This week’s session concluded in Chicago today.
We gave the company our opening proposal on Leaves of Absence (LOA) which would provide for time away from work based on real life circumstances. Our proposal includes provisions for Personal, Educational, Medical, Maternity, Parental, Military, Emergency, Funeral, Family Medical Leave and Company offered Leaves of Absence. In general, our proposal spells out how to apply for these LOAs, how to return from them, as well as seniority and benefit protections.
We also exchanged counter proposals on Crew Rest, Crew Lounges, Passports, Visa, Immunizations, and Tidying.
We spent an enormous amount of time this week attempting to address some company interests regarding Military Flying. To date there have been multiple exchanges of proposals and counter proposals on this topic, which include flying related to the Air Mobility Command (AMC) and the Civilian Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). Despite all of our efforts, it is clear much more work needs to be accomplished on this topic. While our proposals on Military Flying provide for enhanced compensation and benefits, as well as scheduling procedures and legalities, management is still unclear on how some aspects of their proposal would be administered.
We received proposals from management on Grievance and System Board, which deal with a process by which problems between the company and Flight Attendants can be resolved in an orderly manner.
Our next session will be in Los Angeles the week of October 13, 2013. In the meantime we will continue our work analyzing the proposals we received from management this week, and preparing appropriate responses.
We congratulate the IAM Negotiating Committee on reaching a Tentative Agreement on a Single Contract. Their TA follows the rejection of an agreement earlier this year in March and was reached with guidance from the National Mediation Board (NMB). Of all the workgroups on the property, the pilots are the only ones who have reached an agreement on a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is now in the process of being implemented.
Cindy Commander, CAL
Cynthia Iverson, CMI