This is Denise Pointer, DFW InfoRep, with an InfoRep Hotline for Thursday, July 7, 2005.
The disturbing events this morning in London have forced us to temporarily relocate our crews out of downtown London to three different airport properties. As of this morning, we are uncertain how long this relocation will be in effect. As soon as we have additional information on the hotel situation, I will send out an InfoRep email blast. We are all grateful that all crews in London have been accounted for and are safe.
By now, most of you should have received notification that the Bid Sheet Survey is up and running at www.www.apfa.org. This survey will be available for a period of three weeks.
This survey is very important as it deals with a subject that affects each and every one of our lives. Please take a few minutes and complete this survey. Also, please help us spread the word to all Flight Attendants – we really need 100% participation on this one.
I would like to say thank you to each and every one of you who participated in the June 22nd Washington DC, Lobby Day. Your activism is very much appreciated. If you have ever felt that lobbying is not worth the time or energy, what happened two days after AA employees were in Washington D.C. speaking to our lawmakers should change your mind. On June 24th, Congress, in a surprise move, voted 219-185 to block a federal agency’s efforts to terminate United Airlines’ pension plans, raising new complications for a crucial part of the financial restructuring the carrier needs to get out of bankruptcy. The overwhelming House vote sent a strong message of congressional sympathy for United’s current and future retirees, who face a substantial reduction of their retirement benefits. The timing of this vote was no coincidence. Obviously, someone is listening to us! While I am on the subject of activism, if you haven’t already done so, please log onto www.www.apfa.org and follow the links to "Do the Wright Thing". We need all InfoReps to send a letter to your representatives in Washington indicating your objection to the repealing of the Wright Amendment. This is truly a critical issue for American and could have far reaching affects on everyone at AA, not just those of us based at DFW.
Just a reminder that there are a few more days left that reserve flight attendants may trade with fellow reserves or lineholders. This test period ends July 10th. A Reserve must confirm an assignment and may then post the trip on HIBOARD. Trips traded must be for the same duration and the trade must be completed prior to sign-in. Trip trades will not be allowed for standby assignments or trips assigned from standby. Trades will not affect Reserve guarantees.
There are several issues I need to address from the Hotel Department. Did you know that prior to doing a hotel review, each and every hotel is posted on the Hotel Survey page on the web site? Go to www.www.apfa.org, then Departments, then chose Hotels. Once you are on the Hotel web page, chose Hotel Survey.
Your input from this survey allows the hotel department to receive critical feedback on a particular property. These surveys, along with all debriefs, are then reviewed. All information is shared with AA Hotel Contracts and this data is then taken into consideration during the review. Your opinion regarding layover hotels really does have an impact on hotel decisions. Compliments, as well as complaints, are all taken into consideration.
There are a few upcoming hotel changes. Effective July 31, some short layovers which are currently at the Palace Station in LAS will be moved to the new Fairfield Suites located behind the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The hotel does have a transportation shuttle to the strip which is minutes away. Effective July 15, we will be relocating to the Real Intercontinental in San Salvador SAL. Effective July 15th, crews laying over in POS will be relocating to the new Marriott Courtyard. This past weekend, our IMA crews were the first to enjoy the new BGI Hilton Resort.
By now, all of you should have received the latest edition of SkyWord. If you did not receive yours, please call APFA.
Also, be on the lookout for a new feature on the APFA website, "Our Story in Pictures", an online photo album. It will be up and running soon.
All InfoReps who have notified APFA of their desire to remain active in the InfoRep program will be receiving a new InfoRep Handbooks soon. This mailing will be taking place later this month. Also, thank you to everyone who agreed to serve as base InfoRep Captains.
As hard as this is to believe, I have not received one email in the past week regarding any rumors.
Again, thanks for all you do for the InfoRep program.
Denise Pointer, DFW InfoRep
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