AFA Disaster Relief Fund – Hurricane Harvey

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund – Hurricane Harvey

 

We know that disasters can change lives forever. While we can’t stop destructive events from happening, we can, as a Union, assist our members with their recovery. AFA established the disaster relief fund after September 11th to assist our members whose lives were placed in harms way. AFA members whose primary residence are in the counties listed below and who have suffered damage and/or dislocation, are eligible for $200.00 from the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund. It is a gift made possible by the generosity of your fellow union sisters and brothers with AFA.

Texas counties: Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton

If you would like to apply for AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Funds, visit www.afacwa.organd download the Disaster Relief Fund Application.

The AFA Disaster Relief Fund is the fastest way to get help to Flight Attendants who live in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. AFA will match individual donations. If you are in a position to do so, the Disaster Relief Fund is open to contributions either by check or electronic payment. Information on how to make a donation is now available at www.afacwa.org/dsf

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Four Steps to OPT IN to an Alternate Uniform

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Four Steps to Opt in to an Alternative Uniform

The purpose of this bulletin is to walk you through that process of opting in to an alternative uniform. If you have more questions, then don’t hesitate to contact AFA for help. Here come the steps… And all of the links on this page are posted at http://www.afanet.org/uniforms

STEP #1: Choose your alternative and notify the company

 

Email DL_PSA_FAUniforms@psaairlines.com to inform PSA that that you are EITHER returning to the blues OR purchasing grey look-alike suiting pieces and white shirts. You can wear an approved scarf that has been issued by US Airways or AA, including the navy blue scarf that you should have received in training or (with company approval) an alternate lookalike scarf (show photo to management to check okay). Please review PSA’s “alternative uniforms” policy posted HERE, and also PSA’s recommendations for where to buy lookalike garments online. When you send that email, remember to CC AFA (for email addresses, see Step #3).

 

STEP #2: Get everything out of your house

 

If you have had a reaction to the uniform(s), you need to remove the garments from your closet and living space. You may want to throw them in the garbage after removing airline-identifying features. Do not donate them under any circumstances. Or you can store each garment in its own bag, and put them all in a sealed Tupperware box or cardboard box wrapped with duct tape that is physically removed from your living space. Also, don’t forget to remove belts, scarves/ties, apron, and all packaging material.

 

STEP #3: If you have reacted to the garments, report it

 

  • Report to AFA using our online reporting form. This report will not be shared with the company; and
  • Report in writing to the company.
  • If you are subsequently react to working near other uniforms or to contact with the jumpseat, document with the company each time, and CC AFA (dlyons@afapsa.org , meganhughes@afapsa.org).

 

STEP #4: If you have symptoms, see a doctor and file for workers’ compensation

 

If you have symptoms that develop/worsen when wearing your uniform and improve when not wearing your uniform, see a doctor. Uniform reaction symptoms reported to AFA are largely irritant symptoms to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Some people have also reported chronic nosebleeds, hair loss, menstrual cycle changes, ear/sinus blockages, headaches, joint pain, increased blood pressure, and thyroid issues. Please review the list of the chemicals identified in garment testing posted HERE and share with your doctor. File an OJI report, at a minimum to meet the company policy to get uniform-related attendance points removed. Members report noticeable improvements in their health when they stop wearing these garments. However, even when they are no longer wearing these uniforms, some people continue to experience less pronounced reactions when working in close proximity with others who continue to wear the uniforms. Report those too (see Step #3).

Kim Henderson – EAP Resignation

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Kim Henderson – EAP Resignation

 

Kim Henderson, EAP MEC Chair has resigned from PSA Airlines. We are saddened by this news, but excited for Kim and her new adventure, and wish her the best of luck while she advances her professional career. Kim has been working on our EAP committee for many years, helping flight attendants and touching many lives. Kim’s dedication to her position has been a blessing for PSA flight attendants and we will miss her dearly.

With Kim’s resignation, we are pleased to announce that Camille Brown will be serving as the interim MEC EAP Chair. Please join us in welcoming Camille into her new role. Camille may be reached at (917) 374-5067

Update on Domicile Bidding in FLICA

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Update on Domicile Bidding

 

The company has agreed to extend Domicile bidding until Wednesday, August 16th by noon. It is very important that ALL flight attendants must do this initially for the system transfer. Even if you are not changing bases, EACH and EVERY flight attendant must submit a bid.

We ask that you help spread the word to your flying partners and ask them to do the same to ensure everyone completes their bid. Again, every flight attendant must do this once, even if you are not changing your domicile.

 

 

The following email was sent out by the company today:

 

TO ALL FLIGHT ATTENDANTS:

In order to give you more time to update your domicile (base) preferences in FLICA, the Flight Attendant Domicile Vacancy bid will be extended until Wednesday Aug 16 at 12:00 EDT.

NOTE: Domicile bids can no longer be accepted via the old website. All domicile bids must be submitted via the company website utilizing the FLICA Vacancy bid award program.

All Flight Attendants must update their domiciles preferences in FLICA as any bid previously submitted cannot be transferred to the new system.

 

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Reminder! Domicile Bid Due Today at 12PM!

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Reminder! Domicile Bid Due Today at 12PM

 

Today is the last day to submit your Domicile Bid!

ALL employees must complete the bid as announced in your company email on 8/3/17.

Log on to Flica and there is a tab labeled “FA Vacancy Bid”. That is where you submit your Domicile Bid.

Please spread the word to all your flying partners!

Once again, ALL employees must submit a bid. Deadline is today, 8/14/17 at noon!!

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Confirming Safety in CHO

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Dear Flying Partners:

We are in the process of communicating with the Company to ensure the safety of Flight Attendants in CHO. Our crew hotel is approximately an 11 minute drive from the protests and approximately the same amount of time from the airport, which is in the other direction and further away from the protests.

Our first priority is to confirm the safety of crews currently in Charlottesville. Next, we are advocating the company to work with AFA to provide non-punitive alternate options for those who are concerned for their personal safety if scheduled to fly to CHO.

Finally, our Union condemns the violence and terror perpetrated by white supremacists. It is more important than ever that we look out for each other and commit to stand together against hate.

In Solidarity,

Lee and Diane

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8 -10 Day of Action

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8-10 Day of Action

 

Today is our 8-10 Online Day of Action. We are encouraging members to tweet and call members of Congress to promote 10 hours minimum rest and to protect our jobs being outsourced through flags of convenience.

Members need only go to this webpage today to take action from their phones: afacwa.org/8-10

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Update on Attendance Points Credits

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Update on Attendance Point Credits:

 

We have received many inquiries about the email that management sent to us regarding the point system reduction and the confusing information that was put out. Rest assured that we are working with AFA legal who has let us know that the policy as the company has stated is not legal. We will keep you updated as we get more information.

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AFA Email to PSA President Dion Flannery on Attendance Policy Updates – Perfect Attendance

The following email was sent yesterday to the President of PSA Airlines-

Dear Mr. Flannery,

I’m writing to you in regards to a statement you made to me at the most recent town hall meeting. You stated, on record that if there were issues happening within our work group that were not being resolved, I should bring them to your attention.

In case you are unaware, AFA has an active grievance filed challenging the current PSA attendance policy, aka Crew Member Reliability Program.

On July 1st, crew members that had perfect attendance for the second quarter were due a one (1) point credit to their record. It did not happen. AFA then notified the Inflight department to let them know. We were promised an email explaining why this didn’t happen and when it would be resolved. That email never came. On July 24 a mass email was sent to all employees stating the Company was working on a resolution. As of today, August 7th, 2017 more than one month later, Flight Attendants that meet the criteria and are entitled to the one point credit, are still waiting for management to take action. I am myself on the affected list.

To add insult to injury, the company email went on to say that the company would be manually generating emails or letters for employees whose point levels warrant corrective action. With all due respect, if the Company has time to manually impose discipline, then they should also have time to manually adjust records to reflect a credit to those Flight Attendants who have earned it.

In addition, management’s action in delaying the application of the credited point has resulted in a number of unnecessary meetings to discuss attendance issues that don’t exist. AFA has worked overtime and stepped in to try and resolve issues related to attendance prior to the scheduling of an actual meeting. And while AFA always stands ready to advocate for our members, you have created an undue administrative burden. Time spent correcting Company induced attendance related issues have, quite frankly been going on since the inception of your policy. This is a needless waste of both Company and Union resources; time that could be better spent in improving the workplace experience of the hard working and dedicated first responders of PSA.

Mr. Flannery, it has been 38 days that the flight attendants have been waiting for what was promised them, and we will not be patient any longer. We demand that this be immediately rectified, or we will take any and all action necessary to protect our members.
We expect a prompt response to this most important issue.

Respectfully,

Lee Wilkes
AFA PSA MEC President
330-831-5740
lwilkes@afapsa.org