Union Update – Nov. 5, 2011

Union Update – Nov. 5, 2011

Officer Elections – happening NOW!

The elections for local Council President, Vice President and Secretary are underway in Cleveland, Newark and Houston. By now you should have received your election ballots. The election will be conducted electronically, by phone or internet. Election instructions and unique activation codes have been sent to your home address. Only Flight Attendants who have completed the process for AFA membership will be eligible to vote, but all Flight Attendants have the opportunity to make themselves eligible prior to the vote close date. Contact your Local Council through 1-855-4-CALAFA or go to www.afacwa.org/membership for more details.

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New Hire Buddy Program

The New Hire Buddy Program is off to a great start! If you’re interested in helping out one of our newest Flight Attendants, then the Buddy Program is a great way to get involved. You can help answer their questions and concerns, and help them settle in to their new careers. Remember wondering, “How do I bid? Where is that employee parking lot? How do I read my pairing? How do I find a crash pad?” The purpose of this program is to provide new hires with someone to answer these questions. The buddy program is only a three month commitment, and you are welcome to have up to 2 buddies at a time. We don’t expect you to know absolutely everything, but who better than you to point a new hire in the right direction? We also realize that our schedules can be hectic at times. You’re not expected to be available to your New Buddy around the clock. but, when you do find time to return a phone call or reply to an e-mail, you’ll be amazed by how much it can help. If you have the time to help out a new employee, you can sign up at your local council union desk or by contacting your local committee representatives in your base. 1-855-4CALAFA

Open Enrollment, Nov. 10th, 2011

The Annual open enrollment period begins on November 10th, and CAL AFA would like to take a moment to explain to you some of the changes you can expect in the various benefits programs. The first week of November, you will receive details regarding the health and welfare benefit programs of 2012, followed by the actual benefits
enrollment process. A full Q&A about the benefits program has been posted on the website at www.calafa.org, under the tab ‘Your AFA”. Please contact the Benefits Center at 1-800-651-1007 if you have any questions or concerns.

Time Change Sunday, November 6, 2011

Flight Attendants are reminded that Daylight Savings Time will end Sunday, November 6, at 0200 hours. Please remember to set your watch back one hour before going to bed Saturday night and ensure that all members of your crew are reminded of the change.

  • These states (Arizona, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam and Hawaii) do not recognize Daylight Saving Time and stay on Standard Time year round.
  • Certain counties in Indiana do not observe Daylight Savings Time; however, crews in Indianapolis will need to make the time change.