Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- July 30/60-day SAL bidding closes: June 1
- Request to cancel SAL for Life Insurance deadline: June 2 (more info below)
- August PBS Bidding opens: June 5 (back to normal schedule)
- Q1/Q2 CBT deadline: June 30
Sick Leave Abuse
Although many Flight Attendants are on some sort of leave, there still seems to be a trend with sick leave abuse investigations. When calling in sick, whether protected under FMLA or normal sick, the company’s expectation is that the Flight Attendant is taking the time to recover from an illness which is preventing them from being able to work. If evidence is discovered that shows a Flight Attendant using sick leave that doesn’t appear to be recovering, the company will investigate. Recent investigations have included travel audits, scheduling requests and social media posts that the company believes may contradict a Flight Attendant’s alleged sick status. From the company’s perspective, calling in sick for any other reason than sick, is considered time card fraud. In all cases, the investigations concluded in termination when proof of illness is not substantiated by evidence (i.e. hospital/doctor/medical receipts) and when conflicting evidence of apparent wellness is presented.
With new reserves on the roster, performance management is also focused on reserve compliance. Some of the trends include commuting into base after RAP begins, or leaving base early before RAP is completed. Reserve F/As not available in base for their reserve availability period (RAP) have received discipline, even on first offense. Just one occurrence can lead to discharge. Any Reserve F/A interested in extra support or guidance, please be sure to reach out to the SFO Reserve Committee. The committee has recently re-opened the Reserve Buddy program and is accepting requests to have an SFO Buddy assigned for help.
CBTs Due Soon
The Q1 and Q2 CBTs have been published to the Learn App (replaces Cornerstone) on the IMD. Both CBTs are due 6/30/20.
- Q1 CBT: Uniforms and 9Max
- Q2 CBT: Minimum Crew, CD-0 Cabin Management, CARES Restraint and Introduction to Threat and Error Management
Air Safety, Health & Security Committee Update
by Brad Young, ASHSC Chair and Council Representative
SFO continues to be stocked with surgical, light blue and dark blue (adjustable) facial masks. A third type of fabric mask will start testing next week and will be adjustable around the ears (the loop) for further comfort and better fit. Your ASHSC and Inflight Service Committee (ISC) members will be conducting wear and fit tests. Distribution of masks occurs in the SFO Village by supervisors from 0500-1500 daily and after hours by CSA supervisors. Flight Attendants will receive two (2) masks each and must sign for them. F/As may also email SFO supervisors to coordinate pick-up through the V-file system.
Onboard Sanitizing Supplies
All aircraft should have 16oz bottles of alcohol-based sanitizer onboard for use when soap and water aren’t readily accessible. Onboard Antiseptic Wipes (Clean-4-Sure) are provisioned on the A/C to wipe down IMDs, A/C surfaces, interphone, and demo kit contents. When using the IMD and interphone, avoid openings such as the earpiece and mouthpiece, as sanitizing liquid may enter and cause damage.
IMPORTANT: Please fill out an Irregularity/ASAP Report if the sanitizing supplies are not available or insufficient for flight. This will ensure the company provides the necessary tools to work in a safe and healthy workplace.
Social Distancing Inflight
AFA has worked closely with the company to help increase social distancing for F/As, which resulted in a temporary procedure change to allow F/As to sit in a guest seat during the cruise phase of flight. This policy is for F/As who are working a flight and on duty, however does not apply to F/As who are deadheading or on a crew rest break (HNL turn flight). While in a passenger seat, F/As must adhere to PED/IMD policy. As a reminder, this allowance is only applicable during the cruise phase of flight therefore F/As are expected to be in assigned jumpseat locations for taxi, takeoff, and landing.
First Virtual Membership Meeting a Success!
Thank you everyone for attending the first Council 35 Virtual Meeting on May 19! The agenda for this meeting was to discuss the AFA Proposed 2020 Budget. The following day on May 20, a Special Meeting of the AFA Board of Directors took place, at which an interim budget was approved for fiscal year 2020-2021. This was also a videoconference meeting and AFA’s first ever virtual BOD Meeting. The AFA International Office is currently updating the relevant documentation and will publish for review by members in the near future. The success of these meetings using new technology will provide councils with the opportunity to host more meetings in the future to reach members with valuable news and information happening in the Union.
Life Insurance While on SAL
Flight Attendants on Staffing Adjustment Leave (SAL) lose their company-sponsored life insurance after the first partial or full bid month on SAL. This is consistent with past practice, however the current insurance company is processing the cancellations faster than in the past, which is causing a burden to some Flight Attendants. In response, the company made the decision to offer a one-time opportunity for F/As to cancel their SAL beginning the month of July. To cancel and take advantage of this offer, F/As need to email Inflight Crew Planning no later than 1159pm (PST) Tuesday, June 2. Reference Bulletin Bundle #2020-0051 for additional information.
It’s unfortunate, but even this late in the year we are still encountering challenges with Recurrent (RT) 2020. A recent training audit exposed administrative errors that have resulted in Flight Attendants de-qualing and returning for additional training. Your Council 35 officers understand how frustrating the RT program has been this year and empathize with F/As that are on the receiving-end of the disagreeable consequences. Be assured that AFA will continue to advocate for a fair resolution to these issues.
Membership Dues While on Leave
by James Ikehara, Secretary
As a reminder, Article II.C.1.b of the AFA Constitution & Bylaws require that AFA dues continue to be paid during any leave of absence less than 90 days. If you currently pay your dues through payroll deduction, dues payments will continue to be deducted as long as you continue to receive a paycheck with sufficient funds for all other payroll deductions plus your AFA dues. If you are no longer receiving a paycheck or your paycheck does not cover all of your payroll deductions, AFA dues will not be deducted and you will instead receive an invoice from AFA International Membership Services.
If you receive an invoice or statement indicating that you owe AFA dues, payment can be made in one of two ways:
- Online by credit card here.
- By mailing a check directly to AFA International Membership Services
More information about payment options can be found on the payment options page of the membership services section of the AFA International website. This page also contains information about payment plan options if you have a past due account and are unable to pay your entire balance at once. Should you need further information about the status of your account, you can use this link and a representative from AFA International’s Membership Services department will be able to assist.
Updating Personal Information
You can update your contact information (street address, phone number, email address, last name) with this AFA link.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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, Aladrian, James and Brad
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