AFA Council 26 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - July 7, 2016

• WEBCAST JULY 13, 2016
• Our Contract
• Voting Information and Instructions
• JNC members

The Hong Kong Road Show is scheduled for July 22, 2016. Ladies and gentleman of Council 26 this is your opportunity to hear directly from the JNC. Please take the time to read through all the literature that has been provided including the TA which will be released on July 11th and form your questions. We strongly urge you to attend this meeting . Your local council officers and info reps will be available in the domicile July 12-16,  09:00am -12:00pm for Q&A. Please stop by our table.

Hong Kong Road Show:

Date: July 22, 2016

Location: Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Road Wanchai

 Time: 9:00am- 1pm

 

WEBCAST

The Joint Negotiations Committee (JNC) will be having a webcast on July 13th at 1100 Eastern time (Midnight between Wednesday, July 13,

To register for the webcast please sign up here:  http://ourcontract.org/tentative-agreement/webcast/

 

Information regarding the TA can be found on www.ourcontract.org including the latest Q&A. Please take the time to read through the information provided.

If you are on Facebook, AFA has set up the “United 2016 TA FAQ” page.  Use the search function in order to see if a question you have has already been answered.

The JNC just posted an Industry Comparison Chart, which compares the provisions in the TA in relation to what UA, CO, AA and DL currently have.

Industry Comparison

Read the industry comparison summary, to compare the Tentative Agreement to the industry. In all cases, every effort has been made to accurately reflect the terms in summary. For complete information, please refer to the Tentative Agreement and the respective Collective Bargaining Agreements when applicable.

Medical and Dental Plan Information 

Medical and dental plan information has been added online to supplement the comprehensive summary of the agreement.

Voting Information and Instructions

When will voting start? 

Voting will begin July 15, 2016 and continue through August 12, 2016 at Noon Eastern Time. Following presentation of all of the details of the Tentative Agreement and the full contract language, the JNC will begin a series of Information Sessions around the system, including a live Webcast planned for July 13th. Information will be sent to members' homes along with voting instructions and there will be numerous ways for members to get answers to all of their questions in order to cast an informed vote.

How do I cast a vote?

Balloting will be conducted electronically through VoteNet Solutions, the leading provider of secure on-demand voting and balloting software and telephone voting for organizations including unions, membership, trade and other organizations. The member voting credentials are provided directly to the printer used by VoteNet and do not pass through AFA. Duplicate instructions are also only provided by the VoteNet system. A link to the VoteNet secure site will be accessible through OurContract.org once balloting opens.

Once I cast a vote can I change it?

The rules for balloting will change in the future due to an expected new rule from the Department of Labor and action by the AFA Board of Directors this year. These new procedures require an implementation process expected to be complete by the end of the year. That means this voting process will be familiar to all AFA members – as information becomes available during the ratification process AFA members can access their ballot and recast a vote. Only the last vote cast will be counted by the electronic balloting agency.

Who Votes on a Tentative Agreement? 

In addition to information posted on-line, the Tentative Agreement (TA) summary and balloting instructions will be provided to all members eligible to vote, including members who have the opportunity to become eligible during the voting process:

  1. All active AFA Members in good standing (dues current, active AFA member) are eligible to vote. Members ineligible due to non-payment of dues will be notified when attempting to vote and will be directed to the AFA Membership Department to become current in order to vote.
  2. Flight Attendants on Probation will be eligible to vote during the entire period the ballot is open, provided they are scheduled to complete probation before the ballot count date.

    (The AFA Board of Directors voted to change this provision this year, recognizing the need to encourage and allow our newest members to take part in our democracy sooner. The Local Presidents from all AFA-member airlines voted to make Flight Attendants eligible to pay dues for full AFA membership after four months of flying, but the implementation of this provision requires substantial planning with all of the AFA- member airlines and is not expected to become effective before January 2017.)
  3. Inactive Members (Leaves of Absence, COBUS, etc.) may choose to "leave and remain active" to continue payment of dues during the leave in order to be eligible to vote.

Contact the AFA Ballot Help Line at 800-424- 2401, press 1 and extension 706, to complete the process to "leave and remain active."

Joint Negotiating Committee

Ken Diaz
United MEC President

Randy Hatfield 
Continental MEC President 

Kathleen Domondon
Continental Micronesia MEC President

Jack Hegg
JNC Member pre-merger CMI

Cari Kershaw
Council 60 President
JNC Member pre-merger CAL

Morna McDonald
JNC Member pre-merger CAL

Kevin Lum
JNC Member pre-merger UAL

Jack Kande
JNC Member pre-merger UAL

Joe Burns
AFA Director of Collective Bargaining & Attorney

 
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