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AFA Debrief: February 08, 2024

Date: February 8, 2024

Debrief February 8, 2024

  • Use an IOR for Passenger Incidents
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference
  • House Aviation Subcommittee Hearing with FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker
  • Joe Beirne Foundation CWA Scholarships

Use an IOR for Passenger Incidents

As Flight Attendants, we have several tools to report incidents that may arise throughout the course of our workday. Understanding which reporting tools are best used for a given situation can directly lead to actionable results that improve safety. 

Knowing which report (ISAP/IOR) to file ensures Flight Attendants are protected and that the information provided by the Flight Attendant to management is directed to the correct review committees for the most effective resolution of any issues/concerns.

An important component of the Inflight Safety Action Program (ISAP) report is that in the review process, information about anyone involved is redacted for non-punitive review. This makes it beneficial for reporting incidents related to the following examples: 

  • Non-compliant LINK device
  • Incorrect Placarding
  • Failing to complete an exit row briefing prior to push-back
  • Missing or incorrect safety equipment
  • Forgetting to disarm a door after arrival that is corrected by another Flight Attendant (i.e near miss.)

When faced with incidents related to an unruly passenger, including non-compliance, such as smoking in the lavatory, an Irregular Operations Report (IOR) is the preferred method for documenting and reporting on the incident. An IOR is used to document any incident involving customers or crew members that is out of the ordinary and may require follow-up by the company or the FAA.

Unlike the ISAP (Inflight Safety Action Program) report, the IOR does not redact information about the passenger(s) in question. This means action can be taken by the FAA and the company when warranted. 

When Members experience safety-related issues, our Local Safety Health and Security Committees are there to offer support. They are trained subject matter experts and can be trusted to help guide Members with questions related to general safety matters, safety concerns, and understanding the reporting process.

If you have questions about any of our current reporting programs, contact your local Safety, Health, and Security Committee.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference
Human Rights & Equity Committee

On January 12-14th, the MEC Human Rights and Equity (HRE) Committee joined more than 800 Union members, organizers, activists, and labor leaders from across the country in Montgomery, Alabama, for the 2024 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. They were joined in solidarity with Flight Attendants from other AFA carriers’ HRE committees and AFA-CWA International Vice President Keturah Johnson, who leads the AFA International HRE Committee.

The conference was an opportunity for activists to learn from the experiences of other Union leaders working on issues of human rights and equity within the labor movement. The committee attended panels and workshops that highlighted the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders within the labor movement to advance all workers’ rights.  

At the AFL-CIO’s fourth convention in 1961, Dr. King explained to attendees the connection between the civil rights movement’s and labor movements' demands. He stated, “Our needs are identical with labor's needs — decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children, and respect in the community.” AFA has always fought for the rights that all Members deserve, and we are still fighting today.

The conference reaffirmed that although we are in an industry where labor Unions have made incredible progress throughout the years, we still have so much to fight for.

House Aviation Subcommittee Hearing with FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker
Government Affairs Committee

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, the House Aviation Subcommittee hosted a hearing titled “The State of American Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration.” The sole witness invited to testify was Michael Whitaker, the newly appointed administrator of the FAA. Much of the hearing focused on recent events related to Boeing’s ongoing issues with the 737 MAX, including quality control oversight. Since the January 5th inflight separation of a mid-emergency door plug on Alaska Air flight 1282 and the subsequent grounding of certain 737-9 MAX aircraft, inspections have revealed problems beyond the door plug installation itself. The FAA is now halfway through a six-week audit of Boeing and Spirit Aerospace’s production lines.

Separately, several Representatives noted that the five-year FAA Reauthorization Bill passed the House with broad bipartisan support six months ago but has yet to be marked up in the Senate. They all urged their Senate counterparts to take up the issue as soon as possible because the effects of not having a fully implemented FAA bill and subjecting the legislation to repeated short-term extensions are detrimental to the overall health of the industry. The next deadline we are facing is March 8, 2024, which is fast approaching.

Your AFA Government Affairs Committee will continue to monitor movement on the FAA Reauthorization Bill and share any updates with Members.

Joe Beirne Foundation CWA Scholarships

The Joe Beirne Foundation awards sixteen partial scholarships of $4,000 for the 2024 – 2025 school year. Winners will be selected in a lottery drawing. Recipients are also eligible to receive a second-year scholarship of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must be CWA members or their spouses, children, and grandchildren (including dependents of laid-off, retired, or deceased CWA members). Applicants must be high school graduates or at least high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to schooling may also apply. Prior winners may not reapply.

The application final deadline for the 2024-2025 school year is April 30, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Reminders:

FEB – AFA Celebrates Black History Month
FEB 8 – Deadline for Profit Sharing Election (401K)
FEB 10 – Lunar New Year
FEB 13 – Worldwide Day of Action, Informational Picketing
FEB 19 – President’s Day
FEB 29 – Profit Sharing Payment

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