June 5, 2020 by the Master Executive Council
Washington, DC (May 29, 2020) – Responding to violent clashes between police and protestors demanding accountability for police violence, especially for the killing by police of George Floyd in Minneapolis, AFA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement…
AFA Alaska and Horizon EAP Committee Members will be in the PDX crew room for crew sits this week from 0700 – 1000. If you would like to reach out to them in private, their contact information is…
AFA Board of Directors (BOD)
A Special Meeting of the AFA Board of Directors (BOD) took place on May 20, 2020, at which an interim budget was approved for fiscal year 2020-2021 (July through June). This was AFA’s first ever virtual BOD Meeting. The AFA International Office is currently updating documentation and writing a Compilation of Actions that will be posted online for review by the Board and Members in the near future. We will send notice when this information is available.
Master Executive Council
The Airport Reserve Sideletter of Agreement is no longer in place. If anyone feels uncomfortable sitting airport reserve in PDX or SEA, please reach out to a supervisor/duty officer and/or EAP or use one of the COVID leaves or even day at a time call out to ensure you are taking care of yourself.
The July Bidding Timeline has been extended. This will be the third month we have extended the pairing build and bidding process. Network planning had expressed the need for more time to ensure we were able to capture as much of the flying as possible and provide as many lines as we could. We agreed that this does in fact benefit our work group and did express that we need to be able to identify these needs earlier and ensure we get back on to our timeline as soon as possible. That said, we agreed to one more extension for the July pairings to alleviate as many reserve lines and include as much flying as possible.
When you log into Comply 365 you will notice FAIF 2020-065 describing in great detail a “Ground Huddle.” AFA strongly believes this is actually a Check Ride performed on the ground. For those flight attendants that have received a Check Ride in the past, you’ll notice that the form in the current FAIF is very similar to the Inflight Flight Attendant Development Review/Observation Ride Form. And now, not only can a “Ground Huddle” be performed at or near the aircraft, it can now be performed anywhere management can find you while you’re on Duty. They assured AFA they won’t do it while you are eating or resting but any other activity on the ground is fair game to pull you aside and do a “Ground Huddle.” Management has insisted in the discussions with AFA that this is just a way to connect with flight attendants and help them excel in the new Operation Excellence program.
While we support a safe operation, AFA cannot support a new program that violates our new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If management wanted to perform Check Rides solely on the ground, they needed to negotiate this into our New Collective Bargaining Agreement. There was ample time and opportunity to do so. Changing the name of an established contractual process to make it more attractive does not change what it is. We will be filing an MEC Grievance on this violation. Please report any concerns you may encounter to your local officers.
As your direct representative on the MEC, your LEC president is available to answer questions or concerns that you may have about the information above. Contact information for your respective LEC President may be found here…
Your MEC – Lisa Davis-Warren, Kirk Hansen, Joelle Jaeger, Aimee Baird and Todd Anderson