April Membership Meeting Cancelled
The AFA Annual Board of Directors Meeting scheduled for May 4 in Cleveland has been cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The cancellation will therefore make the April 23 Council 35 and Council 11 combined membership meeting unnecessary. Our sincerest apologies if you bid for the time off to attend. Stay tuned for an update if a reschedule will take place.
New Timeline for May Bidding
With all the scheduling changes and cancellations scheduling has asked for a contractual waiver to push back May bidding for one week to accommodate all the anticipated schedule changes. Please see Bulletin 2020-0022 for the full notice. The new timeline for SFO is as follows:
- All Bidding Opens April 12
- Bidding Closes April 17
- Awards Posted April 20
- Bid Protest Begins April 20
- Bid Protest Final April 21
- Awards Final April 21
The trip trade schedule for SFO will be adjusted as follows:
- SFO FA to FA April 22 0900
- SFO Open Time April 23 0900
New SFO Parking
SFO parking facilities have moved employee parking to the garage adjacent to the terminal. Please review the resource bulletin for instructions to use your parking badge at the new location.
SFO Village Sleep Room Closed
Base management has recently announced a temporary closure of the sleep room in the SFO Village. Flight Attendants have a daytime option of using the Freshen Up facility in the International Terminal, pre-security, G gates. Crew rates are available for showers, nap rooms, and toiletries when you show your crew badge. Their hours of availability have been reduced from 24 hours to 06:00-23:00 and are subject to change, so please call to verify operating hours before visiting. They can be reached at 650-877-0798.
COVID-19 and Leave Resources
There are so many changes happening right now its hard to keep track! What we are experiencing is unprecedented in the airline industry and we are all exhausted just trying to keep up. Please stay informed of all the changes by reading company emails, bulletins and AFA emails for the latest information. The following is a list of resources to help you navigate through the chaos:
- COVID-19 Leave FAQ Page
- Staffing Leaves and Low Bids
- AS Coronavirus Updates
- AFA-CWA (Coronavirus Updates)
- CDC Guidance for Crews
There is lots of information out there–some good, some not so good. Don’t get caught up in rumors! Please reach out to your Council 35 officers for guidance. The volume of questions and concerns we have received the last couple weeks has tripled. Thank you for your patience as we do our best to answer member inquiries.
…and Stay Sane!
If you find yourself overwhelmed with everything there are many resources to attend to your mental health. The level of anxiety, fear and apprehension has increased over the past several weeks due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and potential financial impact of the pandemic. To provide assistance to members, AFA International EAP is hosting COVID-19 Support Groups with the following schedule:
April 5 8pm EST
April 7 3pm EST
April 12 8pm EST
April 14 3pm EST
Groups are facilitated by a Mental Health Professional and are specific to flight attendants. Flight Attendants may participate by calling 855-544-2320 or 401-648-9218. Sessions are completely confidential.
How do I contact Council 35 Officers?
The best way to contact Council 35 officers is via email using a personal email account. The preferred methods of contact are:
- Open an AFA Online Support Ticket
- SFO@afaalaska.org (this is the group contact for all officers-if one officer is flying /unavailable the other officers can respond)
- Individual officer emails (if information is for a specific officer)
- Calls/text (if situation requires more urgent attention)
When contacting Council 35 Officers please avoid the following methods:
- Sending to/from alaskaair.com email (subject to company audits and therefore not private)
- Officer personal Facebook/social media accounts (not actively monitored for AFA concerns)
- Excessively lengthy texts (please use email for important information as it’s easier to respond and forward to appropriate resource-texts should be reserved for alerts to an issue that requires a timely response)
Please allow at least one business day for a response to any method of contact (ticket, email, phone, text).
In solidarity and health,
Your Council 35 Officers
Melissa Osborne, LEC President • Melissa.email@example.com • 415-275-1322
Aladrian Hillmon, LEC Vice President • Aladrian.firstname.lastname@example.org • 415-991-3791
James Ikehara, LEC Secretary • James.email@example.com • 415-289-9011
Bradley Young, Council Representative • Bradley.firstname.lastname@example.org • 916-508-3503