INSIDE THIS ISSUE - July 28, 2016
• Full T/A Available in the Domicile
• Tentative Agreement Voting Information
• Visit OurContract.org for T/A Information
• Upcoming Tentative Agreement Q&A Sessions
Full T/A Available in the Domicile
Copies of the full T/A language have arrived in Chicago. If you are interested in a copy, they can be found either in the domicile or at the Info Rep table in the hallway outside of Inflight.
Tentative Agreement Voting Information
Voting for the 2016 Tentative Agreement continues and will close on August 12, 2016 at Noon Eastern Time. Information about the Tentative Agreement along with voting instructions have been sent to Members' homes. Your voting instructions will provide you with your unique activation code and instructions to cast your ballot at the secure VoteNet site (accessed through a link on our website and OurContract.org). If you have not receive your voting instructions, you may contact the Ballot Help Line at 800-424-2401, press 1, and then ext. 706 to obtain your voting instructions.
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:
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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."
Visit OurContract.org for T/A Information
Information pertaining the Tentative Agreement can be found at OurContract.org, including the following items:
Upcoming Tentative Agreement Q&A Sessions
Q&A sessions are being held in the hangar by the Council 8 AFA offices thru August 11th, 2016. Each session will run from 1000-1200. Due to limited space, we are asking that you call the local Council 8 office at 773-601-5041 to reserve a seat if you are interested in attending one of these sessions (both pmUnited and pmContinental Flight Attendants are welcome to call this number and attend these sessions).
The Q&A sessions in the city are being held in a condo building at 3600 N. Lake Shore Drive in the “Wall Hall” in the lobby. It is by the corner of Addison and Lake Shore Drive. Future sessions will be at the following dates/times:
August 7th 1300 – 1600
August 8th 1830 – 2100
President: Erica Levy
Vice President: Scott Pejas
Secretary: Thor Erickson
Council Reps: Maria Alpogianis
Main Office Number: 773-601-5041
Grievance Number: 773-601-5047
Fax Number: 773-601-5045