S-CAL Contract Negotiation Update
Your CAL MEC and the company have agreed to commence negotiations for the S-CAL only contract (not a joint contract) on April 24th and 25th in Chicago. Your negotiating team is ready to meet the challenges of securing essential items and getting an agreement that provides us a secure path to joint negotiations. This will be the first of many negotiating sessions required to meet our goals. If and when an agreement is reached, the full S-CAL membership will have to opportunity to vote in a standard AFA contract ratification process. Your solidarity is essential to the process – please keep informed and understand that your CAL MEC is laser focused on protecting what we value based on the 30,000 proposals submitted by the membership. Our current negotiations are narrowly focused on obtaining the essential items and protections necessary for us to move forward in this merger. These essentials include job security, flexibility, pay and profit sharing. Once these items are secured for the S-CAL Flight Attendants – we will then be able to begin negotiating a Joint (combined) agreement.
Best Wishes for the Holiday Weekend
Passover and Easter holidays begin this weekend and we would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy weekend. We would also like to recognize all of our co-workers who work through the holidays and the sacrifices they make to ensure a safe and smooth operation. If you are traveling this weekend, please take the time to say thank you to your fellow Flight Attendants for their dedication and constant professionalism.
Severe Turbulence Hits Flight on Wednesday
April 4, 2012 – United flight 1727 from TPA to IAH encountered severe turbulence over Louisiana. The 737-800 was operated by S-CAL Flight Attendants based in IAH. The flight landed in IAH without incident and only minor injuries. Your CAL AFA EAP and Safety, Health and Security committees have been in constant contact with the Flight Attendants and are providing full support. Flight Attendants are the first responders on the aircraft and as such require the unique support that your AFA EAP and SHS committees can provide. If you have an incident or just need someone to talk to – please contact your AFA EAP reps at 1-855-4CAL-AFA option 5.
That is all for now – fly safe,
Marcus N. Valentino, President
Continental Master Executive Council