Union Update – Apr. 20, 2012

Union Update – Apr. 20, 2012

Inside This Issue:

  • S-CAL Contract Negotiation Update
  • Fire Strikes Crew Hotel in HKG
  • Redeployment of Equipment Creates Angst
  • LOA -6 Conscientious Reporting (OOPS) Policy Reaffirmed
  • Help For Victims of Domestic Violence

S-CAL Contract Negotiation Update

Your CAL MEC and the company begin 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 the opportunity to vote in a standard contract ratification.  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.  The proposals submitted will be used for both our single contract and the joint contract.  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.

Fire Strikes Crew Hotel in HKG

April 20, 2012 – A fire at the Harbour View Hotel in Hong Kong started on the 43rd floor – a non-residential level – at about 3am local time (8pm BST).  Three hours later, the fire was brought under control, but residents were not allowed to return to their rooms until around 7:30am local time after the building had been checked.  All crews are safe and accounted for.  Crews will be relocated until further notice.

Redeployment of Equipment Creates Angst

The company has announced their decision to continue to redeploy aircraft around our system.  This redeployment places airplanes in less than optimal locations for staffing.  The company has stated that the redeployments will continue and will adversely affect the quality of lines and trips.  Your CAL MEC is actively pursuing solutions to this situation – the sooner the company completes the current negotiations for the S-CAL and S-CMI contracts the better it will be for all.

LOA -6 Conscientious Reporting (OOPS) Policy Reaffirmed

The Union has concluded discussions with the company regarding the application of the commuter policy.  Both parties have agreed that the language in the contract is controlling and includes United, United Express, and United Connection flights – provided that all provisions of the Letter of Agreement are satisfied.

B.  A flight attendant commuting by air, must exercise good judgment and exert every reasonable effort to report for work, including having the legitimate reasonable potential to commute on either of at least two (2) flights listed through the Company’s employee reservations systems (so long as such seats are controlled by the Company. (i.e., twenty-four (24) hours prior to the first flight’s departure time both flights must be under authorization as displayed on the company’s employee reservations systems, including accounting for non-revenue space available travelers that are listed and have either a higher boarding priority or greater seniority than the flight attendant) that are scheduled to arrive at her/his domicile or the point of her/his duty assignment at least one hour (1:00) prior to her/his report time for such assignment.

It is important for all Flight Attendants to be familiar with their contract and we urge all Flight Attendants to review the entire Letter of Agreement 6.  If you have any questions or concerns, please see a Grievance Representative in your crew room.

Help For Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the abuse of a family member, intimate partner, or ex-partner.  Domestic violence often refers to violence between spouses, but it can also include non-married domestic partners and ex-partners. Domestic violence takes many forms. Abusers typically use a variety of methods to gain and maintain power and control over their victims. The abuse may be physical (hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, pushing, stabbing, or strangling). It may be sexual (forcing victims into sexual acts against their will). Domestic violence may also be emotional (threatening victims or someone the victims love, controlling their actions, intimidating them, or making them feel worthless). Or it may be financial—controlling victims’ access to money. Domestic violence may also involve stalking—repeatedly following victims against their will, causing them fear.  A person may not recognize that she/he is in an abusive relationship, especially if the abuse happens rarely or if there are times when the relationship is peaceful. You may have mixed feelings because you sometimes feel love and affection for a partner you are afraid of when he or she is abusing you. You may even wonder if you are to blame for the abuse. You may be afraid that people won’t believe you if you report the abuse or that they will think you are responsible.

Some Important Facts about Domestic Violence:

  • Domestic violence is common and dangerous. An estimated 1.3 million women and more than 78,000 men are victimized by domestic violence every year.
  • Abusers are responsible for domestic violence. Abusers often blame the victim for the domestic violence, even though the abusers have chosen to commit abuse. Many abusers are violent only to their family members—not to co-workers, neighbors, or others.
  • Domestic violence hurts entire families. Domestic violence affects children, other family members, witnesses, co-workers, friends, and the community. Children who witness domestic violence are victims too.

The AFA EAP is a confidential resource to assist you with a wide range of concerns, including domestic violence and help is just a phone call away at 1-800-424-2406 or your local AFA EAP committee at 1 855-422-5232 option number 5.

That is all for now – fly safe,

In Unity,

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Marcus N. Valentino, President
Continental Master Executive Council