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2.02.16 – Jonas/PBS Problems/Cabin Odor Events

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Jonas Juggernaut

Just when we were coming up for air from the December PBS Meltdown, Snow Storm Jonas slams us with full force, causing even more havoc and disruptions to the Flight Attendants.
We obviously cannot control Mother Nature, but as the “Largest Airline in the World” the Company should certainly have a better plan that includes the necessary resources on hand when these major events occur. Your Presidents will soon be meeting with the Company to review what went right, and the many more things that went wrong. If you are encountering difficulties in the processing of your submissions from the Pay Claims department, or feel there was a violation of your contractual rights, please email the details to us.
We appreciate the assistance of LUS Reserve Rep. John Pennel who handled many “stranded” or rerouted Flight Attendants with legality issues, along with those in DCA Flight Service who were helpful in getting through to Crew Scheduling when we were unable. Once again, I would like to thank each of you for your patience, and diligence during this very challenging time.  Many of you looked out for each other while stuck in hotels for days, which is a testament to your concern even when we are continually wronged.

Preferential Bidding System Update

Along those same lines of accountability (or a lack thereof) your LUS Leaders requested and are still waiting for a date to meet with the Company, IT, and the JIRC to be briefed on everything that contributed to the December PBS Debacle and ways to improve the functionality and fairness of the system. We still need answers, and know you do too. 

Cabin Odor

For years, the LUS Flight Attendants have relied on the easy to follow checklist which was attached to our IDs to use when these Cabin Odor/Air Quality Events occurred. Although every incident may differ depending on exposure time, aircraft type, your placement in the cabin, and even physical condition, the bottom line is that we need clear and consistent guidelines to reference before, during, and after these events to protect every FA. , and are important contacts, and please include your Base Leadership.
Stay safe~

Dianne Britton
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