Thursday, October 27, 2016
It goes without saying that we are incredibly disappointed that the Company has delayed Flight Attendant Operational Integration (FOI), and thus delayed our Flight Attendants from operating as a single, united group. In Philadelphia, the loss of so much premium flying has exacerbated the situation. At the recent Crew News dated October 4th, 2016, Doug Parker took the time to address the future of PHL and the delay in FOI, please take the time to watch what he has to say about our base.
While the Company programming delays are causing FOI to be pushed off, there should be no reason that items that are tied to FOI that require little to no programming cannot be implemented. As your base leaders, we will continue to support the Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee (JSIC) in every way possible to get the Company to achieve FOI as quickly as possible, so that our members may enjoy the full benefits promised to the merged Flight Attendant group.
We continue to see many Reserve processing issues, from incorrectly assigning On Premise Reserve (OPR) trips, to issues with modified Reserve Availability Periods (RAPs), trading days off, and issues with reserve improvements tied to FOI. As we know, many of the Reserve improvements in the 2014 JCBA, such as the 12th day off, 12 hours home domicile reserve rest, and Reserve rotation are tied to FOI. As stated above, we are working to see exactly what can be implemented as soon as possible to offer some relief in these areas.
Reserve Flight Attendants have had to work with a system in which the Company is unwilling to invest. Anything the Company can implement to offer some relief will be welcomed, and everything is being explored. As soon as we have more information, we will be sure to communicate that with you.
Conversations with Your Flight Service Manager
We continue to see more and more Flight Attendants having conversations over the phone with their Flight Service Managers (FSMs) to discuss their dependability/attendance record. This conversation is considered to be a coach and counseling discussion. If you have this conversation with your FSM over the phone and you decline Union representation, please make sure you fully understand what a coach and counseling means.
Once you have been coached and counseled on your dependability record, any additional dependability/attendance infraction could progress you into the Company’s LUS Flight Attendant Dependability Program. If you are called or notified by your FSM that they would like to discuss an issue with you, please exercise your right of representation. Please call us to set up a meeting. The Union office is not on the property, so we do need advance notice. Our office number is 215-492-0840.
In Unity and Solidarity,
APFA PHL Base President
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