Master Executive Council (MEC)
- The snowfall that occurred over the last several days in the Pacific Northwest has caused operational havoc throughout the Alaska Airlines system. Many Flight Attendants are being impacted by cancelled flights, reassignments, and other scheduling issues.
- Your contract is one of the best resources to help answer questions about pre-cancellations, reassignments, duty times, and rest. The AFA Scheduling Committee has also put together an updated quick reference guide with some key contractual information.
- If your flying has been impacted by the snowstorm and you have contractual questions or concerns, please open a support ticket using the AFA Alaska Online Support Center. AFA Representatives are working to resolve issues as expeditiously as possible.
This week’s snowstorm and continued winter weather have had a significant impact on Alaska Airlines operations in Seattle and Portland. Hundreds of flights have either been delayed or cancelled which has had a ripple effect throughout the system leaving virtually no Flight Attendants unimpacted. AFA Representatives are actively working to try to resolve Flight Attendant concerns that have been reported, but management’s availability has been limited as they focus on fixing the operation.
If Your Flight Cancels
- If your flight has been cancelled, you must still report as scheduled unless contacted by Crew Scheduling or you accept a cancellation notification in Crew Access.
- If contacted by Crew Scheduling regarding a pre-cancellation, know your options. Review section 10.S of the contract or the pre-cancellation flowchart.
- If you have already reported for duty and your flight cancels, you must remain at the airport until released by Crew Scheduling. Your duty period will run continuously until released.
Difficulty Making it to the Airport
Significant Weather Ground Commuting Operations (SWGCO) have been declared for Seattle and Portland. SWGCO provides additional ground commuter protections for Flight Attendants who may have difficulty reporting on time due to the inclement weather. In order to receive protections under SWGCO, you must notify Crew Scheduling at least one hour prior to report that you won’t be able to report on time due to the weather. Please review pages 3 and 4 of the full side letter of agreement for more information.
Management is also offering hotel rooms near the airport in SEA and PDX for those who are reporting for trips the following day. Please fill out this form to request a hotel room. They have also authorized any F/A to expense $100 for Uber/Lyft transportation to/from the airport in order to get to work. No advance approval is required and your base management can provide assistance with reimbursement. Questions about in-base hotels or transportation reimbursement should be directed to the Inflight Snow Ops Command Center at InflightSnowOps@alaskaair.com.
Hotel or Transportation Issues While Flying
If you are currently flying and are having issues with hotels or ground transportation, you may be able to receive a quicker response from the Inflight Snow Ops Command Center by emailing InflightSnowOps@alaskaair.com. Requests that go through the command center, especially ones that are not time sensitive, will free up Crew Scheduling to attend to other operational duties. The command center is open from 08:00-20:00 Pacific time. Outside of these hours Crew Scheduling will be your point of contact.
Pay Questions & Rainmaker
If your flying has been impacted by irregular operations, be sure to monitor Rainmaker closely to ensure that your pay is reflected accurately. Any pay questions should be submitted directly in Rainmaker as a pay query.
Contractual Questions, Issues, and Concerns
Your contract is your best resources to answer scheduling and pay-related questions. You can access the contract on the AFA Alaska website or on your IMD in Goodreader > ASFASupplemental > Collective Bargaining Agreement > Contract. The AFA Scheduling Committee has also put together an updated irregular operations quick reference guide with key contractual information that may be helpful.
If you have a contractual concern or issue that has come up and need assistance from an AFA representative, please open a support ticket using the AFA Alaska Online Support Center. Members of the AFA Grievance, Reserve, and Scheduling Committees are working through submitted tickets as quickly as possible, but resolution may be delayed in some cases as management’s immediate focus is on operational issues.