June 30: Q2 CBT Due Today!
SFO KCM is Back!
Due to TSA staffing issues, the Terminal 2 Known Crewmember (KCM) entrance has returned to the D gates entrance, just past the restrooms. Important reminders for KCM card holders:
- Only bring your own belongings through KCM checkpoint
- No weapons allowed through KCM (should be an obvious one!)
- No personal international travel
Violations of the KCM rules can result in suspension of privileges, not just for the offending FA but everyone! TSA has issued a warning to participating airlines that a recent increase in violations has prompted them to increase random checks and to have TSA inspectors present at checkpoints. Inspectors may ask cardholders questions about the program to ensure understanding and enforce compliance. Please be aware of the rules and give extra time to go through checkpoints. For more information visit the KCM website.
From the KCM website:
Crewmember’s can utilize the KCM® access points for both business and personal use except when on personal international travel. Crewmember’s on personal international travel must use a passenger-screening checkpoint. If international travel is included on any leg of an itinerary, the entire trip is considered international and KCM may not be used for access to the sterile area. Travel from the U.S. to a destination which does not require a passport (e.g., U.S. Virgin Islands) is not considered international travel.
Welcome to SFO!
Council 35 members, please give our newest Flight Attendants a warm welcome and be sure to show them all that we love about SFO! If you’re a new hire or transfer to SFO, please be sure to sign up to receive Council 35 newsletters, like this one, and be sure to save links to Council 35 committee resources for future reference.
Committee member openings in the following committees:
Government Affairs (chair)
Human Rights (chair)
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by Virginia Fritz, Council 35 Vice President-Elect and Scheduling Chair
August ORD Turns
Our AFA Pairing Analyst fights hard against management every month to advocate that we have ORD 4K turns built in our base. Unfortunately, Crew scheduling has requested they not be built as a turn in August because of historical issues causing delays over 14 hour duty days, thereby allowing FA’s to opt out and snowballing reserve usage. This means that we do not expect to have any 4K ORD turns in August. We will continue to advocate for their return.
SFO 3 day Redeyes
We’ve gotten a lot of feedback that the 3 day redeyes with 24 hour rest are not very popular and we frequently find them in our base. Many are awarded to Junior lineholders for coverage in PBS showing they are not very desirable. While we request that management attempt to build us 2 day “day sleep” Redeye Pairings the flight schedule does not always allow those to be legally built with the 10 hours necessary layover rest. We have found that the JFK schedule could allow some to be built and have asked for those flight numbers specifically to be built together when possible going forward. We have not been able to find a flight schedule on other city layovers that would allow that. Please reach out to the scheduling committee if you find specific flight examples that could create the desired 2 day Redeye pairings so that we can add those to our soft lock requests going forward!
Hotel Wait Times
Summer travel is upon us and we aren’t the only industry that is impacted. Hotels are selling out and management is sometimes finding itself scrambling to find us rooms. If your rooms are not ready when you are checking in please reach out to crew scheduling to let them know. Keep them updated with any changes and definitely let them know when you have finally been given a room. We have been successful in requesting compensation for Flight attendants who have had to wait more than an hour for their hotel rooms. Calling Crew Scheduling allows us to verify the time stamps in your delays and ensure we can fight to get you any compensation you may be due for the delay.
Council 35 Grievance Update: Six-Month Stats
The first half of 2022 has been the busiest 2 quarters since 2017! To date we have had 33 disciplines:
Oral Warnings: 13
Written Warning: 5
Compared to last year we have seen discipline rates more than double. Below is a summary of the issues that resulted in discipline YTD:
|Late to Plane/Delay||2|
|Sick Leave Abuse*||1|
|Reserve Out of Base*||1|
|Expired Leave of Absence*||1|
This also summarizes the number of grievances filed, as the Grievance Committee files grievances on all discipline issued.
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Council 35 Officers
Melissa Osborne, President
Virginia Fritz, Vice-President Elect
James Ikehara, Secretary
Brad Young, Council Representative
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