CrewTrac Upgrade and More

  • CrewTrac Upgrade
  • Onboard Sexual Assault Survey
  • Please Your Support for Mesa Flight Attendants

CrewTrac Upgrade

Last week, Crew Scheduling informed us that last weekend an upgrade was implemented with CrewTrac which would allow for better stability in the system. You will notice that if you have a smart phone, tablet, etc, you will be able to view your schedule using many different browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. This will allow you to check – in, view schedule and inquire on pairings etc. This will be a welcome relief to Flight Attendants that use Apple products as they are now fully compatible.


Onboard Sexual Assault Survey

Congressional offices and victim rights advocates have reached out to AFA about the incidents of onboard sexual assault that has been reported by several media sources. As the expert voice in the cabin, AFA can make a difference for Flight Attendants and the passengers in our care.

This is a 1 minute anonymous survey, distributed by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO. The survey will help AFA gather information about Flight Attendants’ experiences with passenger on passenger onboard sexual assaults.

Your answers will help AFA better understand the extent and nature of this issue. The survey will be open through Sunday, April 2, 2017. Take the Survey >


Pledge Your Support for Mesa Flight Attendants

mesa-standv2.jpgOver five years and following bankruptcy cuts, management is still refusing to invest in Mesa Flight Attendants with meaningful improvements. Mesa Flight Attendants are on average 20% behind the pay of their regional counterparts doing flying for United and American. Last year Mesa Flight Attendants voted to overwhelmingly reject management’s paltry offer that included a 1% raise. But Mesa management’s position at the table has only gotten worse. As Mesa MEC President Heather Stevenson told the Houston Chronicle, management has left Mesa Flight Attendants with no choice but to take a strike vote. The stall tactics and excuses from Mesa have got to stop. Let Mesa Flight Attendants know we have their back!

The standards at Mesa are a threat to all of us. But together we can change that. Enough is enough. We expect a fair contract now.

Sign this pledge to show them we all have their backs >

ASAP Roadshows

ASAP Roadshow’s coming to all bases starting in April.
AFA Endeavor Air Safety, Health, & Security is pleased to announce that there will be ASAP Roadshows at all of our bases.  First on our list will be LGA on April 5, 2017 and JFK on April 6, 2017.  We will have the ASAP ERC Representatives from Inflight Management, the FAA, and the AFA available in the crew rooms. Our goal is to  provide you with a better understanding of what the ASAP program is and how important it is to file these reports. We will explain the differences between filing an ASAP and a Flight Incident Report (FIR) and we will have a quick guide to ASAP available that includes definitions used in Safety reports. We will also be including information in regards to Fatigue Risk Management. If you have questions about the roadshow or about ASAP, please contact one of the AFA ASAP ERC members: Beth Wendroth (bwendroth@edvafa.org) or Elizabeth Mullins (emullins@edvafa.org).
As the date gets closer we will provide more information.

Extension Settlement – New Language

Extension Settlement – New Language

Your MEC is pleased to announce that we have settled the long-suffering issue of “extensions” at Endeavor. The issue of extended flying has generated a good number of questions and grievances throughout the years, and, in practice, very few Flight Attendants ever received extension pay.

The week before this issue went to arbitration AFA and the Company were able to agree on clarification language that would assure extension pay while providing the Company operational certainty. In addition to the single grievance we were to arbitrate, we were able to settle three additional grievances and a number of pre-grievances, providing addition pay for all affected Flight Attendants.

Below is a summary of the new extension rules. To view the detailed language of the settlement and clarification language, click HERE. What will be most helpful to Flight Attendants are the many examples in the clarification language, some of which are printed below. AFA recommends that each Flight Attendant has a copy of the clarification language available to them when flying, as the current Contract language is no longer helpful in determining whether you are being extended.

Summary

1. “Beginning of trip extension.
– Any added flying that requires you to report earlier than your original in-base report time.

2. “Middle” of trip extension.
– Flying that is added within the footprint of your trip when no other flying has been canceled or removed.

3. “End” of trip extension.
– Flying that is added to your trip which causes you to be released more than one hour after your original in-base release time.
– We reduced the length of extensions to a maximum of three hours past your original release time, unless it is your last leg that cancels (see below).
– However, be aware that when your last leg back to base cancels, the general rule does not necessarily apply. The Company may reschedule you for any single working leg back to base even if it is well after the original one hour release time and it is not an extension. On the other hand, if they reschedule you for multiple legs back to base those legs may be considered an extension and you may be able to refuse the extension, depending upon whether the legs are working or non-working (See clarification language, Sec. 6.a.(3)(d))

4. “Middle” extensions cannot be refused.
– If flying is added to the middle of your trip but does not cause you to be released more than one hour after your original release time in base, the “extension” cannot be refused.

5. “Beginning” or “End” extensions may be refused.
– You may refuse additional flying that causes you to report earlier in base or to be released more than one hour after your original release time in base.
– However, there are still some limitations on your ability to refuse. You cannot refuse if you are the “most-junior legal and available Flight Attendant.” In addition, our refusals are still limited to once per quarter.

6. Only one extension per month.
– We reduced the maximum number of extensions per month from two to one.

(Middle of Trip – Non-Refusable Extension)

A Flight Attendant’s originally scheduled BWI-CVG flight was removed and replaced with a different flight segment between the same city pair (BWI-CVG), and then a CVG-MEM turn was added before rejoining her originally scheduled trip. This is a non-refusable extension, and the CVG-MEM-CVG legs would be paid at 150%.

(End of Trip – Refusable Extension)

A Flight Attendant’s trip is scheduled to end in domicile at 1300 with a leg from ATL-JFK The ATL-JFK leg is moved to an earlier report time, and two legs are added (JFK-CVG; CVG-JFK), which is scheduled to return the Flight Attendant to base at 1445. This is a refusable extension, because the added flying will now conclude the trip more than one (1) hour after the original release time. In addition, the Flight Attendant will be able to refuse the extension if any more-junior Flight Attendant is legal and available (including reserves) in JFK (her domicile) to fly the extension.

(Not an Extension)

A Flight Attendant’s trip is originally scheduled to end in domicile at 1800 with a leg from PHL-DTW. The PHL-DTW leg is removed, and replaced with two legs (PHL-CGV; CGV-DTW), which is scheduled to return her to base at 1845. This not an extension, because although flying was added the PHL-DTW leg was canceled (removed).