As January ends…

Hafa Adai Flyers,

Our union meeting Wednesday went very well. We had to order more pizza. Thank you to all who attended and participated in planning our future.

United’s Tentative is now on the road. Votes will be counted on March 1st. This is a FOUR year contract with many “carrots and sticks.” There is a 10% pay raise in all categories, and a $5000 signing bonus. There is also furlough protection, which is big in these uncertain times. Perhaps the most significant item in the TA is the promise that within six months of signing – the Company will return to the Negotiating Table to work on the Big Book – a single contract for the world’s largest airline.

Meanwhile, back at home…
China Visas. We will likely be getting more of these trips. It takes only two days to get a two year visa. Simply drop off your passport on Monday or Wednesday before the Island Hopper. All Reserves will soon be compelled to do this on duty days without loss of pay.

Payroll problems? Bring ‘em to the supervisors in our office first. They will forward to Lisa, who is currently swamped with new responsibilities.

Trouble listing on morning MNL flight? It’s a “system problem” they are working on. In the meantime, the way around is to list on the evening flight – then call the epass number to change your itinerary.

Jumpseat problems on MNL flight? No drop down menu? Another “system glitch” – but Thelma is working on it so there is hope for resolution soon. Hopefully, Agents will be willing to assist until this is worked out.

Contract violations regarding dhd when returning to base have been noted. Both our contract, and the pilot CBA list returning priorities as Captain, then seniority. Carry your contract – stand up for this right – and report any deviation. We will file a grievance.

Saigon Visa for non-working crew still requires a $50 cash payment on arrival. We have asked that the Company front this money as we do not believe FAs should be responsible for this fee. (We need that cash for our massages….)

There are a number of Do I Have a Grievance, issues that we are working on for various members. Thank you for submitting complete documentation on these forms.

Bobbie Tudela is temporarily acting as our Local Secretary Treasure.
Your local officers will all be attending the AFA Board of Directors meeting in Los Angeles the first week of February. This is the highest governing body of the union and we have already received copies of many agenda items that will be discussed and voted.

A dues increase is NOT on the agenda. BECAUSE that was already locked in – back in 2004! That was the year that AFA merged with CWA. Part of that agreement was that AFA dues would be brought up to CWA levels. So stand by: this June we will start paying $50 each month for the protections and representation we receive. Still a good deal, Friends. As the saying goes: Union representation doesn’t cost – it pays.

WHEN DO I GO ILLEGAL? We now have a number of trips that are scheduled close to the limit, and several crews have been uncertain of their legalities. Here is some guidance.
Carry your contract – and understand its protections. Your duty period max is 17:30.
Your duty day starts at check in – or (on a layover) at the time you report to the plane.
Your bid packet (glad you got one printed?!) will tell you the expected duty day – including the 30 minutes after block.

For example the Island Hopper, with all stops, is scheduled for 16 hours.
That only leaves 1 1/2 hours of wiggle room if there is a delay somewhere along the line. BUT, all those stops also allow opportunities to make up the delay. So you are probably NOT illegal leaving Guam, Truk, Pohnpei, Kosrae or Kwajelen.

You do not go illegal until you are ready to depart on the leg that is projected to take you over the limit.

For example, say you are in MAJ.
You have already been on duty 14 hours, and flight time to HNL is 3+15.
Remember you must add on 30 minutes for after block to be released = you are illegal.
Duty time is now projected to be 17+45 = you get a MAJ layover….!

Hope all this helps. Fly safely – and make it fun.
Suzanne