May 5, 2000
Today is May 5th, 2000. This is John Ward, President of APFA, with negotiations news for the week.
We met with the American Airlines Negotiating Team on Tuesday, May 2nd in White Plains, NY. The Company’s finance people made a presentation to our Negotiating Committee, showing how the failed T.A. compares to other Flight Attendant contracts in the industry. Members of the Company’s team then shared with us their reasons for wanting some of the changes that were in the failed T/A. Before breaking on Tuesday evening, APFA made it clear that what we want from the Company is a response to our contract proposal. The Company has indicated that they will be presenting APFA with a response when negotiations resume next week.
Until next week, thanks for calling. Please stay on the line for the rest of this weeks hotline.
Hello, this is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator with APFA Hotline News for the week ending Friday, May 5.
Toward the end of this message I will announce dates for new Info Rep and Base Meetings scheduled around the system.
Due to the severe thunderstorms throughout parts of the country, please refer to Article 9P and Appendix I-9P for Misconnect, Illegality and Cancellation language, also referred as MIC. Remember you must call crew schedule to determine which option they choose to exercise. If they opt to release you, you must request Comp Days in order to ensure your guarantee remains intact.
GREAT NEWS in the ‘FRUSTRATING AIRCRAFT ARENA’ … This week, AA announced that they have ordered 20 more 757 aircraft to be delivered in 2001 and 2002. Boeing has agreed to take all of our former RENO Super 80 aircraft as partial trade in this deal. American also announced plans to increase space in the business class cabins on all three-class international flights and most three-class transcon flights by removing a row of seats. This will create 60 inches of space per passenger seat as opposed to 48-50 inches which means a 10-12 inch increase in legroom. Accompanying this modification will be a nearly flat seat recline of 150 degrees. The changes will occur on the 777, the 767-300 and A-300 and are planned to be finalized by the fourth quarter 2001. 88 aircraft, in all, will be affected.
From our Health Coordinator: Don’t forget to enroll in the Long-Term Care Insurance that American Airlines is offering through June 14, 2000. This plan is for all employees who will be active on August 1, 2000, which is the date the plan is to be implemented. The premiums for Long-Term Care are age-rated. The insurer, MetLife, has agreed to a ten-year rate guarantee which will provide a steady rate for at least ten years. To request enrollment materials or more information call 1-800-GET-Met 8 or 1-800-438-6388.
In Industry News: US Air Flight Attendants voted in their tentative agreement this week. Out of nearly 7,000 ballots received, 78% voted yes on their new five-year contract which includes an immediate 5% pay raise, a 5% signing bonus and 6% in incremental raises throughout the life of the contract.
Your Negotiating Team 2000 and the Special Advisory Committee would like to announce InfoRep – Base meeting dates for negotiations briefings. Three meetings are scheduled for May, 2 for June and 2 for July. May 10th will be the DFW-Domestic meeting held at APFA Headquarters on 1004 W. Euless Blvd in Euless Texas. Info Reps are welcome at 10:00 a.m. and all council reps and members in good standing are invited at 1:00 p.m. May 31st is the SFO/SFO-I meeting and will be at the Holiday Inn North located at 275 South Airport Boulevard in San Francisco. InfoReps are welcome at 10:00 a.m. and all members in good standing at noon. The phone number for the hotel is 650-873-3550 and they offer free parking at the hotel or complimentary transportation from SFO Airport upper level. This meeting will take the place of the regularly scheduled Base Meeting for the month of May. Meetings in June include MIA/IMA on the 15th, and BOS/BOS-I on the 22nd of June. Raleigh-Durham will be held on July 13th and SEA on July 20th.
That’s it for this week. Remember to wear your Union pin and call your Base Chair to become an InfoRep. Thanks for calling the APFA Hotline.