Mediation Update - July 22, 2011

Updated: July 22, 2011

RLA Section 6 Contract Negotiations – Mediation Process

We have been in mediation since August 7, 2009.  The National Mediation Board (NMB) is overseeing our negotiations and the mediator, Mr. John Livingood, determines when and where we meet for the mediation sessions along with the agenda.  The parties are not prohibited from meeting outside the mediation schedule, but management refuses to accept AFA’s numerous offers to meet any time- 7 days a week, 24 hours a day – to discuss the issues Flight Attendants have determined are important.

Negotiations-to-Date
Exchange of Openers April 6, 2009
Joint Petition for Mediation August 7, 2009
Total Direct Negotiations Sessions Held (including joint mediation) 35
Joint Mediation Negotiation Sessions Held 20
Closed Sections (T.A. Reached) 8
Open Sections (No T.A. Reached) 27
Months in Section 6 Negotiations 28
Total Days of Face to Face Negotiations 100
Mediation Session Weeks   Contract Section(s) / Topics
Week of April 18, 2011
  • Sections 7,8,9 & 12- Reassignment & Other Scheduling Related Topics, Section 17- Seniority & Section 30- Union Security
Week of May 23, 2011
  • Section 10 – Reserve Scheduling Procedures
Week of June 13, 2011
  • Section 10 – Reserve Scheduling Procedures & Reserve Assignment Preferencing
Next Mediation Session Contract Section(s) / Topics
Week of July 18, 2011
  • Section 10 – Reserve Scheduling Procedures

Ken Diaz Joins Negotiations Committee

During the April 2011 Master Executive Council (MEC) Meeting the MEC Leadership filled the vacancy on the MEC Negotiating Committee.  Council 5 Local Council President Ken Diaz was successfully elected.  Ken is a strong leader and is very passionate about the lives of his flying partners.  A comprehensive biography of Ken Diaz can be found on our website, www.unitedafa.org.

AFA Proposals Protects All Reserves

A majority of the Negotiation sessions held following the last published Negotiations & You have focused on increasing schedule flexibility and discussing preferencing assignments for Reserves.  This includes the ability to preference co-terminals, earliest check-ins, International, Domestic, trip length, increasing minimum days off, limit on conversions and standby, etc.  Management continues to promote an agenda of concessions such as reducing days off, movable reserve days, 2-hour call out, longer standby with less pay.  Our Reserve proposals protect Reserves and improve the quality of life on and off the aircraft, with increased flexibility and higher improved pay protections.

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