Unlimited swapping! Flexible hours! Paid personal time you can use WHENEVER!
It all sounds fabulous.
But management’s refusal to hire the number of flight attendants required to run a world-class airline has created an unrelenting, decade-long “operational need” that continues to assign over 90 hours at bid run, cap most days, reroute into off days, and deny hard earned PPT.
Staffing will never keep pace with flying unless upper management is required to provide it. The Delta difference of running on skeleton crew is restricting our flexibility.
Staffing requirements are a key component of any airline contract. When we negotiate, we will disincentive understaffing, and decide what constitutes extreme operational difficulty. Specific, agreed-upon conditions must be met before IROP processes approved by our union are put into play by scheduling.
Totally random ends with a contract. And it starts with signing an IAM Card.