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Full Tentative Agreement Language

Read the entire agreement between Omni Air International, Inc. and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA >

TA Questions and Answers #1

Q: Why a 72 Month Agreement?

A:  There are pros and cons to the length of an Agreement.  Your committee considered a number of factors and agreed that a 72 month Contract was an acceptable outcome.  We have the preserved right to reopen at 60 months, so really we will begin the process again in 4 years.

Q: Why should we accept the “first offer”?

A:  The TA is NOT the first offer- far from it.  We literally have accumulated 44 pounds of pages and pages of offers!  Negotiations are a series of offers that at some point reach a tentative agreement covering all issues.

Q: Did you use comparable airlines?

A:  It is very hard to find airlines, which across the board, are like Omni.  For those of you who are familiar with this industry, many charter providers have ceased to exist: Ryan, ATA, World, North American, USA3000, ONA, TIA, Air America and the list goes on.   The point is that the charter business is a difficult one and while we would like certain duty limitations, if imposed, Omni might not be able to secure the customers necessary to stay profitable.

Q: What happens if the Tentative Agreement does not ratify?

A:  It is important to think about what happens if an item is an individual deal breaker.  We caution you to not make a decision based on one or two items but rather make a decision based on the entire package. Is this issue(s) a strike issue for the majority?

If the tentative agreement does not ratify, Omni would continue to pocket millions of dollars that would otherwise be in our paychecks. We have control over what we will do if not ratified but we have no control over fuel prices and what impact the elections this fall could have on the economy. As a charter airline we are more susceptible to the whims of the government.

Taking away outside influences, we can share with you what we have observed of what has happened at other airlines.  First, the NMB would require us to limit what open items we could discuss before they would consider returning us to the table.  To get to those items we would have to conduct another membership survey.  These would have to be issues that are common priorities for our entire work force.  We would also need to demonstrate our commitment to reach a deal through actions such as informational picketing and taking a strike vote.  We need to be willing to stand up and say “YES, I am willing to strike over these issues” and a strike vote would require a minimum of 90% YES to be effective.  When we would meet again is out of our hands as our negotiations are under the supervision of the NMB.  It can take months to get back to talks and it could take years to get offered anything different than what you see today. Often, all companies will do is offer to redistribute the value of the previous offer.  This is not intended to be a scare tactic but information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

Q: I know that Spirit got a better contract after 2 failed TAs- so that could be us too.

A:  The Spirit negotiations that led to the final Agreement took 10 years.  Yes, at the end there was more money but how much did they lose over that 10 year period?  It was not reflected in the value of the last TA.  This is something you must seriously consider.  Can you afford to wait that long?

Q: I read on Facebook……     

A:  Please consider this one point of reference when you read social media: if it sounds awful it is probably not true.  If it sounds like it will be easy to get a better deal in record time: it is probably not true.  Get the facts from your committee and get involved in sharing the truth.  It is your responsibility to exercise the power of an informed decision.

Q: What can I do to help?

A:  Wear your AFA pins and share the updates.  This entire process had one goal- to create the start of a better future.  To reach that goal we need to stand together.

Summary 2016 Flight Attendant Tentative Agreement

September 21, 2016

Dear Fellow Omni Air Flight Attendants:

As the Negotiating Committee who represented Omni Air International Flight Attendants, we stand behind the Tentative Agreement and unanimously approve submitting it to our AFA members for ratification.

Please review this comprehensive Summary of the terms of our Tentative Agreement.  We know there will be questions and the summary will need to be supplemented with further explanation.  We are available to answer your questions and will post Frequently Asked Questions to the website.

By the end of this week we will post the complete text of the Tentative Agreement on our website, www.AFAOmni.org.  We are also seeking volunteers who would pass out printed copies of the Summary and hand out Membership Applications to fellow crew members.  As long as we are discreet about this, the Company has approved this activity.  Please respond to Tammy or Hamilton if you are interested in helping.

Thank you again for allowing us to represent you and we look forward to hearing positively from you.

In Solidarity,

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

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


PDF Version


Summary 2016 Flight Attendant Tentative Agreement

Between Omni Air International, Inc. and The Flight Attendants in the Service of Omni Air International

As represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Section 1 – Recognition and Scope

  • Defines our flying
  • Limitations on creation of alter ego airline
  • Merger protections and Seniority Integration protection

Section 3 – Compensation

  • Upon implementation weighted average increase of 12%
  • Over term of Agreement 45% average increase
  • 15 year pay scale
  • Ratification Bonus:
  • 0-4 years-$1,000
  • 5-9 years-$1,500
  • 10+ years $2,000
  • Compensation above Base Pay:
    • Call Out Pay
      • If assigned flying, paid at 1.5 times hourly rate
      • If not assigned flying, day paid at 06:00 hours
    • Aircraft Cleaning and Catering Duty Pay
    • Extended Duty Day Pay
      • Greater than 18 hours less than 20 hours- $50 premium
      • Greater than 20 hours less than 22 hours- $150 premium
      • Greater than 22 hours- $250 premium
    • Purser Pay:
      • $4/hour and premium $1.25 TAFB – present A/C

Flight Attendant compensation during the term of this Agreement shall be based on the following hourly pay scale:

1st yr. $19.52 $19.52 $19.81 $20.11 $20.41 $21.02 $21.02
2nd yr. $21.93 $21.93 $22.26 $22.59 $22.93 $23.62 $23.62
3rd yr. $23.42 $23.42 $23.77 $24.13 $24.49 $25.22 $25.22
4th yr. $25.28 $25.28 $25.66 $26.04 $26.43 $27.22 $27.22
5th yr. $27.16 $27.16 $27.57 $27.98 $28.40 $29.25 $29.25
6th yr. $ 29.46 $29.46 $29.90 $30.35 $30.81 $31.73 $31.73
7th yr. $30.18 $30.18 $30.63 $31.09 $31.56 $32.51 $32.51
8th yr. $30.62 $30.62 $31.08 $31.55 $32.02 $32.98 $32.98
9th yr. $31.04 $31.04 $31.51 $31.98 $32.46 $33.43 $33.43
10th yr. $31.66 $31.66 $32.13 $32.61 $33.10 $34.09 $34.09
11th yr. $32.58 $32.58 $33.07 $33.57 $34.07 $35.09 $35.09
12th yr. $33.19 $33.19 $33.69 $34.20 $34.71 $35.75 $35.75
13th yr. $34.15 $34.15 $34.66 $35.18 $35.71 $36.78 $36.78
14th yr. $35.14 $35.14 $35.67 $36.21 $36.75 $37.85 $37.85
15th yr. $36.16 $36.16 $36.70 $37.25 $37.81 $38.94 $38.94


Section 4 – Safety and Health

  • AFA inclusion in Company Emergency Response with notification protocols
  • Recognition of AFA Safety and Health Committee

Section 5 – Insurance and Other Benefits

  • Defined Insurance coverage
  • A 401K plan for Omni Flight Attendants with a Company match

Section 6 – Expenses

  • Per Diem increases:
    • $1.67 Domestic
    • $2.17 International
  • Passport renewal reimbursement
  • Union participation in hotel selection

Section 7 – Management Rights

  • Standard language 

Section 8 – Union Business

  • Union provided access to new hire training and provides method for trip/duty day adjustments to conduct business

Section 9 – Medical Examinations

  • Provides defined process when a medical exam is required

Section 10 – Sick Leave

  • Credit
    • Less than 1 year- 0
    • 1 thru 5 years- 5 days
    • 6 + years- 6 days
  • Year 4 of the Agreement provides that at 6 years plus of service will receive 7 days
  • FML Bank capped at 75 days

Section 11 – Leaves of Absence

  • Bereavement – provided Company arranged transportation back to base for death of spouse or child
  • Parental Leave – up to 3 consecutive months for birth or adoption of child
  • Jury Duty – no loss of MPG for duration of Jury Duty

Section 12 – Training

  • FA will not be required to return from vacation/leave to attend any required training
  • Training, including CBT, is paid

Section 13 – Vacations

  • A Flight Attendant will accrue vacation for each completed month of active service as follows:
Longevity Annual Vacation Monthly Accrual
<1 year None None
1-5 12 days 1.00 days
6 13 days 1.08 days
7 14 days 1.17 days
8 15 days 1.25 days
9 16 days 1.33 days
10+ 17 days 1.42 days

Section 14 – Scheduling

  • Defined order of assignment of uncovered open time
  • Established reserve guidelines
  • Mutual trades and One Way Trades (dropping trip to another Flight Attendant)

Section 15 – Hours of Service

  • On Duty Limitations – Domestic and International
  • Rest, release to report, minimum of 10 hours
  • Established report times
  • On Board Crew Rest

Section 16 – Seniority

  • Company must maintain and publish updated System Seniority List January 1 and July 1 each year with challenge period

Section 17 – Furlough and Recall

  • Company must offer voluntary furloughs to minimize impact of involuntary furlough
  • Flight Attendant may defer recall from furlough provided there are sufficient Flight Attendants available to recall to vacancies

Section 18 – Filling of Vacancies

  • If base is closed or downsized Flight Attendant may use seniority to bump into a base where there are junior Flight Attendants assigned                  

Section 19 – Discipline, Grievances and System Board

  • No discipline without just cause
  • Right to AFA Flight Attendant representation at disciplinary meetings
  • Grievance procedure allowing Flight Attendants to challenge discipline and other violations of the contract
  • The final decision maker on grievances is an independent arbitrator

Section 20 – Union Security

  • Provides for Union Membership and collection of dues/Agency Fee

Section 21 – Missing, Internment, Hostage or Prisoner of War Benefits

  • Procedures and benefits if a Flight Attendant is kidnapped or becomes prisoner or hostage

Section 22 – Uniforms

  • Uniform allowance available as credit with provider or may be used to cover necessary items (hose, socks, luggage, winter items, shoes). The allowance may also be used to cover cost of alterations or optional pieces

Section 23 – General

  • Recognition of Union Committees
  • Jumpseat use outlined
  • Crew meal parameters

Section 24 – Duration

  • 72 months, with option to open at 60 months

Tentative Agreement Update

We continue to work through the weekend preparing a summary of the Tentative Agreement.  We are also working on finalizing details on the voting process and will communicate that to you soon.   We are pleased to report that our website www.afaomni.org has been updated.  As information becomes available this will be a great resource for you.  It is our intent to have the complete TA posted on the website this upcoming week.

The entire Negotiating Committee appreciates all of the many messages of encouragement and your support throughout this entire process.

Remember, in order to vote on this Tentative Agreement, you must be a member of AFA-CWA. If you have not yet completed a membership application, you may click here to print one out and mail it to the address on the bottom of the form.

In Solidarity,

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

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

Suzanne Balzer, AFA Staff Negotiator, sbalzer@cwa-union.org

Tentative Agreement Reached

To our Fellow Omni Air International Flight Attendants,

Your Negotiating Committee met in Tulsa the week of September 12, 2016.  We are pleased to announce we have reached a Tentative Agreement.  Over the next 12-14 days we will be reviewing all the sections and preparing a summary.  The process of preparing for a vote will also take place.  Once we have reviewed everything we will release the highlights of the Agreement.  Also, a draft of the entire text will be prepared and posted and available while voting is conducted.

This is a significant moment for all of us and we have waited a long time.  Your committee supports and recommends the Agreement for your approval.  Your support and patience throughout this process has been appreciated by everyone who has worked on this contract.  This enormous effort could not be possible without all of you as well as the support of AFA.  Thank you for all of your words of support, encouragement and thanks.


In Solidarity,

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

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

Suzanne Balzer, AFA Staff Negotiator, sbalzer@cwa-union.org