AFA Council 8 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - August 5, 2016

• Picket to Support Southwest Flight Attendants
• ORD Scheduling Committee Summary – September 2016

Picket to Support Southwest Flight Attendants

On May 31, 2013, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Flight Attendants at Southwest Airlines and their management became amendable. Today, three years later, they are still waiting for a Tentative Agreement they are able to ratify. Represented by the Transportation Workers' Union, our sisters and brothers were previously presented with a TA that failed to reflect their needs and their value to SWA.

Despite the ongoing hard work of the TWU at the bargaining table, SWA management remains stubborn and refuses to acknowledge the value of their first responders. These Flight Attendants have earned an equitable TA that reflects the importance of the work we all do and their company's current, record-breaking financial windfall.

On this coming Monday, August 8, 2016, the Flight Attendants at Southwest Airlines will hold a systemwide day of informational picketing at stations throughout the country. United AFA Members clearly understand the power of standing together in solidarity when the stakes are so high. It was only after we began our Days of Action that our own management finally began to negotiate with us in earnest, resulting in the industry-leading TA upon which we are all now voting. The Members of TWU invite us to join them at their picketing events. What is true within our AFA family is true for all Flight Attendants: We are stronger together.

Information for the Chicago event is posted below, and your Council 8 Officers hope you will be able to join your colleagues on the picket line.


ORD Scheduling Committee Summary – September 2016

The September schedule month is from 8/30 through 9/28, and includes the Labor Day holiday on 9/5.

Line averages are very low: 75:48 for international lines; 73:26 for domestic lines.

International lineholder positions increase by 87, domestic positions decrease by 79, when compared with August positions.

Because of the low line averages, and in order to build lines at 71 hours or greater, it was necessary to have a mixture of international IDs in some lines. 

Many Europe base lines are built 3 Days ON-4 Days OFF, but have mixed destinations. Because MUC and FCO IDs are the higher time IDs, they are sometimes required to be mixed with other trips - in order to make all of the lines legal at 71 hours or greater.

International flying assigned to ORD for September is similar to August, with the following notables:

·         No OGG trips assigned to ORD in September.

·         ORD covers 2 LHR trips (1555 and 1820 departures).

·         FCO continues to operate 6 days of the week.

·         BRU goes to weekday frequency during the last 2 weeks of the month.

·         ORD covers 1 NRT position, along with the 2 LQ positions.

·         ORD covers daily CUN, SJU and MEX 1-days.

Domestic flying is heaviest during the first 10 days of the schedule month.

Less 4-day domestic IDs assigned to ORD.

More 1-day flying, about 25% of the domestic lines are 1-day trip lines.

ORD will have 2 reserve lines with 13 days off.

President:           Erica Levy

Vice President:   Scott Pejas

Secretary:           Thor Erickson

Council Reps:     Maria Alpogianis

                             Jason Kandel

                             Ian Kompel

                            Heidi Spinner


Main Office Number:     773-601-5041

Grievance Number:        773-601-5047

Fax Number:                   773-601-5045

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