New Hire Q and A
CAN I WEAR THE AFA PIN WHILE ON PROBATION?
You can wear the AFA pin as soon as you receive your wings and after graduation. You will be an apprentice member of AFA.
WHAT RIGHTS DO I HAVE AS AN APPRENTICE (PROBATIONARY) MEMBER?
You are covered under all sections of the contract except for disciplinary grievances. Union representatives are available to answer your questions and concerns. You will receive all union publications. Your voting privileges begin fifth month following your graduation date. You are encouraged and invited to attend local meetings.
CAN THE UNION FILE A GRIEVANCE FOR ME DURING MY PROBATION?
The union can file a grievance on your behalf covering contractual violations only. The union cannot represent you in any disciplinary hearings during your probationary period; however, please contact a union representative if you are involved in any situation that could lead to discipline — AFA can offer advice.
WHAT IS A “DCO”?
“DCO” stands for dues check-off authorization. It authorizes the airline to deduct dues from your paycheck each month. This is the easiest way to meet your dues responsibility and prevents you from falling behind in your payments. If, for some reason you did not fill out the DCO, please contact your AFA representative.