ASAP and Safety Committee- Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC)
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Acts in an advisory role to the Officers on safety matters
Studies local air safety and health problems and prepares recommendations to be presented to the Officers for consideration
Reviews material, handles correspondence and keeps the local members well informed of current safety developments. Provides information to the Communications Committee for inclusion in Local Council communications.
Attends management debriefings when safety-related issues are discussed
The ASHSC is available to help you with:
Concerns or reports of safety, health, or security hazards onboard the aircraft and in other work locations
Obtaining resources and information from the AFA International Air Safety, Health, & Security Department
Questions about the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
Sub-Committee - Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
What is ASAP?
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Flight Attendants to report their own inadvertent violations of Company policy or FAA regulations through a non-disciplinary, non-punitive system.
Voluntary and confidential self-disclosure program for Flight Attendants that will allow the AFA, the Company, and the FAA to determine specific commonalities surrounding these violations.
Flight Attendant reports an inadvertent safety violation that they, themselves, did or failed to perform through the ASAP reporting system.
The report is de-identified (name and employee number removed) and forwarded to the Event Review Committee (ERC).
The ERC consists of an AFA representative, an Inflight representative, and a representative from the FAA.
The team reviews the report and collectively decides to either accept or reject the report based on set criteria agreed upon by all three parties.
Exclusion from the program includes criminal activity, the use of a controlled substance or alcohol, or intentional falsification.
The event must also be unintentional, and not involve behavior that is considered reckless. Once the report is accepted into the program, the Flight Attendant involved is protected against any Company discipline and any FAA civil penalties.
Following the outcome of the ERC review, the Flight Attendant may have to participate in some follow-up activities recommended by the ERC in order to keep the reported event in the ASAP program. Follow-up activities may include interviews, procedural reviews and/or training.
The Benefits Committee acts in an advisory role in connection with Article 12 Leaves of Absence (COLA, Medical Leave, FMLA, Maternity Leave, etc.)
Cabin Seat Agreement Committee
The Cabin Seat Agreement Committee will work collectively to obtain new cabin seat agreements with other airline and helps provides guidance for commuters in regards to those benefits.
Communications & Technology Committee
The Communications & Technology Committee encompasses the union’s internal and external communications, website maintenance, message development, and strategic and organizing campaigns. The committee distributes a variety of print and electronic publications to keep Frontier AFA members and leaders informed about the issues that impact our union and our profession. The committee produces support materials such as buttons and bag tags; provide support for Local Executive Councils and the Master Executive council for websites, editorial needs, online publishing, print publishing, and media engagement- facebook, twitter, instagram, peer to peer texting)
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) & Professional Standards Committee
Assessment, Support, and Referral Services
Assist members in identifying and developing an action plan to address personal and work-related concerns
Provide support to a troubled flight attendant (TFA) during the problem resolution process
When professional services or resources are required, identify an appropriate referral(s) and facilitates the TFA’s successful linkage to it
Offer a range of conflict resolution strategies, skills, and support to help co-workers resolve disputes among themselves without the need of management intervention
Critical Incident Response
Offer and/or coordinate a range of critical incident stress management services to promote and accelerate recovery in the aftermath of traumatic and/or critical incidents, both on and off the job
The EAP and Professional Standards Committee is available to help you with:
Personal and work problems
Support after a critical incident
Assistance in conflict situations with coworkers (F/A and pilots)
Government Affairs Committee
Develops and cultivates relationships with Congress and federal agencies
Is the voice for the Flight Attendant profession on Capitol Hill
Sets policy on the Flight Attendant profession
The main issue that we fought for and won was the 10 hours Minimum rest requirement. This issue is included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018(H.R. 4). The bill also includes the union’s top safety priorities such as:
- Protecting U.S. aviation jobs by preventing approval of any new applications by Airlines operating with a
flag-of-credit convenience model
- Ban of Voice Calls on Planes
- Harmonization of Service Animal Standards
- Cabin Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities
- Secondary Cockpit Barriers
- Safe transport of lithium batteries
- Study on Cabin Evacuation Certification
- Evaluation and update of emergency medical kit contents
- Required notification of Insecticide use
- Promoting Women in Aviation
- Banning electronic cigarette smoking on planes
- Training on Sexual Harassment assault
- Protect Customer Service agents from assault
Enforce the contract
Represent all Flight Attendants when unjust discipline is issued
Collect evidence and establish that the alleged violation has occurred. Solicit documentation as needed.
Clearly and persuasively explain the union’s position concerning a grievance
Frankly explain to a grievant when there is little or no chance of winning a grievance
Ensure that time limits are met for filing
Handle initial grievance hearings; report the results to the LEC Officers and the grievant
Keep complete files on assigned cases
Assist union attorneys in preparing grievances for System Board
Keep the grievant informed about the processing of his/her grievance
Review material, handle correspondence and keep the LEC Officers well informed of current grievance developments
Communicate regularly with the membership about decisions on local grievances—promote wins and explain ramifications of a loss
Write grievance articles for local membership communications upon request by the LEC
The Grievance Committee is available to help you with:
Guidance and assistance in situations where contractual violations have occurred
Representation in disciplinary meetings and hearings
Act in an advisory role regarding hotel and transportation issues
Monitor and investigate Flight Attendant write-ups of issues involving hotels, transportation, and any associated safety concerns
Review current and potential future layover sites for compliance with contract language
Coordinate with the Grievance Committee regarding any possible contractual violations concerning hotel or transportation issues on members’ behalf
Attend management briefings and coordinate with management counterparts regarding union input to potential future accommodations
The Hotel Committee is available to help you with: Concerns about hotels and transportation providers (through feedback provided via submitting a ticket or contacting the Hotel Committee directly)
Providing information about hotels and the hotel selection process
Human Rights Committee
The Human Rights Committee will assist the Local in creating a safe space for people share their personal experiences in relation to age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, gender expression and political orientation so that we better understand each other and build our union through our common struggles and goals, rather than allowing union busters to divide us by differences. This message will increase the credibility and the strength of the Local.
Human Rights Committees will actively partner with progressive community allies to build activism and power through training, organizing and political action. The committee will strive to include the broader community in our local struggle for justice, democracy, dignity and respect for all.
Membership Engagement Committee (Only active during contract negotiations)
Works closely with the local officers and negotiating committee designee to inform membership of what leadership is doing on their behalf while in contract negotiations. Also acts as a membership resource providing effective communication between the LEC and the membership. Information is distributed while working flights, in crew lounges and on layovers. Collaborates on mobilization activities- pickets, strike campaigns, etc...
The Mentor/Reserve Committee Chair will be responsible for all reserve inquiries, contract interpretation, and any other related activity concerning Reserve Flight Attendants
• Serve as a resource for reserve members with respect to the pertinent contract language.
• Provide support, either formally or informally, to New Hire Flight
Attendants, assisting them in becoming successful in their new careers.
• Meet with Company Personnel on a regular basis for the purpose of
gathering information that can impact Flight Attendant schedules (especially when it comes to Reserves), as well as to bring Flight Attendant scheduling issues and concerns to the Company’s attention.
• Contact the Company as necessary to address real time issues in an attempt to alleviate situations as they occur.
• Work in concert with the MEC Scheduling Chair and coordinate efforts where appropriate.
To sign up for peer support please use this link https://tave.com/f9mentor
Act in an advisory role to the LEC Officers regarding scheduling issues
Actively gather information and engage Flight Attendants in discussion to determine their suggestions for future pairings. Keep records of such discussions in order to be responsive to the needs and wants of the members.
Establish a history of schedules. Retain monthly schedules, bid awards, staffing numbers, total monthly hours, reserve ratios, and other pertinent information thus building documentation for potential grievances.
Provide Flight Attendant input to Crew Planning during the pairing construction process. Ensure the best possible balance of pairing types to represent the needs and wants of the members.
Represent the unique needs of the domicile with Crew Planning
Answer Flight Attendant questions regarding the pairing and line construction process
Discuss any scheduling problems or concerns with management
Actively monitor management to ensure that established rules and procedures are complied with and that the collective bargaining agreement is not violated. Immediately report any violations or suspected violations to the LEC President. The committee will actively communicate information of interest to the Flight Attendants. Provide a summary of current staffing and scheduling information to the Communications Committee for inclusion in Local Council communications. The Scheduling Committee is available to help you with: Questions about how pairings are constructed
Comments and feedback about pairings and suggestions for future pairings
Act in an advisory role to the LEC Officers regarding uniform issues, ensure current contract language is followed regarding uniforms
Answer Flight Attendant inquiries regarding uniform items, changes, etc.
Attend management briefings and coordinate with management counterparts regarding union input to potential uniform changes
Review material, handle correspondence and keep Local Council Members well informed of current uniform developments through the Communications Committee and reports at Local Council meetings. The Uniform Committee is available to help you with: Feedback and suggestions about F/A uniforms and Uniform-related concerns