Dues and Agency Fee Differences – September 2016
National Railway Labor Act
Under the Federal Railway Labor Act (which governs airlines and railroads) a Compass flight attendant does not have to become a registered member but they are required ti pay an equivalent monthly fee that is equal to the dues of registered members.
Comprise over 98% (9/2016) of all Compass flight attendants. These flight attendants have the ‘say’ in AFA Compass. Registered members can vote, set the priorities of the union, serve on committees, initiate agenda items, run for office and participate in membership meetings, and receive the communications of AFA Compass. They also are eligible to use benefits offered by the union that are outside the printed pages of the contract.
Agency Fee Payees:
Comprise 1.5% (9/2016) of all Compass flight attendants. Agency fee payees are covered by the benefits and protections of the contract. Items such as pay scale, vacation, per Diem, Just Cause discipline protections, etc. However, agency fee payees CAN NOT vote, set the priorities of the union, serve on committees, initiate agenda items, run for office, participate in member meetings or receive AFA Compass communications. They also do not have access to any of the benefits offered by the union that are outside the printed pages of the contract. Such as the UnionsPlus discount programs.
Everyone Pays the Same Amount Each Month:
- All Compass flight attendants are obligated to pay an equal monthly amount to be employed at Compass. For Registered Members it is called dues. For Agency Fee payees it is called an agency fee.
- Dues or the Agency Fee equivalent are the same amount, $50.00 a month (5/2018).
- Flight attendants begin paying their monthly dues/agency fee obligation starting the 5th month after the completion of their initial class room training.
- There is no longer an initiation fee.
- New hire registered members can vote starting the fifth month after their initial training graduation date.
- New hire flight attendants have all of the of the contract benefits and participation rights as spelled out above, except for one, following the successful completion of their IOE.
- The exception: Full grievance protections are limited as out lined by the contract’s probation sections. The company can let a probationary flight attendant go without arbitration protection. However, if a flight attendant is terminated (let go by Compass InFlight) during their probation period, and that flight attendant did not choose to leave Compass on their own accord, the flight attendant can request a dues reimbursement from the union for any dues paid while on probation. The affected flight attendant needs to request written documentation from the company and notify firstname.lastname@example.org in order to facilitate this process.