6.25.09 – (LAA) – Proffers for Overage Leaves and Modified Partnership Flying, Pins and Wings Campaign, STL Membership Outreach Meeting, Onboard Retail Sales, Retirement Seminars

APFA weekly HotLine update for Thursday, June 25, 2009.


— Proffers for Overage Leaves and Modified Partnership Flying (Part Time) opens June 25. Many new Overage Leave options and improvements to Partnership implemented. Read below and online for details.

— Pins and Wings campaign is in full swing! Participate and spread the word..

— STL Membership Outreach Meeting place changed. Read below for new location.

— Take the member poll on APFA.org to voice your opinion on voluntary Onboard Retail sales.

— Retirement Seminars at DFW, July 17 and 20. Read below for details.


The proffers for Overage Leaves of Absence and for Modified Partnership Flying open on June 25 and will close July 31 at 10am central time (1000). The proffer forms are available through the Flight Service website. Details are posted there and reprinted on the APFA website Reduction in Force page. APFA worked hard with the company to reach agreement on several new options for the Overage Leaves and modifications to Partnership Flying to both increase the number of participants in each to the extent possible and reduce the overall manning overage and the number of potential furloughs.


In addition to the Overage Leaves offered in accordance with Article 16, the company will offer auxiliary blocks for either the two-month period October AND November 2009, or the individual one-month leaves of October OR November 2009. Most importantly, Flight Attendants awarded one of these additional auxiliary blocks, and whose reserve rotation falls during the block, will receive reserve credit similar to a Flight Attendant awarded a Bid Leave during a reserve month. For those looking for some time off in the fall, please consider this as an option.

An additional two-month auxiliary block will be offered for April and May 2010. The reserve credit exception does not apply for this spring block.


Some significant modifications have been agreed to with respect Partnership Flying under Appendix F in order to expand the practicality of the program and increase its availability to a greater number of Flight Attendants. Modified Partnership Flying will be proffered for the three-month period October to December 2009 but will not require a partner. Instead, it will operate similar to our former part-time flying provisions.

Flight Attendants desiring Modified Partnership Flying will proffer to fly either an A portion or B portion for the months of October and November. For the month of December, only a B portion will be awarded. As with the previous part-time provisions, sequences falling outside the obligation of the A or B portion will be used for building relief lines or placed in open time. This is excellent news for those who wish to fly partial months but for whom finding a suitable partner to share a line is inconvenient, impossible or impractical. Please note that the “line sharing” aspect of Partnership Flying will be replaced for this proffer by the agreed to modifications.

The Modifications to Partnership Flying and the Letter of Understanding concerning these modifications and the additional Overage Leave auxiliary blocks can be found on the Reduction in Force page of APFA.org.


Those among the 1200 subject to furlough may proffer an Overage Leave and/or Modified Partnership Flying. As in the past, the number of proffers to be awarded to these Flight Attendants will be based on the number of Leaves, Modified Partnership Flying and Travel Separation Packages to those not originally subject to the furlough.


Are you displaying your unity to management? Every member should now be sporting only an APFA pin and wings (along with any required nametag) on your uniform jacket. Go to your closet now and check your compliance! Then spread the word to your fellow Flight Attendants to move those length-of-service, memorial pins, flags, etc. to their serving garment and show the company that you stand behind your Union. These small measures do have an impact. We are reentering mediated talks very soon with the company. As your APFA Team faces management across the bargaining table, let the company know that our members back APFA as their single voice in our fight for a new and improved agreement.


After discussions with Flight Service in which they agreed to implement their Onboard Sales initiative on a strictly voluntary, test basis, APFA has delayed filing a Presidential Grievance over the program. Nevertheless, the company has proceeded with placing Special Briefings in every mailbox and with HI6 messages encouraging your participation. We are actively bargaining for long-awaited and hard-earned raises and improvements to our benefits and work rules. In no way does commission-based income in a voluntary sales program come even close to achieving real gains that our members can bank on. Send a message to American that you deserve real structural, guaranteed pay increases, not empty promises.

Return both your SkyMall Special Briefing and your Onboard Sales HI6 marked “NEGOTIATE IT” to your Flight Service Manager. Show the company that we donít need volunteer opportunities; we need real raises now. Tell them to stop wasting paper on offering us the chance to shill in the skies for a catalog company. The paper we want to see is a new, negotiated and improved working agreement.


Our APFA Headquarters Reps-on-Duty are ready to assist you explaining your options should you be interested in an Overage Leave, Modified Partnership Flying or a Travel Separation Package. Prior to calling or emailing the Contract/Scheduling Departments we request that you thoroughly review information posted on APFA.org, the AA Flight Service and Jetnet websites to see if your question is answered in any available Q and A and other posted materials. If after reviewing the material you still have questions, then please contact the Contract/Scheduling Departments. This will help ensure that we can respond to all Flight Attendants in a timely manner.

Web forms for contacting the Reps-on-Duty are available through a link on the Contact page of APFA.org (or click here. Members without a web login may use the generic Contact APFA form and your email will be routed to the correct department.


APFA President Laura Glading and members of the APFA Negotiating Team bring their Membership Outreach Meetings to the final two base cities this coming week. On Tuesday, June 30, St. Louis will be the site at a revised location, chosen to accommodate more members. The meeting will be held from 2pm to 5pm at the Renaissance St. Louis Hotel Airport. (Address and phone number available at APFA.org.) The day after, Wednesday, July 1, New York will host the final meeting at the Mark DuPont Conference Room, JFK Airport – Terminal 8, from 2pm to 5pm.

Please plan to attend. It is imperative that all members become informed, engaged and involved. Laura and the Team have very important information to share with members regarding negotiations and upcoming activities that require your active participation.


On July 17 and July 20, Flight Attendant Retirement Seminars will be held at DFW. The July 17 sessions are at 1pm and 3pm; the July 20 sessions are at 10am and 2pm. All sessions are held in the Yandry Center across from gate C2, DFW terminal C. Flight Attendants from all bases are welcome to attend. No reservations are required. Representatives from both APFA (Patrick Hancock and Jackie Phillips) and AA will be present. Discussions include pension selections and retirement benefits, including insurance and travel. To get the most out of these helpful seminars, print out and bring your personal pension estimate and plan calculation formulas from Jetnet.


Saturday, June 27, begins the last five days of the contractual month of June. Flight Attendants who experience an Illegality or Cancellation during this period should review page 23 of the On Duty Contract Guide to determine if the Last Five Days of the Month Cancellation/Illegality Protection applies in their case and, if so, the precise steps to follow. The text from the guide is also reprinted below.

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Remember that there are 1,258 members now on furlough and awaiting recall.

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from the On Duty Contract Guide


1. Pay protection and obligation limited to contractual month in which
the sequence was scheduled to originate.

2. Applies only at origination of Flight Attendant’s last trip of the
month, including Make-Up, Option II and Optional Exchange.

3. Last trip of the month must originate in last five days of the month.

4. If Flight Attendant is at or above guarantee and wants to protect
her/his hours, s/he must:

a. Place her/his name on the make-up list for all days originally
scheduled to fly, including the eight (8) hour period after the
scheduled termination of the trip sequence lost or until midnight
of the last day of the contractual month.

b. Accept any trip offered that that originates up to eight (8) hours
after the scheduled termination of the trip sequence lost. Flight
Attendant must be legal and available for assignment.

1) If not offered such a trip on make-up, s/he is pay protected
for lost time.

2) If offered and actually flies a trip worth less than trip lost,
s/he is pay protected for the greater time.

5. If Flight Attendant is at or below guarantee:

a. No further obligation.

b. Only guarantee is protected.

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