MEC Meeting October 11 & 12

The Endeavor Air MEC will be having a 2 day meeting in Minneapolis on October 11 & 12. This is our normal MEC Meeting. We are pleased that International President Sara Nelson and International Vice President Debora Sutor will be here for a Strategic Planning session on October 11.

Note: October 11 is a closed session, however October 12 is an open session for all members in good standing.

The MEC Meeting will take place at the following hotel:

La Quinta Inn & Suites

Address: 5151 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55437
Phone: (952) 830–1300

An airport shuttle is available for anyone that would like to attend.

You can view the agenda here.

MEC Meeting October 11 & 12

The Endeavor Air MEC will be having a 2 day meeting in Minneapolis on October 11 & 12. The first day will be a closed Strategic Planning Meeting with International President Sara Nelson and International Vice President Debora Sutor.  The second day will be normal MEC business and all members in good standing are invited to attend. The meeting will be tentatively from 9 – 5 each day. The location is still be worked on and we will notify you as soon as it is finalized.

Support the AFA Disaster Relief Fund through Amazon Smile

Flight Attendants Helping Flight Attendants

The Disaster Relief Fund provides a means for AFA members to assist other members and retirees who have suffered significant damage to their primary residence and/or faced relocation as a result of a disaster.  Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, the AFA Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) has provided financial support in the aftermath of many large-scale disasters including the September 11th terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and other natural and/or man-made disasters.

AFA is committed to ensuring funds are available when the need arises so we are raising funds so that we may help more members in need.  AmazonSmile has been selected as a simple and automatic way to raise funds for our cause.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com – Amazon donates a portion of the sale to the DRF.

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Section 6 Negotiations Committee

Your Endeavor AFA MEC is seeking two Flight Attendants who are interested in serving as members of the Negotiations Committee for our upcoming Section 6 negotiations. This committee is made up of two Flight Attendants, the MEC President assisted by the AFA Staff Negotiator and/or AFA Staff Attorney. This committee will meet with management regularly for the purpose of Section 6 negotiations.

If you think you are interested ask yourself:

  1. Am I a member in good standing?
  2. Am I familiar with Union policy and am I up to date on industry developments?
  3. Am I a good at focusing on the big picture and still paying attention to details?
  4. Am I an active listener?
  5. Do my peers see me as someone who can maintain confidences?
  6. Do I understand the challenges and concerns of all my peers?
  7. Do I have a good communication style?

If you answered yes to these questions and you are interested in serving on the Negotiations Committee, please submit your letter of interest and resume to info@edvafa.org. Make sure you include your Name, Base, Employee Number, Phone number as part of your letter of interest.

As a member of the committee, you will be required to attend negotiations training with our International Staff. This training will be likely to occur the last part of October or early November. The committee will also meet in order to create a survey of important items to be sent to the Endeavor Air Flight Attendants as preparation for negotiations.

The deadline for applying is October 1, 2017 at 1200CST. The MEC may also conduct phone interviews to complete the process.

Thank you for your interest.

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.


October Bidding Help

PLEASE FILL OUT THE SURVEY FOUND IN YOUR ENDEAVOR EMAIL!! COMPLETE IT TODAY. THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!

 

 ALSO

OCTOBER BIDDING OPENS AND CLOSES AT NOON CENTRAL TIME

SEPTEMBER 10 – 15

 


 

PBS Crew Room Bid Assistance:

 

DTW: September 11-14 0800-1700

MSP: September 11-14 0800-1700

JFK: September 11-14 0800-1700 local time

LGA: September 11-12 0700-1500  and

LGA:  September 10-14 Email questions to scheduling@edvafa.org

ATL: September 11 1200-2000 and 12-14 0800-1700

 

 

Please utilize the PBS bidding experts in base this month.

MSP – David & Maureen, ATL- Jaki, JFK – Sandra, LGA – Eve, DTW – Natalie, Jean, & Anita

The bid month will be OCTOBER 01-31

There will be a slight decrease in flying towards the end of OCTOBER because of Halloween.

 


MSP flying:  a spike in 1 day trips up to around 40-50.

 

ATL flying characteristics:

    • The CR900 is now part of the ATL bid packet!!
    • 200-  There is so much flying out of ATL that other bases will have to help with half of the 5000 hours this month. Other bases will filter through.
    • 900-  1800 hours of flying but only enough staff to accommodate 1100 hours…700 hours will be assigned to FAs schedules from other bases.  Most duty periods are 3 legs.  The flying appears to have higher quality trips and credit. These trips will fly through all bases.

AFA SPECIAL REQUESTS –  We asked Crew Planning to build 5 legs maximum per day

  •     Crew Planning’s results:
    •  Programming 200 trips with 5 legs per duty period decreased block per duty and days off, increased company costs, and lost almost 20 CDOs.  95% of the 3200 duty periods have 5 or less legs. Because of this we decided to keep the 200 at 6 legs maximum and compromise with 5 legs per duty maximum on the 900.
      • Planning is steadily increasing planned aircraft changes to allow for more break time which will help with breaks during a 6 leg duty period.

 

TRIPS…

 

  • The 30 hour vacations will be in YOW, again.
  • 5 days trips – will adjust programming to 1100 start time /1800 end time to boost commutability.
  • Over 24 Hour Layovers :
    • 200- HPN, GNV
    •  900- IND, RSW, DFW, RDU, MEM, XNA
    •  YOW out of LGA every Fri night with 30 hours (idle day)

NEWS…

  • Only 20 of the 30 FA’s positions were filled for the ATL base. No plans to displace but to hire within the ATL market.  Are you thinking about transferring there?
  • Good Ratio of 3 to 4 day trips again this month
  • Planning was able to build CDOs on the 900 in ATL for October
  • Endeavor is trying out a new programming system, along with the Ad0pt system to build our trips. So far their results are beneficial to crew and the company.  It will be able to program for more specific requests much more quickly allowing for more adjustments before final schedules are due. Planning has been advising them of what we think your preferences are. PLEASE FILL OUT THE SURVEY TODAY!!
  •  The Annual Vacation Bid will open early October – Crew Planning will send out memos, crewtrac messages and reminders.

MEC Grievance 36–099–02–048–17 16 hour duty day

A Flight Attendant’s duty day is limited to a maximum of 16 hours under our Contract. Flight Attendants need to be aware of this right and how to protect it, as Crew Scheduling has been interpreting our Contract in favor of the Company. As a result, AFA has filed an MEC Grievance on behalf of all members.

Section 6.F.2. of our Contract states:

At no time will the Company require a Flight Attendant to be on duty more than sixteen (16) hours, for any reason, without approval from the Flight Attendant.

Crew Scheduling’s interpretation of this language has been that as long as a Flight Attendant is projected under 16 hours of duty when the aircraft door closes the Company can fly a Flight Attendant more than 16 hours, regardless of weather, ATC, ground stops, etc. AFA strongly disagrees with this reading of our Contract. Therefore, we have filed Grievance 36–099–02–048–17, which will be heard at the September Grievance Hearing.

In the meantime, Flight Attendants should be aware that Crew Scheduling will not be proactive in making sure you do not exceed 16 hours of duty. Unless you want to waive your 16-hour maximum you should call Crew Scheduling both before boarding and, if they still have not projected you over 16 hours, after boarding and immediately before the door is closed. This is provide you the best possible chance of enforcing the 16-hour maximum and evidence that you tried to do so. AFA asks all Flight Attendants who unwillingly exceed 16-hours of duty to contact a Union Representative.

Equal Rest for Flight Attendants: Call Your Senators NOW

The Senate is drafting their version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill and we need them to make combating Flight Attendant fatigue a top priority.

Tell Senators to include our 10 hours minimum rest provision along with a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) in the base bill.

Call your Senator TODAY at 855-534-1774 and tell them Flight Attendants need 10 hours minimum rest and not a minute less!

Congressional fatigue studies confirm we need more rest. This is about safety, health and equality – the flight deck has 10 hours minimum rest and so should we!

Call your Senator TODAY at 855-534-1774Calling is easy: When you dial the number, you will automatically be connected to one of your Senator’s offices after a brief message. It may take several attempts to reach both your Senators, so keep calling!

Here’s what you can say when you are connected:

 “I’m your constituent and a Flight Attendant. Studies show I can become fatigued at work. I’m calling to urge the Commerce Committee to include 10-hour, non-reducible minimum rest for Flight Attendants and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Thank you.”

For more information on our #Fightfor10 Campaign visit afacwa.org.

You can also find more information on http://edvafa.org/government-affairs/

CRJ 900 Bid Position Update (FAM Revision 17-01)

A few weeks ago we settled our Seniority Bid Position Grievance, and on May 26 both AFA and Inflight reported to Flight Attendants that the FAM would be changed starting in June to allow Flight Attendants to use their seniority to bid their position on the CRJ900. However, the FAM revision that was issued is confusing, and implies that seniority cannot be utilized for bidding positions unless both Flight Attendants are in agreement. This is not the meaning of the settlement.

AFA has raised this issue with management, and there is agreement that the revised FAM language needs to be changed to eliminate the suggestion that both Flight Attendants need to agree in order for the more-senior Flight Attendant to exercise his/her seniority to bid a position. Unfortunately, changing the FAM cannot be an immediate process. We hope to update Flight Attendants soon on when the change will occur.

What’s Happening at Endeavor AFA – May

May 1 – Pairing construction
A conference call was held with AFA scheduling chair, Jean Machek and planning to go over the ATL base, what flying will look like for the base opening as well as flying in MSP, DTW and NY. This is done in conjunction with planning so the Flight Attendants have more input into what they wish to see in the final lines.

May 2 – MEC Officers meet with John Daly, Jay Furnish and Patty Allen
This was a regular quarterly meeting. We discussed the timeline of communications regarding the ATL base information and more what the ATL flying would look like. ATL flying is referred to “spoke flying”…in and out of ATL. We also discussed the projected hiring for the remainder or 2017, which is a positive growth for EDV.

May 2 – MEC Officers lunch with Patty Allen and Nikole Meilke
MEC Officers met with Inflight for our first lunch meeting. This was a less formal, less working type of meeting. Focused on relationship building. It was a very relaxed and easy meeting. We look forward to the next lunch.

May 4 – MEC Meeting MSP 9–5
May 5 – MEC chair Meeting 9–5
These meetings were open for all members in good standing to attend. Day one was focused on MEC business and an agenda covering normal business. ATL base representation was voted on and DTW leadership will be covering ATL base. Day two was focused on our MEC Chairs. Each chair in attendance was given the opportunity to provide an update to the MEC of the activities in their committee and goals they have for the next fiscal year. Read more about the agenda [HERE].

May 5 – Pairing solutions
AFA Scheduling committee met with the company to discuss and work through the pairings scenarios and what they will look like for June schedules.

May 9 – ERC/ASAP
Normal scheduled meeting to discuss ASAP and Fatigue reports submitted and received by Flight Attendants.

May 10 – Labor Management/Sched Rsv/Greivance Meetings
Some agenda topics were ATL base update and scheduled a day to visit the base. FLICA clarifications, clarification on time balancing and reserve assignments

May 11–15 – PBS crew room
AFA scheduling committee in each base to help Flight Attendants with bidding

May 17 – Crew Notification Meeting
AFA and Scheduling still working on some new implementations

May 22 – New Hire Orientation/PBS training
AFA new hire presentation and new hire PBS training. Approx 12 Flight Attendants were in the new hire class and all will be based in NY.

May 23 – ERC/ASAP
Normal scheduled meeting to discuss ASAP and Fatigue reports submitted by Flight Attendant’s in the past few weeks.

May 24 – ATL base visit
MECP and Local 46 President visited the ATL temporary crew room and the temporary admin office at B 29. We did the full transition from the temp crew room to the admin office to get an idea of the time involved. Atlanta Renaissance Concourse Hotel did a great job of providing comfortable sleep room and temporary crew room.

May 31 – Mediation
Mediation is to cover several grievances, all these grievances are for terminations.