Membership Meeting November 4
Please join us for the next Council 35 membership meeting in SFO.
Management continues to disrespect our contractual language by failing to provide a real-time trading system. Let them know that enough is enough! It’s time for management to be accountable, take action to fix Crew Access, and provide a trading system that works for our Flight Attendants!
Your Master Executive Council (MEC) is asking for you to take action by joining the campaign to let management know that the time for excuses is over. Select this link to send an email message to management letting them know that it’s time for them to take responsibility, honor their agreements, and fix the problems once and for all. Let’s flood management’s inboxes with our messages and let them know that we’re tired of apologies and ready for action!TSA Crew Member Self Defense TrainingActive crew members of all domestic scheduled carriers are eligible to attend the TSA Crew Member Self Defense Training Program. The program provides four-hours of training to prepare active crew members of all domestic scheduled carriers for potential physical altercations both on and off the aircraft.
To register for this no-cost training, search for the training course near you and submit the online registration form. Reporting instructions will be provided upon registration and successful verification of employment.
Upcoming Bay Area dates and location: South San Francisco, CA
- November 15, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- December 6, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
End of Year Record Improvement
JCBA 32.G.4 defines the year-end record improvement process for Flight Attendants. If a Flight Attendant has no more than 4 attendance points at the end of the year, s/he achieves 480 annual TFP, and the FA does not accumulate any points for the months of November and December, then her/his point balance will be brought to zero. The manual adjustment occurs mid-January which will be reflected on FAs attendance point records. Important note for L-VX FAs: the 480 TFP qualification for end of year record improvement is not required for the year 2019, however it be for the year 2020.Delinquent Dues
Based on the latest October report from AFA International, Council 35 has 137members with an account past due and considered in “Bad Standing.”
Paying membership dues is a condition of employment which is defined in §28 of the JCBA. Delinquency will place a member in “Bad Standing” and the member will not be able to attend Union Meetings or participate in any voting activities, including officer elections and voting on TAs. After several months of attempting to collect delinquent dues, a member will be placed at “Standing 5,” which is the designation for the final stage of delinquency and AFA will request discharge of employment for non-payment of dues. To ensure AFA membership stays current members in Standing 3 should either bring account up-to-date or commit to a promissory note payment plan to avoid being advanced to Standing 5 and possible termination. To confirm the exact amount needed to make your account current, use the following link to contact an AFA representative:
To make a payment:https://secure.unasecure.net/ afanet/dues_payment.cfm
For more information about promissory notes:https://www.afacwa.org/ payment_options
For those members that have not made accounts current, Council 35 will be sending individual emails as a reminder with specific account information. For more information regarding dues, please contact James Ikehara or Aladrian Hillmon.
The Company Knows What About Me?
When Grievance Committee Members represent a Flight Attendant in an investigatory meeting, the Flight Attendant is often surprised by the depth of information that is easily accessible to management. Not a comprehensive list, however some of the evidence brought forward during an investigation are in the form of the following:
- All non-revenue travel history online and offline via ID90 and MyIDTravel
- Date non-revenue/commuter listings were created
- Date non-revenue tickets were purchased
- Eligible family members-date/destination of travel and date listings were created
- Guest passes-date/destination of travel and date listings were created
- Date/destination a Flight Attendant travels using paid revenue tickets on Alaska and other carriers
- All correspondence and email content on alaskaair.com email accounts, including messages that have been deleted
- All stored data and usage history of an inflight mobile device (IMD), including any internet browsing history and apps downloaded
- Location of an IMD (or last known location if powered off), even if not connected to the internet
- All schedule changes on Crew Access including when a trip is advertised/un-advertised; all comments posted on trip giveaways and trades; record of all trades and attempted trades
- The location from where a Flight Attendant accesses Alaskasworld.com and/or Crew Access (using the IP address)
- Hotel surveillance camera records and key card room access detail
- Access records, including timestamps, for employee parking lot card readers, company badge readers, KCM barcode scans, and SIDA badge readers
- Surveillance camera records for company buildings, company leased space, employee parking lots, and other airport property
- Public social media accounts
Information provided courtesy of the MEC Grievance Committee.
New Human Rights Committee
Council 35 is happy to announce the appointment of Ryan Pittinger as Chair of the newly created Human Rights Committee (HRC). Ryan attended a training event in LAS in September which was the launch of the new committee by AFA International. Ryan is excited to get this new committee up and running and wrote a small description of his experience. Please read his letter to Council 35 members to understand his passion for the ground-breaking role.
Committee Chairs and Members Needed
The following Council 35 committees have vacancies in both the chair and member positions:
If you are interested in volunteering, please have a look at the position duties and responsibilities and reach out to your Council 35 officers at SFO@afaalaska.org.
Open Enrollment Base Sits
Open enrollment for Alaska Airlines benefits elections started last week on October 23. Enrollment will be open through November 13, 2019. Council 35 will be hosting a base sit in the SFO village November 10-12. Please stop by for information regarding this year’s options. Light refreshments will be provided. Please look for another communication with more details in the next week.
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 (if situation requires more 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