Dear SIA Member,
As our membership continues to grow, we think it will be helpful to our membership to have some information about our contract and the role SIA plays in representing the SkyWest Flight Attendants.
Your SIA Board
Per the Letter of Agreement (SP2303) found near the front of the Flight Attendant Policy Manual, SkyWest Airlines and SIA have a binding agreement to abide by the contents of the Flight Attendant Policy Manual. No part of the CBA may be revised unilaterally; both SkyWest management and SIA must agree to any revision before it becomes effective. Signatures of the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of InFlight for SkyWest as well as the SIA President validate this binding contract.
Each SIA member has a unique opportunity to participate in any of SIA’s dealings, including open Board Meetings and policy proposals. SIA’s Bylaws offer protections to the organization’s mission and are a true product of a peer based labor group serving their fellow Flight Attendants.
The structure of the SIA Organization may seem unusual to anyone who is used to costly traditional labor representation, but our model promotes a committed focus on our Flight Attendants and this in turn helps promote a better working relationship between labor and management. It allows both groups to focus more fully on the improvement of the work environment for SkyWest Flight Attendants. We believe this has created better efficiency and momentum with the processes within our CBA. We do respect the right of all groups under the RLA to choose their form of representation, just as the SkyWest Flight Attendants have done for over 22 years.
- SkyWest Flight Attendants are not burdened with monthly dues to support their representation.
- SIA’s negotiation process for wages, work rules and quality of life improvements can occur at any time unlike a traditional union who only negotiates changes to a CBA when the CBA expires.
- Historically, the Company and SIA have never walked away from the negotiating table and both organizations maintain their commitment to a good working relationship for the benefit of the Flight Attendants.