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10.29.10

InfoRep Hotline October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween InfoReps! Today is October 29, 2010 and I am Dane Townsend-Pepper, the new Interim InfoRep Steering Committee Member. Thank you to John Murden for his interim work with the program. It is an honor to have the opportunity to work closely with APFA Communications Coordinator Jeff Pharr as well as each of you. It is my sincere hope that each of you is as excited as I am about keeping our fellow flight attendants and ourselves truthfully informed and engaged as we continue the negotiations process.

This week APFA members have an exciting opportunity to individually assist in moving the negotiations process forward. Itís as simple as telling your story of hardship directly to the NMB via letter or CapWiz. While a written letter is the most effective
form of communication with the NMB, we have now activated CapWiz, which offers an e-mail option.† Details follow in this special message from APFA President Laura Glading. Please share this groundbreaking opportunity with as many flight attendants as possible.

Hello ñ†this is APFA President Laura Glading with a Call To Action Message.

The Negotiating Team left the meeting with two of the top NMB staff members ñ Chief of Staff Dan Rainey and Director of Mediation Service Larry Gibbons – last week incredibly frustrated.

I traveled with the table team to Washington fully intending to leave with a commitment to be released into a 30-day cooling off period.

Our presentation did not fall on deaf ears and was not entirely in vain. Since that meeting I have been informed that our case has been moved to the head of their docket and will be given top priority. However, to reiterate our overwhelming frustration, Iíve also sent a letter to the three sitting members of the NMB to push for our release and, most importantly to express the economic hardships our membership has endured the past eight years.

I hear daily from Flight Attendants around the system how they are struggling to support their families, make ends meet and are in danger of losing, or in some cases have even lost, their homes. Your struggles are heart wrenching. I have been expressing your hardships, and frustration with American, since the onset of mediation, but perhaps it is time the NMB hears it directly from you.

I am asking every American Airlines Flight Attendant to respectfully tell your story by sending a letter directly to the three members of the NMB.

While we work harder for less, the company continues to save $1M each day the concessions remain in place – concessions that were intended to last five years; not the soon to be seven and one half years. Meanwhile executives continue to reward themselves with multi-million dollar bonuses.

We have exhausted our options at the table and without intervention from the NMB, the company has no incentive to negotiate. Itís time for the Railway Labor Act to work as it was intended.

Write the NMB and make sure your voice and story is heard. The address and names of the NMB members are listed below.

Harry Hoglander, Chairman
Elizabeth Dougherty, Member
Linda Puchala, Member
NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD
1301 K Street NW, Suite 250 East
Washington, DC 20005-7011

*You may also send the letter via CapWiz by visiting capwiz.com/apfa or by clicking the ‘Take Action’ tab at the top of our Facebook page, Facebook.com/APFAunity.

A Flight Attendant based at IOR has already written a letter to the NMB ñ a copy can be read here. We would like to post some of your stories on the APFA.org website and Facebook page.

Please send a copy of your letter to us here at APFA Headquarters.

APFA
Attn:†Communications Department
1004 West Euless Blvd
Euless, TX 76040

e-mail: [email protected]

In Unity,

Laura Glading

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APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Currently, no scheduled events...

APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Currently, no scheduled events...

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