TWU FSI Negotiations Update – 3-10-2016

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Your TWU Negotiating Team met with FSI Management on February 28th through March 2nd to continue negotiations on our historic first contract. In attendance for TWU were TWU FSI Negotiators Nathan Keeling and Brittney Todd and TWU International Vice President Thom McDaniel. Mary Funches and Lorinda Hunter were unable to attend. Appearing for FSI Management were Jackie Stulting and outside counsel FordHarrison attorney Ellen Ham. Joni Ffrench did not attend.

We are pleased to announce that we finalized Tentative Agreements on two additional sections: “Seniority” and “Furlough/Recall.” We also held in-depth discussions on “Hours of Service” and introduced a new section on “Reserve.” The current status of the topics we are negotiating is as follows:

Tentative Agreements:

  • Non-Discrimination
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Savings Clause
  • Grievance
  • Board of Adjustment
  • Seniority
  • Furlough/Recall

Open:

  • Uniforms
  • Hours of Service
  • Attendance Policy
  • Benefits
  • Hostage, Internment, and Prisoner of War
  • Vacations
  • Home-Basing
  • Reserve

Our next negotiation session with FSI will be March 29th through the 31st.

One of the reasons our Flight Attendants voted for Union representation with the TWU is to ensure that we have fair, reasonable, and consistent work rules. Your Negotiating Team is working on proposals for two sections, and we are asking our Flight Attendants for feedback on these two important items. FSI Management has taken the position that an Attendance Policy is not something they want included in our future contract. Based on our past experience, failure to address this important issue would allow management to make subjective decisions and arbitrary changes at their sole discretion. In addition, we made a proposal on Home Airport Travel; another issue which we believe is a cost-saving item for our Company and a top priority for our Flight Attendants. FSI Management’s response to this proposal was that they have “no interest” in home basing.

We understand that we get our “marching orders” from our Members, so we are asking for your feedback on these two items with a short survey that will help us prioritize these issues as we move ahead. The survey will be released on Monday and will remain open for 10 days. Please encourage all FSI Flight Attendants to participate.

Your Negotiating Committee has received concerns that our Flight Attendants are not being paid correctly for “Hostile Area Operations Pay.” We reached out to Joni Ffrench, the President of Flight Services International, and she provided the following response:

“Section 1.6.1.3 (f) of the FSI Handbook states

1.6.1.3 Above Normal Monthly Pay

The following premium Hourly Flying Credits will be added to the Normal Monthly Pay earned above:

(f)  Hostile Area Operations Pay—based on an additional 50% premium for all block hours flown on segments into or out of an Atlas Air, Inc. designated Hostile Area.

In October of 2016, Atlas begin flying into Turkey, which it designated a “Hostile Area.” All crews flying into/out of Turkey have received hostile area operations pay as part of their “above guarantee” pay since that time. We do not break it out separately in the “above guarantee” line on their paycheck, since it is not contemplated that these flights will be included as part of a regular Atlas rotation, but is certainly easy enough for employees to calculate. If anyone has a question about whether they did receive the premium, they can contact Karen Sims and she will audit for them.”

We currently have four FSI Flight Attendants who have been trained to act as Union Representatives and a few more who are waiting to be trained. If you would like to act as a Union Representative for Flight Attendants who are called in for meetings with Management, please submit your contact information <LINK> and we will set up a training date.

We will be holding a telephone “Town Hall” call on March 30 at 1:00 P.M. (CDT). Please make plans to call in and participate. If you have any questions you would like answered, please submit them in advance, or you can ask them live on the call.