On Thursday August 10th, the company implemented a new Mutual Trip Trade Bulletin Board which modified the trip trading process as a result of the new Letter of Agreement number 37 contained in the current IAM negotiated contract. We have had many questions and concerns from our members related to the functionality changes, which require mutual trip trade approvals between Flight Attendants and we are fully aware that the changes may be actually limiting schedule flexibility, rather improving it.
Unfortunately, AFA was not involved in discussions which took place with regard to the IAM’s intentions surrounding the establishment of this new process. Further, We reached out to a former IAM representative who has not become involved. Regardless, we share your concerns that any new functionality could limit options and decrease scheduling flexibility involved in mutual trading of your trips. We have been in constant contact with management since Thursday, urging them to work with us as a group to resolve these issues.
Management reports that their IT Department has now fixed many of the problems you had initially encountered with the system which will once again allow prearranged trades, position trades and multiple pairing trades without having to advertise them.
Please continue to assist us in this process by continuing to call in any problems you encounter as a result of this change to 281-553-1682 and by contacting your local representatives. We want to identify any additional appropriate solutions that we can discuss with management to further refine this process.