This is the APFA Hotline for Wednesday February 20, 2008.
Ballots for the National Officer run off election will be picked up from the designated APFA post office box in Dallas, Texas at 0900 on Tuesday, February 26, 2008. Your ballot must be received in the post office box on or before 0900 on February 26, 2008 in order to be counted. The results of the national officer election will be made available via the APFA Hotline and also will be posted on www.www.apfa.org as soon as they are available. Please contact the National Ballot Committee at 817-540-0108 ext. 8311 with any questions.
Vacation bidding is now open. The primary round of bidding closes at 0800 Central Time on Friday, March 7, 2008. The Company has posted the Vacation Bidding Letter with detailed instructions for bidding on the Flight Service website. The final distribution of vacation slots has not been determined. It is strongly encouraged that you back yourself up with sufficient bids in your ballot in the event you are unable to hold one of your top choices. For those FAs that have accrued less than 7 days of vacation, you should still submit a primary ballot. Although you will not be awarded vacation in the primary round of bidding, your preferences will be considered after secondary vacations have been awarded in the secondary round of vacation bidding.
As a reminder, for those FAs flying long-range and extended-long-range trips who are interested in reducing the default 36-hour or 48-hour rest, make sure to re-enter the HBR entry to voluntarily reduce the rest following any trip trades. The waiver to 24-hours is lost if the trip is traded, even if the trip is returned to the original schedule. The entry for this in DECS is HIHBR/SEQ/SEQ ORIG DATE.
From the APFA Hotel Department: Please be aware of the security directive from the Las Vegas Airport Authority stating that only crew members in uniform are allowed to ride the WorldWide van from the airport to the layover hotel and the return to the airport. Family members and those crew members not in uniform are not allowed to ride the van.
According to media reports, the boards of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines are expected to meet on Wednesday February 20, 2008. The two airlines have yet to reach an agreement with their pilot groups on how to establish a single contract and a process for integrating their seniority lists. The airlines hope to reach an agreement with the pilot groups before announcing a plan to merge.
Please remember we still have 1,198 furloughed members awaiting recall.
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