InfoRep Hotline 16NOV08
Events are set for Tuesday the 18th to commemorate the 15th anniversary of our 1993 Strike. DCA, DFW and JFK will be picketing from 11:00-15:00. All members are encouraged to participate. If you are on sit-time in one of these cities, please join the picket line to help display our Unity. In addition, local APFA Representative will be available in the operations area of most base cities. Please click the ëRemember Novemberí link at the top of the www.apfa.org main page for a complete list of locations and times.
APFA has prepared a ëRemember Novemberí documentary with excellent media footage from the strike. When you see your Representatives in operations on the 18th, stop by and view the excellent recap of this historic time when we proved what we can accomplish. Unified, we are a force to be reckoned with. Will history repeat itself? Letís ensure that if it does, we are standing together willing, ready and able.
As reported last week, the company presented nine articles. Five of these articles had no proposed changes; Article 20-Medical Appeals/Arbitration, Article 21-Hotel and Transportation, Article 22-Joint Scheduling Committee, Article 23-Emergency Assignments and Article 32-Health and Safety Committee. Your Negotiating Team, however, disagrees. They believe there is always room for improvement.
Tuesday of this week, the APFA Negotiating Team met internally to prepare new proposals and counter proposals on various articles. During discussion this week, APFA presented counter proposals on Article 5-Uniforms and Accessories, Article 12-Filling of Vacancies, Article 19-Leaves of Absence, and Article 27-Berievement/Personal Leaves.
APFA exchanged new proposals on Article 18-Moving Expenses, Article 20-Medical Appeals/Arbitration, Article 21-Hotels and Transportation, Article 23-Emergency Assignments, and Article 24-Copies of Agreement.
On Thursday, AA presented counter proposals on Article 5-Uniforms and Accessories, Article 12-Filling of Vacancies, Article 23-Emergency Assignments, and Article 24-Copies of agreement.
The Scheduling Subcommittee met Thursday with American Airlines Capacity Planning to hear the companyís 2009 projections. There were no surprises as it was consistent with information already publicly released.
Discussions are set to resume on Tuesday, November 18th.
DID YOU KNOW?
Reserve was first mentioned in the 1957 agreement. However, there was no language either defining it or explaining what ëReserve Dutyí was. Interestingly enough, the company still does not know how to use a Reserve efficiently.
Our current CBA, Article 10-Reserve, is currently 21 pages and Section 10.A.1 defines a Reserve Flight Attendant as ëÖone who does not hold a regular flying assignment and whose function is to be available to back up regular schedules and to perform any open and/or reserve flying not flown by regularly assigned Flight Attendants.í