Benefits Committee

For assistance, contact any member of your Benefits Committee at Benefits@SpiritAFA.com.  You can find a list of Committee Members on your Local Council Committees page.  For your convenience, a list of Committee Chairs and links to the Local Committee lists are below.

The Benefits Committee works to educate and provide assistance to Flight Attendants in all matters involving benefits (including insurance, maternity, worker’s compensation, and leave of absence programs)

  • Be a resource for all benefits issues including:  Medical, Travel, Leaves, etc.
  • Work with management to resolve any concerns involving claims submitted under benefits programs
  • Act in an advisory role to the LEC Officers on matters related to benefits, insurance, maternity, worker’s compensation, and leave of absence programs
  • Actively communicate information of interest to the Flight Attendants. Provide information to the Communications Committee for inclusion in Local Council communications.

The Benefits Committee is available to help you with:

  • Company provided or voluntary benefits programs
  • Medical or maternity leaves of absence
  • Family medical leave (FMLA)
  • On-the-job injuries and workers compensation procedures

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

This committee is composed of members with an interest in assisting the Flight Attendant
membership with questions and concerns related to contractually and company-provided
benefits, insurance, maternity, worker’s compensation, and leave of absence programs.

Qualifications include:

  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of leaves of absence and insurance benefits sections of the contract
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations pertaining to worker’s compensation, family medical leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other related benefits programs
  • Willingness and ability to attend Benefits meetings as requested
  • Willingness and ability to attend Benefits Committee training sessions
  • Adherence to Benefits Committee policies, procedures, and standards of ethical conduct
  • Maintenance of member-in-good-standing status
  • Ability to remain in good standing with management
  • Willingness to do ongoing committee work on a volunteer basis

Purpose and Scope

To educate and provide assistance to Flight Attendants in all matters involving benefits (including insurance, maternity, worker’s compensation, and leave of absence programs)

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Solicit members for benefits related concerns. Address concerns through established
    protocols. Provide follow-up and communicate resolution.
  • Work with management to resolve any concerns involving claims submitted under benefits programs
  • Act in an advisory role to the LEC Officers on matters related to benefits, insurance, maternity, worker’s compensation, and leave of absence programs
  • Actively communicate information of interest to the Flight Attendants. Provide information to the Communications Committee for inclusion in Local Council communications

Communication

  • Act as liaison between the membership and the Local Executive Council (LEC) Officers
  • Local Chairperson will act as liaison between the Local Committee and the MEC Committee Chairperson 
  • Coordinate with the Local Chairperson of the committee regarding all activities 
  • Collaborate with other AFA committees as needed 
  • Report to the LEC Officers on any discussion with management
  • Recommendations for change should be presented to the LEC Officers in writing
  • Any AFA committee appointed by the LEC and empowered to conduct discussions with management on behalf of the flight attendants must first meet with the LEC Officers prior to forming any agreement to gain the direction of the LEC
  • The committee will not make any policy that conflicts with LEC, MEC, or AFA policy

BENEFITS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

All benefits information can be obtained at the following:  www.Spiritbenefits.com 

Contact:  Spirit@WBDCorp.com 

Phone: 844-693-5569 

Only if you are involved in an NTSB defined Accident.

All benefits information can be obtained at the following:  

 
Contact:  Spirit@WBDCorp.com 
 
Phone: 844-693-5569 

Steps for Maternity Leave

First off Congratulations! All the information below will assist you navigate the maternity leave.

PAY

Your maternity leave is NOT paid but if you have sufficient hours in your sick banks and vacation banks(if you choose to be paid that as well) it can be used towards pay. Also the new contract language allows you to begin using your hours in your secondary bank after being out on a leave for OVER 14 days. HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do that. However you have to notify crew pay (crewpay@spirit.com and hr@spirit.com) and HR in the SAME email this is how you are choosing to be paid out. Now remember while you are out IF you do not have sufficient hours in your sick banks to pay your medical deductions and 401k loan (if you have one) the company will cover it till you return in 90 days and it will be deducted in its entirety in your first paycheck and subsequent paychecks till its paid in full when you come back to work. So we suggest if you don’t have the hours to cover those deductions to set up a payment plan with HR BEFORE you return to the line so you do not suffer financial hardship. Your AFA dues can be paid directly through Our union website directly this is the link. https://secure.unasecure.net/afanet/dues_payment.cfm. The company does NOT auto-deduct those dues while you are out on leave and they are still required to be paid.

FMLA

 All maternity leaves are handled by FMLA source (fmlasource.com) so there is no need to notify management other than what I stated above.

Intermittent FMLA  is what you take from the beginning of your pregnancy till the end of your 8th month.  Which means is you go to work and call out FMLA if you have appointments and issues of incapacitation.

Continuous FMLA is from your 9th month going forward. Meaning you are pulled from flying and not bidding a line.

FMLA is federally covered program that is for 90 days. After the 90 days you can take our Union contractual maternity leave which will cover you for an additional 9 months, however the company only covers medical the first 90 days the remaining 9 months (the contract provides 12 months) would NOT be covered unless you go with a cobra plan. The company will provide you information on cobra (medical insurance) which you can pay for out of pocket.

Short Term Disability

If you purchased this policy (check your payroll deposit) email www.unium.com To begin this process.

If you have further issues or concerns email hrloa@spirit.com related to your FMLA and/or decide to continue your Contractual Maternity Leave past the 90 days. .

VERY IMPORTANT

Make sure the dates on your intermittent FMLA and continuous FMLA are correct. If not it will be a hassle later on.

Maternity leave DOES COUNT TOWARDS your 432 hours threshold for qualifying for insurance for the next year. DROPS DO NOT COUNT!

Your medical insurance will cover your newborn for 30 days after their birth, right before that 30 days draws to conclusion, if you will be carrying the medical benefits for your baby you have to send HR a copy of their birth certificate so you MUST do a life event and you can add your baby to your benefits and continue their coverage. THIS MUST be done during the 30 days of your baby’s birth. The website to do this is ess.spirit.com The email address to email your birth certificate is yellowbenefits@spirit.com.

International Restrictions you can be removed if you are flying internationally you will NOT be pay protected for those days. This must be handled via your inflight supervisor.

TRAVEL

Your travel benefits are suspended as soon as you start your continuous leave.

***Other helpful information if you are going to get a breast pump the websites companies that UHC provides do not really provide the best breast pumps for us and our work lifestyle. This is the company I recommend http://www.breastpumps.aeroflowinc.com/. Not sure if you plan on pumping while you’re at work? Our insurance provides a free one but some have paid a little more and upgraded to a battery operated one as it was much easier, smaller, and travels well for use on the A/C. The unit is called the Medela Freestyle.

MEC Benefits Committee Chair

MATTHEW KUCINSKI

MEC BENEFITS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Took Office: July 1, 2017
Term End: June 30, 2020

“Got involved to help people get their problems solved.”

FORT LAUDERDALE

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