Council 19 Local Base Meeting
When: April 8, 2015
Where: Hampton Inn- across from Alaska Flight Ops
It’s that time of the year when your AFA Officers are preparing for the annual AFA Board of Directors (BOD) meeting and we need to discuss the agenda items for the BOD and seek your input. We will be posting the agenda items for review and look forward to discussing them with you at the April meeting.
We welcome our Sisters and Brothers from Horizon Council 16 to this meeting!
LEC Scheduling Committee
Many of you have reached out expressing interest for the local scheduling committee. This is a new committee for Alaska AFA and we are working through the process of establishing the foundation of the committee. Currently, the LEC Presidents are seeking out their local chairs and your SEA Officers are proud to present your LEC Scheduling Chair, Erik Velez!
Erik will be working with the Seattle Officers over the next few months to select the local committee and we will be reaching out to everyone who had contacted us.
Contacting your LEC Officers and Committee Members
Your LEC Officers and Committee members would like to ask for you help on this issue- While we realize the importance of finding solutions to your issues as quick as possible we would like to ask that you only reach out to one person at a time. There are many times where several of us get the same email or phone call and we each begin the process of working through the issue and duplicate efforts. If you have not heard back from your first point of contact within 24 hours then feel free to reach out to another person on the list.
Your Committee members fly a full line of time and the majority of your officers also fly and there are times where it takes us a few hours to return a call.
We appreciate your help and understanding with this request!
All 5 of your Council 19 Officers and Jarod McNeill, are grievance trained and ready to assist with any disciplinary meetings/questions. Remember, you have a right to bring in an AFA representative to any meeting with management. With that said, you also have an obligation to return phone calls from management. If you receive a call from management and have any questions please reach out one of the six grievance representatives and we will be happy to discuss the issue with you.
There is a lot of confusion over the changes to the uniform policy and each supervisor appears to have a different approach to the changes. Your MEC Grievance Chair, Jen Wise-MacColl is working with the MEC and the MEC Uniform Chair, Bob Moore, on the proposed changes and how these changes will affect our group. Once we have received the proposed language from the company we will be communicating with the members. In the mean time, if you have questions please reach out to one of your Officers for assistance.
March 2nd, 2015 additional contractual provisions were put into place which include the following:
11.C.3.a. – b. – No pre-plotted ER days:
Flight Attendants who bid and are awarded a reserve line will have no pre-plotted ER days. Please be aware the company may convert a Reserve to ER a maximum of two (2) times per bid month, including a lineholder who has picked up reserve days. If you receive voluntary/involuntary conversions you will receive premium pay for the converted duty period, if flown, but no less than 1.0 TFP paid above the guarantee for ER conversions if not used.
The LTFA preferences are live and being utilized by Crew Scheduling. There are many options available to Reserve Flight Attendants, which may assist in your quality of life. The fly/pass preferences refer to those Reserves who want to go First Out (fly) or Last Out (pass).
Pass/Fly 4k Night Flying
2 day PM FA1 preferences Fly Y N
2 day PM FA2 preferences Pass N Y
If Crew Scheduling is looking to award a 2-day sequence with night flying they will assign it to FA2. FA1 is asking to go out first, but does not want a night flying sequence, FA2 is asking to go out last but wants a night flying sequence. In an attempt to provide both FA1 and FA2 with their preferences, FA1 is bypassed and FA2 is awarded the sequence.
Pass/Fly 4k Night Flying
3 day AM FA1 preferences Fly N N
3 day AM FA2 preferences Fly Y Y
If Crew Scheduling is looking to award a 3-day sequence with 4k flying they will assign it to FA2. FA1 is positioned to go out first, but does not want a 4k sequence, FA2 is positioned to go out first as well but below FA1 in the LTFA however s/he is willing to accept a 4k sequence. In an attempt to provide both FA1 and FA2 with their preferences, FA1 is bypassed and FA2 is awarded the sequence.
In the past our LTFA list was based on days of availability, classification and TFP. With our new system there are preferences that may or may not change the way in which the order of assignment is awarded. With any change there are always challenges and opportunities. If you have concerns, comments or questions please feel free to bring those forward to your Local Reserve Committee. Providing us with both positive and negative feedback will assist your leadership in reviewing these newly implemented preferences.