With 2016 coming to a rapid close, your Officers extend hearty thanks for all your hard work this year. Your efforts to make SAN shine as a stellar base have made us the envy of the company. Keep up the good work!
Your Officers meet regularly with Base Management and this week we focused on sick leave, as usage tends to increase this time of year. Familiarize yourself with our sick leave policy, Section 16 in the CBA, and the resources available to you. Your very knowledgeable Benefits Chair is Sonia Quackenbush. She is your point person for all inquiries regarding sick leave and medical benefits and medical leaves.
Per §32.G.4, if you have 4 or fewer accumulated points and do not have any chargeable occurrences in November and December, your points will be removed and you will start 2017 with 0 points. This is a great 4th quarter opportunity!
A great tip is to keep all receipts related to your sick call. This may include prescriptions, OTC medications or office visit copay and will serve as proof should you ever be questioned about your sick leave usage. You do not have to divulge the nature of your illness, but having that proof is in your best interest.
This is a great segue to briefly discuss the handling of calls from Management. Our CBA states that they should not be calling you in before the start of a trip due to potential stress induced by the meeting. Your Officers feel that any meeting should take place on your day off with 4tfp compensation (§19.A.1.a). If for scheduling reasons, you do agree to meet at the end of a sequence, make sure you do not exceed the 10:30 duty day and you may not receive the 4tfp compensation that you would have received had you agreed to meet on a day off. If they want to meet with you on day you are scheduled to fly, request that your trip be dropped and pay protected in lieu of the 4tfp.
Should you receive a call from any Inflight Supervisor, you are required to respond within a reasonable amount of time. It is advised to immediately clarify if the conversation could lead to a Record of Discussion (ROD) or Disciplinary Action. If the answer is in the affirmative, you can request a Union Representative to be involved in any further conversations and end the call. If the Supervisor indicates that the conversation will not lead to an ROD or discipline, you may opt to continue the conversation over the phone or in person. However, if at any time, you feel the questions to be leading or make you feel uncomfortable, you may request union representation and end the conversation.
Your Union Rep will act as your advocate and a second set of ears to ascertain that your point is received the way it was intended and not misconstrued and possibly used against you. Should the company contact you, send us a text or email informing us of the request, since we are not always aware that you were contacted. You can reach your 3 Officers using SAN@afaalaska.org
Social Media – please be aware that the company can access (and has) all social media outlets during investigations, this includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. etc. Please be aware and careful of what you post for ALL to see. Privacy settings and secret groups do not ensure 100% privacy
In closing your leadership team in San Diego hopes all of you have a wonderful holiday season.
Your LEC Officers