Negotiations

Negotiations Update – May 2018

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At our March negotiations session, your AFA negotiations team provided Management with a comprehensive Scheduling/Rostering proposal.  This proposal included very important items to all of us as Norwegian CCMs, including more control over our rosters, days off, and protections against excessive standby, reschedules, and lost pay.  These are basic provisions that should be made available to all cabin crew and are routinely included in Flight Attendant agreements in Europe and the United States. Before the March session ended, OSM promised to have someone from Norwegian’s Planning Department come out to discuss Scheduling at the next scheduled negotiations session April 25-26.

On the first scheduled day of negotiations last week, OSM Aviation told us that someone from Norwegian would not be joining us. This was incredibly disappointing because we were expecting someone from the Planning Department coming to discuss our Scheduling proposal and we weren’t told otherwise until the day of the meeting. OSM has already admitted that they have no authority to negotiate any Scheduling-related items in Negotiations and now we have reason to believe that they do not have adequate authority to request someone come to discuss operational matters. OSM said that “they hope” to have someone meet us at our next negotiations in May. The federal Mediator said that they expect to see someone from Norwegian at the our session, scheduled for May 22-24, and the Union told OSM that there may be legal consequences if Norwegian does not come to discuss our Scheduling proposal at the May meeting.

Immediately following Negotiations, the AFA held a Norwegian Cabin Crew Union Summit in Fort Lauderdale the April 26-28th. Union representatives from Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Spain gathered in Fort Lauderdale to discuss all issues that affect us as Norwegian Cabin Crew. We identified several key issues that are affecting all Norwegian Cabin Crew and came up with a strategic plan on how to resolve these issues with Management. One of the main goals of the group was to facilitate communication among all global bases at Norwegian. We talked about the challenges we face being far apart geographically and acknowledged that coordinated communications between cabin crew unions is of the utmost importance. When one union negotiates a contract with Management, we need to ensure that what we’re agreeing to does not undermine what a union in another country is trying to accomplish. We agreed to hold a cabin crew summit once every six months where we can review our progress and set shared goals for the group. The long-term goals of the of the group is to better the quality of work life and working conditions for all Norwegian cabin crew worldwide and to organize cabin crew who are not yet protected under a collective bargaining agreement. Our colleagues from Europe also pledged their full support to us as we continue to negotiate a fair contract for the US-based cabin crew. We will send an update when the dates of the next Norwegian Cabin Crew Union Summit is scheduled.

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