New MEC Committee Chairs

The Endeavor Air MEC is pleased to announce the following Flight Attendants have been selected as MEC Committee Chairs:

Hotel Chair – Ellie Zenner LGA Based Flight Attendant (ezenner@edvafa.org)

Uniform and Cabin Standards Co-Chair – Tim Evenson MSP Based Flight Attendant (tevenson@edvafa.org)

We are pleased that they have stepped up to volunteer for 2 very important committees. Please take the time to congratulate them when you see them on the line.


Women’s March on Washington

AFA and CWA are participating in the Women’s March on Washington (www.womensmarch.org) on January 21. This will be an historic event that raises the issues that our union has championed for decades: equality for all, economic equality for women and justice in the workplace. It is an opportunity to shine the light on the importance of the labor movement for our role in supporting democracy, organizing to improve conditions at work and empowering women and others to use the power of the collective to address issues that would otherwise be suppressed without our unions. Our messages will be:

Unions = Pay
Unions = Rights
Women: Join Unions, Run Unions
Date:
January 21, 2017
Time and Place:
Meet at AFA Office at 8:00 AM – 501 3rd St. N.W., Washington, D.S. 20001
Public Transportation is highly recommended. Closest stations are Judiciary Square or Union Station. http://resources.womensmarch.com/#f=Transportation.
CWA is chartering buses to depart from North Carolina, New Jersey and New York. If we get enough interest (quickly) to fill a bus at Dulles, we will be able to add that as well. If you want more details about the bus transportation contact Taylor Garland at tgarland@afacwa.org.
So that we can get an accurate headcount, please RSVP to Taylor, tgarland@afacwa.org. We will also provide specific event updates to those who RSVP.
The rally starts at 10:00 am at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, a few blocks from the CWA building (insert link: https://www.womensmarch.com/event-details) The march begins at 1 pm.
We invite all of you to join us in D,C. on January 21, 2017 for this momentous event. (insert ink to womensmarch.com website)
Because the March is scheduled for the day after the inauguration, there is very limited hotel availability. If you’re commuting in for the event, we recommend you reach out to a friend or relative in the area who can accommodate you the night prior. Flying in the day of would need to be very early, prior to 8 am. Should you be unable to find a place to stay in the area, please let us know. We don’t want any lack of accommodations be the reason you cannot otherwise attend.
As we prepare to honor Dr. King this weekend, let us take his words to heart and own the responsibility we share as activists for justice. “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights and that we will stand strong to press forward on economic justice for all.
Please join us for this historic event and the opportunity to make our voices heard.

Flight Attendant Top 10 Wish List

Below you will find the Top 10 Wish List items that we received through Dec 21st. Your response was overwhelming. Thank you to everyone that filled out the form. We will be presenting this list to management at the January Labor/Management meeting.

  1. Pay Issues – This included Wage Increase, Min Day (4hours), Holiday Pay, Per Diem, and 100% Deadhead pay
  2. Travel Benefits – This included Travel Companions, Buddy Passes, Status change to S3, and Overall Better Travel Benefits
  3. Hotels – Better Hotels, More with microwave and refrigerators, Breakfast, and Commuter Hotels for trips broken in Base.
  4. Profit Sharing – Most mentioned Delta Profit Sharing as the request
  5. 10 Hours Rest – Minimum 10 Hours Rest without being reduced and rest starts at hotel check in.
  6. NY Incentives – Parking, Tolls, Commuter Hotels, Transportation help, Increase in pay for NY Flight Attendants
  7. Catering – Better catering and request for Crew Meals
  8. Delta Jumpseat
  9. Better Call In Honest Policy
  10. Benefits – Better 401K contributions, lower Health Care, Better Sick pay accrual, written Sick Policy request

Some other items that were not in the top 10: Electronic FAMs, FAM index, Crew breaks during flight in passenger seat, Guarantee Interview at Delta, Uniform Allotment increase, Use of Uniform allotment at Crew Stores, changes to Jetway trade (more per year and less time needed), Longer New Hire OE, and 150% DHD pay.

Thank you all again for providing us with this feedback.

Flick Connection Error

We are aware of the many issues that Flight Attendants have had with Flica over the past several months, especially this past Sunday.  We have been in touch with the Company and have been made aware of a Flica System connection error.  We have plans to meet with the Company in early January to discuss the ongoing Flica issue.  If you feel that your trade was improperly processed send your name and information to info@edvafa.org.  Please send as much information as possible, including time submitted, which folder it was put in, pairing number, and why you feel it was done improperly. .We will collect and present all information to the Company.

Company Email Reminder

Company Email Reminder

Starting January 1, 2017, if a Flight Attendant sends an email from their personal email account to anyone at Endeavor Air, management will respond to your company email only. Please ensure that should you send an email from your personal email you need to check your company email for the response.

New MEC Committee Chairs

New MEC Committee Chairs

The AFA MEC met on November 30th and on December 5th to select MEC Committee Chairs for the next term running from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019. The following Flight Attendants were selected to be MEC Chairs of their Respective Committees. Their base is in parentheses.

  • Air Safety, Health and Security (ASHS) – Ayse May (JFK)
  • Reserve – Lauren Perry (MSP)
  • Government Affairs – Paula Jacobson (JFK)
  • Health & Benefits – Tanya Frank (DTW)
  • Scheduling – Jean Machak (DTW)
  • Hotel – Janet Sheets (DTW)
  • Education & Training – Flora Mainor (JFK)
  • Grievance – Oscar Ochomogo (DTW)
  • Uniform and Cabin Standards – Tanya Clarke (JFK)
  • Communications – Thomas Burton (MSP)
  • Membership – Ed Brylowski (DTW)
  • Jumpseat – Alex Parr (DTW)

We would like to thank all the Flight Attendants that put forward their names for consideration of the position. We encourage all Flight Attendants to get involved with a committee on the local level.

We would like to thank the incoming chairs and those chairs that have volunteered in the past. We appreciate your dedication to everyone. Due to the resignation of the ASHS and Scheduling Chairs, the incoming Chairs will begin immediately. Meeting minutes will be published soon.

Goodbye to one of our own

Goodbye to one of our own

Version 2It is with sadness that we report that Detroit Based Flight Attendant, Valerie (Val) Ely passed away today. Val began her career with Mesaba Airlines in May of 2001. She was based in Memphis originally and transferred to Detroit when Memphis closed. Valerie served as LECP in Memphis for many years and was involved in the original Mesaba bankruptcy. She was very helpful during the merger of Pinnacle and Mesaba. Anyone that knew Val knew that she loved her job, loved her family and was always there for you if you had a question or concern. This is always difficult when a member of our group passes away, remember that AFA EAP is always available at 1–800–424–2406. Please keep Val’s family in your thoughts today. We will share information about memorial services and expressions of sympathy once the family shares this information.

MEC Committee Chair Openings – Reminder

In accordance with the AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws, the LEC Presidents are announcing the opening of MEC Committee Chair positions. The terms for the New MEC Committee Chair positions will run from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019.

Job Descriptions

You are invited to read the qualifications and duties for each position on our website, HERE.

To Apply

Members are invited to apply for any of these positions by sending a letter of interest and/or resume to info@edvafa.org. Include why you want the position, why you think you are a good candidate, and anything else you think might be helpful.

Applications will be accepted through November 28, 2016 at 1700CST/1800EST. The LEC Presidents will elect the MEC Committee Chairs.

Terms are January 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2019.

Reserve Arbitration Won

Reserve Release Arbitration Opinion and Award

This week AFA won our MEC Reserve Release Grievance (#36–99–02–20–15). Flight Attendants may remember that this Grievance involved the question of what Crew Scheduling may do with Reserves after they have completed a flying assignment. Back in July of last year Crew Scheduling began placing Reserves on Home Reserve after they had completed flying assignments. AFA’s position was always that Section 5.M.2.g. of our Contract did not provide the Company with that authority.

The System Board of Adjustment, with Margaret Brogan siting as the neutral arbitrator, heard this Grievance at an arbitration hearing back on April 21 of this year. The Opinion and Award of the System Board was completed this week. The System Board sustained our Grievance:

It is concluded that the Company violated the collective bargaining agreement by placing Reserve Flight Attendants on Home Reserve after completion of flying assignments in normal operations. By way of remedy, it is ordered that, going forward, that the Company cease and desist from placing reserve Flight Attendants on Home Reserve after the completion of a flying assignment, except in the case of an irregular operation, as provided by Section 5.I.5.b.

Flight Attendants may read the full Opinion and Award HERE.

The MEC is pleased that we were able to enforce our Reserve rules. With this Opinion and Award, Reserves should be aware of the following rules for release after flight assignments:

  1. You must still call Crew Scheduling after you have completed a flight assignment in order to be released (this has not changed).
  2. Crew Scheduling may either release you or hold you at the airport for up to one (1) hour for the purpose of assigning you additional flying which departs within three (3) hours of the arrival of your last flight (this has also not changed).
  3. However, as the System Board ruled, if you have not been assigned new flying after being held for one (1) hour Crew Scheduling must release you into rest – you may not be placed on Home Reserve. BUT, do not forget that when an IROP is declared Crew Scheduling still has the right to place you on Home Reserve after a flying assignment.
  4. In addition, do not forget that under our LOA 7 you are entitled to an automatic early release on the last day of a string of reserve days if you do not already have a flight assignment. Reserves on P1 are entitled to a release at 1400 on their last reserve day; Reserves on P2 are entitled to a release at 1900 on their last reserve day.

The protection and enforcement of our Contract is of utmost importance to your AFA MEC. We would like to thank the following people for their hard work on the arbitration of this Grievance: Oscar Ochomogo, Jason Ostrowski, Jatawne Wells, Lauren Perry, and Senior Staff Attorney, Peter Swanson.

Hurricane Mathew

Hurricane Mathew

We have many crew members and families that live in Florida and along the Eastern Seaboard. The National Weather Service is predicting Hurricane Mathew to hit Florida overnight Oct 7 around 2am EST. Please heed all warnings to evacuate if instructed to do so. If you are unable to commute to work, please let the company know as soon as possible. If you are unable to get to your home that is in the path of the hurricane, contact Crew Scheduling about the possibility of a hotel room. They are not guaranteeing rooms, but may be able to help.

Many airports that we service have canceled flights through Saturday morning. The path of this hurricane could change these schedules. This is a powerful storm and once it makes a hit against the Florida coast and starts up the eastern seaboard, it is possible it will bounce back off into the Atlantic turn back to make landfall in Florida again.

Please utilize the AFA Hotline 855–433–8232 if you may need additional assistance. You can contact your Local Presidents, MEC Officers and EAP assistance through this number.

If you are in the path of this storm, let your family and friends know you are okay as soon as possible. Keep in touch with Crew Scheduling if your to continue to miss work. More than anything, be safe!

In Solidarity ~
Jatawne