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1.23.08 – (LAA) National Officer Ballot Count Leads to Run Off Election

This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA Hotline for Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

As the APFA Ballot Committee announced, the National Officer ballot count took place last Thursday. Since no candidate received 50% plus 1 of the valid votes cast, there will be a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the most votes for each position. Ballots will be sent out this coming weekend and are due in the designated PO Box no later than February 26, 2008.

For the first time in APFA’s history, the Union has policy in place that allows for a live debate among the candidates for APFA President in the event of a run-off as is the case following the ballot count last week. We will notify the membership of the details of the debate as soon as they are finalized. APFA plans to make the entire debate available via a link from our Web site for FAs to view online.

By now, each member should have received a letter from the APFA Negotiating Team addressing the APFA members contract survey online. This is your chance to make your opinions known to APFA prior to Section 6 proposals that will come directly from membership feedback. In this letter, you should have also received a “pin jacket” to wear behind your union pin once you have completed the survey. If you did not receive the blue pin jacket with your letter, please email and one will be sent to you. You must be dues current in order to fill out the survey. If you are having problems logging into the web site after clicking on the “help” links, please send an email to with your name and employee number for assistance.

We have received several emails from members describing this survey as incredibly thorough. This is your opportunity to weigh in on APFA’s openers in the spring. Members have until February 6, 2008, to complete this survey, it will take about one hour and is well worth the time.

If you experience any access problems once you have begun filling out the survey, you can return to the site later and your survey should be saved where you left off. UNT has told us that these issues are likely resolved.

The survey is being conducted by the University of North Texas (UNT) and individual results are completely confidential. Results will be compiled by UNT and presented to the team for evaluation by the UNT’s Research Survey Center. If you are not a member in good standing, please contact to become dues current and take the time to make your voice heard.

This is an important reminder that the AA Supplemental Medical Plan Annual Billing from Healthfirst, TPA was sent to all retirees who have been paying for this coverage in November, 2007 with a due date of January 1, 2008. The contribution statement reads: IF PAYMENT IS NOT POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 31, 2008, YOUR COVERAGE WILL BE TERMINATED WITH NO PROVISIONS FOR REINSTATEMENT.” This is $500,000 worth of additional medical coverage! Please be advised that you may send your yearly contribution check by certified mail with a return receipt even though the address for Healthfirst, TPA has a P.O. Box. The address is Healthfirst, TPA, P.O. Box 130187, Tyler, Texas 75713-0187. Please include your Case No. on your check and make the check payable to AA Supplemental Medical Plan. You may keep your contribution statement for your records. If you have any questions, please contact Beatrice Geissal at Healthfirst, (800)711-7083, extension 85748.

Several FAs have contacted APFA asking questions about their $800 (or less) checks management issued to all employees last week. Since APFA had no part in management’s poor attempt at placating its employees while they rub their hands together in anticipation of their big bonus checks in April, we were not provided with details of these tips from management. Please visit JetNet and review the Q&As on your Tip from management or contact your FSM for more information.

All members in good standing are welcome to attend the APFA Annual Board of Directors Convention beginning February 13, 2008. Contact for information on purchasing tickets to the banquet.

Please remember we still have 1,200 Flight Attendants awaiting recall.

Thank you for calling the APFA Hotline.

This is Leatha Harding-Berry, Chairperson of the APFA National Ballot Committee. Today, January 17, 2008, the National Ballot Committee certified the results of the National Officer election.

The results are as follows: for President Steven Baumert received 1284 votes, Laura Glading received 3965 votes, Rock Salomon received 1336 votes and John Ward received 3196 votes. In the Vice President category Brett Durkin received 4237 votes, Linda Luebs received 1366 votes, Robert McIntyre received 3061 votes and John Reinmiller received 1028 votes. For Secretary Liz Geiss received 3278 votes, Kristina Kountz received 1020 votes, Denise Pointer received 3912 votes and Timothy Todd received 1457 votes. For Treasurer Chas Ashley received 959 votes, Juan Barrera received 3976 votes, Greg Gunter received 3424 votes and Anna Johnson received 1318 votes.

In any balloting for National Officer, a candidate must receive a majority (50% plus 1) of the valid votes cast to be deemed elected to that office. If no candidate receives a majority vote there will be a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the highest number of valid votes.

There will be a run-off election for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The candidates for President in the run-off election are Laura Glading and John Ward. The candidates for Vice President are Brett Durkin and Robert McIntyre. The candidates for Secretary are Liz Geiss and Denise Pointer and the candidates for Treasurer are Juan Barerra and Greg Gunter.

Ballots for the National Officer Run-off election will be due in the designated PO Box on February 26, 2008.

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