9.09.07 – (LAA) – Ballots for Negotiating Team Have Gone Out, Language Drop Proffer, Actioin Alerts

This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA Hotline for Sunday, September 9, 2007.

From the National Balloting Committee: Ballots went out to all members this week for the six elected positions of APFA’s Negotiating Team. A copy of the Candidate Information Booklet included in the mailing can be found on APFAís Web site under elections and also under Negotiations ’08. It is important that all members in good standing cast an informed vote for these very important positions. Each member may vote for up to three candidates in your division – International or Domestic. Ballots are due in the designated Post Office Box no later than 9:00 a.m. October 4, 2007. If you have not received your ballot by September 24th, please leave a message for the National Balloting Committee at 817.540.0108, ext. 8311. A replacement ballot will be sent to you. If you are not dues current and would like to be eligible to vote in this election, please contact the Dues Department at 817.540.0108, ext. 8152.

Members should receive a letter from the APFA National Officers to your address on file shortly. Read this letter very carefully and always wear your Union Pin while on duty. A union pin is included with the letter as well as a Professional Standards card. Contact APFA Membership at 817.540.0108, ext. 8153 or send an email to member@apfa.org if you did not receive a pin with your mailing. All of the letters should be mailed by the end of next week. You can view a copy of the letter at APFAís Web site under Newsflash in the top right corner of www.apfa.org.

From the Contract Department: The annual Language Drop Proffer is open and will close at 0001 Central Time on October 1. The proffer ballot is located in the Quick Links section of the Flight Service website. Information concerning the Language Drop Proffer can be found in Appendix S.18, of the Contract.

FAs may change your EPT base month by attending Recurrent training two or more months prior to your base month. For example, if your base month is November or December and you would like to avoid scheduling EPTs during the holidays, you can contact the Training Support Desk to move your EPTs up. Classes during the beginning of the month tend to have more space available.

Also, regarding the computer-based part of Recurrent Training; although FAs are not required to complete any of the online portion of training before class, if you do so, you will be finished with training earlier on the second day. You can begin to work on the online portion the month prior to attending EPTs. For example, if you plan to attend EPTs in OCT you can begin the online portion in SEP in order for it to be considered complete during the FAAís designated time-period.

From the Communications Department: Now that Congress is back in session, please take a few minutes to visit www.www.apfa.org and click on the links contained within ACTION ALERT. This area of www.apfa.org addresses Governmental issues that are FA-relevant. Let your Representative and Senators know that you want their support regarding OSHA Protection for FAs, FML for Crewmembers, and the Extension of Recall Rights for our furloughed members.

As we mentioned on last week’s hotline, the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation is hosting a candlelight vigil honoring Flight Crews, Police and Firefighters on Tuesday, September 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event will take place at 1209 South Main Street at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. For details, visit www.911flightcrewmemorial.org or email ourheroes@hotmail.com.

Please don’t forget that we still have 1,609 furloughed American Airlines Flight Attendants waiting to be recalled.

Thatís it for this week. Thank you for calling the APFA Hotline.

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