We are aware that there has been an error in processing of uniform orders for those attending the January 5, 2015 SMT class. We have been working with several leaders at SWA headquarters throughout the day to address the problem.
The issue exists within the Lands End Uniform site, but is expected to be remedied by 0900 tomorrow morning, December 19th, 2014.
As a reminder, AirTran flight attendants attending SMT in January 2015 gained access to the full SWALife website on December 15. Please refer to the Flica e-doc (linked below) for information on how to log in for the first time using your SWA employee number.
Your new SWA ID is "e" followed by your SWA employee number.
AFA Applauds TSA Change to Known Crewmember Alternate Screening Program -- Change Takes Effect January 13, 2015
Today, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) joined the chorus of applause from the aviation industry in the change to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s Known Crewmember (KCM) program, which allows for flight crewmembers to proceed through KCM screening without their uniforms effective January 13, 2015.
KCM grants flight crewmembers access to an alternate, expedited security screening. KCM was first available to Pilots in 2011 and after AFA advocacy, led to Flight Attendant inclusion in the program in 2012.
“AFA fought vigorously for Flight Attendants to be included in KCM and the union continues to seek ways to improve and expand the KCM program at all of our member-airlines,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “KCM is important to Flight Attendants and Pilots in their everyday work environment. Beyond providing a lift to crews’ quality of work-life, KCM puts more non-uniformed trained responders—extra ‘eyes, ears and hands’—past the gate.”
Many Flight Attendants are boarding planes before they start their work day, either to commute to their destination to take off or while dead-heading. Non-uniformed trained personnel on aircraft enhances the safety and security for passengers and crew. KCM recognizes the training and certification of aviation's first responders, AFA's members.
AFA continues to support changes to KCM that add significant improvements to both the safety of U.S. aviation and the quality of life for flight crewmembers.
AFA joins the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) in encouraging all airports to move to KCM, leading to more efficient security screening for both crewmembers and passengers.
"This update to KCM policy recognizes that Flight Attendants are trusted members of the crew, the first responders on the aircraft, and the last line of defense in aviation security," Nelson stated.
As of 12:00N ET today, December 5, approximately 105 Flight Attendants have not completed the rebadging process for transition to Southwest Airlines in 2015. The final date to do so in the ATL domicile is tomorrow, December 6.
Additionally, many of you have been asking about events on 12/28/14 commemorating the final day of AirTran Airways operations. Pizza will be served in the ATL crew room throughout the day, with special festivites beginning that evening as the final AirTran flights depart.
As a matter of local Union policy, we typically steer away from addressing rumors, as doing so may give more credence to the rumor, or misinformation therein. Often, rumors by their very nature, have a way of gradually disappearing on their own. However, one particular rumor regarding bidding seniority within SWA domiciles continues to circulate, but isn't being dispelled.