AFA MEC Update, December 9, 2016

AFA MEC Update, December 9, 2016

All communications will now be coming from one combined source. An image of your contract will be placed next to any information that pertains to the Flight Attendants working under that contract.  CAL is the green contract, CMI is the purple, and United is the beige contract.
                         
December 9, 2016

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE:

  • Local Council Elections
  • Winter Storms and Irregular Operations – Carry Your Contract
  • Management Employees with with Seniority Rights on Joint & CCS Seniority Lists
  • Some Uniform Items Available at a Discounted Rate
  • A Holiday Message for FADAP
  • Industry Update: AFA -CWA Executive Board Dedicates Full Support to Mesa Flight Attendants
  • Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter @ AFAnitedMEC

Local Council Elections

Elections for Local Council Officers and Council Representatives are now underway in the following locations; DCA/IAD, DEN, EWR, IAH, LAX, ORD, and SFO, and Nominations are currently underway in NRT.

Current Election Schedule:

  • DCA/IAD Polls Close: December 13, 2016 at 1300 EST
  • DEN Polls Close: December 14, 2016 at 1300 EST
  • EWR Polls Close: December 13, 2016 at 1200 EST
  • IAH Polls Close: December 21, 2016 at 1200 EST
  • LAX Polls Close: December 13, 2016 at 1500 EST
  • ORD Polls Close: December 14, 2016 at 1200 EST
  • SFO Polls Close: December 14, 2016 at 1400 EST

Current Nominations Schedule:

  • NRT Nominations Close: December 20, 2016 at 1200 EST

If you have not received your Voting Instructions, containing your 16 digit activation pin in the mail, please contact the AFA Ballot Helpline at 1-800-424-2401 EXT 706 (press 1 then 706). If the call is not answered, please leave a message. All calls received by 5 pm EST will be returned the same day.

The AFA Ballot Helpline can provide you with a new 16-digit activation code. This will allow you to enter the voting system and cast your vote. The 16-digit code will be sent via email along with instructions for voting.

When calling to obtain a new 16-digit activation code please verify your email address and current status with AFA. If you must leave a message, please make sure you leave your name, airline, employee ID & telephone number along with your email address.

For additional information visit: afacwa-elections.org.

For any further questions please contact your Local Council Office.

Winter Storms and Irregular Operations – Carry Your Contract

Winter storms are defiantly upon us and our Contract, when used properly, allows the airline to respond to operational irregularities while ensuring pay and schedule protections for Flight Attendants. Our Contracts contain specific direction on Order of Assignment, and/or Reassignment to an assignment.

Relevant Contract sections that you should be aware under these circumstances include the following:

Pre-merger CAL: Section 5
Pre-merger CMI: Section 7
Pre-Merger UAL: Sections 8, 9, 10 and 12

In any irregularity or during daily operations, your Contract is your best resource and should always be your first reference.

For more information please contact your Local Council Office.

Management Employees with Seniority Rights on Joint & CCS Seniority Lists

With the implementation of the Joint Seniority List, members of management who have seniority rights back to the Flight Attendant position were assigned a seniority number and appeared on the Joint Seniority List.

Effective December 8, 2016 all members of management having seniority rights back to the Flight Attendant position will also appear in CCS and on the semi-annual System Seniority lists that are posted each January and July. The inclusion of all members of management in CCS and on the semi-annual lists does not add any new members of management to the list, it simply means that everyone who has seniority rights to the Flight Attendant position is visible at all times.

As a result of the inclusion of these members of management on the System & domicile (CCS) seniority lists, Flight Attendants may see changes to their seniority numbers.

Some Uniform Items Available at a Discounted Rate

As a reminder, some current uniform items are available via the Cintas website at a discounted price until 1700 CST on December 30, 2016.  A list of all discounted items and reduced prices can be found on United’s Flying Together Inflight Services uniform page.  Don’t forget, any unused points under any of the existing pre-merger programs will not rollover into next year.

A Holiday Message from FADAP

The holiday season is here! Normally, we equate the months of Thanksgiving through the New Year with festive celebrations and good cheers. However, for some, this time of year serves as a painful contrast to the joy that fills other’s lives, but maybe not our own.

The Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program is a specialized program just for Flight Attendants and their family members afflicted or affected by substance abuse.

It’s called FADAP (The Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program).

If you answer yes to any of the below questions, your drinking may be putting you and/or your job at risk.

The Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP) can help you:

  • Identify if you have a substance use problem needing professional assistance;
  • Refer you into flight attendant specialized treatment services and
  • Support you in your recovery journey.

So, take the below quick screen and call the FADAP helpline if you answer yes to any of the below questions.

Flight Attendant Alcohol Use Screen
In the past year,

  • Have you shown up for a flight hung-over?
  • Have you bid a certain position to have easy access to alcohol?
  • Have you consumed alcohol past the cut-off time?
  • Have you felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  • Have you felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  • Do you drink alcohol 4 or more times per week?
  • Have you had 5 or more drinks on a typical day when you are drinking?

Remember, the Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP) is available 24/7 at1-855-333-2327or 1-855-33FADAP.

The FADAP operator will patch your call directly into your airline peer assistance program or the peer on-call. Your conversations are always confidential.

Industry Update: AFA-CWA Executive Board Dedicates Full Support to Mesa Flight Attendants

The AFA-CWA Executive Board comprised of Flight Attendant leaders from all AFA-represented airlines passed the following resolution in support of our Mesa Flight Attendants unanimously on December 1, 2016. As this resolution shows, Mesa Flight Attendants have the full backing of AFA as we continue our push for a fair contract.

WHEREAS, the pay and working conditions of Mesa Flight Attendants lags behind other regional carriers who fly for United and American; and,

WHEREAS, Mesa Flight Attendants are working under an agreement which became amendable in 2012, and in the past year the Flight Attendants overwhelmingly rejected an offer from management that included near cost-neutral changes; and,

WHEREAS, Mesa Flight Attendants face a management team intent on keeping pay and benefits at the bottom of the industry relying on long term capacity purchase agreements negotiated with United and American Airlines; and,

WHEREAS, improving the pay and benefits of Mesa Flight Attendants directly benefits all Flight Attendants in the industry; and,

WHEREAS, in order to “Bridge the Gap” for regional Flight Attendants, we must be able to lift the floor;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the AFA-CWA Executive Board declares its full support for Mesa Flight Attendants achieving a fair contract; and,

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we pledge to engage all Flight Attendants as requested to support actions in support of a fair contract.

We stand behind our Sisters and Brother Flight Attendants at Mesa Airlines.

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Fly safe and take care of one another.
MEC Communications Committee