March 25: The B2B Survey Opens
March 31: Q1 CBT Due
March 31: Oneworld Pins Now a Uniform Requirement
April 10: AFA Scholarship Application Deadline
April 21: Questions for SFO Safety Meeting Submission Deadline
April 30: CWA Joe Beirne Scholarship Application Deadline
May 6: CA Membership Meeting
CDC Vaccine Information
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for people that have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19, as well as the precautions you should still take to protect against reinfection. As more FAs start to obtain appointments for the vaccine, or become fully vaccinated, the CDC’s website has information about how to prepare for your vaccine and interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people.
The Association of Flight Attendant Scholarship Fund is intended to provide financial assistance to dependents of our active members who will be attending a college or university. Applications must be postmarked by April 10, and sent to the following address:
AFA Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 56
Hartwood, VA 22471-0056
For more detailed information, visit the AFA website.
CWA Joe Beirne Scholarship
Reminder: ASHSC Base Safety Meeting
The next quarterly meeting of the Air Safety Health and Security Committee (ASHSC) for SFO is scheduled for April 28. Flight Attendants with questions for the committee can submit them via email to Brad Young, ASHSC Committee Chair and Cierra Lewis, SFO Base Manager. Deadline for questions is 4/21/21. All submitted questions will be posted and answered in the next following ASHSC newsletter.
EAP and Other Resources
Flight Attendants in need of support during these unpredictable times are encouraged to reach out to the SFO EAP Committee for available resources for support. AFA has a coordinated many resources and groups to provide assistance and guidance to members in need. Additionally, Alaska Airlines provides employees with Active Support, which offers free confidential counseling to employees facing a variety of personal challenges.
Trending Performance Investigations and Disciplines
Discipline for failing to complete quarterly CBTs are continue to trend. Flight Attendants returning from leave are given 60 days to complete CBTs. The Council 35 Grievance Committee has been successful in assisting FAs dispute discipline when evidence of technical difficulties exist. Being busy and forgetting to complete the CBT has not been accepted as extenuating circumstances to miss a CBT deadline and the discipline will remain. If more than one CBT deadline is missed, discipline will progress to higher steps on the discipline scale (ie 2 missed CBTs in 18 month period will escalate to a Written Warning).
Monthly audits are occurring and Council 35 has seen disciplines for misuse lessen however there are still Flight Attendants that are using it incorrectly. Please be sure your registered cities are current and comply with guidelines set forth in the commuter program outlined on the FA webpage.
How do I contact Council 35 Officers?
Using a personal email address, the preferred methods of contact are:
- Open an Online Support Request ticket
- Officer group email email@example.com (if one officer is flying /unavailable 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 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 (email, phone, text).
Melissa, James, and Brad
Melissa Osborne, LEC President • Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org • 415-275-1322
James Ikehara, LEC Secretary • James.email@example.com • 415-289-9011
Bradley Young, Council Representative • Bradley.firstname.lastname@example.org • 916-508-3503