The Time to Act is NOW! This is Not a Drill!
The House Transportation Committee will be considering the FAA Reauthorization bill H.R. 4441 this Thursday, February 11th. We need every IAM Flight Attendant to contact members on the Transportation Committee and tell them to vote “YES” to Representative Michael Capuano’s Flight Crew Fatigue Amendment to the FAA bill when it is considered.
It’s time to put Congress on notice, that we are DONE being treated as second class citizens behind pilots. They need to realize that we are an integral part of aviation safety and we demand to be treated like it!
We need each of you along with your family and friends to call at least two or three representatives that are in your state – if you are from a state with no members on the Transportation Committee, then call a member located in a state that you fly to on a regular basis.
Sample Telephone Script:
“Hello, my name is _________ and I live in _________. I’m a Flight Attendant for Express Jet and proud Machinists Union member. I’m calling to urge Representative _____________ to support the Flight Crew Fatigue Amendment being offered by Representative Capuano to the FAA Reauthorization bill. Hopefully, Flight Attendants can count on Representative _____________ support.”
This is going to be a tough fight, but we can WIN if the members on the Transportation Committee hear from us before Thursday’s vote. By calling and letting Congress know we need this, we are simply doing what we do best, ensuring safety in aviation. It’s time to make history, not just for us but also to protect future generations of Flight Attendants and passengers.
**REMINDER DON’T MISS OUT** SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFITS – 2016 ENROLLMENT
We are pleased to announce for the first time, we have organized a system-wide enrollment at our ExpressJet bases for National Group Protection (NGP) supplemental benefits that are available to you as an IAM member.
National Group Protection (NGP) will be in the crew rooms in February and March to conduct a supplemental benefits enrollment for IAMAW District 142 members at ExpressJet. Please meet in person with a benefit counselor to enroll or make changes to your existing coverage. Members can enroll in any of the crew rooms, not just your base location.
Accident Insurance · Cancer Insurance · Critical Illness Coverage
Short Term Disability · Whole Life Insurance
There are some benefit enhancements/upgrades this year, so please take the time to sit down with a benefit counselor and review your options. This is also an excellent time to make sure you have filed for your annual health screening benefits, which are part of the accident, cancer and critical illness benefit plans.
- Supplemental – these plans supplement any existing coverage
- Limited Underwriting – no medical or physical exams required
- Family Coverage – available with all of the plans (except disability)
- Portable – members can continue coverage if they leave the company (except disability)
- Payroll Deduction – premiums are paid through payroll deduction
Atlanta Feb 15–19
DFW Feb 15–17
Newark Feb 16–19
O’Hare Feb 22–24
Detroit Feb 29–March 2
Atlanta March 7—11
O’Hare March 8—10
Houston March 8—11
DFW March 14—16
Cleveland March 22–24
Detroit March 29–31
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming enrollment, please contact National Group Protection (NGP) at 800-344-9016.
We are happy to report that upon follow up with each Flight Attendant who met the eligibility requirement, everyone did receive his or her performance plus payout on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.
submitted by Marche’ Johnson-Cooper Special Representative
Uniforms Compliance Alert
This week several FA’s have contacted the Union as a result of receiving discipline for non-uniform compliance. If you’re not sure of the uniform guidelines please contact a grievance representative immediately or go to uniform guidelines on the company website.
Montego Bay, Jamaica International Per Diem
The Union met with the Company to discuss FA’s being paid International per diem as provided in the CRJ contract. We also made the Company aware the International per diem override isn’t showing up in crew pay new*
Section 6.C.1. in part
When a Flight Attendant is required to overnight outside the United States (excluding Canada and Mexico), the Flight Attendant will be paid an international override of three dollars ($3.00) per such overnight in addition to the hourly rate.
As a reminder the overnight International per diem will begin on the day/time the main cabin door closes in the US until the day/time you open the main cabin door in the US. If you have worked an International overnight and your pay doesn’t reflect the correct per diem, please do a pay query and contact a grievance representative.
CRJ Grievance Update
This week had 4 Grievances appealed to Grievance Mediation.
submitted by Sara Gonzales
Step 2 Grievances
This week we received a total of ten grievances for appeal to Step 2 from ORD. The base breakdown for pending Step 2 grievances is as follows:
Step 2 hearings are scheduled to take place February 17th in Houston, Texas.
ERJ grievance mediation is this week, February 9-11 in Atlanta.
Upcoming Local Lodge Meetings
EWR Embassy Suites
95 Glimcher Realty Way, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3pm
transportation provided from EWR P-4
2339O (CLE & ORD)
ORD Best Western
10300 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1pm
transportation provided from ORD bus/shuttle center
2339H (ERJ-DFW & IAH)
Ramada Houston Intercontinental East
6115 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 1pm
transportation available from IAH
2339A (CRJ-DFW, DTW & ATL)
Fairfield Inn & Suites
1255 Walker Ave. East Point, GA 30344
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 2pm
transportation available from ATL