In This Edition
- PBS Subcommittee Member Interviews
- Let’s Talk About Eating Disorders
PBS Subcommittee Member Interviews
Master Executive Council (MEC)
The PBS Subcommittee, part of the MEC Scheduling Committee, works with the company and the Inflight Crew Planning Department to maintain the company’s preferential bidding system (PBS) and oversee the bidding and bid award processes. The Subcommittee represents and advocates for the MEC position in matters pertaining to bidding and the preferential bidding system.
The PBS Subcommittee is currently made up of the MEC Scheduling Committee Vice Chairperson—PBS and two PBS Subcommittee Members. The MEC is seeking to fill a third PBS Subcommittee Member position at this time.
- Robust working knowledge of hours of service, scheduling, and reserve provisions of the Flight Attendant collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
- Knowledge of CFRs and other regulations pertaining to flight time, duty time, and crew rest guidelines.
- Ability to work remotely and attend virtual meetings as required.
- Strong computer skills. Excellent working knowledge of NAVBLUE PBS, Crew Access, Google email, and Microsoft Office.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to write membership communications, respond professionally to internal and external e-mail, analyze data, and prepare reports.
- Ability to meet deadlines, take ownership of issues, and follow up on assigned tasks.
- Regularly communicate with and provide updates to the MEC Scheduling Chairperson on the activities of the subcommittee
- In advance of the bidding period each month, communicate with the MEC Scheduling Committee Vice Chairperson—Pairing Construction to understand changes in pairings for upcoming months and how Flight Attendant bids might be affected
- Keep members knowledgeable about changes to the preferential bidding system, common mistakes and errors, misunderstandings about the system, and other topics of interest through the MEC Communications Chairperson
- Provide assistance to Flight Attendants through base sits, one-on-one training sessions, and telephone support during the monthly bidding window and as requested by the MEC or LECs
- Communicate with the MEC Reserve Chairperson to understand the needs and challenges of Flight Attendants holding reserve schedules and provide bid assistance
Time Commitment and Flight Pay Loss Reimbursement
- This position is eligible for Company Business (CB) Flight Pay Loss (FPL), paid in accordance with section 27.P.1.e of the Flight Attendant CBA. Time worked is logged on a monthly basis and paid at a rate of 0.75 TFP per hour with a 5% override at “A” pay.
- Time commitment is approximately 30 to 40 hours per month. Most of the workload is weighted heavily toward the first half of the calendar month during the bidding and bid awards processes. These amounts can fluctuate.
- Most work for this position can be performed remotely.
Term of Appointment
This position will serve for the remaining portion of the current MEC term of office, currently scheduled to end on December 31, 2022.
With The Scheduling Committee
Occasional interaction with the Local Scheduling Committee Chairpersons and Local Scheduling Committee Members.
With The Master Executive Council
This position reports to the Master Executive Council through the MEC Scheduling Committee Vice Chairperson—PBS and MEC Scheduling Committee Chairperson.
With Alaska Airlines Management
Constant interaction with inflight management, particularly the Crew Planning Analysts (John Bumanglag and Kelly Yeager) and Manager of Crew Planning (Mac Patterson).
Expressing Interest and Interview Scheduling
The MEC will hold interviews during the September MEC meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Bid around the interview date or plan to arrange your schedule accordingly to accommodate. All interviews will be conducted by Google Meet videoconferencing.
Interested candidates should submit an expression of interest and resume online at https://forms.gle/syy62DpL96ESQazQA. The deadline for submissions is 5 PM Pacific time on Tuesday, September 7. After that time, qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule a specific interview time.
Please note that to submit an expression of interest, you must have a Google account. If you do not have a Google account, you can create one for free at https://accounts.google.com/signup.
Please direct any questions about the position to MEC Scheduling Committee Vice Chairperson—PBS Adam Clarey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s Talk About Eating Disorders
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)/Professional Standards Committee
The way we talk about eating disorders matters. Here are some facts you can use to help shape a conversation around eating disorders with family members and friends. If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, remember that your AFA EAP is a confidential resource for support, referrals and access to treatment.
Eating disorders are medical illnesses.
Genetic and environmental factors can influence eating disorders. An eating disorder is not a trend or a choice.
Eating disorders are serious and can be fatal.
Eating disorders often involve serious medical complications that can cause permanent damage or death. People with eating disorders also have an increased risk of dying by suicide.
Eating disorders can affect anyone.
Eating disorders do not discriminate. They affect people of all ages, races and ethnicities, and genders.
You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder by looking at them.
People with eating disorders can be underweight, normal weight, or overweight.
Family members can be a patient’s best ally in treatment.
Eating disorders are caused by a combination of genetic, biological, behavioral, psychological, and social factors. Family members do not cause eating disorders and can be great sources of support.
It is possible to recover from an eating disorder.
Complete recovery is possible with treatment and time.
Have Questions or Need Help?
Your Local EAP Committee contact information is available at afaalaska.org/eap or you can call (949) 470-0493.