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Members Meeting – Conference Call

MEMBERS MEETING – CONFERENCE CALL

Good Evening All,

We apologize for having to postpone today’s members meeting but we are excited to announce we will be conducting 3 members meeting sessions to allow more of our members to join the calls.

The purpose of this meeting to discuss agenda items that will be presented at the upcoming AFA Board of Directors meeting.

The meeting dates and times are as followed:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 4pm
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 @ 11am
Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 2pm

Call information
Phone #: 712-775-7031
Access code: 326 935 657

We hope you can join us for a least one of the sessions. Meetings will be approximately 1-2 hours long. Even if you can’t attend it in entirety, we hope you can join for some of the time.

Thank you & Fly Safe!

*please note, this is union information and we ask that you please do not copy and paste this to any other groups. Thank you for cooperation.

Contact Negotiations Update

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
The week of March 26, 2018, your Negotiations Committee met with PSA management in Dayton, Ohio. For this session your committee was Marty Dellinger and Alicia Brockers assisted by AFA Staff Negotiator Suzanne Balzer. Due to a personal situation, MEC President Lee Wilkes was unable to attend but we consulted her via phone. Representing PSA was Keith Stamper, Deb Hoke, Brookelen Resides, Brenton Yeager, and Tony Bralich of F&H Solutions.

 

We had prepared counter proposals to management’s last proposals of January 2018. This counter included:
  • Compensation
  • Travel Expenses
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Hours of Service and Scheduling
  • Reserve
  • Uniforms
  • Retirement
Before our session ended, management presented counter proposals to Uniforms, Leaves of Absence and Sick Leave.  We were able to reach a Tentative Agreement (TA) on Uniforms and have narrowed our issues in Leaves of Absence and Sick Leave.

We continue to make it clear what are your top priorities! We must see vastly improved wages and increased flexibility-our quality of life! We are in the most complicated areas of the Contract and progress may take some time but that is what may be needed to reach the agreement you have earned and you deserve.

We have no session scheduled for April due to scheduling conflicts but have tentative dates in May and confirmed sessions in June and July.

 

Again we appreciate your emails and calls of support! Proudly wear your red AFA pin!

 

OUR CONTRACT! OUR TIME! OUR TURN!

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AFA Notifies American Airlines Group, Twin Hill of Intent to Sue over Uniforms

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AFA Notifies American Airlines Group, Twin Hill of Intent to Sue over Uniforms

March 23, 2018

Flight Attendants at Envoy, PSA, and Piedmont, along with mainline American Flight Attendants, have suffered for over a year due to toxic uniforms. AFA members have reported symptoms associated with wearing the new uniforms including rash/irritated skin, eye irritation, breathing problems, and headaches. These symptoms mirror the types of symptoms reported by our sisters and brothers who are wearing these uniforms at mainline American. AFA has repeatedly encouraged American to remove the toxic uniforms from the property with a temporary replacement. While the airline has chosen a new future vendor, it will be years before the new uniform fully replaces the toxic uniforms.

Today, AFA has sent notification American Airlines Group, Envoy, Piedmont, PSA, Twin Hill and more of our intent to sue due to continued violations of California’s Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Specifically, the entities have violated and continue to violate the warning requirement which states, “No person in the course of doing business shall knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving clear and reasonable warning to such individual….”

AFA’s testing found formaldehyde in several uniform items. Formaldehyde (gas) is released from the garments continuously when they are worn and used in the intended manner over the life and use of the garment. The primary route of exposure for the violations is inhalation while Flight Attendants are wearing the garments. These exposures occur in homes, cars, airports, airplanes and workplaces throughout California where the products are used. No clear and reasonable warning is provided with these products or in the workplace regarding the carcinogenic hazards of wearing the items or specifically of formaldehyde.

American, Twin Hill and the others named have 60 days to take action on the issue or face a lawsuit. Read more >

Tomorrows Nor’easter 3/7/18

Tomorrow’s Nor’easter

The Northeast is expecting another Nor’easter tomorrow with snow totals expected to be between 8-16”. PHL, LGA, & BOS are a few of the cities that will be affected. Please remember to carry your contract and always familiarize yourself with duty limits, rest, etc. Lee posted more details last weekend outlining very important parts of the contract that definitely come into play when weather events happen. Be prepared for delays and cancellations. If you’re a commuter, make sure you follow the commuter policy correctly and keep in contract with Scheduling and Inflight. If you need any assistance, please reach out to a union rep.

Hope everyone has a great day and fly safe!

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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