Irregular OPS on 01/17/18

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Irregular Operations on 1/17/2018

 

Dear Flying Partners,

The unacceptable break down in operations resulting from the weather event last night are inexcusable. AFA will be filing an MEC grievance on every section of the Collective Bargaining agreement that was violated. As we talked to several flight attendants throughout the evening and early morning hours, we have no way to know how many people were negatively impacted.  Please send me your information as soon as possible, with a deadline of January 23, 2018.
If you were on duty beyond 15 hours without being released, waited beyond 3 hours for a hotel, had unacceptable hotel conditions, were hung up on from scheduling, had a hotel with no transportation, paid for a hotel on your own, paid for transportation on your own, or any other unusual circumstance, please let me know immediately so we can file a grievance that includes every person affected.  The Company was ill prepared and poorly staffed, and needs to be held accountable at every level.  What happened last night should NEVER happen again.

 

In Solidarity,

Lee Wilkes

AFA PSA MEC President

330-831-5740

lwilkes@afapsa.org 

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Winter Storm Grayson – Commuters

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WINTER STORM GRAYSON – (COMMUTERS)

If you are a commuter that lives in the Northeast and will be in the path of the storm –

And you have a trip beginning tomorrow and wish to commute in tonight to be in position for your trip tomorrow –

Then the Company has agreed at AFA’s request to provide you a hotel room, on a first come first serve basis.  Again, this is for commuters wishing to come in early from the Northeast to be in position for flying assignments tomorrow.

Please call scheduling to reserve a room if you intend to commute tonight. If you reserve the hotel and do not make it, please let the Company know so they can provide a hotel to another commuter.

Fly safe!

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Christmas Meals List

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Holiday Meal Information

Good Afternoon Flight Attendants,

 

Below is the Holiday Meal list provided to us and approved by the company.

 

Almost all of the hotels are participating in some form or another. On Christmas Day, some hotels are finding it challenging to find open restaurants. While these are few and far between, it does happen. If your overnight on Christmas night is providing gift cards or not participating, please be proactive and plan to take some sort of nutrition with you to keep you going. If your hotel is NOT participating, the company will be reimbursing you up to $25. This is for food only. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

 

Holiday Meal Information

 

One edit to the list is DSM. The hotel will be providing a holiday meal consisting of Ham, garlic mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, and cheesecake.

 

Again, we can not stress enough to take something with you, just in case the unforseen happens. You take care of you, first and foremost.

 

As always, should you have emergency issues that are not resolved with the hotel staff, please text or call me ASAP. This will be the only way to get immediate resolution.

 

Your PSA AFA Hotel committee wishes you the happiest of holidays. It’s been our honor to represent you this year.

 

In Solidarity, Unity and FLY SAFE!

 

Ronnie Lail

PSA AFA Hotel Committee Chair

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PSA AFA Negotiations Committee Update

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Negotiations will resume in Jan 2018 and we only have economic issues left.  You deserve NO LESS THAN a Regional industry leading contract and that is not only in wages but in all aspects of our working conditions. We also need complete transparency in scheduling and reserve assignments. In order to achieve that, we need your help in sending a strong message that we know we are the best and deserve nothing less.

 

In Unity, we are all switching our white AFA pins to red. This is our way of turning up the heat and letting management know that we are unified and that we are committed to achieving this industry leading agreement. You can get your special red pin from a MEC officer, committee chair or a member of your negotiation committee.

 

We Are All In. Wear Your Red AFA Pin!  Send the message!

OUR CONTRACT!  OUR TURN!  OUR TIME!

In Unity

Lee, Marty, & Alicia

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Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting from your AFA EAP

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Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting from your AFA EAP

You may be struggling to understand how a shooting could occur and why such a terrible thing would happen. There may never be satisfactory answers to these questions.

We do know, though, that most people will experience a variety of emotions following such a traumatic event. These feelings can include shock, sorrow, numbness, fear, anger, disillusionment, grief and others. You may find that you have trouble sleeping, concentrating, eating or remembering even simple tasks. This is common and should pass after a while. Over time, the caring support of family and friends can help to lessen the emotional impact and ultimately make the changes brought about by the tragedy more manageable. You may feel that the world is a more dangerous place today than you did yesterday. It will take some time to recover your sense of equilibrium.Meanwhile, you may wonder how to go on living your daily life. You can strengthen your resilience — the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity — in the days and weeks ahead.

Here are some tips:

• Talk about it. Ask for support from people who care about you and who will listen to your concerns. Remember, your AFA EAP is available for confidential assistance.  Contact 800-424-2406 for your local committee members.
• Strive for balance. When a tragedy occurs, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and have a negative or pessimistic outlook. Balance that viewpoint by reminding yourself of people and events which are meaningful and comforting, even encouraging.
• Turn it off and take a break. You may want to keep informed, but try to limit the amount of news you take in whether it’s from the Internet, television, newspapers or magazines. While getting the news informs you, being overexposed to it can actually increase your stress.
• Honor your feelings. Remember that it is common to have a range of emotions after a traumatic incident.
• Take care of yourself. Engage in healthy behaviors to enhance your ability to cope with excessive stress.
• If you have recently lost friends or family in this or other tragedies. Remember that grief is a long process. Give yourself time to experience your feelings. It is important to get professional help if you feel like you are unable to function or perform basic activities of daily living. Your AFA EAP can help you with a referral.

This tip sheet was made possible by the American Psychological Association.

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Negotiations Committee Update

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Your committee met for direct talks in Dayton Ohio the week of September 2017. Representing you were Lee Wilkes, MEC President, Alicia Brockers, and Marty Dellinger. Your committee was assisted by AFA Staff Negotiator Suzanne Balzer. Representing PSA management were Deb Hoke and Joanne Dinkelacker, Inflight Services, Brookelen Resides, Crew Scheduling, Marcus Valentino, Labor Relations and Tony Bralich, F&H Solutions. The last day the talks were joined by Bennett Alexander, PSA Finance.

We spent the week exchanging proposals on the following sections:

  • General
  • Leaves
  • Sick Leave
  • Reserve

We narrowed the issues and except for economics, agreed to some provisions. We are now negotiating the most important items of a contract and it will now take more time to review and discuss and in some cases cost out the proposals being passed. We expect progress but at a slower pace.

As always, we appreciate your support. Wear your AFA pin and let management know you stand with your committee in obtaining the contract you deserve.

We have sessions scheduled for:

October 17-19

November and December – committees work independently

January 2018 16-18

February 13-15

March 20-22

 

Fly safe and take care of each other.

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Committee Descriptions and Application

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
Dear flying partners,

Enclosed in the Eline are descriptions for several different committees that we are seeking volunteers to fill. We hope that you’ve had some time since the last Eline announcing the positions to contemplate about which committee best fits your interest. Your consideration and commitment to volunteer for the open positions is greatly valued! As membership grows, so does the need for committee volunteers to provide the best representation for our membership.

Also attached is the application that will need to be filled out entirely and submitted to the MEC along with a resume. Please send all applications to Lee Wilkes atlwilkes@afapsa.org and CC Diane Lyons as well, dlyons@afapsa.org

Deadline to return applications with resumes will be October 10th, 2017. Applicants should be a member in good standing, preferably with one year with the Company, but we will highly consider applicants with 6 months or more.
An application for EAP/Professional Standards will also be coming in a separate Eline.
Thank you in advance for your commitment to serve the membership and your flying partners. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Application for Committee Position

Air Health and Security Committee

Benefits and Insurance Committee

Hotel Committee

Payroll Assistance Committee

Reserve Committee

Scheduling Committee

Uniform Committee

 

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Union Representative Vacancies

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Union Representative Vacancies

As our membership grows, so does our need for representation. While we have wonderful established committees, we are looking to expand in all areas. Adding more representatives under each committee will better serve our membership needs.
Each committee will have it’s own separate description and application process sent over the next couple of weeks. We wanted to give advance notice to those that may be interested, to start thinking about what committees they may be wanting to get involved with.
We will be taking applications for EAP, Air, Health, and Safety, Grievance, Hotel, Benefits, and Scheduling. If you are experienced or just passionate about any of these committees, we encourage you to apply when the application process is announced.
We are stronger together, better together, and there is strength in numbers. We look forward to hear from those wishing to apply. More details to come.

In Solidarity,

Lee and Diane

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AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

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Give To or Get Help From

the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund for

Hurricane Harvey & Irma

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 and retirees, whose primary residence is 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

Florida Counties: Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Johns

 

If you would like to apply for AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Funds, visit www.afacwa.org/drf and download the Disaster Relief Fund Application and fax it to the International AFA EAP Department at 202-434-1411 or mail it to AFA-CWA EAP Department, 6th Floor, 501 Third Street NW, Washington D.C.  20001-2797.   You can also e-mail this same information requested to lfoster@afanet.org or phone in the necessary information to 1-800-424-2406

 

If you wish to make a contribution either by check or electronic payment, please visit www.afacwa.org/drf for more information on donating.

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