ORD Crew Room Today

Troy Marr will be in the ORD crew room today. We will have donuts at the union desk. Stop in for a treat!

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Approved Motions

We had a great meeting and election day in Chicago on Wednesday. For those of you who could not attend, here is a list of approved motions that were passed at the meeting:

Motion to reimburse for transportation expenses associated with Grand Lodge elections not to exceed $150.00.

Motion to purchase food for the people assisting with the Grand Lodge elections not to exceed $50.00.

Motion to reimburse Stephanie Starks for the cost of a rental car and gas to attend the safety conference at W3 not to exceed $150.00

Motion to renew our local lodge website for one year not to exceed $250 (Domain fee and hosting fees)

Motion to purchase ink cartridges for all of the local lodge printers (4) not to exceed $150

Motion to reimburse up to four members per diem for travel days not to exceed $142 each to attend the Flight Safety Conference in May.

Motion to reimburse for travel expenses ( hotel and per diem ) for Troy Marr and Banetta Jones to attend the Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. not to exceed $300 each for per diem and $800 each for hotel.

Motion to extend the reduced budgets for the months of April and May ($200 per month for grievance, communication, training, and travel)

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MCI VISIT

I will be in MCI tomorrow all day meeting with inflight management and talking to Flight Attendants. If you need anything at all, please come by and see me. Remember that we are still looking for a grievance representative for MCI. If you are interested please let me know.

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MCI Grievance Representative Needed

We are currently seeking someone to fill the vacancy of MCI Grievance Representative. This person must have a desire to assist their co-workers, answer questions, process grievances, represent flight attendants in mandatory meetings, and spend 3-4 days a month in the MCI crew room. If you are interested please contact Troy Marr at tmarr@iam2339o.org for more information.

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April Agenda

New Business:

Motion to reimburse for transportation expenses associated with Grand Lodge elections not to exceed $150.00.

Motion to purchase food for the people assisting with the Grand Lodge elections not to exceed $50.00.

Motion to reimburse Stephanie Starks for the cost of a rental car and gas to attend the safety conference at W3 not to exceed $150.00

Motion to renew our local lodge website for one year not to exceed $250 (Domain fee and hosting fees)

Motion to purchase ink cartridges for all of the local lodge printers (4) not to exceed $150

 Motion to reimburse up to four members per diem for travel days not to exceed $142 each to attend the Flight Safety Conference in May.

Motion to reimburse for travel expenses ( hotel and per diem ) for Troy Marr and Banetta Jones to attend the Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. not to exceed $300 each for per diem and $800 each for hotel.

Motion to extend the reduced budgets for the months of April and May ($200 per month for grievance, communication, training, and travel)

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International Elections

Reminder: Elections for our International Executive Board will take place on April 9, 2014 at IAM Local Lodge 1487, 50 West Oakton in Des Plaines, IL. Polls are open from 8am to 5pm. Everyone should have received their official notice in the mail, including an absentee ballet request form. For more information please contact Monica Pasillas, Recording Secretary.

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Reminder: OOBE Shirts

Many of you have received the new OOBE shirts in the mail. Please review the online United Uniform policy. The shirts are not to be warn until May 1st. All approved VF Solution ( Continental ) shirts are approved to be warn in the mean time. If you have any questions please contact your inflight supervisor.

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Blue Line Accident – Attentional All Ground Commuters

A CTA Blue Line train derailed and hit a platform at O’Hare International Airport about 2:55 a.m. Monday. No injuries to ExpressJet personnel have been reported. According to news reports, buses are being used between the Rosemont and O’Hare stops. Crews transiting to ORD may be delayed.

If you are a ground commuter who utilizes the blue line to get to O’hare, be sure to stop and get a delayed card from an attendant at the Rosemont or O’hare station. I met with inflight management in ORD this morning and they assured that no one would be given an instance this morning due to the accident. Please allow additional time for your commute.

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District 142 Update

RDO

Several flight attendants have received calls from scheduling attempting to restore days off lost in January.  Inflight had no knowledge that this was going on and we are currently negotiating a settlement to the RDO violations.  We have discussed several options regarding settlements all of which regard having the RDO provided in addition to a monetary settlement.  The Company has yet to provide an offer that is acceptable.

200% MOU

An MOU detailing that 200% compensation will remain in place for red flag to red flag trades and picking up outside a pairing was signed and effective February 28th.  This MOU comprehensively addresses any trading scenario involving 200% as well as many of the concerns that were being voiced for 200% red flag.  The MOU will be provided on the Company website under Labor Relations soon.  Please contact your grievance representative if you would like a copy immediately.

 

Sick Calls Being Taken Offline

 

Our contract states that if you are absent from work for 15 days or more you may be required to provide a doctor’s release.  However, the Company is choosing to violate this portion of our CBA along with a long standing past practice.  A grievance on this violation was heard at Step 2 on February 28

th and we are currently awaiting a response.  If the Company chooses to stand behind their violation this will be headed to arbitration.

Oobe Gray Shirts

We have discussed the lack of a sizing chart or opportunities to try on the new gray shirts with the Company.  We have also expressed our displeasure that only long-sleeved options will be complimentary when most flight attendants prefer the short-sleeved option, which will not be available until June and will not be complimentary.  Apparently this is due to manufacturing issues but our CBA does state that the Company will reimburse alterations to sleeves, so we are fighting to ensure that anyone who has their sleeves altered to short sleeves they will be reimbursed.

Jumpseat

 

United Airlines maintains that it cannot resolve IT issues associated with an XJT flight attendant’s ability to jumpseat on only s-CAL flights as not to impose a contractual violation for s-UAL flight attendants whose CBA stipulates that only United flight attendants may occupy their physical jumpseats.  We are offering the solution of utilizing the same paper form we currently use on ExpressJet operated flights as well as used for years on mainline flights prior to adding a jumpseat option into EmployeeRes.  We will keep you informed as to any updates on this issue.

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First Annual Regional Flight Attendant Conference

Tomorrow, Local Lodge Presidents Troy Marr, Nicole Washington-Fears, Dana Fremont, and Local Lodge Vice-Presidents Melissa Brennan and Marvin Moon will be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the first annual Regional Flight Attendant Conference hosted and organized by the IAM at our W3 training facility in Maryland.

The conference will allow the opportunity for union leaders from CWA-AFA and the IAM representing regional flight attendants from various carriers to exchange information and collaborate on issues affecting regional flight attendants specifically. A detailed report will be provided at the next local lodge meeting.

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