Tentative Agreement FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

There is a specific email address for you to send your questions-negotiationscommittee@psaafa.org

It will be posted on our website www.afapsa.org.  We will send out an eline to let you know when it is posted.

No, you presently have caps that are among the better in our industry.  Also, it was not a priority from the survey.  There has been a bit of good news the past couple years as after steep increasedrates have settled down. So called experts expect that to continue.

We made no changes to this section of the Agreement.

Piedmont is in negotiations now and Envoy starts next year.  It was our intent to get hour rates as high as we could get compared to our sister carriers and large enough increases in the out years to keep us competitive.  We will also be open for the next negotiations before either of them.  They must now try and catch up to us and this TA does set a high bar.

Management has agreed the new rates of pay will take effect the day after the vote.  That includes new per diem increase.

No, we had the AFA Research checking their costing and were worked out any differences we felt existed.

 Our contract has been amendable since May 2017.  This TA is not the first offer.  We have 2 ring binders full of first offers until we got to what we agreed was the best offer on the remaining open items.  Literally, there is 36 pounds of paper that was passed during the previous 2 ½ years!

We negotiated that the signing bonus be added to your smaller check on the 5th of the month following ratification and be taxed as wages.  If it was to be paid out separately the IRS requires it be taxed at the supplemental earnings rate which is close to 50%.

This is an excellent question with many concerns expressed on social media.  As stated above there is not absolute formula.  However, there are some usual steps.

1. If the TA was voted down, AFA normally sends out a survey so members could identify their top reasons for voting no.
2. Our talks were being held under the supervision of the NMB, that will continue, and they most often want to focus on the top reasons the TA was not acceptable and steer future sessions to “fix” these items.  Management is also allowed to re-introduce items they did not attain in the previous TA.  That is not to say the NMB can dictate how the process will move going forward but the NMB’sonly goal is to reach an agreement-any agreement.
3. We the AFA PSA members must be prepared to bring pressure on management to reach an acceptable agreement, including pressure on our mainline owner, being undivided in our goals and taking a strike vote and participate in public events in support of our goals.

The first rate is where you will be on July 17.  But do not read just across-you will get raises on each of your anniversary dates by reading down and then across etc.  Yes, we know that the employees here at 18 years and more will only get the DOS increases.  We tried to the very end but could not push management past 18 years.  For that reason we got the largest increases for that subgroup.

We are working on an implementation LOA and will publish it shortly.

Ballots will be mailed out on June 20th.  Voting opens June 24th and closes on July 15th at 1500ET.  The results are tabulated by an outside firm.  We should have the results very quickly.

Call the AFA Ballot Hotline Monday-Friday from 0930-1700ET at 800-424-2401, press 1, and extension 706. Outside of the office hours listed above, leave a voicemail message and your call will be returned the next business day.

NO.  You can only vote once, and we ask you make an informed decision based on your own research and needs.

Eligibility to vote will be determined prior to the ballot mailing.  

All active AFA Members in good standing (dues current, active​​AFA member) are eligible to vote.  Members ineligible due tonon-payment of dues will be notified when attempting to vote and will directed to the AFA MembershipDepartment.

Those on Leaves of Absence, more than 3 months, may   choose to continue to pay dues and vote.

New Flight Attendants who are scheduled to become a duespaying member-four months of flying-before voting closes will be eligible to vote during the entire period the ballot is open.

Starting in the September bid month you can not be rescheduled or scheduled for less than 10 hours rest release to report. This applies at domicile and on layover.  Neither you nor Scheduling can reduce rest to less than 10 hours.

PBS must be negotiated to ever be used by PSA Flight Attendants and is not part of the current TA.