MEC Meeting Reminder

The Endeavor Air AFA MEC and MEC Committee Chairs will be having a 2 day meeting on May 4 – 5 2017. The MEC meeting is open to all members in good standing. The meeting will be held at the following:

Quality Inn & Suites
1950 Rahncliff Ct. Eagan, MN 55122
Phone: 651–681–9266

The MEC Meeting will run from 0900 – 1700 each day with a break for lunch.

May 4th – MEC Meeting

May 5th – MEC Chair Meeting

There is a free airport shuttle to the hotel if you would like to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

You can review the agenda HERE.

What’s Happening at Endeavor Air AFA – April

In the first week of the month, you can expect to see an All Things update from the MEC. This will give you a glimpse back on what we have been up to and working on for Endeavor Air Flight Attendants. This will involve all meetings with management and also with the MEC. Some meetings we will not be able to provide details on issues that may be confidential but we believe that this transparency will tell you what Your union is doing.

Below is an overview of our regularly scheduled monthly meetings. You will always see these listed in the What’s Happening Eline (unless they were cancelled or rescheduled).

Scheduling/Reserve Meeting & Labor/Management Meeting – MEC Officers and Endeavor Air management meet to discuss issues. Scheduling/Reserve Chairs meet to discuss issues. This is one meeting.

Pairing Construction Meeting – Scheduling Chair meets with planning to discuss pairings

Pairing Solutions Meeting – Scheduling Committee meets to review pairing solutions.

Bi-Weekly MEC Conference Call – MEC Conference calls to discuss issues.

Grievance Hearing – Monthly Grievance Hearing for system wide grievances.

Below is an overview of ALL THINGS March:

March 2 – Screening Committee Call; discussion of previously denied grievances and decisions on what to do next with each grievance.

March 3 – Pairing Construction Meeting; Your scheduling committee met with the company to discuss flying for April. They talked about what pairings may look like for April when the final lines come out.

March 7 – Pairing Solutions meeting; discuss the pairings for April line awards

March 7 – ASAP/ERC meeting; meeting is held in MSP Tower C. This meeting is to discuss ASAP and fatigue reports that have been filed.

March 8 – Labor Management/Sched/Rsv and Grievance; discussion of some LMS concerns. Child ID kits and disbursing them to FAs. PBS crew room help to continue monthly. Ready Reserve changes and how Airport Reserves are assigned

March 9 – ATL Base/Future Flying; Discussed the ATL base and when to expect to see the base open. What flying will look like in each base over the next 6 months.

March 13 – Bi-Weekly MEC Conference Call; MEC meets on a bi weekly basis for a conference call to discuss and stay op top of AFA/Endeavor Air business. This call we talked about our volunteers, budget review and some pairing construction items.

March 15–16 – ASHS Round Table LAX; ASAP and ASHS spent a few days in LA at the ASHS Roundtable. This is a yearly AFA meeting for all the AFA Airline Committee Chairs to meet and have the opportunity to discuss the type of reports they have seen in the past year.

March 23 – Quarterly Education/Training; LMS was the hot topic at this meeting. The company is aware of some issues and they are working hard to fix and prevent these issues going forward.

March 25 – ASAP/ERC; Bi weekly meeting to review fatigue and ASAP reports

March 27 – Bi-Weekly MEC Conference Call; Discussion of distribution and timeline of Child ID kits. MEC and Local committee chair discussions. ATL base talks and where things stand today. Payroll concerns, specifically CDO sick time adjustments.

March 27 – Meeting with Payroll in HQ; Grievance and Legal met with the company Payroll to talk about some payroll issues, specifically with how CDO sick time is applied.

March 29 – Reserve Assignment; Reserve Committee met with Crew Scheduling to observe how Airport Reserve assignments are made. Crew Scheduler went over how Reserve assignments as done in general.

MEC Officers met with Crew Scheduling Director and Managers about crew member notifications several times this month. More information will be forthcoming about this.

As always, transparency is our goal. We hope that this was helpful and you get an idea of what we do on a monthly basis. Beginning soon, you will also be provided on a monthly basis the Bi-Weekly MEC Meeting Minutes.

National Child Identification Test Kits

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) has joined the American Football Coaches Association to help protect our children.  

 Why should we fingerprint our children?

•         450,000 children run away each year

•         300,000 children are abducted each year by family members

•         More than 58,000 children are abducted every year by non-family members

That’s more than 800,000 children in America missing each year, one child every 40 seconds. Yet, when the National Child Identification Program began; less than two percent of parents had a copy of their child’s fingerprints to use in case of an emergency.

The National Child Identification Program is a community service initiative dedicated to changing these statistics by providing parents and guardians with a tool they can use to help protect their children. The ID Kit allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on identification cards that are then kept at home by the parent or guardian. If ever needed, this ID Kit will give authorities vital information to assist their efforts to locate a missing child.

Endeavor Air AFA purchased these kits because it is important for everyone to have vital information on file in case anything were to happen. We are pleased that we are able to help sponsor this important project.

Each Local Council will send out an Eline that will tell you where to locate the Child Identification Kits in your Base. Please contact your LEC President for more information. Each President is listed below. 

Atlanta Base Update

Management released a Permanent Vacancy Bid 17–02 for 40 Flight Attendants. The closing date is April 13, 2017 and the effective date is June 1, 2017. We are excited about this new domicile and the opportunities that is presents to all of our Flight Attendants.

A memo (17–058) was also sent out in conjunction with this vacancy bid. Some things to remember when deciding that you want to transfer:

  • All vacation will need to be rebid in your new domicile.
  • You must remain at a new base for 6 months.
  • Admin offices will be available on June 1 to be used for check-in and v-files.
  • Per the memo, there is a strong probability that there will not be an airport crew room until the end of July. The company is working on sourcing a hotel to be utilized as a crew room until we get permanent space in the Atlanta airport.
  • SIDA badge are required of all Flight Attendants in Atlanta. Remember that you will need a SIDA prior to June 1 in order to access the Admin offices and the future crew room. More information will be forthcoming.

While we are excited about this new domicile, we wanted to make sure that you are aware of this information. Please contact your LECP for more information or any questions you may have.

Education & Training Update

Recently AFA Education and Training Committee met with the Training Department to discuss issues related to IRT.

 

The primary concern was LMS problems experienced by FAs. Here is what was found out and possible solutions.

  1. Many problems are related to spotty or poor Internet Connections. Browser should be a Firefox or Internet Explorer for best results.
  2. Modules time out due to inactivity. Please log out prior to stepping away from computer. The LMS should return to where you left off.
  3. Computers at many hotels have a firewall to block LMS. Also the later in day you log on at a hotel the slower the connection will be due to higher demand for bandwidth.
  4. Do not advance to quickly through a module. This can cause a freeze up or not record your progress.

 

Be sure to check out the Q & A sheet in LMS for common LMS problems. It will show what devices are compatible and fixes to many routine issues.  Flight Attendants also receive an email when their LMS is loaded that has a lot of valuable information.

 

Please report IT problems to help desk. They can assist in resetting password and with generic browser problems.

 

If you do contact the help desk use prompt #8 and identify yourself as being from Endeavor Air. Should the help desk not resolve your issue ask that a ticket be generated to help track problems and prove you were pro active in completing your assignment.

 

You will be forwarded to Endeavor help desk open Mon- Fri during normal business hours. Ticket numbers are referred to Kathy Powell who responds to tickets in order received.
Please start on LMS as early as possible.  Remember, if you are attempting to complete LMS on one of your overnights not all hotel internet will function correctly with LMS.

ALPA Communication

Many of you may have seen ALPA’s recent communication to their members. We now know they are in talks that could lead to economic gains and we will be watchly closely as our bankruptcy Me Too is still in effective.

Also, the ALPA E-line could lead one to think our bankruptcy Me Too expires when we reach our ammendable date – not so. The Me Too clause stays in effect until we have a ratified Agreement that replaces our present CBA. We will keep you updated as we get more information.

AFA Payroll Update

Immediately after the December 31, 2016, payroll period AFA heard from Flight Attendants with a slew of payroll problems. These ranged from underpayment, not receiving a check, overpayment, and repayment issues. As a consequence AFA set up a meeting with Inflight and Payroll on January 11 to sift through these different issues, try to understand what happened, and get resolutions. While we do not have definitive solutions at this stage, we can pass along the following information and advice, which may help Flight Attendants in the interim.

Virtually all the payroll problems are related to our ability to drop to low hours, defined as below 50 hours, which was the previous drop floor before LOA 6. We now have hundreds of Flight Attendants regularly dropping below 50 hours, and many of those below 37.5 hours. This reality was not contemplated by our Contract’s payroll language (Section 18.J.2.) nor by the Company’s payroll system.

As a result, the Company has continued the practice of paying Flight Attendants 37.5 hours on each paycheck (16th and 1st) regardless of their actual hours for the month. This has placed a number of Flight Attendants in “overpayment” status, because each month they continued to be paid more than they fly.

Starting with the December 31st paycheck the Company stopped paying Flight Attendants 37.5 hours if they had less than 37.5 hours for the month (they were already paid 37.5 hours on the 16th). As a result, those Flight Attendants did not receive a paycheck on the 31st nor did they receive a paystub. The Company did this to stop overpaying Flight Attendants.

While AFA does not agree with how the Company implemented its “fix” on December 31st, your MEC recognizes that we have real payroll issues which Section 18.J.2. of our Contract does not address. AFA’s long-term goal is have the Company pay Flight Attendants only for what they fly each month. In the meantime, Flight Attendants should understand how the Company is going to administer payroll, and, therefore, how they can try to avoid or mitigate payroll issues:

1. Flight Attendants will not receive a paycheck on the 1st of the month if they do not have more than 37.5 hours for the month.

For the time being the Company is going to continue to pay Flight Attendants 37.5 hours on the 16th paycheck REGARDLESS of how many hours are on their line, based upon a full active month. Therefore, if you have only 35 hours on your line for the month, and you are paid 37.5 hours on the 16th you are not due any money on the 1st and will not receive a paycheck (in fact, you now owe money). We understand that not receiving a paycheck each pay period is a real problem for Flight Attendants, because you have no record of accruals or what you might owe or be due to the Company. This is one of the issues we are trying to get fixed.

2. If you have less than 37.5 hours for the month you are going to owe for overpayments.

As follows from #1, if you have less than 37.5 hours for the month you will always be overpaid. In this case you will eventually be placed into a repayment status (after 3 paychecks). Again, AFA does not like the fact that the Company is continually overpaying Flight Attendants with low hours. This also requires a fix. Nevertheless, please be aware that if you fly low hours Payroll will eventually send you an email with an overpayment amount and repayment options.

3. The “best” way to repay overpayments is through payroll deduction.

Flight Attendants should be aware that Section 18.J.6. of our Contract permits the Company to take back overpayments. The “default” procedure under the Contract is for the deduction of 10% of net earnings from each paycheck until the overpayment is satisfied. Payroll will send an email offering the 10% deduction as an option, as well as other payment options. Flight Attendants are only obligated to the 10% option. However, Flight Attendants are free to choose other options if they wish. But, please be aware that if you choose an option other than payroll deduction (such as cutting the Company a check for the overpayment) you may be overpaying in taxes. Weigh carefully your options before you make a choice. Please also be aware that if you fail to choose an option the Company will default to 10% deductions.

4. Flight Attendants with more than 37.5 hours can avoid payroll issues.

If you absolutely need to avoid overpayments and need to receive a paycheck each pay period (if only for a few dollars), the best strategy is to assure you have more than 37.5 hours each month. This may mean a very small check on the 1st, but at least you will receive a check and paystub with a record of your accruals.

However, for Flight Attendants that need to pay health insurance each paycheck you may have to fly well in excess of 37.5 hours to cover the premium contribution for each paycheck (16th and 1st). Of course, eligibility for health insurance is not tied to the hours your fly. But, failure to fly enough hours to cover payroll deductions will mean that you will have to find alternative means to pay your health insurance premium contributions.

AFA understands that many Flight Attendants were broadsided by December’s payroll problems. AFA was caught off-guard, as well. Nevertheless, the payroll issues we are experiencing are a result of the new privilege to drop to low hours. Low paychecks and no paychecks are inevitable. Until we can get a fix for the unfortunate payroll side effects of low hours Flight Attendant should only drop their lines to a level that allows them to manage the consequences.

Your MEC’s goal is to have an update and some fixes for low hours payroll issues in March.

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.

Open Committee Chairs

Open Committee Chairs

The MEC has the following openings available. Please send a letter of interest to info@edvafa.org by January 16, 2017.

Hotel Committee Temporary MEC Chair

We have an opening for a temporary MEC Chair for the Hotel Committee. The term will be determined after selection. If you have any questions, please contact your LEC President.

Qualifications

Endeavor Flight Attendant
AFA member in good standing
Strict Confidentiality

Duties

The MEC Hotel Committee shall have a Chairperson elected by the MEC. Duties of the Chairperson shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

Meet with Company personnel on a quarterly basis to review current hotel issues and news.
Report noteworthy items to the membership.
Monitor complaints received from members and follow up when necessary.
Be available for property site visits on occasion.
Provide a Committee Report to the MEC at each MEC meeting.
Provide a monthly progress report to the MEC officer who is designated to oversee the committee.
Collaborate with the LEC Presidents in recruiting new LEC Hotel Committee members, and provide leadership to the LEC Hotel Committee Chairs.
The MEC Chair will provide at minimum a quarterly report of all activity to the MEC Secretary Treasurer that will be kept on file in a binder and distributed to the MEC in a timely manner. The report will include all committee members and local chairs.

The MEC Chair will write a minimum of one E-line article per quarter for distribution to the membership.


Endeavor Air AFA System Board of Adjustment (SBA) Member

General Purpose and Scope:

Members serve on the AFA EDV System Board of Adjustment (SBA) for the purpose of arbitrating disputes and/or grievances, which may arise under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between management and the union.??

AFA System Board Members will act in the best interest of the membership and the Association (AFA) and will be consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.??

Requirements:

All interested candidates must meet the following to be considered:

  • Must be available to attend training to be determined.
  • Must be a Member in Good Standing
  • Should have a thorough knowledge of the AFA Collective Bargaining Agreement, Company Policy and Procedures, negotiated Side Letters of Agreement (SLA), Memorandums of Understanding (MOU).
  • Knowledge of appeals process including grievance mediation, system board of adjustment (SBA).
  • Understanding of arbitration procedures as well as AFA Basic and Advanced Grievance Training is recommended.
  • Prior AFA Negotiating Committee service is highly desirable.

Duties:

The AFA System Board Member will serve as the AFA-appointee on the EDV System Board of Adjustment (“the Board”) for the purpose of gathering evidence, testimony and argument, whether written or oral, whenever the Board convenes to arbitrate disputes and/or grievances which may arise under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The AFA System Board Member selected to serve on a specific Board will apprise themselves of the issue(s) involved in the dispute(s) to be arbitrated, as well as the Union’s theory and arguments of the case(s).

The AFA System Board Member selected to serve on a specific Board will attend the entirety of the arbitration, whether conducted in person, telephonically or by other electronic communication.?

The AFA System Board Member selected to serve on a specific Board will attend any Executive Session(s) called by the neutral member (arbitrator) of the Board, the Company appointee(s) to the Board or the Union appointee(s) to the Board.?

One Member and one Alternate will be selected, and both will attend training to be determined. If you would like to be considered, send a letter of interest to info@edvafa.org by January 16, 2017. Include why you would like to serve in this capacity and why you think you are a good candidate. Thank you for your interest.


MEC UNIFORM Co-Chair – Male

Qualifications

Endeavor Flight Attendant
AFA member in good standing

Duties

The MEC Uniform Committee shall have two Co-Chairs elected by the MEC. Duties of the Chairpersons shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Meet with Company personnel on an occasional basis, bringing member uniform issues to management’s attention, and participating in discussions surrounding new or changing uniform pieces.
  • Provide a quarterly progress report to the MEC President or designee.
  • Provide a Committee Report to the MEC at each MEC meeting.
    Collaborate with the LEC Presidents in recruiting new LEC Uniform Committee members, and provide leadership to the LEC Uniform Committee Chairs.

The MEC Chair will provide at minimum a quarterly report of all activity to the MEC Secretary Treasurer that will be kept on file in a binder and distributed to the MEC in a timely manner. The report will include all committee members and local chairs. The MEC Chair will write a minimum of one E-line article per quarter for distribution to the membership.

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.