Your IAM joint contract negotiations committee met from Monday, July 20, 2015 and continued through Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Proposals were passed on the following Sections:
Section 5 Travel Expenses
Section 6 Training
Section 9 Sick Leave
Section 11 Leaves of Absences
Section 23 General
We expected much more progress to be made on these Sections, unfortunately due to inaction on the Company’s part that was not possible. In addition, vast division remains on several key issues contained within these Sections.
In Section 11 Leaves of Absence, one of the most extensive sections in the CBA, we focused on sick and vacation accruals, along with medical benefits while on different types of leaves. Section 5 Travel Expenses has very few open items but those contain substantial differences. We were able to resolve most issues in Section 6, Training. Section 9 Sick Leave has been whittled down to just a few open items as well but some of those items have the potential to greatly impact the membership, which is not being taken lightly. Section 23 General, encompasses many different topics such as out of base parking, commuter clause policy and jumpseating. We are aware that these issues will affect the day-to-day quality of life of our members, so we are continuing to fight hard to protect your rights.
We remain determined to achieve an industry leading agreement, while the Company has shown that it is their intent to negotiate a subpar agreement. Your negotiations committee is unified in our resolve to bringing our membership a contract that they deserve, as safety professionals.
Negotiations will continue on September 14 through September 17, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
The dedicated website for negotiations can be accessed at: www.iamoneuniononevoice.org
If you call out fatigued, please remember to fill out an ASAP, IOR and follow the Fatigue Policy as outlined in the Flight Attendant Handbook. Please contact your Grievance Representative if you have any questions.
As technology advances we are always looking for new ways to better serve the membership. We are pleased to announce that we are currently in the development stage of creating an IAM App geared toward the needs of ExpressJet flight attendants. We are seeking membership input for what you would like to see in an app to make it as useful as possible. Keep in mind this won’t be the only opportunity we have to make updates or changes to this app but we want the membership be a part of the initial rollout process. Let’s work together to improve our quality of life and make being an active union member as convenient as possible. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the App please email sgonzales@iamDL142.org with ‘App’ in the subject line.
Just a reminder if you have 5 away from domicile or 6 hours in domicile between flights, you are entitled to a hotel per the CRJ Contract.
Section 9.E. General
- The Company will provide single occupancy lodging for a Flight Attendant during a trip when she/he is scheduled or rescheduled for a five (5) or more hour period between flights away from domicile or a six (6) hour or more period between flights in domicile during a trip. For purposes of this paragraph, the period(s) of time between flights is determined prospectively from the time of the scheduling or rescheduling.
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Unfortunately the Company had to reschedule the Step 2 hearings August 20th, in Houston, Texas due to travel issues. The four grievances previously scheduled to be heard August 20th have been rescheduled for September 14th in Houston, Texas. Two other grievances have also been appealed to Step 2 this week and will be heard on September 14th. The base breakdown for Step 2 grievances is as follows:
In addition, we have scheduled a meeting with the National Mediation Board appointed mediator to review outstanding ERJ grievances on September 29th & 30th in Houston, Texas and our first grievance mediation session is scheduled December 1st – 2nd.
General Chairs Sara Gonzales and Jim Samuel have been working with the Company this week to push forward outstanding grievances that have been appealed to Arbitration. Much progress has been made this week and we anticipate we will have arbitrators selected on several of those cases shortly.