6.07.04

Hello everyone, This Michael Truan, DFW InfoRep Captain, with the InfoRep Hotline for Monday June 7, 2004

With your continued help, our efforts in Washington are certainly paying off. To date, we have over 150 Congressional signatures on Congressman DeFazio’s letter on Safety and Security Training. This letter urges the TSA to implement a basic Safety and Security Training program for all flight attendants. Although we have had a great show of support on the House side, we still need your help in getting our U.S. Senate to assist us. Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) is coordinating signatures to present to the TSA that also calls for this mandatory Safety and Security Training. Please advise your fellow flight attendants to contact their State Senators and urge them in signing on to Senator Hollings’ letter. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is currently coordinating signatures in her office on Flight Attendant fatigue. This letter is asking the FAA to review and recommend changes to the flight attendant duty and layover rest regulations for flight attendants.

These letters can be easily sent by using the Capwiz feature on the APFA web site at www.www.apfa.org. Here are four easy steps to send Senator’s your message:

  • "Click" on the Government Affairs page of the APFA web site.
  • "Click" on Capwiz.
  • Under ACTION ALERT, click on the Letter you would like to support. (Sen. Hollings and Sen. Boxer)
  • After you have completed your request urging their support, click on TELL-A-FRIEND. This will send up to six of your fellow flight attendant friends a link to send their e-mail.

In the Government Affairs page of the website you can also obtain a list of phone numbers for the senate offices. Click on 108th Congress – U.S. Senate and print the phone list to take along with you on your trips. Your participation is VERY important, so tell your fellow flight attendants to log on to the website and send those letters and or make those calls.

This information is very important and we ask that you inform as many APFA members as possible. We have until the middle of June, so please review and print the information to take on your trips.

As mentioned in our previous APFA hotlines, the FAA is conducting observation check rides on our aircrafts. Please remind all flight attendants to be sure their manuals are up-to-date and that they are always traveling with all FAA required equipment. As a reminder, please continue to challenge all individuals for proper identification in all secured areas. The FAA has been issuing personal fines to Flight Attendants for out of date manuals.

That’s it for this edition of the InfoRep Hotline. Please visit the web site frequently or access the text of the APFA Hotline each week to stay informed on the latest APFA news. Thanks for calling.

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