- May 6: CA Membership Meeting
- May 12: Contract Extension TA Voting Closes
- June 1: Rainmaker Launch
- June 30: Q2 CBT Due
CA Bases Local Council Membership Meeting
As previously communicated, our local Council meeting will be Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1100 PDT. The meeting will be via Zoom and is open to all members of Councils 35 (SFO), 18 (LAX) and 15 (SAN) in good standing. The primary purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the AFA Board of Director’s meeting scheduled for May 13-14, and any local council agenda items. Please submit local council agenda items to SFO@afaalaska.org prior to May 5th, 2021. Advance registration is required using a personal (non-company) email address. To receive confirmation to attend, please register here.
COVID Point Forgiveness
Calling in sick for a COVID related issue, such as exposure, vaccine appointments or reaction to the vaccine may receive attendance point forgiveness. Management has agreed to remove all points related to COVID with documentation. It is recommended that FAs save all receipts and appointment confirmations and send evidence to performance for conversion. This process is manual so allow some time for the adjustment to show on the attendance record. For more information, please review the April 12 Bulletin on the inflight page of Alaskasworld.
Flight Attendant COVID Vaccination Status
AFA International is collecting data on Flight Attendant Vaccinations. Please complete the form to help discover trends in vaccination availability in your area. Please visit the website for more information.
Reserve Not at Base
Reviewing the JCBA§11 which defines the AS reserve rules, the company expects that a reserve Flight Attendant will be within 2 hours of base at the beginning of the assigned reserve availability period (RAP). Commuting into base or being more than 2 hours aways from base at the start of RAP would be considered time card fraud and normally results in termination with the first offense. Lineholders picking up reserve days should be aware of the reserve rules found in JCBA§11 in order to be familiar with the expectations. Any reserve F/A or lineholder picking up reserve days who are interested in extra support or guidance, please reach out to the SFO Reserve Committee for assistance.
Sick Leave Abuse
The focus on sick leave usage has increased again. Actions that trigger an investigation include calling out sick after a reassignment, calling out sick after a reserve assignment, or calling out when a deadhead leg is converted to a working leg. Sick leave is not the same as paid time off (PTO). Company provided sick leave is a benefit that is offered with a condition. That condition is illness. Use of this benefit for any other reason is considered fraud. In the event the company suspects misuse, the burden of proof is on the Flight Attendant to prove an illness. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t a violation of HIPAA laws, as the company is prohibited from asking the nature of the illness, but rather that illness was the cause of the call out and that the conditional benefit was used appropriately. If misuse is confirmed (no evidence is discovered), the company has historically discharged on first offense.
A Special Note to Commuters
Commuters with a registered city have also been the focus for many investigations. This includes sick leave and reserve violations. When suspicion arises through the above mentioned actions that trigger a closer look, travel records are often pulled to confirm suspected violations. Additionally, monthly audits of registered commuters have been performed. Violations found during the audit normally result in a Confirmation of Oral Warning on first offense, but can escalate up the steps of discipline if multiple violations occur.
TA Extension Info
Questions about the TA and voting? Please visit the AFA Alaska dedicated TA Extension webpage to find answers! All roadshows have been uploaded and the Q&A section has been added to the blog. Questions not already addressed may be sent to: email@example.com. Reminder: voting ends May 12!
by Raymond Ramirez, SFO ISC Chair
With all the catering updates that went into effect on April 13, please utilize B2B to provide feedback with regards to food quality, missing items, new equipment, etc. Also, if you happen to make a note of a catering issue but forget to submit it on B2B before the flight disappears from your IMD, I’m happy to receive feedback through my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to provide the flight # and date, and if possible the aircraft tail and a photograph if possible. Also, if you are flying on Airbus and encounter a FC oven without an insert, that should be written up on B2B and not through the aircraft logbook. Speaking of the aircraft logbook, please write up tray tables that have the appearance of looking brown and stained. The cleaning chemicals over the last 12 months are causing these to look dirtier than they actually are. Although the company is aware, we can help bring more awareness by asking the pilots to write it up.
by Lisa Mueller, SFO Uniform Chair
Our new uniforms have been on the line for about a year now. Since the new custom uniform was released during COVID, many Flight Attendants returning from furlough will be wearing it for the first time.
Wondering what the guidelines and policy are for the new uniform? Here is a link to the uniform page for guidelines, ordering, the fit center, etc: https://splash.alaskasworld.com/es/uniforms/
Need different uniform pieces? Different sizes? Here are some options to help if it is past the 90 day return policy:
- Inquire with the Seattle Fit Center. They have limited pieces that you may possibly (not guaranteed) be able to exchange your pieces for if they have the size you need. These are pieces from flight attendants who have quit, retired etc. Phone: 206-392-7730, email: email@example.com
- Trade your uniform pieces with other flight attendants. There are private groups on Facebook that may be a good resource for finding other FAs willing to trade
- You can also to order new pieces via the Uniform Webpage
In case no one told you today…You look marvelous! See you on the line!
Updating Personal Information and Membership Dues
by James Ikehara, Council 35 Secretary
Have you recently moved to another city or changed your email address? Please use this link to update your personal details to ensure the Membership Services department of AFA International has the most current contact information in their database. If you are coming back from a leave and need to inquire about the amount of dues owed on your account, use this link and someone from the Membership Services will contact you with details on the status of your account. Payments on your account can be made using this link.
How do I contact Council 35 Officers?
Using a personal email address, the preferred methods of contact are:
- Open an Online Support Request ticket
- Officer group email firstname.lastname@example.org (if one officer is flying /unavailable 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 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 one business day for a response to any method of contact (email, phone, text).
Melissa, James and Brad
Melissa Osborne, LEC President • Melissa.email@example.com • 415-275-1322
James Ikehara, LEC Secretary • James.firstname.lastname@example.org • 415-289-9011
Bradley Young, Council Representative • Bradley.email@example.com • 916-508-3503