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    April 03, 2020
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  • March 31: COVID19 Update
    Updated On: Mar 31, 2020

    Please reference www.cdc.gov as the authoritative source for Coronavirus/COVID19 facts: 

    http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

    What to do if you are Sick?  -  Centers for Disease Control

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html?permalink=D44337A2F98FA01AE4FAB68EEBD3B30E8BAC5CF773E77FC2F4280626489A1F65

    Alaska Airlines updates on COVID 19:

    https://splash.alaskasworld.com/news/coronavirus/default.asp

    Update: 3.31.20

    Today, 94 aircraft either in position or actioned to be placed into short term storage. The process of completing storage taskcards has started at all locations. 

    Spokane (GEG) short term parking has been scrapped over the weekend and Everett (PAE) will be used for parking instead. Port of Everett, not ATS, AMFA Technicians will maintain PAE aircraft. Posted PAE temp bids do not provide for hotel or per-diem.

    AS and AMFA are working on extending our leave MOU for Covid-19 for another 30 days. We will review all other work groups MOU’s to verify parity. 

    Central Bidding has posted many “Temp Bids”. Language in article 10 is clear, anyone bidding a temp bid will return to their previous bid location with no loss of seniority (Lead, Avi, OJTI, Insp). We have requested any and all bid locations -  classifications be allowed to bid and be utilized prior to inverse seniority placement. 

    Verified with Alaska Labor: If a Technician was traveling for work or training and became sick to the point of requiring quarantine or isolation and not able to return home because of travel limitations.  Alaska confirmed that the hotel and food expenses (the normal expenses) would be paid by Alaska.  

    We anticipate shift realignments at numerous work locations and will stay engaged with local management. 

    Continue to utilize PPE, social distancing and stay safe. 

    Regards, Jarod

    March 28 2020

    AMFA legal has reviewed Alaska covid-19 protocol and agrees it is following current CDC guidelines.

    ACC meeting Thursday. Bottom line, no furlough or layoffs in the next several months. Alaska will park a majority of the fleet by mid April, upwards of 150 aircraft,  following many other airlines approach. Watch for requests to volunteer for special projects and field trips to maintain parked planes. Mark Dahl and myself expressed to the company we will have an ongoing dialog on guidelines for field service and SIMF to accommodate the operation allowing any and all bid locations to participate prior to mandatory assignments. 

    Emphasized Seattle and Portland employees feedback is cleaning and sanitizing does not cut it - Nathan reiterated contract cleaning has been requested and asked that we follow PPE and also help ourselves making sure your work space has been cleaned by individuals (you) with products supplied by the company. In the event your work space is contaminated by a sick and confirmed individual Alaska will implement additional cleaning asap. 

    LAX, JFK, and SEA have had incidences of employee contamination of the bug. Alaska struggled with the first situation but the protocol guidance has been shared with all of the management team - there are many questions associated with what to do, please talk with your supervisor if you’re unsure or uncomfortable. I’m always available via text and will get back to you quickly.

    Alaska Labor and your ALR’s have extended all grievance timelines until the end of April with all the commotion associated with the current situation - please be patient while we deal with current changes. We will address all open grievances and continue to schedule first and second step hearings. 

    Alaska committed to have a complete audit of past pay discrepancies with the change over to kronos and roster apps, that will not happen by the end of March. They will continue to work the project, but resources are limited due to changing pay codes for all leaves and pay issues related to child care and many others associated dealings with all work groups for covid-19.

    With the grounding of so many planes so quickly the day to day operation is changing rapidly. Earl, Mark and I will continue to have direct contact with Sonia, Nathan and CvM to discuss staffing and work place related issues you bring forward. 

    We were told all areas of the M&E budget are being reviewed and scrutinized from top to bottom to find any and all areas to conserve cash. AMFA and IAM employees in our division will be directed to take their lunch and overtime will be non existent for most bid locations. 

    Please send Mark and I any questions you may have.  We will continue to send out updates as things progress. 

    Stay Safe - Jarod

    March 18, 2020

    AS has implements a protocol and flow chart for their management to use for employees who may have been exposed to Covid-19, this information is being updated frequently and therefore not posted. 

    The information we have received from the company has been their protocol is based off CDC guidelines. 

    AMFA legal is in contact with AS to review protocol and guidelines. 

    Will keep you updated, things are changing daily. Please utilize social distancing, safety precautions, and PPE while at work. 

    Stay safe, Jarod

    March 15th, 2020

    Many “what if scenarios” going on at work presently. Covid-19 will continue to be an evolving situation.

    AMFA has been actively involved in making sure AS follows through with work place cleaning and increased disinfecting - which does not mean dropping off wipes and hand sanitizer. Nathan Engle, DOM,  is actively dealing with contractor cleaning in Seattle, Portland, and NY. Please keep me aware of inadequate work place cleaning, after the beginning of the week.

    My ask is that you do not come to work if you are ill, or have been exposed to the bug in your household. Self disclosure is imperative to help keep the work place safe. Self report to your immediate supervisor - MATRIX is a nation wide absence management company and overwhelmed.

    See company correspondence about leaves, adjusted schedules, and accommodations. AS will work with you.  

    AMFA will continue to collaborate with Alaska on many evolving options for our members in the event we have imposed limited flying, or are temporarily shut down by the Feds. 

    Earl Clark, Mark Dahl, and myself are in constant communication with Safety, HR, LR, and divisional leaders. 

    In the event aircraft maintenance is required at non staffed stations, please consider putting your name on the field trip list, CIMF list, and being available for special assignments. 

    I am available via email or text for any workplace concerns - do not hesitate to contact me. 

    Be safe, Jarod

    Jmills@amfa14.org

    Alaska ALR 

    March 12, 2020

      Mark Dahl, Earl Clark and myself (ALR Jarod Mills) have been in conversation and continue dialog with the company about aircraft maintenance, leaves, healthcare costs for extended absences, Occupational Injury if getting sick at work, and many other issues associated with what is a constant evolving situation for our members.  

    Nat'l has given the Region 1 Director, Earl Clark and ALR's, approval to discuss and entertain an MOU in regards to loosening contractual guidelines for leaves, vacation, sick pay, and anything that would benefit our members associated with Covid - 19 and the need for extended time off for personal/dependent healthcare reasons.  

    Please follow recommended personal protective equipment, PPE guidelines at work.

    Stay safe. 

    Jarod Mills

    Jmills@amfa14.org

    Alaska ALR 


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