Friday, July 6, 2001
This is APFA President John Ward with an update on the status of the Tentative Agreement reached between APFA and American on June 30th. Today is Friday, July 6th.
APFA and American Airlines Negotiating Committee members spent this week finalizing, and then proofing, the contract language on the remaining open Articles of the Agreement. I am pleased to report that, as of tonight, all Articles have been signed off.
In accordance with the APFA Constitution, Article XI., Section 1.A., a proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement will be submitted to the membership for approval only after it has been accepted by a majority vote of the Negotiating Committee and presented to the Executive Committee. The Negotiating Committee has already unanimously endorsed the T.A. The APFA Executive Committee will convene in Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week to review the T.A. Assuming the Executive Committee votes affirmatively, T.A. highlights will be sent to the membership immediately thereafter. The APFA web site will also be updated.
Road Show dates are still being planned; however, we hope to begin them by the end of the month.
This HotLine will be updated Wednesday, July 11th, following the Executive Committee’s vote. Thank you for you calling. Please stay on the line for the remainder of this week’s HotLine.
Friday, July 6, 2001
This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with more APFA HotLine news for Friday, July 6, 2001.
Election results are in for the Boston International Chair position. The results have been certified by the National Balloting Committee. Peter Quinn received 119 votes and Jennifer McCauley received 155 votes. Jennifer McCauley will be the new Base Chair at Boston International.
Your World Training has been a hot topic lately. The Company has begun assigning flight attendants to classes effective July. Some flight attendants felt that they were assigned to this training out of seniority order. REMEMBER: according to our contract, the Company is not allowed to move duty-free periods. If a flight attendant has a duty-free period on the day the Company offers training, such flight attendant will be passed and the next flight attendant, whose schedule makes them available for training, will be slotted. This could cause what appears to be slotting out of seniority order, and a significant seniority jump between flight attendants. APFA has been working on this issue and beginning August 2001, the Company will allow a specific sign-up period before bids are finalized in order to provide flexibility to the flight attendants. Once this sign-up period ends, the Company will then slot flight attendants into training classes, in seniority order, with days off in conjunction with the scheduled training days that appear on the bid sheet. FYI: If you bid a selection with DO’s scheduled on the days that the Company has published Your World Training at your base, be advised that if you don’t pre-plot yourself for training, the Company may do it for you following the sign-up period. Please refer to Article 9F.10., page 45, of the contract for specific training language. If you are slotted into a class following the sign-up period and you do not want to attend class on that day, per the contract you may trade your class with another flight attendant at the same base.
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As a reminder, e-mail addresses have changed for all Base Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Ad Hoc members of the Executive Committee. Please see Skyword, Issue 4, page 21, for detailed information on how to e-mail your APFA Representatives or go to the web site at www.www.apfa.org, go to the web site Resource Center, and click on APFA Email Addresses.
July 6th, 2001, is the second worldwide Air Rage Campaign Day, sponsored by the International Transport Federation or ITF. ITF-sponsored aviation unions will be campaigning worldwide on the 6th, asking for universal legislation and laws to prosecute Air Rage offenders. You may participate in any way you feel appropriate. APFA is not a member of ITF; however, we strongly support these efforts.
That’s it for this week, be sure to wear your Union Pin, Wings, and Nametag on your uniform only, and don’t forget to wear your Union Pin at all Company training events. Thank you for calling the APFA HotLine.
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