This is APFA President Laura Glading with an important Hotline message for Thursday, April 10, 2008.
I am pleased to advise our members that, following discussions with AA regarding the MD80 flight cancellations in April and the resulting financial hardship it would have on our members, the Company has agreed to pay protection for flight attendants.
This pay protection applies to flight attendants who lost time as a direct result of the MD80 cancellations that began on April 8, 2008. In order to ensure you are pay protected, you must follow the MIC language found in Article 9.P.2. of the Contract and/or pages 20-21 of the On-Duty Contract Guide. This pay protection applies not only to monthly guarantee but also to those who have lost high-time hours as well as commuters who were unable to make their trips – as a result of the MD80 re-inspections – after having followed commuter policy guidelines.
We are pleased to have also reached agreement on providing FAs with a mechanism to restore PVDs that were voluntarily used to supplement pay following last month’s MD80 cancellations. In order to have your vacation days restored up to the number of PVDs that were used to cover cancelled flying in March 2008, FAs must add their names to the make up list for an equal number of days in May, June or July and be available to fly. Trips flown under this agreement will be unpaid and March PVDs used to protect pay will be restored on a day-for-day basis.
Both of these Letters of Understanding will be posted on APFA’s Web site shortly. Q&As are available online. APFA would like to thank each of our members who submitted details of their cancelled sequences to the Union as requested in yesterday’s hotline, in the event we were not able to get this issue resolved.
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