Saturday, October 1, 2016
As part of reaching a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) with the Company in 2014, the Negotiations Protocol Agreement (NPA) provided a means for our pay rates to be adjusted upwards based on a complex “market-based in the aggregate” standard that would ultimately be affected by any gains realized in the initial United Flight Attendants’ JCBA.
To that end, APFA economists have been meeting with the Company to ascertain if we can agree on how the United JCBA affects the “market-based in the aggregate” standard used to determine the ultimate value of our JCBA.
Per the NPA, this adjustment was to be determined beginning no later than thirty (30) days of implementation of the United JCBA. Implementation effectively occurred on September 1, 2016. However, given the complexity of the research and due diligence required to explore every aspect of three (3) separate contracts, thirty (30) days has proven to be an unrealistic time frame. We don’t want to rush the process. We must perform a comprehensive analysis in order to secure gains to which we are entitled.
For this reason, APFA and the Company have mutually agreed to extend the analysis time period by an additional thirty (30) days to November 1, 2016. In the meantime, please do not misinterpret silence or delay for inaction. APFA and our legal team have been collaborating and working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for our members.