Hello InfoReps, today is May 11, 2010, and this is Jon Murden, the new Interim Member of the InfoRep Steering Committee. I would like to start this hotline by thanking Jeff Pharr for all the hard work he has done with the InfoRep program over the past couple of years and look forward to working with him to keep the membership informed as we move through negotiations. This week there are a couple of things to touch on in order to keep the membership informed.
Strike Authorization Vote
With eight days until the deadline for the strike authorization vote, it is crucial that we communicate with Flight Attendants the importance of a YES vote! The only way American is going to hear that we are unified and bring a worthwhile contract to the table is to know that we will do whatever it takes to secure a contract. Please help spread the word of how important a YES vote is and the power of YES!
The deadline for the strike vote is May 19, 2010, at 10am central time. All votes must be in by this time. Anyone who has not received a ballot should contact the APFA Ballot Committee as soon as possible to insure they will receive their ballot in time to vote. The Ballot Committee can be reached via email at [email protected] or by calling APFA headquarters extension 8311.
Members are reminded that they must be in good standing by the close of business on the 5th day prior to the deadline to be eligible to vote. Anyone questioning their eligibility should contact the dues department as soon as possible to clear up any issues that could jeopardize their ability to vote. The dues department can be reached at [email protected] or 817-540-0108 ext. 8154.
Road Show Update
After many weeks of traveling, the Negotiating team wrapped up its final road show in NYC. Hundreds of members rallied to attend these shows and find out the state of negotiations, as well as to ask questions that are important to the membership. On May 10th, the Negotiating Committee posted video segments from the Road Shows to enable those members that could not attend to watch the presentations. In order to view the Road Show videos, Flight Attendants will need to log into www.APFA.org, then go to the following link:
When giving the link to your co-workers, please remind them to log into the website before clicking on the link.
Following the DFW road show, the NBC station in Dallas ran a segment about the state of negotiations at American Airlines. Watching the piece, we can see the frustration of our leaders, as well as the general "head in the sand" attitude at Centreport. We invite you to share the link with your co-workers so they realize how out of touch with reality AMR headquarters truly is.
As the strike vote wraps up and we get closer to a possible release, we are gearing up to begin the Phonewatch program. Phonewatch will start once we are released into a 30 day cooling off period and continue to run until we reach a tentative agreement or through the duration of a strike. Phonewatch will be available to answer questions from Flight Attendants and help those that are unclear about anything that might happen in the future. DFW based Flight Attendant Michael Truan has taken on the task of setting up Phonewatch and staffing the phones. He is looking for volunteers from around the system who are in Dallas and willing to give their time to a great cause. Please get the word out to the Flight Attendants that he is in need many more volunteers. Anyone who will be in the Dallas area and willing to volunteer some time to this great cause should send their name, phone number and email address to Michael at [email protected].
That’s all for this week. Thank you for all you do to keep our members informed! As we keep going forward in these negotiations, the words of an ancient Latin writer carry a more important message than ever before.
"Where there is unity, there is always victory!"
– Publilius Syrus