Hurricane Florence Update: State of SC State of Emergency 091018

Hurricane Florence update:

The Governor of South Carolina has issued mandatory evacuations for coastal areas including Myrtle Beach. Starting tomorrow at 12:00, 4 major highways will be reversed for evacuation.

The hurricane is projected to start making landfall approximately Wednesday afternoon/evening to Thursday, and direct landfall Thursday/Friday.

Many of you will have questions about your schedules and flights cancelling. While it is certain it will make landfall, there still is a chance it may shift a little, so an exact forecast of which inland cities will be affected may not be known until later today or tomorrow (according to the weather channel.)

The airlines will start making their cancellations soon. It is imperative that you monitor your company email concerning updates to operations. The first communication has already been sent earlier today.

If you live in the regions that are in the path of the hurricane, check with your localities for specific directions and instructions for your region.

If there is anything your AFA volunteers can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Lee will personally have her cell on and be available for the entire duration of the event. Diane will be flying but will also be readily available between flights to help. Other reps may be flying at times as well, so please be patient and someone will get back to you.  

Lee Wilkes : (330) 831-5740

Diane Lyons: (856) 308-4003

If you would like to get to base early so you are in place, you may request a hotel following the directions sent in your company email.  It would be best to start making those arrangements today before flights start cancelling and hotel rooms are gone later in the week.

Communications from the Company regarding Hurricane Florence 091018

Communication from the Company regarding potential Irops due to Hurricane Florence. As always, your AFA leaders will be available to assist you as well as help facilitate communications with the Company. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything you need. 


· Air Operations leadership will be monitoring both the forecasted track and intensity of Hurricane Florence to determine the next steps. As we gain relevant information we will pass it along.


· For those of you who may need to return home to secure life and property please coordinate with your Inflight Supervisors and Chief Pilots. We will be assisting each affected crewmember on a case by case basis to ensure they have the needed time off. Based on the current predictions we plan to begin releasing crewmembers tomorrow morning.

 
· If you request to be released to secure life and property be prepared to coordinate a return to work with your Inflight Supervisor or Chief Pilot. An agreed upon return to work plan will be required prior to being released.


· Crewmembers who request to be removed from flying to protect life and property will be pay protected for guarantee, NOT for flying lost. We will use a NAVL code to indicate this on your schedule.

 
· In order to ensure that we can release those crewmembers who may be affected by the storm we will operate with the expectation that all other crewmembers who are scheduled will be in position to operate their assigned trips. Unplanned absences by crewmembers compounded with those who will be absent to protect life and property will stress our ability to operate reliably. Please communicate early with your Inflight Supervisor’s or Chief Pilots so we all can coordinate for the best possible outcome.

 
· Hotel Accommodations – As the storm moves through the eastern seaboard flights will most likely be at high capacity due to probable cancellations and re-accommodation of revenue passengers. Non-rev travel may be difficult. To ease this, we are approving hotels in base this week for crewmembers who are willing and able to preposition into their base for a trip the next day.

 
· Additionally, if your trip is broken in your domicile we will attempt to secure a hotel room for you.

 
· Flight Cancellations – Cancellations will be probable but won’t be known for some time. Again, we anticipate high call volume to Scheduling once again as schedule reassignments are processed. As we have done before, if you are part of a crew please coordinate with the Captain as the single point of contact with Crew Scheduling. This will help our Crew Schedulers operate more efficiently.

 
· Text Notification System – One great way to stay informed is to opt-in to the text notification system. Doing so helps reduce call volume to Crew Scheduling and allows for efficient and timely reassignments.

 
· Twitter – Also, if you have Twitter following @psaocc is a great way to receive relevant operational updates from OCC, particularly in dynamic weather conditions.


· Deadhead PNR’s can sometimes be problematic during these events with rapidly changing schedules. Please ensure you have checked for your deadhead at least 30 minutes prior to departure, or as soon as reasonably practical if you are on a delayed inbound flight. This process allows us to capture PNR’s that may not be booked correctly and correct the errors before the flight departs and ensure you are able to get to your destinations. Contact Crew Scheduling as soon as you know of a PNR issue.

Contract Negotiations Update

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We thought we would update you on the Mediation process and what has happened to date.

First and foremost, we have been assigned a mediator for our negotiations. James Mackenzie will be overseeing our talks. Jim joined the National Mediation Board in 2009. Prior to that, Jim was a commercial pilot who retired at Northwest Airlines as an Airbus Captain. He had held a number of positions with ALPA on a local and international level.

The majority of the contract sections have been tentatively agreed to in direct talks.  What remaining are mainly economic items.  Our wages must to go up and we must see better scheduling flexibility to improve our quality of life. In the airline industry we have seen unprecedented profits that are the product of our hard work. We all deserve a career that will pay our bills without worry. We need to see our contributions rewarded and reflected in our paychecks!

We will have our first mediated sessions the week of November 5, 2018 in Dallas.

Thank you for all your support! Continue to wear that RED PIN!

Fly Safe! Take care of each other and remember

OUR CONTRACT! OUR TURN! OUR TIME!

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Volunteers needed for Safety Committee

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 Volunteers needed for Safety Committee

 

As indicated last week, we will be soliciting for volunteers to fill committee rep positions in all categories, and that will be coming by the end of the week in an eline. However, we became aware today that there will be in upcoming training in October for the ASHSC (Air, Health, and Security Committee), also just known for short as the Safety Committee.

The deadline for us to enroll our selected representatives is July 30, so it is important we solicit this position immediately. All interested candidates need to reply no later than July 27th. This training is only offered one time per year.

Purpose and Scope: This committee shall work with management on matters pertaining to cabin and flight attendant safety and health.

Duties and Responsibilities: Act in an advisory role to the LEC officers on safety matters. Study local air safety and health problems and prepare recommendations to the MEC officers for consideration. Review material, handle correspondence, and keep the local members informed of current safety developments.

Volunteers will need to be in good standing with the Union, and should be in good standing with the Company.

Please reply by email to:

Lwilkes@afapsa.org with “Safety Position” in the subject line.

Please enclose the following information:

  • Name
  • Time employed by PSA or other airlines
  • Domicile/Base
  • Contact information- Personal email and phone number
  • Why you would be interested in this volunteer position
  • Any relevant experience

We would like to have a minimum of 5 volunteers for this committee. If you have interest in this Committee but may be hesitant, please be assured that you will have training provided.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Grievance Rep Volunteers Needed

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Grievance Rep Volunteers Needed

We postponed the grievance training until possibly September in hopes we can have more volunteers apply. Attached is the previous information we posted about the position.

We have openings for Grievance reps in all bases.

Duties and Requirements:

As a grievance rep, you will need to have thorough knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement, and must uphold the highest standard of confidentiality. The duties of the grievance rep include representing flight attendants in investigatory meetings, collecting information to file or determine if a grievance is warranted, and investigating information for flight attendants during the investigatory meetings.

Interested candidates should email their resumes to:

Lwilkes@afapsa.org

Check flight attendants can not apply, but thank you for your interest!

Candidates must also be in good standing with the Union and the Company. Minimum of one year with the Company is preferred.

After the application process, you will need to complete an online course. After passing the online course, a training with our AFA staff attorney will take place.

We need at least one rep for all bases, especially bases outside of CLT.

Being a grievance rep does hold a lot of responsibility, but it is very rewarding to represent your co-workers! We hope we have a great turnout for applicants.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

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Seeking Committee reps for All Positions – AFA Needs your Help!!!

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Seeking Committee reps for All Positions – AFA Needs your Help!!!

 

Included in this communication is the remainder of the committees we are seeking volunteers to fill. If any of the positions interest you, we encourage you to volunteer. You will be trained for your position and will also learn from experience. If interested in volunteering for any these committees, please email Lwilkes@afapsa.org with the following information:

  • Name
  • Position volunteering for
  • Time with PSA or other airlines
  • Contact information including personal email and phone number
  • Domicile/Base
  • Why you are interested in the committee
  • Any relevant experience.

Volunteers should be in good standing with the Union and also with the Company .

The Committees are:

Grievance and Air, Health and Safety: These two committees information were sent in separate communications.

BENEFITS:  This committee encompasses FMLA, Insurance, workers comp, and Medical.  As a member of this committee you will assist flight attendants with problems related to the programs.  If you are knowledgeable in one area, but not another, please still apply.  We can put you on the one area you have the expertise in.

HOTEL COMMITTEE:  This committee investigates flight attendant complaints about hotel facilities, and also periodically checks these facilities for any decline in quality.

SCHEDULING COMMITTEE:  Provides input to and coordinates with the company scheduling department in reviewing the flight attendant schedule and contract legalities.

RESERVE COMMITTEE:  Serves as a liaison to all reserve flight attendants, representing their particular concerns and issues.  Will also help reserve flight attendants understand the reserve system.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Help write, edit, and produce our local communications.  Will also help assist in maintaining and updating the AFA website.

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS:  Work on the State level to establish working relationships with senators and representatives to further the legislative interests of the flight attendants.  Educate the flight attendants on the importance of legislative action.

AFA-CWA MOBILIZER:  Will work closely with the MEC officers and negotiating committee to inform membership of what is happening with contract negotiations.  Provide effective communications between the MEC and the membership.  Information is distributed while working flights, in crew lounges, and on layovers.

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Update from the Company 062018

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Update from the Company

 

  • Communication
    • If not time critical – Email the Inflight Supervisors or Chief Pilots
    • If time critical – Call using the Inflight Supervisor or Chief Pilot On Call.
  • Notifications – FLICA is now operational. If you have reviewed changes to your schedules please email the Inflight Supervisors and the Chief Pilots with the following information. We will log the notification in Crew Trac and this will save you time on hold with Crew Scheduling.
    • Name
    • PSA employee number
    • Assignment you are acknowledging, i.e LCR, SCR, or report time
    • Any other relevant information
  • Open segments – we still need to move some aircraft into position for tomorrow. If you are available TODAY, please complete the following form. Scheduling will build the assignments and then you can follow the notification procedure above.
    • If you complete the field ‘Destination After Completion of Duties’ we will provide a DH to return you home or to move you into position for your next assignment.
  • Hotels – if you do not have a hotel listed in your CrewConnex for today then email a request to the Inflight Supervisors and Chief Pilots
  • DH PNR’s – report early to the gate for deadheads. If there is no PNR and there is time available (greater than one hour) email the Inflight Supervisors or Chief Pilots. If the flight is scheduled to depart within an hour then please call Inflight or the Chiefs.
  • Critical Coverage – Critical Coverage has been declared in all bases and all seats for Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21 . This is for both Pilots and Flight Attendants.
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Notification Process

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Notification Process

 

  • Notifications– FLICA is now operational. If you have reviewed changes to your schedules please email the Inflight Supervisors and the Chief Pilots with the following information. We will log the notification in Crew Trac and this will save you time on hold with Crew Scheduling.
    • Name
    • PSA employee number
    • Assignment you are acknowledging, i.e LCR, SCR, or report time
    • Any other relevant information

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGmsTXnXzx2mLc51HR9QoqPlZSX-gevu2pMSwTcF2IgYAu3w/viewform

 

    • If you complete the field ‘Destination After Completion of Duties’ we will provide a DH to return you home or to move you into position for your next assignment.
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This Morning’s update from the Company – June 19th

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This Mornings Update from the Company:

Last nights IT transfer went well. They cannot overload the system, therefore they will begin with about 25 percent operations for the day.

Inflight Supervisors and Chief Pilots will be contacting crews with their updated or modified schedules and PNRs for deadheads. Do not call scheduling as you will not get through. If you are with a full complement crew, your captain may notify the whole crew of your schedule.

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IROPS Hotel Information

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As flights begin to cancel this evening, you most likely will not be able to get through to scheduling. If you need a hotel, please follow this protocol communicated to AFA from the company.

For hotels: Flight Attendants should call either the CLT office at (704) 359-3247 or the Duty Manager at (937)732-4102. They should keep calling until they get a person. Don’t leave messages as they may be overlooked. Supervisors will put the requests in for a hotel. Flight Attendants should call the hotel to confirm a reservation is booked before heading to hotel. Travelliance is backed up, so it may take 30 + minutes to confirm the reservation.

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