Hello. This is George Price, APFA National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA Hotline for Friday, August 8, 2003.
The APFA Scheduling Department has been notified by crew schedule that the sick list continues to be high and few Flight Attendants are accepting make-up and Option II flying. In most bases, we are at step 6 of the Order of Open Time found on pages 118-119 and pages 481-482 of the contract, which states “a reserve Flight Attendant who is scheduled for a duty-free period may be assigned to a trip sequence provided, however, such trip sequence is scheduled to terminate at his/her home base no later than twelve (12) hours from the scheduled start of his/her duty-free period. Miami domestic, DFW, and STL are now at Step 9, which states, “Regularly scheduled Flight Attendants on a duty-free period, in reverse order of seniority.” Crew schedule continues to utilize international reserves on the domestic operation in accordance with step 3 of the order of open time. We will continue to keep the membership advised on coverage through “scheduling alerts” on the opening page of the web site and this hotline. Flight Attendants should continuously monitor both the hotline and the web site for updates.
Flight Attendants should be aware of their rights under Article 9.V and Appendix I.9.W regarding over-projection. If you are over-projected beyond your applicable monthly maximum depending on your option, you have the right to be removed from a trip in order to bring your projection below your monthly maximum. Also, please be advised that no matter what your option, crew schedule cannot schedule you to fly an unlimited amount of hours. Your rights regarding monthly maximums are clearly listed in Article 7 and Appendix I.7. If you have questions regarding your schedule or re-assignments, please call the APFA Scheduling Desk Monday through Friday 0830 to 1830 Central time at 1-800-395-2732, extension 8161 for assistance. Jena Hopkins, APFA Scheduling Coordinator is working with the Company on scheduling issues, which are currently negatively affecting the membership. Jena will be posting more information on reassignments, the order of open time, and over-projection on the Scheduling Page of the web site soon.
On July 2, the Company implemented the minimum crew rest provisions of the Restructuring Agreement. On domestic, you must be scheduled for rest of no less than 8 hours and 30 minutes from debrief to sign-in. In actual operations, however, this can be reduced to no less than eight (8) hours from debrief to sign-in. The subsequent compensatory rest of at least ten (10) hours must follow any layover of less than nine (9) hours. Please be fully aware of these time parameters during your trip. Consult your HI3 for actual times of arrivals and scheduled departures to ensure that you and your crew receive the required amount of rest. Information on the reduced rest can be found in the Restructuring Agreement itself, on the opening page of the APFA Web site, and the Scheduling Article in the June issue of Skyword.
APFA continues to work on the minimum crew rest issue. It is very important that Flight Attendants collect as much information as possible with regards to this issue including HI3s, details of travel times to and from the airport to layover hotels resulting in reduced rest, logs of calls from crew schedule including times, dates, and specifics of the calls, and evidence of departure times being pushed to accommodate legalities. Specific details are crucial. We will soon explain just where this information should be sent and what other activities the membership can play a part in to help make a difference in the minimum rest issue. Please make sure that your flying partners are all aware of the fact they should be collecting all pertinent data regarding minimum rest at this time.
This week, the APFA sent a packet of information to all InfoReps. This packet includes an overview of the recent TWA-LLC injunction ruling by the Federal District Court in New York, the complete text of the ruling, the statement of John Ward to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, an explanation on the 2003 APFA Form LM-2 Labor Organization Annual Report, Resolution #2 from the July 28-29, 2003 Board of Directors Meeting dealing with minimum crew rest, Resolution #3a from the same Board of Directors Meeting dealing with the reduction in National Officer salaries and the structure of Division Representative’s salaries, and a comparison of the AAL/UAL contracts. Although much of this information is available on the APFA Web site, in Skyword, and on the Hotlines, it was felt that it should be sent to all InfoReps in order to get the information to the members on the line. If you have not had a chance to visit the web site lately and review this information, please ask your InfoRep about it in the coming weeks. Most of the rumors being circulated right now have been addressed and the facts provided through the hotline and web site. Don’t fall victim to the rumor mill that aims to destabilize the APFA as a union and cause anxiety. Get the facts through the APFA Hotline each week and the web site.
In Industry News:
American Airlines announced on Monday that it would sell $250 million in convertible bonds in order to raise capital. On Tuesday after investors reacted negatively to the news of the sale and AMR stock dropped nearly 10 percent, the Company withdrew its offering. AMR’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Campbell said that “with the significant improvement we have seen in AMR’s operating results beginning in May, and with our strong cash balance of more than $2.7 billion, we felt it made no sense to proceed with this transaction in market conditions as they evolved today and which are at odds with the growing improvement of our company.”
On November 1st, American will begin DFW-Buenos Aires service three times a week. Flights will depart DFW on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and departing Buenos Aires on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The service will be flown utilizing 767-300 aircraft. The Company also announced this week it would begin weekend 767-300 flights between LAX and San Juan November 1.
On Friday, August 1, American announced a record July system-wide load factor of 81%. This is up 5.3 points from the same quarter in 2002.
This week, the Governor of Illinois signed into law Chicago O’Hare Modernization Program legislation. This will provide funds necessary to enhance current runways and other improvements to the airport including new runways.
For more news on the airline industry and American specifically, please visit the News and Events page of the web site.
That is it for this edition of the APFA Hotline. For the latest information and past editions of the APFA Hotline, please visit the APFA Web site.
There are 6,150 American Airlines Flight Attendants currently on furlough.