In This Edition
- Contractual Supporting Documents
- Reminder: New KCM Identification Requirements
- FAA Responds to AFA Advocacy to Move on 10 Hours Rest Implementation
Contractual Supporting Documents
When there is a disagreement or difference of opinion regarding the intent of contractual language or how a contractual provision should be applied, AFA and management work through an established process to attempt to resolve the dispute. Depending on the issue at hand, the resolution might be documented in one of several forms: a letter of agreement, memorandum of understanding, labor memorandum, or contractual settlement agreement. Regardless of the format, these documents are contractually enforceable and supplement the provisions of our collective bargaining agreement.
To allow for the easiest possible access, these contractual supporting documents can easily be accessed from the contract home page of the AFA Alaska website at https://afaalaska.org/contract. You can also access them on your IMD through the Good Reader app by tapping ASFASupplemental > Collective Bargaining Agreement.
If you have any questions about contractual supporting documents, please contact your LEC President.
Reminder: New KCM Identification Requirements
Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC)
As a reminder, new crewmember identification requirements for KCM, went into effect on Friday, September 6, 2019. The requirements are:
If the crewmember is wearing a uniform, the crewmember must present, as they do now:
- A non-expired government-issued photo ID (such as a passport or driver’s license); and
- An aircraft operator-issued crewmember photo ID (crew ID)
If the crewmember is not wearing a uniform, the crewmember must present:
- A non-expired government-issued photo ID;
- An aircraft operator-issued crewmember photo ID; and
- A third form of identification, either:
- A valid FAA Airman’s Certificate
- A valid FAA Flight Attendant Certificate of Proficiency; or
- A second non-expired government-issued photo ID
This means that out of uniform you must plan to present a passport and driver’s license/government ID card or one of these items and your FAA Certification card.
At some airports Flight Attendants have been improperly directed to passenger screening if not in uniform, and in addition, that new KCM electronic randomizer function is selecting a very high percentage of crewmembers for passenger screening. AFA continues to work with TSA to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. Your reports have been instrumental in our ability to address these issues and correct discrepancies.
Please continue to respectfully question when given instruction that is not consistent with reported procedures. If the TSA Officer or manager persists with the instruction, comply and then document the incident through our reporting form.
We fought hard to be included in KCM program. It is both a privilege as trusted crewmembers and a responsibility as part of aviation security. We all need to work together to ensure it continues to promote security and compliments our work as aviation’s last line of defense.
Please continue to follow all KCM program requirements.
If you have any questions regarding KCM, please submit your question using the above form or contact your Local Executive Council (LEC) Officersfor assistance.
FAA Responds to AFA Advocacy to Move on 10 Hours Rest Implementation
Government Affairs Committee
Last year we successfully achieved 10 Hours minimum rest free from duty under the law. According to the legislation timeline and past practice on implementation of new rules, airlines should have had to comply with the law by the beginning of June 2019. Instead, a few airlines mounted significant opposition to the implementation and argued it would be too costly and difficult to implement. The Government Shutdown and the Boeing 737 MAX grounding further delayed the implementation of hundreds of provisions of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.
Flight Attendants made our rest a top priority and it’s because of all of you that we were able to achieve this legislative win. We have been working diligently on several fronts to remove obstacles to getting our rest implemented. We have worked directly with Chairman DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman Larsen (D-WA) and several other members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As we did with the original bill, we had both Republicans and Democrats from the Committee speaking up and pushing for implementation with FAA and DOT. We also have worked with our airlines to remove obstacles and specifically negotiated and implemented the 10 hours rest at Frontier and PSA. This also helped to demonstrate to regulators that the implementation should not be as difficult as they had been told by some airlines.
Recently confirmed FAA Administrator Steve Dickson assured AFA and lawmakers he would make implementation of 10 hours rest a priority. Today, under his leadership the FAA took an official and public step forward announcing a rulemaking process for implementing the 10 hours minimum rest. Within hours, Delta announced they would implement the rest with the February bid month – demonstrating the truth that all airlines can do this within a few months time. We will keep the heat on and press for full federal implementation as soon as possible. This is about safety, health, and equality.
Please reach out to your Local Government Affairs Committeeif you have any questions.