We have addressed the slow pace we have experienced in negotiations since the Company filed for mediation a year ago and the Company will be in communication with their committee and the mediator to explore options of meeting without the mediator present.
We received an informal update this past week that our assigned mediator is doing much better and we should be able to schedule dates soon. We will update you as soon as we receive more information.
Upcoming Local Lodge Meetings & District Lodge Representative Schedules
Please check the calendar below for upcoming Local Lodge meetings and Station Visits.
Local Lodge 2339H meeting Tuesday, Nov 17th at 1pm @ IAH Will Clayton Ramada
Local Lodge 2339A meeting Wednesday Nov 18th at 2pm @ ATL North Fairfield Inn & Suites
The hotels for all meetings offer complimentary shuttle service.
|~ November 2015 ~|
SR Marche Johnson Cooper @ DFW
GC Sara Gonzales &
SR Melissa Brennan @ 2339H Meeting
SR Marche Johnson Cooper @ DFW
GC Sara Gonzales &
SR Melissa Brennan @ DFW
SR Marche Johnson Cooper @ 2339A Meeting
GC Sara Gonzales & SR Melissa Brennan-ERJ Step 2 Grievance Hearings @ ATL
GC Sara Gonzales, SR Melissa Brennan & SR Marche Johnson Cooper – Meeting w/COO Terry Vais @ ATL
IAM for 10 – Flight Attendant Fatigue
We are on the cusp of a historical fight that will pave the way for increased safety for years to come. As safety professionals and first responders we are tasked with handling emergencies and caring for thousands of passengers everyday. However, there has been study after study that showed flight attendants are impacted by fatigue on a regular basis, which negatively affects our ability to perform our safety functions in the case of an emergency. But nothing has been done. There are no FAA fatigue protections for flight attendants. None.
This isn’t going to be easy, we are up against airlines that are raking in record-breaking profits and spending millions lobbying Congress against fatigue protection for flight attendants. This is just another example of corporate greed, putting profits ahead of passenger safety. But what we have that the airlines don’t, thousands of voices and the strongest union in the world behind us. In the words of our own IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja, “Flight Attendants shouldn’t be treated as second class citizens under FAA rest requirements. It’s the Flight Attendants who protect everyone who boards an aircraft. It’s time that they are treated with the respect they deserve”
It’s time we stand up together and demand that our Congressional representatives take this proven safety risk seriously.
<—Click here or go to http://www.congressweb.com/GOIAM/107 to let your Congressional leaders know you support 10 hours rest for flight attendants and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan in the FAA Reauthorization Bill.
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submitted by Special Representative, Marche Johnson Cooper
This week began with a commute from ATL to DTW, Sunday, November 8, unfortunately my fellow ExpressJet FA’s nor I made the first flight however all ExpressJet FA’s were able to get on the 2nd flight. It was a pleasure chatting with you while waiting on our flight, and listening to challenges you face when it comes to commuting. Upon arriving in DTW, while walking the concourse to the crew room, I saw a few faces that I have seen in some time. While in the crew room each day I’m thankful I could answer your questions about contractual language and negotiations. Commuting back to ATL on Tuesday, November 10, it was nice to talk to several of our FA’s on the commute to ATL as well talking to several of you while waiting for the bus at F Terminal.
Thursday, November 12, Grievance Training was held for our Grievance Team members who are new to the Grievance Team and will take office Jan. 2016 (Traci Campbell, Debbie Hebert and Q Shaw). Our goal is to ensure they have all the tools and support they will need when they take office. We went over the types of grievances (contractual/discipline), what information is needed when building a grievance file as well as contractual obligations when it comes to grievances, i.e., try to resolve with the company, the writing of grievances, timelines, meetings and denials/settlements.
Friday, November 13, Grievance Training/Meeting was held with our current Grievance Representatives. In attendance was Sabrina Mitchell, Marvin Moon, Romel Williams and Nate Wysong. We discussed forms that need to be complete and as well what we need to include when putting together a grievance files as well as our Grievance Log. Our next Grievance meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
submitted by General Chairperson, Sara Gonzales
As we discussed previously the Company had begun to discipline flight attendants that should have been covered under the commuter clause because they contended that the flight attendants listed too far in advance. We viewed this as a direct violation of the CBA and past practice and filed an Et Al grievance on the violation.
I am pleased to announce that we were able to resolve it in grievance mediation. The Company will be going back to our past practice supported by the CBA with no time limit on listing for flights for Commuter Clause. If you were disciplined or received an occurrence because you were told by management that you listed “too far in advance” to use conscientious reporting or commuter clause please email me your name and the date of the occurrence to sgonzales@iamDL142.org by November 18th, so I can make sure it’s removed in a timely manner.
Grievance mediation was held November 12th & 13th in San Antonio (due to the Mediator’s location). We addressed several outstanding grievances and were already able to successfully resolve two of those grievances, one of which was an individual issue along with the Commuter Clause issue, which was a major system-wide problem. There are several other grievances that we had good discussion on, which the Company is reviewing and should be responding to shortly. Overall, we made substantial progress and grievance mediation will be one more tool we can use to achieve favorable outcomes for the membership.
This week no additional grievances were received for appeal to Step 2. The base breakdown for pending Step 2 grievances is as follows:
All the outstanding Step 2 grievances are scheduled to be heard this week in ATL on November 19th.