Hafa Adai Flyers,
I am writing you from Chicago as I attend the AFA Board of Directors (BOD) meeting. The elected officers from all 22 airlines are here along with the International Officers, AFAs legal team, negotiating staff and other experienced professionals. The theme of the conference is: Moving Forward – Refining our Vision.
We will be hearing from the Chairman of the National Mediation board, and spending valuable time with the dean of Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. You will recall that your Joint Negotiations Committee spent a week at that school last summer as we began our work together. It will be good to have Professor Schurman chart our progress and offer further guidance.
This week, we will be working on developing strategies for continuing negotiations as we hear first hand information about what is happening in the airline industry. As the meetings begin, it is clear that we all share the same anxieties, concerns, and hopes for the future. There is snow on the ground, but the major storms seem to have passed. At least the ones outside! I’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, back on our warm and wonderful island… Kathleen and Cynthia have remained to work on some local issues that demanded their personal attention. Rsei also is missing the Chicago BOD as he has also had to stay on Guam.
Last week, Cynthia and I had a very productive meeting with Scheduling to discuss Reserve Issues. Marina and Kristen helped review the history of changes that took place before your current officers were elected. We came to a contractually accurate agreement that should spread out Reserve hours a bit more evenly. Halfway through the month, those Reserves who have 65 hours or more will be bypassed as underutilized Reserves are called.
We are also focusing on fighting for the time that our base is losing as trips that originate in Guam are shifted to the Narita Base. This affects all of us – not just our FLS base. It is a very difficult situation, but know that we are working on it.
I thank you for any comments you may have to offer – and for your support.
Fly safely – and enjoy your job!