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7.20.01 – (LAA) – TA Briefings Finalized for Participating Bases, Profit Sharing Concerns, Your World Training

This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with the Negotiations portion of the HotLine. Today is Friday, July 20th, 2001.

The schedule for the Tentative Agreement briefings has been finalized for each base city. Detailed information regarding the dates and briefing locations will be provided immediately following this Negotiations HotLine.

The issue of Profit sharing continues to concern some of our members. In order to alleviate any further questions regarding the contents of the side letter of agreement in the T/A, dated July 3, 2001, I will now read this letter in its entirety.

Dear John,

The APFA acknowledges that the American Airlines Employee Profit Sharing Plan (“Plan”) is a non-contractual benefit unilaterally provided by the Company and that the Company, in its sole discretion, may amend, suspend or terminate the Plan at any time. In light of the substantial pay rate increases provided to Flight Attendants in this Agreement, during the negotiations the Company advised that it might eliminate the Plan.

Notwithstanding the above, the Company agrees that it will not suspend or terminate the continued participation of the Flight Attendants in the Plan as it presently exists in all respects during Plan Years 2002 and 2003, although the maximum annual payout in each year shall be capped at 3.25%. Should the Company thereafter modify or discontinue the Flight Attendants’ participation in the Plan, the APFA agrees that such action shall not violate the status quo provisions of the Railway Labor Act, as amended, 45 U.S.C. Section 151, et seq. Further, the APFA agrees that it shall not file any grievance or institute any litigation should the Company decide to discontinue the Flight Attendants’ participation in the Plan effective January 1, 2004, nor shall it foster, encourage or support any individual or group in filing such grievance or litigation.

Nothing in the foregoing shall preclude the APFA from serving a Section 6 notice regarding profit sharing when such notices may otherwise be served under the 1998-2004 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Sue Oliver
Senior Vice President
Human Resources

If you are in need of any further clarification, or have any other questions, please ensure you attend one of the twelve tentative agreement briefings that will be held across the system beginning August 7th. You may view this letter on the APFA web site at It is included in the language package that all flight attendants will receive prior to the T/A Base Briefings.

The improvement of crew rest accommodations was a critical issue during this round of negotiations. As you may recall, crew rest was one of the last issues resolved due to intense debate concerning the placement of the crew rest modules on the 777 aircraft. At issue, was whether the crew rest module would be placed on the main deck or in an upper deck location. This week, the Company made the decision to install Main Deck Crew Rest Modules on all 777 aircraft. This decision should reduce the implementation time for retrofitting the 777-Atlantic aircraft, which currently has seats instead of bunks. Additionally, all new 777 aircraft will be delivered with the main deck crew rest module.

Thank you for calling. Now, please stay on the line for schedule details of the Tentative Agreement Briefings and other APFA News…

APFA HotLine for July 20, 2001


This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with more APFA HotLine news for Friday, June 20, 2001.

The Tentative Agreement Ratification Briefing schedule is nearly final and a postcard will be mailed to your homes the week of July 23rd with details, times and locations of these meetings. The schedule, as it stands, is posted on the web site at Please bid accordingly. Remember, if you cannot attend the meeting at your base, you are welcome to attend any meeting throughout the system. You must be dues current or have made arrangements with the APFA Dues Department for payment of dues owed.

The details of these meetings with your Negotiating Committee are as follows:

August 7
Crown Plaza at DCA
August 8
Hilton at Logan Airport
August 9
Marriott LGA
August 14
Wyndham MIA
August 15
Westin ORD
August 16
August 21
Marriott SEA-TAC
August 22
Marriott LAX
August 23
Crown Plaza SFO
August 28
August 29
Holiday Inn RDU
August 30
Westin ORD

All meetings will begin at 10:00 a.m. local time and end no later than 3:00 p.m. For further information including addresses and parking information, please visit

It is very important that all members have their current mailing address on file with the APFA. This will ensure that you receive the TA Highlights, the complete TA language, and the contract ratification ballot. If you or someone you know has recently moved, please be sure to update APFA by sending an email to or by calling the Membership Department at 800-395-2732, extension 8153. You can also go to the web site at and enter updated information there.

Regarding Your World training, bidding for this training, and the issue of seniority violations: 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. For your protection, be aware, while bidding, that if you hold a selection with DO’s that fall on a day that Your World training is offered at your base, you could be involuntarily assigned. Beginning July 23, 2001, no later than 1700 CDT, Flight Attendants will be able to view preliminary results of their bid award and self-enroll in the training during a limited window between 1700 CDT on the 23rd of July through 1000 CDT on the 24th. In order to self-enroll, use HISEND message form #32 and include the date and class number. 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. 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. APFA will be monitoring the assignment process to ensure no seniority violations occur. If you have any questions, please contact APFA.

From the Contract Department, if you purchased but never received shoes from, please contact the District Attorney’s office in Ventura, California and report your loss to Robin Estes either by phone at 805-654-3180 or e-mail at

That’s it for this week, be sure to wear your Union Pin, Wings and Nametag on your uniform and thank you for calling the APFA HotLine.

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