AFA Negotiation Committee Update — 2019 AFA Horizon Air Flight Attendant Negotiation Survey

AFA Negotiation Committee Update

2019 AFA Horizon Air Flight Attendant Negotiation Survey

Hello from your AFA Horizon Air Master Executive Council Negotiation Committee members, Ed Hawes MEC President & Negotiation Committee Member, Joelle Fuhrman, MEC Negotiation Committee Member and Tanya Phillips, MEC Negotiation Committee Member.  We are your volunteer QX Flight Attendants who are representing you at the negotiations table for the upcoming 2019 collective bargaining agreement.

Before we proceed to direct negotiations with inflight management starting in January 2019 we need to know what you, the Flight Attendants, believe needs to be addressed in our collective bargaining agreement.  This is an important first step in the development of the contract opener that will be presented to inflight management at our first meeting in January of 2019.   For us to be successful in putting together the contract opener we need to hear from you about what you feel is important to you and your work / life balance.

Taking part in the confidential negotiations survey is the first step in ensuring that your voice is heard.  Collectively, through the survey, we can prioritize what is most important to all of us. Thereby ensuring that we focus our energies at the negotiations table to secure those improvements most important to all Flight Attendants.

We are currently developing the survey and plan to have it completed by early October.  Once the survey has been completed we will send an access code to each Flight Attendant who has registered their personal, private email address with Horizon AFA.   We are not able to send you AFA information or AFA survey access to your company email.

When the survey is released in early October, we will provide you updates via our new and soon to be opened web site and the existing HZN AFA Facebook page on rates of participation to keep you informed as well as encouraging everyone to complete the survey.  Participation in the survey is confidential and its important that each Flight Attendant not share the survey questions with inflight management.

The survey, along with your elected Local Executive Presidents, Heather Coleman, SEA/GEG/BOI and Kirk Hansen, PDX/MFR create the priorities and the strategy for our direct bargaining with inflight management.  Given that the survey has such a large role in how we prepare our bargaining strategy the results of the survey will not be published as the results could then be shared with inflight management.

The survey is electronic based and when released you will be accessing it with a personal code sent to your personal, private email that we have on file for you.  If you are not receiving email communication from AFA or if you are not certain that we have your most current email address then it’s important to update/send your email address to before the survey opens.  We are not able to send the survey code to your company email.

A second update will be sent to you when the survey is open for responses in early October. Please have your email address updated with AFA by this time and take the survey but do not share the survey questions with anyone.  Your survey responses are confidential and used collectively to prioritize our bargaining position.  The results of the survey will not be released as management could gain access to the results which would weaken our position during bargaining.

Please ensure that we have your correct private email address so that your personalized code can be sent to you that allows you access to the negotiations survey.  Send your updated private email address to

In Solidarity – Tanya, Joelle, Ed

Flight Attendant Union’s Top Safety Priority for Improved Rest Included in FAA Re-authorization Bill

Flight Attendant Union’s Top Safety Priority for Improved Rest Included in FAA Reauthorization Bill

Washington, DC (September 22, 2018) — The 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines represented by the Association of Flight Attendants–CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), today cheered the announcement of a bicameral FAA Reauthorization Bill ready for approval prior to the September 30, 2018 deadline. The bill includes the union’s top safety priority for 10 hours minimum rest, equal with the flight deck, among other AFA safety priorities. AFA International President Sara Nelson issued the following statement:
“The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA enthusiastically endorses a vote for the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 with a provision to combat Flight Attendant fatigue by increasing minimum rest from 8 hours to 10 hours. Congressional fatigue studies have confirmed this is a safety issue and with an affirmative vote by lawmakers next week we can close this safety loophole. It’s about safety, health, and equality as we harmonize minimum rest with our flight deck counterparts.”
“We applaud Chairman Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman LoBiondo (R-NJ), and Ranking Member Larsen (D-WA), and Representative Capuano (D-MA) in the House for their leadership in shaping this bill that will improve our rest. Senator Hirono (D-HI) who originally introduced the language when she was in the House. Senator Cantwell (D-WA), Senator Nelson (D-FL), Senator Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Markey (D-MA), and Senator Schatz (D-HI) have all since worked hard to ensure the rest language would be included in a final FAA bill. We are grateful for the leadership of all of these lawmakers and their focus on aviation safety.
“We especially thank Flight Attendants around the country for making calls, signing postcards, rallying, repeatedly visiting congressional offices and taking other actions to achieve this outcome today. There are several other key safety provisions in the bill that AFA has promoted. We urge Congress to vote for safety, health, and equality! Vote for the FAA Reauthorization Bill.”

Company Required DEP Update

Dear Flight Attendants:

The MEC has been in contact with inflight management regarding the required DEP update needed for certain IMDs. We believe that the update is highly onerous and very challenging given the time involved to complete while on duty. We have expressed this to inflight management and they remain unconvinced and un moved by our arguments that additional pay should be provided for work performed.

The DEP update is a good reminder to Flight Attendants that any management-imposed work should only be completed while on duty. The definition of duty is ” task or action someone is required to perform”.

Your duty starts at check-in of a trip and continues until released at an outstation for rest or at the end of your trip at domicile. When you are not on duty you owe no obligation to perform work as a Flight Attendant. If you choose to perform required work while not on duty, then Inflight management sees the work performed as a choice by you the flight attendant.

Your MEC recommends that you only perform required work while on duty and if you are not able to complete the required work while on duty contact an inflight supervisor to help determine a duty period that they believe is available during your trip to accomplish the required work.

As we near the opening of contract negotiations you will see and hear from management a lot about the need to increase flight attendant productivity. Productivity in this instance = more required work with the same number of flight attendants and the same amount of hours of pay.

Performing required work while not on duty is an increase in Flight Attendant productivity without increasing Flight Attendant compensation.

In solidarity,

Horizon AFA MEC – Ed Hawes, Kirk Hansen, Heather Coleman, Lisa Davis-Warren and Deb Harding-Elliott.

”This communication, as well as other informative communications, are also posted to the HZN AFA Facebook Page.”