InfoRep Hotline – February 18, 2011
This is interim InfoRep Steering Committee member Dane Townsend-Pepper with the InfoRep Hotline for Friday, February 18, 2011.
A Little Housekeeping
Vacation Bidding for the 2011/2012 Fiscal Year began this week.
Primary Vacation bids opened on Tuesday, February 15 at 17:00CT and will close on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 08:00CT.
Secondary Vacation bidding will open on March 15, 2011 and close on Wednesday, March 23 at 0800CT.
Please refer to HI6 messages and the Vacation Bidding Information that will be posted on the Crew Resources page of the Flight Service website for details concerning vacation bidding.
Please note that bidding closes early than usual this month. Bidding will close at 00:01 Local Base Time on Sunday, February 20, 2011.
Where does the truth end and the rumor begin?
In an effort to dispel rumors which are running rampant on the line, this weeks IR hotline will be about where the truth ends and the rumor begins or is it where the rumors end and the truth begins?
Money, money, money!
The rumor is circling on the line that flight attendants in New York have begun receiving payouts from the United Healthcare (UHC) class action suit. Why havenít I received mine yet?
The truth is I havenít been able to find anyone who admits to receiving a payout yet, not to say someone hasnít I just havenít found them. Further according to the Berdon Claims (the administrators of the payouts) the case is still in progress. Here are the details of that progression:
Case In Progress
Accurate claims processing takes a significant amount of time.
Thank you for your patience.
We adhere to a comprehensive program that includes, among other things, the following steps:
- Develop custom software for efficient claims processing.
- Field all general claimant inquiries ó explaining provisions, answering questions, and reconciling charges of deficiency.
- Receive and review claims ó documenting changes, updates, and corrections along the way.
- Audit claimantsí information in the data-managing system.
- Identify duplicate and fraudulent claims.
- Identify incomplete claims and communicate with claimants.
- Provide attorneys with comprehensive reports and affidavits.
- File appropriate tax, regulatory, and financial reports for the settlement fund.
- Design checks, enclosures and cover letters.
- Prepare databases for transfer agents, if required.
- Prepare, process, issue, and mail checks.
A distribution cannot be made until all claims have been examined and evaluated, which takes a considerable amount of time. The distribution of the Net Settlement Fund will be made in accordance with the Plan of Allocation as described in the Notice.†Please note that distribution of the Net Settlement Fund is also subject to final approval of the Court.
I heard a rumor on my last trip that Domestic and International are definitely merging.
In truth when we surveyed the membership on this issue we found that 50% of the FA’s were strongly in favor and 50% strongly opposed, so what we have proposed is, on a VOLUNTEER basis FAís on both international and domestic reserve can identify themselves as ìdual qualifiedî (DQ). That will indicate a FA is willing to fly out of both operations. The FAís who are DQ will be paid an override. We have NOT come to an agreement on the override yet. If the company wants it, theyíll have to pay for it, incentivizing the FA and giving the FA more options and flexibility.
Getting a lilí something, something on the side?
A rumor has been told by AA managers that APFA and AA are negotiating outside of the contract for International and Domestic to be combined.
The truth is this question has been partially answered above. However, the rest of the answer is that there is no discussion taking place outside of negotiations on merging the international and domestic operation.
Thereís money to buy what airline?
The rumor in MIA is that AA is going to buy JetBlue.
Truthfully, APFA doesnít think AA can afford to purchase JetBlue. That having been said, AA would not divulge confidential information such as this into the general public as it would hinder any negotiating advantage they have.
Please send any other rumors that you hear or read to [email protected]. Itís our goal to make sure we have the most factually savvy workforce possible. As the old adage states, ìknowledge is powerî.