AFA Alaska Negotiations Update – October 24, 2020
Master Executive Council
In This Edition
- Negotiations Delayed Until 2021
- Final Full Pay Scale Increase of 2.5% Effective December 17, 2020
- Contract and Negotiations Education
The contract is amendable in December 2021, but negotiations may start one year prior to the amendable date if notice is served by either party (AFA or management) at least 60 days prior to December 17, 2020. The Master Executive Council (MEC) completed first round interviews in March and April with potential Negotiating Committee candidates. However, it will be no surprise to anyone that the bargaining ‘landscape’ has significantly changed over the past several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Negotiations Delayed Until 2021
In consultation with AFA Collective Bargaining, the MEC and Alaska Airlines management have agreed to hold off on engaging in negotiations until 2021. Neither party believes that entering into negotiations at this time would be productive. Consequently, we are currently working on an alternative date, and the MEC will provide an updated timeline once AFA and Alaska Airlines management have formally agreed to the details.
Final Full Pay Scale Increase of 2.5% Effective December 17, 2020
As a reminder, the contract provides a 2.5% increase to the entire Step Rates of Pay scale effective December 17, 2020, which is the final scale increase scheduled to occur pursuant to Section 21.A [Step Rates of Pay]. Refer to the last (i.e. righthand) column in Section 21.A for the applicable rates.
However, Flight Attendants who are not yet at the Year 16 Step Rate (i.e. top of scale) will continue to receive a pay increase on the anniversary of their Flight Attendant Occupational Seniority Date, if applicable, pursuant to Section 21.B [Anniversary Step Increases…] and Letter of Agreement 7 (“Virgin America ‘Red Circle’ Pay Rates”). Flight Attendants will also continue to be eligible for Longevity Premium upon achieving the applicable number of years of Occupational Seniority pursuant to Section 21.C [Longevity Premium].
Contract and Negotiations Education
AFA will take the intervening time until negotiations begin to provide periodic contract and negotiations education updates. Those efforts will start as soon as we have an updated negotiations timeline.
(Order is subject to change)
- Updated Negotiations Timeline
- Railway Labor Act Negotiations Overview
- Negotiating for Our Future
- Block hours vs. TFP
- Block or Better vs. Block Delay
- Incentive Pay vs. Productivity Premium Program (PPP)
- Inflight Team Leader (ITL) Pay vs. “A” Pay