a call from any Inflight Supervisor, it is best to first clarify if the conversation could lead to disciplinary action. If the answer is “Yes,” at this point you can request that the union be involved in any further conversations. However, even if the supervisor states that the conversation won’t lead to any discipline, if at any time you feel the questions to be leading or uncomfortable you can once again end the conversation by saying you will only continue with a union rep present.
Having a union rep there is insurance. It is an advocate and a second set of ears to ensure that your point is understood clearly by the company and not misinterpreted.
Keeping Current with AFA Information
There are several ways to keep up to date with your Council #15 news! In addition to your regular email updates, the information can be found at: afaalaska.org/san
Are you on Facebook?
Like the Official Council #15 page at: https://www.facebook.com/AFA-Council-15-San-Diego-249262698862442/
We also have the SAN AFA page that is not public and you need to ask one of your friends who is in the group already, or one of the Officers to add you.
Receive the most important information via text (we do not send out all communications via text, just the ones that are the most important!). Register for texts at: https://www.remind.com/join/afalec15
We also have an App exclusive to SAN. The App give you easy access to jump seat agreements, KCM Locations, Air Quality and much more. The App is not searchable in play store you need to either click on this link: http://m.magmito.com/inva/
Or ask one of your officers and we can assist you with downloading.
Brice, Melanie and Stephen