A Review of the JNC Research Process
Our Joint Negotiations Committee (JNC) spent this week at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations developing more Contract proposals for Joint Negotiations, and preparing for their next bargaining session with the company.
Having already developed proposals and language for about two thirds of the topics in our Contracts, it’s a good time to review the process the JNC is using to do that work. This might be old information for some Flight Attendants, but new for others, and it doesn’t hurt to ensure all members have a complete understanding of how the JNC is doing the work.
The nine members of the JNC have divided themselves into 3 sub-committees of three, and each sub-committee has one member from each airline. All of the topics that make up our Contracts have been assigned to one of these sub-committees.
First, the sub-committee reviews how each topic works for each airline. The JNC gathers more information by reviewing how the topic is handled at other airlines in order to determine if there are practices in the industry we might want to learn from. The sub-committee then goes through all of your thoughts and ideas on the topic as provided via AFA surveys and calls for Proposals. Finally the sub-committee “thinks outside the box” to identify anything else that may be valuable, which isn’t in practice anywhere in the industry as of now.
All this background information is used to compile a list of interests with respect to how the topic should be addressed in our new Contract. The sub-committee then puts together a list of options which would maintain, improve or change existing Contract language or practices for the topic they’ve been working on.
When the sub-committee reaches this point of its work, it reports back to the entire JNC. All nine members of the JNC review the list of options generated by the sub-committee, and they may add more or make modifications. The JNC then goes through all the options to see which ones we have consensus on. As a matter of practice they have agreed “consensus” means all nine members of the JNC must agree. After this review, the sub-committee takes the options which the JNC has reached consensus on and writes the Contract language which will provide the improvements and changes we are trying to achieve. The final step in the process is for the JNC to review the proposed Contract language and approve it.
The JNC has utilized this process to research and develop Contract proposals for the last 8 months. The process has been a valuable tool in developing proposals on Crew Meals, Commuting, Vacations, Trip Trading, Uniforms and Sick Leave, to name a few topics which have already been approved by the three MECs. The JNC continues using the process on the remaining topics which range from Grievances, Trip Trading, Scheduling and Reserve.
The JNC will be negotiating with United management next week in Chicago and will provide an update on the progress made during the week when they finish.
Joint Membership Engagement Training
While the JNC continues their preparations for our upcoming negotiations session in Chicago next week, the Joint Communications and Membership Engagement / Contract Support Committees, made up of representatives from Continental, Continental Micronesia and United conducted our very first Joint Membership Engagement Training.
Excitement was in the air in Chicago as 63 pioneering volunteers stepped up and rose to the challenge of dedicating themselves to the process of bringing all Flight Attendants together. Members from all three carriers joined in our training and learned together, worked with each other and got to know one another in our one day training to become the very first O.N.E. representatives.
It was a truly inspiring sight to see Flight Attendants from each airline come together for a common goal and to help one another build relationships and networks that will ensure the long-term strength of our Union as the three work groups come together as O.N.E.
These Flight Attendants entered into this training session as peers and coworkers, and through the course of joining the O.N.E. campaign they have established true bonds of friendship and respect that will establish the groundwork upon which we will build our vision of a comprehensive Union representing a wholly unified workgroup. And the O.N.E. campaign is devoted to helping you become a part of that vision.
These Flight Attendants are here to encourage support for the JNC, promote Solidarity across our workgroups and to help share the latest news on our ongoing Contract negotiations.
Keep a look out for fellow Flight Attendants wearing O.N.E. tags behind their flight badges. These women and men are here to provide information about our negotiations and report your feedback to our Membership Engagement / Contract Support Committees.
Knowledge and Solidarity are crucial to the strength of the JNC and to a successful outcome for our negotiations. The O.N.E. campaign and our representatives are devoted to ensuring that everyone remains aware of the progress our JNC is making to create a Joint Contract that will bring all of us together as O.N.E. combined United work group.
We are stronger when we support each other and act together; this campaign is an important step towards building the foundations for relationships that will empower our Union and our future.
- The O.N.E. campaign is an enormous first step toward uniting our three work groups.
- O.N.E. representatives are here to facilitate face-to-face communication in support of the JNC
- O.N.E. representatives are your direct source for the latest news regarding Joint Contract negotiations.
- O.N.E. representatives can be identified by their special O.N.E. tags.
- Speak with a O.N.E. representative to have your questions and concerns answered and receive the latest news on Contract negotiations.
Direct negotiations will resume next week in Chicago and our JNC will continue to keep you updated on our Joint Contract negotiations. Keep in contact with O.N.E. representatives to receive frequent updates on the JNC’s progress for a Joint Contract that benefits us all.