Council newsletter, May 2023

May 1, 2023

AFA Horizon – Council 16 Newsletter (BOI, PAE, SEA, GEG).

In case you missed it, check out the last newsletter

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

AFA is proud to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month in May, an annual national observance celebrating the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

AAPI celebration originated when Congress adopted a joint resolution in 1978 to honor the first ten days of May in 1979 as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week”. It was expanded to an entire month by Congress in 1990 and was finally designated to take place during the month of May in 1992. The month
of May was selected to recognize both the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States (May 7, 1843) and the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States (May 10, 1869), which was accomplished primarily through work done by Chinese immigrants.

In 2021, the AFA Executive Board unanimously passed a resolution in recognition of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The resolution established a special commemorative pin for AFA Members to wear throughout the month of May.

PBS calendar and protests

As a reminder, Flight Attendants should check the accuracy of their calendar in NavBlue PBS during the bidding window. During this check, Flight Attendants should ensure every pre-planned absences (including but not limited to recurrent, vacation, golden days, PDOs, leaves of absence, etc.) is shown on their calendar. Flight Attendants should also check their eligibility to bid and reduced block bidder status on the information screen. Any inaccuracies, contact prior to bidding closing.

Protest period: From the release of the preliminary awards email thru the 12th of the month at 12:00pm is the protest period. This period allows Flight Attendants to contact the PBS committee and ask questions, raise concerns/violations/errors pertaining to their preliminary bid.

New hires

Welcome the newest Flight Attendants to join Horizon. 11 of these new hires will be joining Council 16, and they will be based in GEG.

Membership Meeting

There will be a Local 16 Membership Meeting on June 13, 2023, at 14:00 via Microsoft Teams. This meeting is open to all AFA-CWA Local 16 members (BOI, PAE, SEA, GEG).

Click here to join the meeting

Or join by entering a meeting ID
Meeting ID: 271 642 456 58
Passcode: AHzJe3

Did you know… Local committees

Council 16 has several vacancies on local committees. If you are interested in becoming an AFA rep, contact Council 16 leadership.

Did you know… Commuter Policy

There has been temporary enhancements to the commuter policy. Flight Attendants may now thru September 2023 bid period commute on any airline accessible for listing via “FLY”, the Company’s employee travel portal, which includes and/or

Review Commuter Policy Agreement >

Know your contract

Article 6.D.12.b

“Any Flight Attendant who has an inquiry or believes that she/he may have a mis-award on her/his line will have 24 hours in which to file a bid protest with the Joint PBS Committee. The Joint PBS Committee shall promptly review any inquiry submitted. If a programming or system error occurred, the Flight Attendant will be made whole. No remedy will be available if the subject of the inquiry was due to the Flight Attendant’s choice of bid preferences.”

May Events:

  • SEA crew room visit, May 8 & May 16
  • Membership meeting, May 8
  • Scheduling committee meeting, May 8
  • ASHS committee meeting, May 11
  • AFA/Inflight management meeting, May 16
  • AFA/Senior leadership meeting, May 25

Until our next check-in, fly safe!

“Stronger Together, Better Together”