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The Endeavor contract Section 21 contains an Agency Shop provision requiring Flight Attendants to become a member of the Union or pay to the Union a monthly service charge for benefits and administration of the agreement. The monthly service charge will be equal to the Union’s regular monthly dues. All Flight Attendants, whether a member or non-member, can be placed in Bad Standing for non-payment of monthly dues/services charges.
YES – Every Flight Attendant owes dues for the first three months (90 days) of any unpaid leave of absence except military and involuntary furlough.
NOTE: AFA-CWA does not consider the leave status to be effective until such time that you are no longer receiving sick bank and/or vacation. In other words, at the time you enter the non-pay status, the 90-day financial obligation for dues while on leave begins.
I am on a leave of absence but I simply don’t have enough income right now to be able to pay the 90-day dues requirement. Do I have any options?
YES, if you are on a leave of absence or furlough and experiencing a financial hardship, you may be eligible for a dues deferral. Dues deferrals are granted through your Local Council President ONLY. Once approved, your dues will be deferred until you return to active status. Your obligation to pay dues is not eliminated or waived, it is simply deferred until such time as you return to work and are once again receiving income.
How can I be in bad standing? I wasn’t on a leave and I am signed up for dues check off (DCO) so the dues should have come out of my check right?
YES and NO. The first thing to do is go back and review your paycheck to see if in fact the dues were deducted. If not, there could be several different explanations. The Company is responsible for taking the dues out of your check, not AFA. This means, the Company could have made a mistake.
Another explanation could be that you flew low time and/or dropped trips. Since Union dues are the last thing to be deducted from your paycheck, there may not have been enough monies left, after your other deductions, to cover the amount of the union dues obligation.
Lastly, remember that if you were on any kind of unpaid leave, there would be no paycheck from which the dues could be deducted.
I received a Bad Standing Letter but I don’t believe I owe the Union the balance shown on the notice. What should I do?
The AFA Membership Services Department is here to help. We have trained staff available to answer any questions you may have. Information you provide may help to clear up any issues or concerns. For any discrepancy that you think may exist, call AFA Membership Services at; 800–424–2401 and press #7 to speak with a member of AFA staff.
It is important to remember that AFA only knows that we have not received dues from you (for whatever reason). In the vast majority of cases, the billing amount is correct however, it is often times the information we don’t have that contributes to discrepancies in the accounts.
What AFA does NOT know is whether you are a flight attendant who is actively flying and refusing to pay, a flight attendant on some type of leave, a flight attendant who may have left the company or, there was some kind of payroll error at the airline. This is why it important to make one simple call to Membership Services.
I called the Membership Service Department and found out I have a lot of back dues owed. I can’t pay it all at once. Do I have any options?
YES, AFA offers Flight Attendants with past due accounts the ability to set up a payment plan that will keep the member in good standing while making payments. This is referred to as a promissory agreement.
Please contact the AFA Membership Services Department to set up a promissory agreement at 800–424–2401 EXT. 707
• The flight attendant must be on Dues Check Off (payroll deduction).
• All payments must be made directly to AFA, this amount will NOT be deducted from your paycheck.
• The signed agreement must be returned to the AFA International Office by the date given on the letter along with the first payment.
• A payment must be made each month. You will not receive a statement for this amount.
• If a flight attendant defaults on the agreement, the total amount will be due. A second promissory agreement will not be offered for the same past due amount.
• Invoices will not be sent that reflect the payment plan.
The simple answer is no. Keep in mind that AFA does not deduct your dues, your company deducts the dues. They then send the money and dues information to AFA for processing. Each of AFA’s contracts state that only the current month’s dues will be deducted.
Yes. In accordance with the AFA-CWA Constitution & Bylaws every flight attendant on a leave of absence owes dues for the first three (3) months of their leave of absence AFTER their compensation from their airline ends. Those flight attendants on a military leave or involuntary furlough do not owe this amount.
This is part of the AFA-CWA Constitution & Bylaws: “Article XI A.6. Payment of dues shall be required of all members that are on active status during a month or any portion thereof. After the first ninety (90) days of removal from service and no longer receiving compensation through a carrier for disability leave, payment of dues shall not be required.” The Constitution and Bylaws is written and approved by the AFA Board of Directors which consists of all LEC Presidents, including yours.