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The Joint Negotiations Committee (JNC) met with the Company September 29-October
1 in Charlotte. During the session, the Company presented AFA with a complete
Section 9-Scheduling proposal that included previously unacceptable Rescheduling
and Reroute provisions.
The Company proposal is much different than the original proposal with respect
to Rescheduling and Reroute. While the JNC found some elements of the proposal
to be acceptable, there still remain some rather large gaps between the
Company's proposal and the JNC's direction. The JNC will be developing a counter
proposal next week in Phoenix. Scheduling and Rescheduling are the heart of our
members working conditions and require the utmost attention to detail and the
writing of unambiguous contract language within each provision.
In addition, the Company offered another counter proposal for Section
12-International. The Company's counter proposal contained some changes to their
earlier proposals. Previous Company proposals had included any flying
from North America to the Bahamas as Non-Transoceanic International flying (NTI).
The Company's most recent proposal reverts back to previous proposals and again
makes the Bahamas the fifty first state, and would exclude any Bahamian flying
from NTI rules. The JNC will stick to our previous position that flying from
North America to the Bahamas is NTI flying.
Earlier in the year, the JNC and the Company became locked in a dispute over
whether or not South American flying (any destination south of the
Panama-Columbia) would be considered Transoceanic International flying. The
Company has now agreed (finally) South American flying will be considered
Transoceanic International flying.
Other provisions agreed to include the reimbursement of mileage costs associated
with obtaining passports or visas and reimbursement for surface transportation
costs from an airport or layover hotel to a passport or visa office.
The JNC has continued our proposal to provide sufficient crew bunks for aircraft
and flights on which such bunks are provided to the pilots. In addition the
arbitration process for obtaining adequate Flight Attendant rest facilities is
As you may know, the FAA is in the process of rewriting pilot FARs for pilot
Flight and Duty Time Limitations for both domestic and flag (International)
operations. Because of possible changes to the Pilot FARs, and a related impact
to Flight Attendant Hours of Service and rest requirement language, both the
Company and the Union have agreed to set aside further negotiation of those
The Company also made a proposal to create an International CSD program in an
effort to maintain consistency of service on Transoceanic International flights.
Other major airlines have similar programs and most are referred to as "Purser"
programs. At US Airways, the "B" position is referred to as the purser. The
Company's proposal refers to the "A" or "CSD" position.
The Company's proposal was, for the most part, a copy and paste
of the Northwest Airlines program. The JNC has researched other airline's
programs and discovered a variety of different approaches- some that could work
on this property and others that definitely would not.
While there are many facets to any type of dedicated CSD program there are two
basic premises that must be satisfied before the JNC would move forward with a
CSD program. First, the compensation for the CSD must be agreed to and, second,
acceptance into the program will not be based on Company discretion. In other
words, the Company will not be able to pick and choose participants based solely
on Company preferences.
Even though this proposal was just introduced last week, rumors are rampant
regarding the program and the program details. Nothing has been agreed to
between the Company and the JNC, so those that "claim to be in the know" are
simply expressing their opinions and not facts.
I realize this Eline does not contain specific proposals our counter proposals.
Both the Scheduling and International sections are "open" and are being directly
discussed by the Company and the JNC. For that reason, it would be unwise to
publish any proposals while the negotiations continue.
The JNC will meet next week in Phoenix.
Mike Flores, President
The US Airways Master Executive Council
AFA US Airways Website
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