AFA has received many questions about why dues were not automatically deducted from some Flight Attendant’s August 16 paycheck. When AFA met with In Flight VP, Sam Risoli following the certification by the NMB, we requested that the Company automatically transfer the dues deduction. We felt this would be the simplest method for all of our Flight Attendants. Unfortunately, management took the position that every flight attendant would be required to submit a new dues check off form. When we became aware of this requirement, we sent out an email and placed a bulletin on our website. On July 15th, AFA began collecting the dues check off forms at the union desks in the crew lounges.
AFA’s dues are collected the month following their obligation. Since AFA began representation at the beginning of July, the first dues payment was due in August.
Those Flight Attendants whose dues check off forms were received by August 3, 2011 have had dues deducted in their August 16th paychecks. Those dues are reflected in a new line item on the paycheck that reads “Union Dues AFA – $43”.
Those Flight Attendants whose forms were not received by August 3, 2011 will receive an invoice from AFA for August dues in the amount of $43. Also included with that invoice will be a dues check off form. A Dues check off form is also available at each AFA table in the crew lounges and can be downloaded, and completed by clicking here. The new member initiation fee has been waived for all Continental and Continental Micronesia Flight Attendants. Please enter a -0- on the initiation fee line when filling out the form. You can deliver your completed form, including original signature, to the AFA table or mail them directly to AFA at the address indicated on the form. Those Flight Attendants whose forms are received by September 1, will have their dues automatically deducted from their September 16 paycheck. Anyone not on dues check off at that time will continue to be invoiced by AFA until they complete the dues check off form.
In addition to the monthly dues check off, you may still participate in the annual 10% savings by paying in full by September 1, 2011.
At the beginning of each fiscal year for the union, AFA offers a 10% reduction in total dues obligation if an AFA member elects to pay dues annually. Each fiscal year begins in June. Because AFA did not begin representation of Continental Flight Attendants until July 2011, the dues obligation for Continental Flight Attendants in the 2011-2012 fiscal year is eleven months (July 2011 – May 2012) at $43.00per month. This is a total of $473.00.
If a Flight Attendant elects to take advantage of the 10% savings by paying annual dues in full, the discounted total is then $425.70.
In order to take advantage of this 10% savings option the AFA Constitution and Bylaws requires that a Flight Attendant must be an AFA member. The one-time exception approved by the AFA Board of Directors moves the deadline for this option up to September 1, 2011.
In order to take advantage of this 10% savings–do the following:
- Complete an AFA Membership Application
- Make a payment of $425.70 by September 1, 2011
- Make a payment on-line using Visa or MasterCard at: http://www.afacwa.org/payment. In the Payment Information, select “$425.70 CAL/CMI Annual Dues” from the drop down menu.
- Alternatively, write a check to AFA-CWA, include your employee number on the check and send it to:
Attn: Membership, 7th Floor
501 Third Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001