AFA Council 8 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - December 7, 2016

• Close of Vacation Bids for All U.S. Domiciles Delayed 24 Hours
• Urgent: Call Congress - Deny NAI

Close of Vacation Bids for All U.S. Domiciles Delayed 24 Hours

At approximately 3:45 A.M. the morning of December 7th, a problem affecting Unimatic connectivity via remote access was identified.  As a result of this automation issue, some Flight Attendants based in U.S. domiciles were unable to submit vacation bids in the hours just prior to vacation bid closing.

In consultation with AFA, a decision has been made to delay the closing of Phase III vacation bids for all U.S. domicile locations by 24 hours.  Vacation bidding will now close at 0830 local domicile time on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Because this problem presented itself after the close of vacation bids for all International domicile locations, the ability of Flight Attendants to submit bids prior to closing at the international locations was not affected.  The company will proceed with processing the vacation awards for FRA, LHR, NRT and HKG based on the contractual bid closing at 0830 local time on December 7, 2016.

The automation issue – largely affecting connectivity using an Apple™ device – has been resolved.


Urgent: Call Congress - Deny NAI

The following is from AFA Interactive:

Flood Congress with Calls! It's About Our Jobs!

December 5, 2016

Flight Attendants,

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation wrongly approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI). The decision sets aside the labor protections that were central to the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement. We know. We were there! We had a seat at the table when this administration negotiated the Agreement, and now just like any labor contract, the administration needs to make good on this aviation trade deal. This is our about our jobs and our nation's ability to move millions of people and connect with the rest of the world.

Norwegian can fly to the U.S. today. We are allies with the U.S.-based and Norwegian-based crews who fly today under U.S. and Norwegian labor law. But NAI, flagged in Ireland, sets up a 'flag of convenience' model in aviation—the same business model that destroyed U.S. shipping. NAI will use this 'flag of convenience' model to hire crews from countries with the lowest labor and safety standards, such as Malaysia or Thailand.

Watch this video to learn of about the dangers of flag of convenience.

We will not accept this. We will act. We will never stop. We will never accept abrogation of our rights.

1. Call Congress Now

Every Flight Attendant needs to call every day this week!

Connect directly to your Senate offices: 1-855-980-2338

Connect directly to your Representative's office: 1-855-980-2306

"Hello, my name is _________ and I am a constituent. I'm a Flight Attendant calling to urge my Representative/Senator to take action to STOP Norwegian Air International from flying to the U.S. under a completely new set of rules. The DOT NAI approval opens the door to a flag of convenience model that will lead to outsourcing 300,000 U.S. aviation jobs, just like it decimated the U.S. shipping industry. This is about good U.S. aviation jobs and enforcing our trade deals."

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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