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InfoRep Hotline December 10, 2010

Welcome to the InfoRep Hotline for December 10, 2010.

Negotiations

The power of the pen truly is mightier than the sword! It appears that our letter writing campaign was incredibly successful and the NMB has heard your pleas for relief.

In last weeks hotline we announced that the Negotiating team would be meeting with the NMB in BNA January 4-6, 2011. At that time the NMB had informed APFA not to expect any bargaining during the meetings.

Late on Wednesday afternoon APFA received an e-mail from the NMB stating that the parties need to be prepared to negotiate during the upcoming meeting.

ìWe welcome any chance to move the process forwardî,†said Laura Glading.††ìIím confident the letters to the NMB from the membership played in important role in their decision to alter the agenda for Januaryís meeting.†††Although Iíve expressed the hardships of our membership to the Board since the beginning of negotiations, hearing it directly from the Flight Attendants must have been extremely compelling.††I want to personally thank each Flight Attendant that took the time to tell their story.î

Glading continued,†ìThis will give the company one last chance to present a contract that recognizes the Flight Attendantsí sacrifices.††Not a zero-sum proposal, or as they have presented in the past, a proposal that would leave the Flight Attendants making less in the end than they do today.†It is time for real money to be put on the table or for the NMB to release the parties.î

In preparation for the meeting with the NMB and American the Negotiating Team will meet in DFW December 14, 2010 for a Table Team meeting and December 15, 2010 for an All-Team meeting.

Legislative

As you will recall from last week, APFA fought valiantly for working flight attendants to be exempt from the enhanced security screening at airports. Though we won that fight the battle is far from over. The APFA Government Affairs department will continue to press for a ìCrewPassî biometric scanner option to be made available to all flight crew and not just pilots. Flight Attendants go through extensive background checks on a yearly basis and are the first line of defense against attack on board the aircraft and as such should be afforded the same option as pilots.

Vice Presidentís Department

Should you be required to participate in an AA Security Department Investigation, please remember the following points:

  • Request an APFA Representative immediately; if a Representative is not physically available, you may consult privately with an APFA Representative by phone for 5-10 minutes prior to your meeting.
  • If an APFA Representative is not available, you may take a fellow Flight Attendant into the meeting with you to take notes. Make sure you do.
  • Under no circumstances should a member of Flight Service Management be present during a security interview.
  • Most importantly, never let AA Corporate Security tell you what to write in your statement, and do not allow them to write your statement under any circumstances.

Do not be intimidated.The majority of the security agents are very professional. Stay calm, take notes, and write your own statement with just the facts, nothing more. No conjecture or hearsay, just the basic facts.

Secretaryís Department

Willingness to Serves (WTS) were mailed out last week to the address each member has on file with APFA. They are also available for download at www.www.apfa.org. Elections are being held for the positions of Base Chairperson, Base Vice Chairperson and Operation Council Representative at all bases. If you are interested in further serving your union, your WTS must be received in the designated P.O. box by 10:00 am CST January 6, 2011. Ballots will be mailed on January 26, 2011 and electronic balloting must be completed by 10:00 am CST February 25, 2011.

Safety and Security

In an effort to be the gift that just keeps on giving this holiday season, the FAA will be bi-coastal on December 16th and 17th with visits in MIA and LAX.

The MIA visits will consist of Flight Attendant manual audits. Flight Attendants flying in and out of MIA should expect to have their manuals audited by both FAA inspectors and local flight service.

Please ensure that your manuals are up to date by visiting the ìManuals and Guidesî section of the Flight service website.

The FAAís LAX visit will be focused on carry-on baggage and exit row screening audits. The inspectors will be looking to make sure that the carry-on bag limits for both passengers and crewmembers are adhered to so please plan accordingly.

If the exit row briefing is your responsibility please review the exit row briefing policy language in the Inflight manual Boarding section.

Any time that you encounter an FAA Inspector please send an e-mail with the flight number and date to [email protected].

ìDid you hear? Sally Ann got Cholera from 737 aircraft N806NN?î ìNo, I heard it was E. Coli, no, it was Black Plague, no, it was ^gasp^ PREGNANCY!!!!î

Stop the insanity! 737 aircraft N806NN did fail an EPA water test on 18 NOV for coliform, not cholera. The airplane water system was placarded and the airplane underwent the water system sanitization bill of work on the 19th†in DFW. This includes sanitizing the water tank and lines and the lavatory faucets; the faucet parts were soaked in a mixture of Lysol and water for at least 10 minutes, scrubbed, and then rinsed for 5 minutes. A water sample was taken on 20 NOV and submitted for testing; the system remained on placard until the test results were returned. The water system did not pass this follow-up test so they conducted another disinfection of the water system and submitted water samples for a retest on 26 NOV. On 28 NOV the test results came back that the potable water system now met the EPA water testing requirements and the placard was removed for the potable water system.

Doctors at AA Medical said that coliform is simply bacteria and bacteria exist everywhere in our daily lives; the next time you eat yogurt, enjoy your bacteria. The fact that a water sample fails an EPA water test simply means that bacteria was present at some level above the EPA standards however this does not mean there was any danger of contracting any disease. There have been no reports of any passenger or crewmember becoming sick after flying on this aircraft before or after the water system was deactivated. The EPA bacteria count levels are set relatively low so that†a potential contamination can be detected and eliminated before it becomes a problem. The water system was deactivated and disinfected per proper procedure so there was little, if any, chance of any transfer of bacteria from the water system to a passenger or crewmember. The important note is that the contaminant was†not cholera.

AA has temporarily suspended flights to PAP as a result of civil unrest that has occurred in response to the controversial Presidential election results. AA will continue to monitor conditions and will adjust operations accordingly.

If you should lose a trip as a result of these cancellations please follow MIC procedures as detailed in Article I-9P (page 484) of our contract.

Health

MetLife recently announced that it would discontinue the sale of new Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI). Met will continue to accept new applications for policies up until 12/30/10.

MetLifeís decision to stop writing new LTCI business will have no impact on existing insuredís coverage. As long as premiums are paid on time, coverage cannot be cancelled.
All current insureds can continue to make coverage changes per the terms of their policy or certificate, including inflation protection offers and requests to increase or decrease coverage.

Members interested in applying for LTCI coverage prior to 12/30/10 can link to the MetLife website from the Benefits page on JetNet or contact MetLife at 1-866-838-1072.

Hotels

Effective immediately the MCO long layover hotel has undergone a name change.

Effective Wednesday, December 15, 2010 the short MIA layover hotel will undergo a name change.

Please see HIDIR for both hotels new names.

APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

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

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

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After-Hours Live Chat
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APFA Events

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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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