Trending Discipline: Commuter Travel
Performance has initiated an investigation of commuter travel for Flight Attendants. Recent travel audits have revealed that use of the D8Y travel designation has been used for flights other than commuting between registered cities for work. The investigation has included all bases to include SFO and have resulted in discipline. For more information please review the commuter policy in §28.G of the JCBA. The policy indicates that only travel between registered cities for work is allowable. The D8Y listing is not permitted when dropping a deadhead or picking up out of base if the cities pairings are not the registered cities. The performance team has indicated that the audits will occur monthly so this will be an ongoing investigation. If you have any questions regarding travel while commuting to/from work, please reach out to FCABPS@alaskaair.com or your Council 35 officers. L-VX Transition Agreement.
The JCBA defines the 480 requirement for maintaining certain yearly benefits, and now is the time to make up any hours before the year ends. Flight Attendants with less than 480 total hours will not be eligible for benefits the following calendar year. As a reminder, L-VX FAs are exempt from the 480 requirement in 2019 to retain benefits for the year 2020. However beginning January 1, 2020, all FAs (including L-VX) will be required to accrue 480 hours to retain benefits in 2021. For more information please reference the
PPP Collective Block Payout Coming up!
JCBA §21.R outlines the Premium Productivity Program for FAs. The collective block months will be complete at the end of November, and the payout will be December 20th. Earlier this month the January information was missing from L-VX FA calculators however the issue has been resolved. To see your actual accruals, please visit:
Call Professional Standards first!
Professional Standards (PS) should always be the first contact whenever Flight Attendants find it difficult to work together. In the event you find yourself contemplating “turning someone in” to management, please consider Professional Standards as the first step in this process. Part of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) committee, PS committee members are trained to help facilitate a conflict resolution process between the affected Flight Attendants. All this is done in a safe and confidential environment, without involving management. PS can also facilitate conflict resolution with other Alaska Airlines work groups, such as pilots and Tech Ops. For a confidential consultation, please contact EAP/Professional Standards Committee at email@example.com.
Council 35 Advanced Secretary/Treasurer Training with AFA
-by James Ikehara Kevin Creighan, Secretary-Treasurer for AFA International, hosted a 2 day Advanced Secretary-Treasurer training session for local councils in San Francisco on November 14-15. Local council officers from United, Frontier, Air Wisconsin, Spirit, and Alaska were in attendance, in addition to Alaska’s MEC officers Brian Palmer, Vice President, and Linda Christou, Secretary-Treasurer. Both Brian and Linda were guest speakers and shared best practices for budget planning. Council 35 was represented by Melissa Osborne, President, and James Ikehara, Secretary. The training provided a deeper understanding of financial tools as well as matters pertaining to membership data, council elections, conducting meetings, constitutional provisions, parliamentary procedures, Department of Labor regulations, and building power through other AFL-CIO affiliations.
Next CBT due December 31, 2019
-by James Ikehara
The Annual Compliance Training (ACT) from Legal is due December 31, 2019. Failure to complete the required quarterly trainings by the deadline can result in discipline. To access the training module, open the Cornerstone App on your IMD. After logging in, all uncompleted courses will show on the main page. Remember, it’s always a good idea to take screen shots of your completed courses as backup. If your main screen is blank, you can double check your completed courses by clicking on the 3 dots in the upper right hand corner and choosing the Completed tab which will show all of your completed courses. All non-completed courses will be under the Active tab. If you have any concerns regarding the current trainings contact your SFO supervisor.
Boeing 737 MAX Update: 10/25/2019
-information provided by Brad Young
FAA Statement on Lion Air Flight 610 Accident Report
The FAA’s first priority is always safety. The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee’s accident report on Lion Air Flight 610 is a sober reminder to us of the importance of that mission, and we again express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were lost in that tragic accident. We welcome the recommendations from this report and will carefully consider these and all other recommendations as we continue our review of the proposed changes to the Boeing 737 MAX. The FAA is committed to ensuring that the lessons learned from the losses of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 will result in an even greater level of safety globally. The FAA continues to review Boeing’s proposed changes to the 737 MAX. As we have previously stated, the aircraft will return to service only after the FAA determines it is safe.
AFA’s response to the Boeing MAX can be found here.
Did You Know?
No Badge? No Problem!
Recent trends have emerged with SFO-based Flight Attendants forgetting or misplacing their badges while on duty. If an FA finds themselves without a badge, contact Crew Scheduling for a temporary replacement. The temp ID will be validated for the duration of the trip and allow the FA to work and get through security without the need for a gate pass, which can be a time consuming process. For Flight Attendants that discover the missing ID in one of the six Alaska domiciles, base inflight management is available to print the temp badge in the office. If the discovery occurs in a non-domicile location, please coordinate with the CSA team lead to print the badge provided by Crew Scheduling. If an FA discovers the missing ID after boarding an A/C or performing duties, please remember to file an ASAP regarding the incident. Following procedures for this type of incident will protect FAs from potential discipline. If you have any questions, please reach out to your supervisor or Council 35 officers.
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:
- firstname.lastname@example.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 (only if situation requires 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 24 business hours for a response to any method of contact (email, phone, text).
Melissa, Aladrian, James and Brad