September Updates!



October 6, 2017

Dear AFA Member,

The items discussed in this Union Update are:

1)    National Mediation Board Meeting in D.C.

2)    Jumpseat Agreements

3)    Hotel Discounts

4)    Norwegian AFA Communications Chairperson application deadline

1)    National Mediation Board Meeting in D.C.

Your AFA Negotiations Team and OSM Management was called to Washington, D.C. last month to explain why there has been no agreement on a single Contract Proposal since we started contract negotiations 8 months ago. We met alone with the Senior Mediator and explained that from day one, the Union passed across reasonable proposals that meet the industry standard and ensure the protection of wages, work rules, and benefits of our members. We also explained that although OSM Management has “budged” a little here and there, OSM Management continues to push back and propose vague and hallowed-out language that gives the Company full control to do what it wants. The following day the Senior Mediator met with OSM Management to hear their explanation of why no progress has been made. We are unsure of how the meeting between the Senior Mediator and OSM went, but we hope to see some progress starting with our next negotiations session later this month: Oct 24th-26th.

2)    Jumpseat Agreements

CEO Bjorn Kjos was asked at the One Norwegian Regional Event NYC about Jumpseat Agreements. Two years ago at a Company meeting near JFK airport, Bjorn said that we would have jumpseat agreements by the end of 2016. He said he “doesn’t remember” saying that and, “it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that the US carriers would not enter into a jumpseat agreement with Norwegian.” When asked if he would be open to the jumpseat agreements if the US carriers expressed interest, he dismissed the suggestion and also said that he “doesn’t want crew members commuting to work before duty because it’s a safety issue.” This statement is a little surprising because our LGW and BCN colleagues who don’t live in base are provided unlimited S2 (confirmed/positive space) tickets on Norwegian to commute to and from their home cities. Despite Bjorn’s disappointing response to the jump seat issue, the AFA will continue to press the issue with Norwegian management.

3)    Hotel Discounts

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has provided the AFA with a special link for crew members to receive discounted rates at their hotels. IHG has over 5,000 hotels across nearly 100 countries. IHG brands include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, EVEN Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe (China), InterContinental, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts and Staybridge Suites.

IHG also provided a special “friends and family” link for those who aren’t crew members:

La Quinta Inns & Suites has also provided the AFA with a special discount code for crew members to receive discounted rates. La Quinta Inn & Suites is a chain of over 800 limited service hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Honduras.

In the “Promo/Corporate Code” field, enter: AIRLE4

4)    Norwegian AFA Communications Chairperson application deadline

The deadline to apply for the Norwegian AFA Communications Chairperson position ends October 15th. The position will be part-time, 5-20 hours per month depending on experience and skill set. Desired skills are previous communications and editing experience, proficiency in MS Publisher or equivalent application, proficiency in WordPress, and basic photography skills. This is a paid position.

We thank you for reading through this newsletter. Stay Unified. Stay Professional. Stay Courteous to each other.


Your AFA Norwegian Air MEC

Valentin, Katarzyna, and Ted

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