AFA E-Lines: Apr 17, 2018
Choose a different E-Lines:
- AFA Works for You! – Asian and European Coordinators
- Join Ken Diaz and John Slater on April 19 - 2018 in EWR
- AFA & ALPA Professional Standards - "Union First" Luggage Tags Now Available
- Travel While on Sick Leave Policy
- Commuter Policy Clarification
- Union Dues Deduction Clarification
- Last Segment Deadhead Deviation
- Claims for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Funds due by April 30
- Call Members of Congress to Support Vote on Fight for 10!
- AFA Congratulates JetBlue Flight Attendants
- Our Thoughts are with Our Brothers & Sisters at Southwest
AFA Works for You! – Asian and European Coordinators
As a continuation of our educational series on the roles and work of the various MEC Committees, this week we focus on the work of our MEC Asian and European Affairs Coordinators.
Both of these MEC positions are filled by Coordinators who identify and investigate legal and social issues that affect Flight Attendants based in Asian and European countries based on direction provided by the MEC Officers.
These individuals are also responsible for researching and recommending improvements to present programs through collective bargaining, legal or any other means that affect our Members in Asia and European countries. Their work plays an intricate role in maintaining mutual understanding and cooperation while reporting issues to the United Master Executive Council (MEC).
Join Ken Diaz and John Slater on April 19, 2018 in EWR
We invite you to join United AFA MEC President, Ken Diaz and Inflight Services Vice President of Operations, John Slater, in EWR on April 19, 2018 to get answers to questions and to have your concerns addressed in a town hall forum.
The meeting will be conducted in the Newark domicile:
April 19, 2018
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
These roadshow events will be held in a casual group setting that is intended to encourage open dialogue, facilitate conversation and create yet another opportunity for Members to receive information directly from company and Union leadership.
AFA & ALPA Professional Standards "Union First" Luggage Tags Now Available
As an AFA member, you have access to the AFA Employee Assistance/Professional Standards (EAP/PS) Committee which serves as an alternative pathway to addressing difference that co-workers may have in professional style or in interpersonal interactions with flying partners.
If you have an interpersonal issue with a flying partner, remember to "Contact your Union First.” AFA EAP/PS has a great working relationship with ALPA Professional Standards Committee Members to help address areas of professional disagreement that arise between Flight Attendants and Pilots.AFA and ALPA Professional Standards Committees have issued luggage tags with the "UNION FIRST" logo and are available from your Local Union Representatives in your bas. Professional Standards Members are trained in conflict resolution, can offer a third-party perspective, and support behavior change through awareness.
In fact, contacting your Professional Standards Committee often facilitates a quick resolution to most issues. This luggage tag is intended to remind all of us of the successful work of our respective Professional Standards volunteers. These tags provide information on how to utilize the Professional Standards resource.
If you are flying a pairing/ID and you find yourself experiencing difficulty working with fellow crew members (Pilot or Flight Attendant), please contact a Professional Standards Committee Member immediately. History has shown that involving the Committee immediately has helped many Flight Attendants and Pilots resolve their differences with maximum control over the outcome. When conflicts are reported to management and an investigation ensues, it does not always proceed as the complainant believes it will. The Committee has repeatedly seen that management settles these disputes to their satisfaction, and unfortunately, to the dissatisfaction of the employees involved.
Additional information or to file on-line confidential contact form visit unitedafa.org
Travel While on Sick Leave Policy
MEC Grievance Committee
Questions persist on the need for Flight Attendants on sick leave status or Medical Leave of Absence to secure “permission” from a supervisor to travel. For clarification purposes, Flight attendants are permitted to travel with no requirement to obtain prior approval from a supervisor. Depending on your status as an employee, that is, active or inactive, travel may be restricted only to online travel and use of the Cabin Jumpseat may be curtailed.
However, it should also be noted that Flight Attendants utilizing travel while on sick leave or Medical Leave of Absence should be aware that management may legitimately question any use of travel that may be perceived as inconsistent with the reason for the illness. Further, management may require a Flight Attendant to provide satisfactory verification of an illness from an accredited physician should circumstance suggest that sick leave has not been appropriately used.
If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.
Commuter Policy Clarification
MEC Grievance Committee
Details of the Commuter Policy can be found in Section 28 of the JCBA. Specific circumstances under which a Flight Attendant may be unable to report for a scheduling assignment include:
1. Un-forecast severe weather conditions or other natural disasters (i.e., blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other similar events), or
2. Hazardous or impassable roads resulting from severe weather, accidents, or natural disasters, or
3. Mechanical problems while on the way to work, or
4. Unexpected airport disruption(s) or closures
In order for a Flight Attendant commuting by air to utilize the Commuter Program there are a number of provisions which must be met. Refer to Section 28 of our JCBA or the educational article on our MEC website, subsequently Flight Attendants are reminded that once they have initiated the commuter policy with crew scheduling they are required to continue to try and get to their respected base, unless scheduling has released them. There are NO defined time frames for this to be accomplished.
Flight Attendants can find additional information on the guidelines for utilizing the Commuter Policy on pages 218-222 of our JCBA as well as on www.unitedafa.org.
Union Dues Collection Clarification
We continue to receive a number of questions regarding the collection of Union Dues from Flight Attendants who have taken some form of a Leave of Absence.
It is important to understand that dues are collected from the second paycheck of the month in the amount designated by the AFA Constitution and Bylaws. The dues collected cover the employee’s obligation for the month prior. For example, the dues collected in May cover the April dues obligation for the individual.
In the event you have taken time away from work and your mid-month paycheck does not satisfy your dues deduction, our Dues Check Off (DCO) form authorizes the Union to collect an additional month of dues to cover any current or future dues obligation.
If you have questions regarding your dues obligation, we recommend that you first check each of your mid-month pay advices, to track the dues you have paid. If you have additional questions, contact the International Membership Services office at 800 424 2401 X707 or your Local Council office.
Last Segment Deadhead Deviation
Flight Attendants have been inquiring about compensation when they deviate from their scheduled deadhead segment(s). It is important to recognize there are many items that affect deviation from deadhead. Some of these items include the following:
· Reserve – domestic or international, must receive prior approval before deviation.
· Lineholder – for domestic segments, must advise crew scheduling. For international, must obtain prior approval.
· First Segment Deadhead
o Base to base
o Downline stations
· Last Segment deadhead
It is also important to note that there is a significant difference between “deviating” after a release from duty or deadheading on an earlier flight over the same routing if seats are available.
In order to gain a better understanding of each of these requirements, we encourage you to review Section 3.I. (pg 14) of our JCBA. If questions remain, please contact your Local Council Office.
Claims for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Funds due by April 30
Flexible spending accounts (FSA) are IRS defined, U.S. tax sheltered employee funded accounts that allow employees to deduct money via payroll deduction for certain health or dependent daycare expenses. The total maximum allowable deferral amount for 2017 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is $2,550. There is a separate $5,000 amount allowed for Dependent Daycare Accounts.
Flight Attendants who elected to contribute funds to their Flexible Spending accounts in 2017 are reminded that these funds must be claimed by April 30, 2018 or the funds are forfeited.
Any unused account balances remaining at the close of the plan year are returned to participating Flight Attendants in an IRS approved manner as selected by the Union prior to the next election period.
Call Members of Congress to Support Vote on Fight for 10!
The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), a five-year bill to reauthorize the FAA, was introduced last week and includes our 10 hours minimum rest and Fatigue Risk Management Plan! It also has key U.S. aviation job protections, a study on the safety impact of shrinking seat pitch, cabin evacuation standards, no voice calls on planes, cockpit secondary barriers, and nursing facilities in airports.
The bill is will come to the House floor for a vote next week. We need to make our voices heard. Tell your Representatives to vote for the language as introduced: 10 hours rest and not a minute less! We are asking you to call your Member of Congress NOW at 1-855-980-2366.
This FAA Reauthorization Bill includes these AFA priorities:
· 10 Hours Minimum, non-reducible rest and Fatigue Risk Management Plan
· Ban on Voice Calls on Planes
· Addressing Cabin Cyber Security Vulnerabilities
· Cockpit Secondary Barriers
· Safe Transport of Lithium Batteries
· Study on Cabin Evacuation Certification
· Requiring Privacy for Nursing in the Airport
· Evaluate and Update of Emergency Medical Kit Contents
· Required Notification of Insecticide Use
· Promoting Women in Aviation
· Banning Electronic Cigarette Smoking on Planes
TAKE ACTION for our Fight for 10 and protection of our jobs, call NOW at 1-855-980-2366.
AFA Congratulates JetBlue Flight Attendants
Congratulations to JetBlue Flight Attendants for voting to join TWU!
The 50,000 Members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA stand with you. When all Flight Attendants unite together, we can make change, lift up our careers, and lead the discussion on what is possible for working people.
JetBlue Flight Attendants chose to gain power by joining our Union family for a strong future at JetBlue. Always remember, we are Stronger and Better Together. Today is a great day for the strength of Flight Attendants!
Our Thoughts are with Our Brothers & Sisters at Southwest
Southwest Airlines today confirmed one of their aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, made an emergency diversion to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) earlier today after the Crew reported issues with the number one engine which resulted in damage to the fuselage.
The airline expressed deep sadness in confirming there was one fatality resulting from the accident. Today we stand with our brothers and sisters at Southwest, all of whom we imagine are devastated by today’s series of events. We are proud of our industry colleagues whose actions today in the line of duty were executed swiftly to ensure the safety of the passengers in their care during the emergency, subsequent diversion and safe landing at Philadelphia.
While specific details of what caused the damage to the number one engine on the jet are not immediately known, the National Transportation Safety Board is involved in the investigation.
We join our Southwest Brothers & Sisters in keeping all those affected by today’s events in our thoughts and prayers.