International Women’s Day - March 8th
March 8th is International Women’s Day. This year’s campaign theme is Be Bold for Change (#BeBoldForChange). Each one of us can be a leader within our own community to help accelerate gender parity in the United States and the world. Each day we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Our Flight Attendant Union’s history is closely intertwined with that of women’s rights. AFA has been on the forefront of many of the most critical fights for our profession, from passage of the Equal Rights Act in 1964 and banning weight restrictions and pregnancy rules in the 70’s to winning protections on many safety and health standards on our aircraft.
This International Women’s Day, we remember how far we have come through the power of women standing in Solidarity together and how much farther we can go to ensure we work in the safest possible work environment for the benefit of all our Members.
Crew Trays (Clarification)
We have received a few questions about the article Crew Trays posted on the United MEC website and in AFA E-Lines dated February 24, 2017. The article states that “We want to be very clear that under no circumstances should you be required to use your crew setup or the components of your crew meal to satisfy customer preferences nor should this be imposed upon you”.
To clarify this statement, we would like to remind all Members that under no circumstances are Flight Attendants required to use their crew tray setup or any of the components on the crew tray to satisfy customer preference; however, entrees, on the other hand, are selected from those meals remaining after customers have made their selection.
Talk About It, Don’t Write It Up - What is Professional Standards About?
As part of AFA’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), we have trained Professional Standards (PS) volunteers available to you in every Local Council. These trained Members of the committee will listen and then take your concerns and follow up on the situation and discuss them with the other party to come to a resolution. The EAP/PS Committee takes confidentiality very seriously and the representatives will not report back to you concerning any fellow employee or any recommendations that were made during any conversation.
AFA knows that when you go to management to report a flying partner the consequences can be severe. The Professional Standards component of AFA EAP exists to assist Flight Attendants in any area that affects professional conduct. It is important for everyone to take responsibility for creating a cooperative, rewarding, and pleasant work environment. If conflict does occur, take the initiative to deal with it.
Remember, keep it professional. If a discussion does not seem to be productive, please call your AFA EAP Representative to discuss a Professional Standards matter and together all parties can come to a resolution of an issue. EAP/PS can help to work it out and avoid “writing up” flying partners where, no matter how well intended, both parties may then potentially be subject to disciplinary action. Let’s keep each other safe.
Daylight Saving Time - March 12th
Daylight Saving time, where we "spring forward", begins Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 0200 for the United States and Canada.
(UAL) As a reminder, provided for in Section 7.J.1.d. of the pre-merger United Contract, the legal rest provisions of Section 7 can be reduced by one (1) hour when the off-duty period extends to or beyond 0200 standard time on the designated day when the change is made from standard time to daylight-saving time.
Take the time to review your schedule to ensure that you have the most accurate flight information and don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you turn in on Saturday, March 11th. We’ll remind you next Friday.
Industry News: Mesa Flight Attendants Open Strike Vote
This week our Flight Attendant Sisters and Brothers at Mesa Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, began voting to authorize a strike due to the lack of progress in negotiations. Strike vote ballots have been sent to the over 1,000 Flight Attendants, with a vote count scheduled for March 29, 2017. Mesa Airlines operates regional flights for American Airlines and United Airlines.
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