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October | 2016 | Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Council 72

Archive for October 26, 2016

Flight Attendants Send Management Back to the Table

October 26, 2016

Fellow Flight Attendants,

The majority has spoken and has voted not to ratify the tentative agreement.Through the vote, we sent a strong message that we expect more for our contributions to the airline.

We will need to re-survey our group to define a limited number of priority issues to change from this tentative agreement.  The NMB ultimately controls the timing and location of negotiations. Look for those communications in the coming days and weeks.

We remain unified as a group and focused on our future. We are stronger and better together.

In Solidarity,

Hamilton Kaopua, MEC/LEC President, hkaopua@afaomni.org

Tammy Kirkenslager, Negotiating Committee Member, tammyk@afaomni.org

2016 Tentative Agreement Video

AFA Omni MEC/LEC President Hamilton Kaopua, Negotiating Committee Member Tammy Kirkenslager, and AFA Staff Negotiator Suzanne Balzer review the 2016 Tentative Agreement and answer your questions.

Scope

Compensation

Expenses

Sick Leave

Leaves of Absence

Training

Vacation

Scheduling

Hours of Service

Furlough and Recall

Discipline, Grievances, and System Board

Union Security

Uniforms

General

Questions and Answers

Negotiating Committee Recommendations 

TA Questions and Answers #3

Q:  Who gets to vote on this Tentative Agreement?

A:  For all new contract ballots, we allow all “members” to vote, that is they must have an application on file.  There is no restriction of a probationary period.  Again, only flight attendants who are members will have their votes counted, which is why any nonmember will be sent a voting ballot with a membership application.  Also, it is important to understand that on the Vote Count Date, votes that are cast may be determined invalid based on the member’s status in the company on that date, such as a manager or ISC, a flight attendant who has resigned or not completed their IOE, or anyone who does not have a membership application on file; their votes are invalid.  You can also change your vote up until the polls are closed.  The last vote counts.

Q:  When do we start paying dues?

A:  The Dues are currently $50 a month and may be deducted twice a month from your paycheck on the last day of the month and the 15th.  A Dues Check Off sheet will be sent to all flight attendants after ratification.  Dues deductions should begin in December 2016.  These deductions would represent the November dues month. This is called ‘prior month’ dues.

Q: “A Flight Attendant shall be guaranteed a minimum of nine (9) Scheduled Days Off in any Bid Month.”  “A Flight Attendant who is available for work on each Scheduled Duty Day during a full Bid Month shall be eligible for a MPG of sixty-five hours (65:00) of pay at the applicable Hourly Rate.”  This effectively means that our 19 days of reserve would be upped to 21 or 22 days with the same guarantee of 65 hours.

A:  Incorrect. Per SECTION 3 – COMPENSATION, B.3, A Flight Attendant who is awarded a Bid Line in which there are more than nineteen (19) Scheduled Duty Days in the Bid Month shall have her/his MPG increased by 3.43 hours for each additional Scheduled Duty Day in the Bid Month. So, assuming you are awarded a bid line with the following scheduled duty days per bid month, the following will apply:

19 days = 65.00 Hours of Minimum Pay Guarantee

20 days = 68.43 Hours of MPG (65 + 3.43 hrs)

21 days = 71.86 Hours of MPG (65 + 3.43 hrs + 3.43 hrs)

In effect, any FA who is awarded a bid line of 20 or 21 duty days will automatically be guaranteed the MPG for that bid period.  The amount of days off may be increased by the company, not decreased.

Q:  How do I know if I’m a member and my application has been received?

A:  Send an email to hkaopua@afaomni.org, and Hamilton will be able to verify your information.  Also, once you’ve sent in your membership application you can go to our website, AFAOmni.org and sign up for access to the Forum.  Only members are granted access.  Once your membership application is processed you will receive an email from the Forum administrator welcoming you.  That would be another way to know if you’re a member.  Please keep in mind that you should also update AFA, as well as Omni, any time you have a change of address, phone number or email.  You can update your information with AFA, here: http://www.afacwa.org/change_of_address

Q:  Why did you compare our wages to one charter airline and 3 regional carriers?

A:  In order to put in perspective the wage offer made in the TA we had to find carriers of comparable size. There are not very many carriers with less than 1000 Flight Attendants. Why does that matter?  When you look for a comparable number of Flight Attendants you are looking at a fairly comparable Inflight budget for wages. Do you think Omni’s IFS budget is equal to UAL? SWA?  Of course not.  So to get an accurate picture we must compare an apple to an apple. What type of flying is performed can come in to play in add-on pay but does not in hourly rates.

RUMOR:  The Company is eager for us to ratify because they are going to save a lot of money and the AFA wants us to sign so they can recover money spent during the negotiations.

FACT:  Every day we do not have a contract the Company actually SAVES money.  This TA represents an overall cost to the Company.  AFA recovering money HAS NEVER been an issue.  Your future dues do not represent a “recovery” as a percent comes back to your leaders to conduct the various functions of the Union.  The many experts who have assisted us have been paid for by dues from other represented airlines.  That is how a Union works!

What We Leave On the Table (Based on 65 hour yield)