As 2020 comes to an end, your local AFA Officers want to express our gratitude to each and every member of AFA Alaska Council 15- SAN. Starting with the Recurrent Training fiasco to the COVID pandemic, our members have handled everything thrown at us with grace and professionalism. We have stayed unified and supported each other. We are proud to represent such an amazing group of Flight Attendants!
4th Quarter CBTs
All 2020 CBTs must be completed by Dec. 31st if you are not on a leave. Failure to complete by the deadline will result in progressive steps of discipline. If you are currently on a leave you have 60 days once you return from leave to complete your CBT.
CBT’s may be completed on your company issued IMD or on your personal device or computer.
On your IMD, launch the Cornerstone Learn App
Using your personal device or computer?
Alaskas World > Inflight Page> Training> Cornerstone
*Please verify that all modules have been completed by reviewing your Cornerstone Learn transcript OR ensure that you have a received an email stating your training has been completed.
If you are having any significant problems with the Cornerstone app, please open a support ticket by going to the following link: http://support.afaalaska.org/ provide screenshots if possible.
We are seeing a rise in Covid 19 exposures and test positives as well as entering into the Flu season. It is a really good idea to pack a thermometer, ibuprofen and your favorite cold medicines in your overnight bag.
Professional Standards vs. Management
Conflicts or issues with Coworkers
Please keep in mind that many personal conflicts should be taken to your AFA Professional Standards (PS) team and not taken immediately to management. Often EAP/ PS can resolve the problems or issues without Management becoming involved. Once management is aware of the situation, it could lead to all parties being called in for meetings. There is the potential of 1 or all parties involved receiving discipline and or possibly even termination depending on the issue and once all parties involved are heard in meetings with Management.
Our AFA EAP and Professional Standards Committee is an invaluable resource to assist you in dealing with conflicts between Flight Attendants (as well as Pilots) without creating job jeopardy or threat of discipline.
The PS/EAP team works with both sides of the disagreement to find the best possible resolution and is completely confidential. Our Professional Standards team can reach out to other AS workgroups that have Professional Standards.
The Professional Standards team has had a high success rate in working with the Flight Attendants involved to achieve a positive outcome.
Your EAP/ Professional Standards Committee Representatives are:
Melanie Buker – chair
Ava McWilliams – co-chair
Contacted by Management?
If you receive a call or email from any Supervisor, it is best first to clarify if the conversation could lead to disciplinary action. If the answer is “Yes,” at this point you can request that the Union be involved in any further discussions. However, even if the supervisor states that the conversation won’t lead to any discipline if at any time you feel the questions to be uncomfortable you can end the conversation by saying you will only continue with an AFA Union rep present.
Including a Union rep, there is insurance. They are an advocate and a second set of ears to ensure that your point is understood clearly by the company and not misinterpreted.
Reach out to your local officers at SAN@afaalaska.org
Thank you to those of you that have made an effort to remain current with your Membership Dues while out on leave of absence and/or Voluntary Furlough!
If you are calling the AFA Membership office 800-424-2401 EXT 707, please leave a message. Due to the COVID pandemic office staff are working remotely. Messages are checked and calls will be returned within a timely manner.
“How much do I owe?”
While on leave of absence (Medical, COVID, Staffing Adjustment, etc. LOA) and/or enhanced voluntary furlough (EVF) you are responsible for the first three months of membership dues ($50/mo.)
If you took a combination of leaves/EVF and you were out continually for three months or longer it is unlikely that you will owe more than $150. you can pay online at https://unionly.io/o/afacwa/dues
“Do I owe membership dues if I attend(ed) Recurrent Training (RT) while on Leave of Absence/EVF?”
No. Attending RT during a month in which you were on LOA/EVF does not trigger an additional membership dues payment. This also applies to Requal Training (RQ).
More information can be found here: Payment Options
Remember to convert your unused companion travel passes before the end of day December 31st. Once converted the live in your FLY account under guest passes, manage guest passes. They can be ticketed for 3 months after the conversion date.
FLY> Guest Passes> Manage Guest Passes
End of Year Record Improvement
Record Improvement S32.G.4– should be applied by mid-January, If you had 4 or fewer points at the end of 2020, and you did not accrue any points in NOV, DEC your points will be removed and you will be starting 2021 with zero points. Please allow about two to three weeks for the attendance Supervisors to apply your Nov/Dec record improvement. Once this has been done, let your Officers know if there are any discrepancies.
December is an Individual PPP month ($350).
To qualify, you must meet or exceed your awarded TFP for the month of December by at least five (5.0) TFP.
The payout will be on Jan 20th in a separate check from your normal pay.
Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and looking forward to 2021!
Brice, Melanie, JR