VOTE YES ON PROPOSAL 6 AT
AMR’S SHAREHOLDERS MEETING
This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA Hotline for Friday, May 11, 2007.
APFA News: On Wednesday, May 16th, AMR will be holding its Annual Shareholders Meeting at Flagship University aka the AA Learning Center near DFW beginning at 8:00 a.m. APFA leadership will be attending the meeting and seated as institutional shareholders along with TWU and APA.
If you held AMR stock at the close of business on March 18th you are eligible to vote at the meeting. You may submit a proxy vote by using the Internet until Tuesday, May 15th at 11:59 PM Central Time. If you have already voted and would like to change your vote, you may do so by filing a notice of revocation and a properly executed, later-dated proxy with the Corporate Secretary. You may also vote by telephone or in person at the meeting. Instructions can be found on page three of the proxy statement. If you choose to attend, you must have an admission ticket and a valid photo I.D. to attend. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. in the Flagship Auditorium on 4501 Highway 360 South in Ft. Worth.
APFA urges all shareholders to VOTE YES on Stockholder Proposal #6, the details of which can be found on page 61 of your proxy statement. This proposal would give shareholders a voice on Executive Compensation at AMR.
As we announced on Monday, AA has recalled the 200 most senior Flight Attendants on the furlough recall list effective July 24, 2007. If you are one of the recalled Flight Attendants you should have already received your “Accept/Reject Reemployment” letter at your home address. The acceptance form and bid preferences must be returned using the company-provided FED Ex overnight label included in your recall letter no later than May 17, 2007.
AA will be offering three potential base preferences, which will be awarded in seniority order and include LGA, BOS and DCA. For more details including updated Q&As as of May 11, the recall list, a sample letter and preference and acceptance form, a return-to-work checklist, as well as the May bidsheets for LGA, BOS and DCA are on the secure side of APFA’s Web site. Go to www.www.apfa.org and click on furlough to review this information and more.
If you have not received your recall letter by Wednesday, May 16th, and your name is on the list of the top 200 most senior FAs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and emp. no. for assistance.
APFA will be sending representatives to Washington, D.C., next Thursday for the Transportation Day Of Action in the D.C. Mall beginning at 10:00 a.m. Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden have committed to speak among others. The theme is “Enough is Enough” and is intended to highlight the need for change in our government’s direction as it involves the working middle class. This event will be attended by labor unions across the nation. If you are in the Washington, D.C. area on May 17th, please join APFA in our efforts to support transportation labor in 2008.
From the APFA Contract Department: APFA would like to gather additional feedback from our members who have used the AMR Online Event Report. Please email the details of your experience with this report to email@example.com and include the following information: length of time to complete the report; whether you were able to complete the report within your debrief period; or whether you waited until your next sign-in time or decided not to complete a report at all.
We would also like feedback from our members who recently worked S-80 flights with Portable Entertainment Devices (PED) onboard. These devices are being tested on some S80 aircraft in the ORD-LAX market. Please email the details of your experience with the PED to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On last week’s hotline we highlighted a recent settlement agreement involving inoperative Crew Rest Bunks. We became aware that some of our members were not familiar with the existing contractual language (Appendix I, Article 30-Letter-V) for Procedures for Significant Malfunction of Crew Rest Bunks/Seats as ratified in 2001. The existing contractual language states that a Main Cabin seat will be provided for an inoperative Bunk on flights between 8 and 12 hours. If a flight is over 12 hours then a Business Class seat will be provided, if available. If a Business Class is not available then a Main Cabin seat will be provided.
The recent settlement reduced the threshold from 12 to 10 hours in order to have a Business Class seat provided. In addition, the blocking of Business Class seats would take place 24 hours in advance rather than shortly before departure, as is the case today.
While this settlement improves the current language for a situation involving an inoperative bunk, APFA is working to ensure we rarely, if ever, have to rely on this language. APFA has held numerous discussions with the Company that have resulted in greater attention to maintenance and repair of the bunks. If you encounter an inoperative bunk please notify the Contract Department as soon as possible at email@example.com so that we can monitor any trends and ensure a quick response to the required maintenance.
From the APFA Retirement Department: By now you should have received a letter from American Airlines regarding the Pension Funding Equity Act. This notice is mandatory under the 2006 Pension Reform Act we successfully lobbied for last year and serves as notice that American Airlines will take advantage of the extension for “catch-up contributions” allowed under the Pension Reform Act of 2006. All required contributions continue to be made by American.
From the Health Department: FAs are incurring turbulence-related injuries more than usual due to the severe weather we are experiencing. If you suffer an IOD you should follow these steps:
- File an IOD report with Flight Service as soon as possible;
- File an AMR Event Report on the Flight Service Web site
- If you are in need of medical treatment, be sure to use a PPN Doctor from the First Health Network or Texas Corecare.
- Be sure to contact your Base Chair or Vice Chair
Also, if you are having trouble receiving the UHC benefits to which you are entitled, please contact the APFA Health Dept. at ext. 8301. The Company has told us that they have expressed their disappointment with UHC, and as a result, UHC has promised to have a representative on the premises to help resolve some of the ongoing problems.
As a reminder, if you are on unpaid sick or an IOD for over 30 days you have the option of paying for your health, dental, vision and prefunding in three ways:
- You can accumulate a balance until you return to work,
- You can make partial payments and accrue a balance until you return to work, or
- You can pay as you go each month.
If you are not given these options please contact the Health Department.
For those of you who live in either the Chicago or Shawnee Mission Kansas area and are impacted by the Adventist Health group falling out of network, UHC tells us that the executives of both parties continue to negotiate in hopes of signing a future contract.
If you ride the Chicago employee bus and have been injured on that bus, we would like to hear from you regardless of whether or not you filed an Injury On Duty. Please call 817.540.0108, ext. 8301.
Q: I asked for the “jumpseat” on a Delta flight and it took the agents awhile to understand my request as an AA Flight Attendant. Is there a better way to communicate this to the Delta agents?
A: Delta refers to their program as a “Flowback Agreement.” When you are requesting the reciprocal cabin seat agreement with Delta, using this term may expedite things a bit quicker.
Please remember that, after the May recall and accounting for attrition, we have 2,121 American Airlines Flight Attendants still on furlough.
Thank you for calling the APFA Hotline.