Important Dates | CA Membership Meeting | Officer Elections | Committee Openings | Spring Incentive | Section 6 | Solidarity | Pilot Strike | TSA Self Defense | Scholarships.
- April 30: CWA Scholarship Application Due
- May 10: CA Membership Meeting
- May 26: C35 Officer Election Polls Close
CA Membership Meeting
Hosted by Councils 35, 18, and 15
The next membership meeting for Council 35 members will be Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 1100 via Zoom. The purpose will be to discuss the upcoming AFA-CWA Annual Board of Directors Meeting. This meeting will be a combined council meeting and open to all Council 35 (SFO), 18 (LAX) and 15 (SAN) members in good standing (up-to-date on dues). Agenda can be found here. Deadline to submit advanced agenda items is 5/6/22. To attend, please register here.
Officer Election Coming Soon!
It’s election time for SFO and members will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote for Council 35 officers. All Council 35 voting instructions and guidelines can be found on the AFA Elections Page. The AFA-CWA Membership Services Department handles all voter questions and issues new activation codes if ballots are misplaced or never received. The Ballot Help Line is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern time. If you have a question or need a new 16-digit activation code, you may contact the Ballot Help Line at 800-424-2401, then press 1 and dial extension 706.
Council 35 Election Dates
Ballots Mailed: 4/27/22
Polls Open: 5/5/22
Polls Close/Results: 5/26/22, 1200 PST
Term Date Start: 7/1/22
Term Date End: 6/30/25
New Council 35 Committee Openings
Government Affairs Committee Chair
The Government Affairs (GA) committee promotes the AFA-CWA agenda by supporting legislative efforts that benefit our members or lobbying to discourage laws that will negatively impact members. What can be achieved in legislation takes away the need for negotiation. If you have an interest in government issues, please visit the GA webpage on the AFA Alaska website. Submit your letter of interest to SFO@afaalaska.org for consideration.
Government Affairs Committee Chair
Council 35 is looking to fill the chair position for upcoming Section 6 negotiations. The chairs from each base will compose the committee with the goal to help motivate and provide assistance to members during the negotiations process. If you are passionate about improvements to our contract and understand the power of solidarity, please apply! Submit your letter of interest to SFO@afaalaska.org for consideration. For more information, please see the recent MEC communication announcing the role.
Interested in another committee position? Please review the duties and responsibilities on the AFA Alaska Committee website. Please submit your letter of interest to SFO@afaalaska.org for consideration.
Spring Incentive: Love it or Hate it?
Section 6 negotiations are getting ready to launch, but did you know the MEC is regularly “negotiating” with management? A great example of this is the Spring Incentive. Management couldn’t just compel us to participate, as we already have a defined incentive program (PPP) outlined in JCBA§21.R. They approached us with the idea to help alleviate the staffing issue and the “negotiations” began. This particular program, developed exclusively by management, was not received well by the MEC at first glance. Right away we rejected some of the most contentious issues: threshold way too high, not enough people will benefit, won’t motivate regular flyers, not including enough pay codes (i.e. vacation). Pretty much everything that members have expressed after launch as the unsavory aspects of the program. In response we offered several suggestions to improve the program’s benefit and effectiveness to which the company declined and only agreed to a few of our suggestions. We weren’t given much time to work out the details and within a couple of days the MEC had to make a decision to either support the program, or reject it altogether. Some may disagree with the choice we made, but I can share with you why I was a reluctant yes.
When considering SFO specifically (the members that elected me), I came to the conclusion that the Spring Incentive would potentially benefit the SFO F/As more than not. The program rewards high-time flyers (always been an SFO trend) and brings a little extra pay to overworked reserves. With this in mind, I decided that it was better to say yes to the program than say no. I made my decision based on my understanding of the base and what my members want. The best way for me to know what members want is to hear from you! If this program is good for you, let me know! If you hate it, let me know! I can make better decisions in the future if my members share with me how they feel about issues that affect their work environment. If members are curious about how I voted on a particular issue, please reach out and ask! I am happy to share my decisions and receive feedback to better support SFO FAs.
TSA Crew Member Self Defense Training Program – Reinstated
The TSA Crew Member Self Defense Training Program has been reinstated and is available for all US-based flight attendants free of charge. There are 2 classes scheduled for their South San Francisco location on May 19th and June 16th, from 0800-1200. If you cannot attend these dates, additional classes for 2022 may be offered at a later date. Use this link for more information and to sign up for one of their classes.
Provided by AFA International
The Joe Beirne Scholarship offered by CWA is available to AFA Members and dependents. The deadline for applications is April 30. For more information please visit the CWA website.
Member Questions: Negotiations
Why Do We Call Contract Negotiations “Section 6?”
The term “Section 6” refers to the part of the Railway Labor Act (RLA) that defines the negotiations process. In many industries, collective bargaining agreements (CBA) have an expiration date, and until a new one is negotiated, the benefits of the old contract are no longer available. The industries that fall under the RLA have contracts that become amendable, meaning they open up for changes but don’t officially expire (unless specifically defined), and it stays in effect until a new one is ratified (voted in by members). This was to prevent a transportation shutdown in the early days of the RLA’s existence, as it would have had (and still does have) a devastating effect on the infrastructure of the nation. What can F/As do now to help? Get educated and follow the progress of the Negotiating Committee! Many SFO members haven’t experienced full Section 6 negotiations and understanding the process is crucial to our success. For more information about negotiations please visit the AFA Alaska Negotiations website.
Solidarity and Why We Need It
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines solidarity as: unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards. Many members are frustrated with management’s decisions and policies that have rolled out recently. It’s been rough and your Council 35 officers and committee members are united in the frustration! Going to social media to vent is a great way to chat with other members and share experiences and frustrations, however it can also hinder our progress at the negotiations table. Please see the recent MEC communication on this topic. Social media campaigns as well as individual emails to management expressing displeasure only show that we are a divided work group. As your elected leaders, that is literally our job-to confront management on your behalf. If we don’t hear from you, we can’t stand up to ask for change. Tell us! The best way to let them know we mean business is to stand together in solidarity.
Alaska Pilot Strike Vote
Council 35 has received several emails from members concerned about the pilot strike vote and how it will impact F/As lives. One of the issues that has raised the most concern is the strike vote planned for May. Although the vote is scheduled soon, it does not mean the actual strike, if it happens, will follow immediately. ALPA (pilot Union for AS pilots) and the company have just recently entered the mediation phase of negotiations, which could last an indefinite amount of time: weeks, months, maybe even years. If mediation is unsuccessful, there will be an appeal to the National Mediation Board (NMB) to release the parties from mediation, which is followed by a cooling off period of 30 days. The pilots follow the same process for negotiations under the RLA as we do at AFA-CWA. To see a breakdown of steps, please visit our Negotiations website where you will find a helpful chart and breakdown of the different phases of the process. Flight Attendants can also follow ALPA’s progress by visiting the ALPA website.
Got a question?
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