Hello. This is Liz Geiss, DFW InfoRep Captain, with an APFA Hotline update for Friday, May 9th, 2003.
American Airlines Outplacement Department has organized a Furlough Information Event for the following bases: DFW, LAX and STL. The main topics discussed will be: Unemployment benefits, grant information, and job search assistance. In addition, the STL Base will be conducting a Job Fair. There will also be a question and answer session. The locations, dates, and times are as follows:
DFW Airport- Yandry Center @ Gate C-3
May 14th, 2003
AFW Base (Alliance Airport)
Taesl Bldg. 2nd Floor
Large Training Room
May 14th, 2003
Flagship University (Learning Center)
Room # M108
May 14th, 2003
Lax International Airport
Flight Service Conference Room
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
1st Session @ 9:00a.m.
2nd Session @ 1:00p.m.
Holiday Inn Airport-North (STL)
Tuesday, May 20th, 2003
9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
As we continue to receive confirmation on other meetings throughout the system, we will pass this information to your Base Chairperson and will post it on the web site on the “Furlough Page” under the icon “Furlough Assistance Events”, and on the “Calendar” page. We hope these meetings provides useful information for our members currently on furlough, and those subject to furlough.
The deadline for submission of voluntary requests for return to the domestic operation by Flight Attendants in international bases where long-term overages exists was 1300 today. American will notify those who were either voluntarily or involuntarily assigned to the domestic operation via an HI6 message on or before May 12, 2003.
As a reminder, the proffer for Overage Leave and Partnership Flying closes on May 12th at 0800 CDT. The APFA has set up a “Partner Finder” for Flight Attendants who would like to locate a partner at their base. It can be found under “Information Center” on the opening page of the APFA Web site. For more information on Partnership Flying and Overage Leaves, please visit the “Reduction in Force” page of the web site.
The deadline to submit STL transfer requests is 0800 CDT on May 12th. If you are an international flight attendant who desires to transfer into STL, in addition to requesting the transfer by 0800 CDT on Monday, May 12, 2003, you must also resign from the international operation by submitting HISEND form 158 to Crew Resources by May 12, 2003 in order to be eligible. The normal 3- month resignation waiting period will be waived and the resignation would be effective June 1, 2003. If there is an insufficient number of transfer requests received, the company will, in accordance with Article 16, force transfer Flight Attendants from bases where overages exists. Overages are determined by the company. Flight Attendants wishing to transfer into STL will be required to attend training on TWA-LLC equipment during May or June. The reason is that the TWA-LLC aircraft fall under a separate operating certificate than those at American. If, after the 3-month lock-in, Flight Attendants based in STL wish to transfer, they will be required to attend an abbreviated training program. Results of the Overage Leave and Partnership Flying Proffer, STL transfers, and furloughs will be made available late in the week of May 12th. We will update this hotline and the web site as information becomes available.
To clarify the requirements for the 420 hour annual threshold, “look- back” for the purposes of eligibility for Company subsidized health benefits beginning May 2004, periods of inactivity other than those specifically mentioned in Attachment K will also reduce the number of hours you need. These periods of inactivity include, Overage leave, personal leave, educational leave, and bid leave. As an example, if you took the Overage leave from July 2, 2003 through July 1, 2004 and you returned to the line as of July 2, 2004; then your health benefits would be subsidized for July 2004 as you were inactive for the prior 12 month look back period.
If you a Flight Attendant who is currently on Overage Leave and have received a “subject to furlough” notice from the Company, you must respond to the notice or risk forfeiting your recall rights.
Details should be forthcoming next week regarding the timeline and options for payment of moneys owed under the 777 Arbitration Award. There are approximately 5,000 Flight Attendants who qualify for understaffing back pay and under the terms of this important Award, the back pay belongs to those Flight Attendants who worked understaffed 777-Atlantic flights. Stay tuned to this HotLine and the next Skyword for further details.
For those on unpaid sick and unpaid IOD, the Company has elected to discontinue medical coverage at active employee contribution rates after twelve months effective May 15th instead of the twenty-four months that is the policy now. Employees on IOD or unpaid sick will have the option to pay healthcare premiums equal to those of employees who are on a planned leave of absence. This change is not associated with the Restructuring Agreement. This particular change is not covered by our contract and the Company has unilaterally made this change.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Aviation Investment and Revitalization Vision Act or S.824 very soon. This bill contains provisions that will require certification of Flight Attendants. This legislation is something that APFA has been working with other Flight Attendant unions on for some time. APFA has prepared a message that members can have sent on their behalf to their senators. This message outlines the reasons Flight Attendant certification is important, and urges their support. In order to have this message sent to your senators, click on the “Legislative Action Alert” icon on the opening page of the web site. Then, enter your Zip Code. Once there click on S. 824-Aviation Investment and Revitalization Act. You will complete the fields of information. Many senators require a topic. If that is the case, another field will pop up providing you with choices. You will choose “transportation” and then submit.
The FAA has increased their presence on property at American Airlines. Please be sure that you are in compliance with all FARs while on duty. Ensure that you have an up-to-date manual, necessary keys, and a working flashlight. Additional information can be found on the APFA Safety Department page of the web site under “Safety Guidelines.” The APFA Safety Department has confirmed with the FAA that it is acceptable for Flight Attendants to insert and record revisions and bulletins on or before the effective date.
The following is a public announcement from the U.S. Department of State regarding security issues in Peru. The statement is dated May 2, 2003. “This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist activity by Sendero Luminoso and other groups in Peru, in the weeks leading up to and following May 17, an important anniversary for these groups. This Public Announcement expires on July 24, 2003.U.S.-citizen visitors and residents in Peru should exercise caution. There are indications that terrorist organizations are continuing to plan actions directed against U.S. citizens and U.S. interests in Peru. U.S. citizens are advised to be vigilant and avoid crowds and public areas, particularly those areas where Americans and other foreigners are known to congregate or visit. If such facilities cannot be avoided, U.S. citizens should increase their security awareness at such locations. Peruvian authorities are providing increased security at the U.S. Embassy and U.S.-affiliated facilities. The U.S. Embassy remains open to the public. Information on travel and security in Peru may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States; from overseas, call 1-317-472-2328. The U.S. Embassy in Lima can be contacted by phone at (511) 434-3000, and the Consular Agent in Cuzco at (511) 84-9-62- 1369.”
AA Corporate Security has notified the APFA Hotel Department that AA Corporate Security is reviewing the situation with layover locations in Europe. Security is considering several factors that crews are not aware of that weigh heavily on a decision to move crews back to the original layover hotels. We will return to our regularly scheduled hotels in Europe once Security deems it safe. This is expected to be a few months.
The AMR Annual Stockholders Meeting will take place on May 21st at Flagship University or the Learning Center as we know it. Registration will begin at 0730 and the meeting will begin at 0830. All APFA members who are stockholders are encouraged to attend the meeting in uniform. This will send a clear message to management that Flight Attendants will be watching.
That is it for this edition of the APFA Hotline. Please visit the web site for the latest information.