This is Leslie Mayo, APFA National Communications Coordinator, with a special hotline update. Today is Thursday, October 11.
APFA Representatives met today with Management to discuss the anticipated overages that will exist at each base due to decreased manning needs, beginning in November.
The Company estimates a system wide surplus of 3,306 flight attendants, effective November 1. The specific overages by base are as follows:
The Company will now proffer 6-month overage leaves and will offer partnership flying. These leaves will run from November 1,2001 through April 30, 2002. If interested, you must submit a HI-SEND message to planning, using HI-SEND form #32. This proffer will open tomorrow, October 12 and will close on Thursday, October 18 at noon. Results should be available the next day. Leaves will be awarded in each base by system seniority order. If you are awarded an overage leave, you will continue to accrue company, classification and occupational seniority for the duration of the leave. Your eligibility for health benefits is the same as if you were active. You will be granted full travel privileges on American Airlines and TWA, with the exception of D-1 benefits. Pass travel on other airlines will not be permitted.
Should an overage still exist at a particular base after the processing of leaves, partnership-flying requests will be awarded. If a surplus still exists after awarding overage leaves and partnership flying, any additional furloughs would occur in strict system seniority order regardless of base, and would be effective November 1. Please refer to Article 16, Reduction In Force, for additional information on overage leaves, and Appendix F, Partnership Flying, for a description of the partnership-flying program.
Although the deadline for filing an Appendix T application is November 12, if you have made a firm decision to take Appendix T, early notification to the Company may reduce the number of furloughs occurring on November 1. Filing early does not require that you leave early, as you must still give at least two (2) weeks notice.
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