Questions About Dues Statements
November 23, 2021
As we reported last week, our AFA International Membership Department sent dues statements to the Membership in our ongoing effort to reconcile the Membership information. This ongoing work is being done for all of the air carriers represented by AFA. Our Staff at our Membership office is working diligently to address the inquiries that are coming in from all of these carriers and to ensure questions are fully answered. All of these inquiries are being responded to by our dedicated staff in the order they are received. Contrary to popular belief, not everything you may read on social media is truthful. While there are some legitimate questions about the dues statements that have been generated, the vast majority of these statements are accurate. In an effort to assist in getting these inquiries responded to, we offer the following items intended to assist in finding answers to some of the predominant questions that are being received.
We know that there are many questions arising as a result of the issuance of these statements and many of these questions are explainable.
First, be assured that one inquiry, while perhaps affected by a delayed response, is all that is necessary. Submitting multiple inquiries only further complicates the process and delays our staff in getting you a timely response to your inquiry.
Secondly, it is possible for you to do some of the research in advance of calling. Keep in mind, dues are collected from the wages you earn in a given month. For example, we receive our August wages in September. Your August dues deduction should appear on your mid-September pay advice, that is, deducted from your August wages. Dues are collected as we are paid, one month in arrears.
Third, and perhaps most importantly, the number one question is a result of our collective success with the payment of PSP dollars in December 2020 and January 2021. As a result of these PSP supported wage payments, anyone on a Leave of Absence had the leave interrupted. Under the AFA Constitution, when you receive wages from your airline, this results in a restart of the dues obligation, even if you remained on Leave of Absence beyond January 2021 and never actually returned to flight status.
If, after completing that research, questions still remain, you may reach out to our Membership Services Department by telephone (844-232-2228) or via our Membership Office dues question site at afacwa.org/dues questions.