AFA Council #19-Seattle
First, let me say that we are very sorry to hear that our Base Director, Robbi Burton, will be leaving us for Los Angeles. She will be missed! Supervisor Audrey Mulloy will be returning to the line on June 01. New hours have been posted for the Ready Room.
AFA has been provided with plans for a new Inflight Ready Room, inside security near the Spot-On office. We don’t yet have a completion date, but the plans look exciting.
We’d like to welcome Julie Pinson to her new position as Council #19 Reserve Chair. In addition, Conner Gallagher has joined the Reserve Committee. Julie has spent several years as a Committee member, and Conner brings a background with PBS to the Committee.
Martin Monteblanco and Ian Haywood have joined the Government Affairs Committee.
During the next few weeks we’ll be sending out intermittent requests for volunteers to serve on various committees. As our base continues to grow, so does the work load.
The most recent CBT training had a required completion date of May 11. Over 100 F/As in our council did not complete the training timely. One problem we’re aware of is that it wasn’t terribly clear that there were two videos that were required. The performance supervisors will be reaching out to those who did not complete the training.
We have heard from many, many F/As who are unhappy that hotels will not be provided for transition training. We have discussed this repeatedly with Management, and they are unwilling to provide hotels due to the expense.
As we move toward fleet integration, flying is being shifted from Boeing to Airbus, and from Airbus to Boeing. Our pairings are changing more than they typically do as a result of seasonal flying changes. We expect more changes in the future.
We’ve heard from many F/As who are unhappy with these changes, and who are upset that their preferred pairings are no longer available. This is not limited solely to Seattle. Unfortunately, it is likely to continue. We’ve all seen the ‘network realignment’ articles on Alaskasworld.
Please know that your officers and the SEA Scheduling Committee continue to advocate for improved pairings, but ultimately the company’s decisions are based on cost. Both our Scheduling Chairs and Crew Planning are very aware that these changes are unpopular. We have been told that a communication from Crew Planning on this subject is forthcoming, but do not have a specific date.
We received many questions regarding the confusion regarding the emails that were sent out by the company. All F/As hired prior to date of ratification should have received two May 20th (paid on 5/18) paychecks. One was paid at the new pay scale, and the other should have covered retroactive pay back to January 01. The company has posted the pay codes eligible for retroactive pay in an informational bulletin, #2018-0053,
There has been much confusion regarding those who had step increases during this period based on the Date of Hire adjustment process. Anyone who is affected should receive this additional retroactive pay no later than June 29th.
If you have a question, please go to https://support.afaalaska.org, and ‘open a ticket.’ We now have more than 2500 F/As in Seattle, alone. We particularly ask that you use this resource for scheduling, pay and reserve concerns. We need the information requested on the form to research your concern. If you would like to talk to an officer or committee chair, please go to afaalaska.org, and look through the officer and/or committee lists for contact information for your local representatives.
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