- During Negotiation Session 4, tentative agreement was reached on Uniforms, Insurance Benefits, and Letters of Agreement (LOAs) 6 and 7, while discussion continued on Scheduling and Hotels.
- Parties agreed to correct a discrepancy with the current uniform allotment calculation, and we updated the previous tentative agreement on Charters.
- The next negotiation session is November 29 – December 1.
This week, our Negotiating Committee and Mobilization Committee Chairperson met with management for Negotiation Session 4. *Our Negotiating Committee is supported during this process by AFA International Collective Bargaining and Legal departments.
After thorough discussion, we secured several improvements and narrowed the focus on Hotels. Talks continue on Scheduling, and the Negotiating Committee proposed language on LOA 4. Tentative agreements were reached on Uniforms, Insurance Benefits, and LOAs 6 and 7. Clarification was also added to the previous tentative agreement on Charters (details below).
Watch the Session 4 Recap Video
Listen to the Session 4 Recap Podcast
Our Negotiating Committee will continue advocating for contractual improvements in future sessions. Be on the lookout for additional updates after each negotiation session concludes. The Negotiating Committee and management agreed to an aggressive bargaining schedule, meeting twice per month, with our next scheduled session November 29 – December 1.
Current Uniform Allotment Adjustments
While negotiating with management over the past few months, our Negotiating Committee discovered a discrepancy in current uniform allotment calculation. After bringing this to the attention of management, both parties worked collaboratively to address the issue. We reached a resolution resulting in an increase to the current uniform allotment for Flight Attendants.
When the custom uniform was launched in 2019, a specific calculation was used for uniform allotments. After the calculation was created, pricing of a uniform piece was adjusted. However, the calculation was inadvertently not updated to reflect the adjustment. This change will add $48 to uniform allotments for each Flight Attendant who received an allotment in 2022. Management will communicate more about when this adjustment can be expected.
During negotiations, proposals are exchanged on single sections and discussed between parties. When we agree on everything in a single section, we tentatively agree on the section and set it aside with the ability to revisit if necessary. Here is an overview of Tentative Agreements reached this session:
- Section 13: Uniforms – added dresses to basic uniform, increased arctic boot reimbursement; and clarified uniform allotment amount, returns, and new uniform rollout procedure
- Section 23: Insurance Benefits – achieved dental & orthodontia increases from newly ratified pilot contract, gained adoption assistance, maintained frozen premium rate for 2023 (frozen since 2019) and negotiated phase-in rates of 18% in 2024 and 20% in 2025
- Section 33: Charters – supplement added to previous tentative agreement allowing position trades in the event of sick call or reserve assignment
- LOA 6: Supplemental Reduction in Force Protection – removed as out of date
- LOA 7: Virgin America “Red-Circled” Pay Rates – continued as written
New resources launched this week:
Negotiations Dashboard – a snapshot of current discussions and progress
Negotiating Committee Podcast – episodes for each negotiation session
All other resources:
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