12.03.15 – PHL Update

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dear PHL Flight Attendants,

While we continue to deal with the growing pains of this merger and all of the changes we have had to accept: 

  • Approximately 90 Procedural Changes
  • Travel Policy Changes
  • Premature Jump Seat Changes
  • FMLA Approval Process 
  • Health Care and Increased Costs
  • Continuous Crew Portal and ETB Problems
  • Contractual Changes That Became Effective in March with PBS

The December PBS bid awards, the Second Round Vacation awards, and the December 2nd ROTA late awards; the patience of our Flight Attendants is exhausted!  

We recognize that the most important thing to a Flight Attendant is our schedules. We expect to have a system in place that not only provides us with the most flexibility but also honors our seniority.  

We had the opportunity to meet in Dallas-Fort Worth this week with our fellow LAA Presidents to discuss the PBS debacle and give them a clearer understanding of the magnitude of this situation. Our fellow board members stand in full support of holding the Company accountable for the programming problems that plagued this bid award.  

The largest airline in the world and we are dealing with these kinds of implementation and IT problems? The programming problem that occurred is unacceptable and will not be tolerated or accepted. Our Flight Attendants work incredibly hard, and deserve much better treatment.

Obviously, it has been a difficult few weeks for everyone. Emotions are high and morale is at an all time low. We must remember to treat our co- workers with respect, and to not take out the frustrations on those that are trying to help. Our PBS Trainers work very hard to make sure our Flight Attendants have the assistance they need when bidding and understanding their bids. They do not deserve to be held accountable for yet another Company mishap.

Stay tuned for more information.

In Unity and Solidarity,

Kim Kaswinkel
PHL Base President


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