It is the sincere hope of your Union that our Florida Members are in the process of recovery and rebuilding mode after the impact of Hurricane Irma. We know that there has been a lot of confusion regarding the status of our Flight Attendants, especially how necessary time off for the storm and recovery is being handled. The TWU has requested that Management pay protect all FAs who were not able to immediately return to work (at least through September 17, when power was expected to be restored) and assess any additional requests on an “as-needed” basis beyond that date. We received the following response from Tracy to our request:
“To maintain consistency in the direction we have already given, you can advise flight attendants requesting additional assistance to follow established processes:
- Apply for FMLA –available if due to an injury or illness sustained due to the hurricane of the team member or eligible family member.
- Personal Leave – available to tend to personal matters and approved on a case-by-case basis with documentation of the situation such as pictures, insurance reports, etc. Duration depends on severity of the situation and the need of the team member. Team members should reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org for expedited handling.
- The flight attendant should reach out directly to their base leader if they have any questions or would like to discuss their personal situation privately.
The company will be diligent about reviewing special circumstances and providing assistance as appropriate.”
Unfortunately, Tracy did not address the compensation aspect of our request, so we encourage anyone who was forced to miss work because of the impact of Irma to contact your base leader to request that you are pay protected.
We have also been made aware that many of our Flight Attendants were paid incorrectly on their September 15th paycheck. Please audit your payroll report to ensure that you were paid correctly, and report any shortages to the company. We will also provide a step-by-step guide to assist our Members with auditing their payroll.
We are still awaiting communication from the National Mediation Board (NMB) regarding our request for a proffer of binding arbitration or release and/or additional negotiation dates. As soon as we receive notification from the NMB, we will let you know. We will also be announcing an additional opportunity for our Members to support your NT in our quest for a fair contract this week.