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AFA E-Lines: Mar 03, 2015

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  • Fast Track for Trans-Pacific Partnership Day of Action in Washington D.C. (March 4) and Congressional Letters
  • AFA Seniority Integration Update
  • Don't forget to change your clocks this Sunday
  • International Women's Day 2015
  • When in Need Call AFA’s Employee Assistance Program

Fast Track for Trans-Pacific Partnership Day of Action in Washington D.C. (March 4) and Congressional Letters

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is poised to become the most dangerous trade agreement ever. This far reaching trade agreement would set rules governing approximately 40% of the world’s economy; yet, it is being negotiated behind closed doors.

AFA-CWA will be participating in a day of action on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.  To join AFA-CWA in DC on March 4th please RSVP by calling 844-AFA2ACTION (844-232-2228) to get on the distribution list for Day of Action details.

We are also requesting each Member write personal handwritten letters to their elected Representatives.  In order for this campaign to be successful, it is crucial that letters be handwritten.  Each letter MUST include a legible name, address, city, state and zip code.  Handwritten letters can be written on any type of stationery including hotel stationery, postcards, note paper, etc. and should include “vote no on fast track” in the message.  Once you have finished writing your letter drop it off at your AFA Local Council office or place it in the AFA lock box located in any domicile. We have provided a guide to help you write your handwritten letters on our website along with more information about the TPP.

Please encourage your family, friends and flying partners to send their letters too.  We must make it clear to our elected Representatives that we expect them to oppose Fast Track for the TPP.

For more information or questions please visit our United MEC Government Affairs page of our website or contact your Local Council Government Affairs Committee.

AFA Seniority Integration Update

Our merger seniority integration process has begun, according to the AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws, Policy Manual Section X. Today, AFA International President Sara Nelson released a video that explains the policy and its enforcement under the law, as well as the specific steps involved. To view the video click on the image to the right.

Key points of the video include:

  • Relative seniority on each of the UAL, CAL and CMI seniority lists cannot change.
  • The only potential adjustment provided for under the policy prior to integration relates to credit for time in initial Flight Attendant training.
  • There are CMI and United Flight Attendants who have crossed over to Continental and maintain their contractual right to their original position on the CMI and United seniority lists, respectively.
  • Each member will receive a mailing sent on April 15th to their home address on file with United, and the opportunity to verify their seniority date by June 1, 2015.
  • The entire process is expected to be complete by the end of June, but management will not receive the integrated list for implementation until there is a ratified single contract.

The AFA International Office will be sending additional information to all Members' homes soon.

Don't forget to change your clocks this Sunday

Daylight savings "Spring Forward" begins Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 0200 for the United States and Canada.

International Women's Day 2015

This Saturday, March 8, 2015, is International Women's Day 2015.  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 70s, to winning seniority protections, Federal FMLA coverage for Flight Attendants in 2009 and finally receiving OSHA protections on many of the safety and health standards on our aircraft in 2013.

This International Women's Day, we remember those who have given their lives for workplace safety.  We remember how far we have come through the power of women standing in Solidarity together and how much farther we can go in ensuring we work in the safest possible work environment for our Members.

When in Need Call AFA's Employee Assistance Program

From time to time, everyone experiences personal, family or work-related problems. Sometimes, these problems can overwhelm normal coping strategies. Support from a trained peer may prove helpful. AFA EAP assists Members, their families and partners deal with concerns on and off the job. No one ever needs to be alone in finding solutions to their problems.

AFA EAP is a confidential resource available to all AFA Members, their families and their partners. AFA EAP provides three distinct but interrelated services, including:

  • Assessment, support and resource referral
  • Advancement of professional standards through conflict resolution
  • Response to critical and traumatic incidents.

AFA EAP is a benefit of your Union dues. You pay nothing extra to speak with an AFA EAP Representative or a Member of the AFA International EAP Department staff overseen by a 20 plus year veteran EAP and mental health licensed and certified professional. If you are referred to a mental health professional, your EAP Rep will work with you to use your health plan benefits. The EAP Rep will seek the most affordable solution for your specific situation.

The AFA EAP offers a 24 hour help line for your convenience. We also offer web-based resources by area of concern on the AFA EAP website. When you dial the AFA EAP ‘800’ number (800-424-2406) you are contacting the AFA EAP department within the AFA International Headquarters in Washington, DC. This office is staffed by licensed and certified mental health professionals. They offer resources as well as referrals to your AFA EAP Reps as they assist Members, individually and collectively.

No problem is too small for AFA EAP. In fact, we encourage Flight Attendants and their immediate families to call when a concern first develops. Remember, reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Usually the sooner you share a problem, the sooner you begin to find a solution. Give us a call if you are struggling with:

  • Family issues, divorce or concern for a family member
  • Co-worker conflict
  • Emotional/psychological issues such as; depression, anxiety, eating disorder, loss/grief, thoughts of suicide.
  • Trauma, physical assault, aircraft emergencies
  • Job Stress
  • Chemical dependency, recovery issues, relapse

For more information about AFA EAP please visit our website.

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