Hello. This APFA National Communications Coordinator George Price with the APFA Hotline for Tuesday, April 15, 2003.
The APFA Board of Directors concluded a conference call earlier this afternoon in order to discuss the results of the balloting on the Restructuring Plan. The vote as of 10:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday was 9,842 voting NO and 9,309 voting YES. This means that the “No” vote received a majority vote. The other unions (APA and TWU) voted to ratify their respective agreements.
As you know, several key aspects of the Restructuring Package were changed by the parties during the voting process. The duration was shortened by four (4) months from April 30, 2009, to December 31, 2008; a mechanism for a wage arbitration beginning in 2006 was agreed to; an early opener on or after January 1, 2007, has been included; and, the verifying period for the stock options was changed from 5 years to 3.
Second, many, many flight attendants indicated that they had not yet received final contract language. This unfortunately occurred because of delays in the drafting of the actual contract language.
Third, flight attendants indicated that there were some problems with the telephone voting process. APFA firmly believes in the democratic process and that all flight attendants should be permitted to have the opportunity to cast a vote on this important question.
Given these and other factors, the APFA Board has extended the voting process until 5:00 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 16, 2003. This short extension will allow flight attendants who were unable to vote an opportunity to do so. It will also allow flight attendants who have voted to re-evaluate the package and change his/her vote if they so desire. Flight attendants must use their same Personal Identification Number (PIN) to vote. If for some reason you do not have that number, please call the American Arbitration Association at 1-800-529-5218 or 212-484-3220 to obtain your “PIN” number. If you’ve already voted and do not wish to change your vote, you do not need to re-vote.
The APFA’s desire is to ensure the true will of the membership is known. This voting process must therefore provide the flight attendants with the complete opportunity to be heard.
We trust in our membership and will abide by the will of the majority.
That is it for this edition of the APFA Hotline. Please visit the APFA Web site for continuous updates.
This is George Price with a special hotline update it is 3:15 p.m. Central Time.
The results of the APFA balloting for the proposed restructuring participation agreement are as follows: 9,842 No, 9,309 Yes. The agreement failed to ratifiy. The complete breakdown is on the APFA Web site. APFA President John Ward will be recording a hotline message shortly. Please call back.
It is 11:50 Central Time on Tuesday, April 15, 2003. This is George Price, APFA National Communications Coordinator, with a special APFA Hotline Update.
The APFA Board of Directors will meet via conference call at 12 Noon Central Time to discuss the results of the APFA balloting on the company’s restructuring participation agreement.
Once the Board has been briefed, we will update the hotline and the web site with the results.
The volume of calls coming into the APFA regarding the results has inundated the APFA switchboard. We ask members to be patient and rely on the web site and the hotline for information to the extent possbile.
Thank you for calling.
Today is Monday, April 14, 2003. This is George Price, APFA National Communications Coordinator, with a special APFA Hotline Update.