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3.18.11 – (LAA) – Japan Earthquake, Recall Update, PLOA, Make Up and HISEND, Management Survey, Executive Bonuses

Weekly Hotline
For the week ending Friday, March 18, 2011


APFA is continuously working to ensure the safety and security of all Flight Attendants currently in or traveling to and from Japan. We praise our fellow crewmembers dedication and professionalism in the face of this terrible tragedy.
Our thoughts and prayers got out to the people of Japan as they†continue to recover from the devastating aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced today that ìout of an abundance of cautionî effective Wednesday, March 16, 2011 all aircraft, passengers, baggage, and cargo coming from Japan will be screened. To date, little radiation has been found on any cargo, and no radiation has been detected on passengers or passenger luggage. The cargo that was held has been released.

APFA is in contact with our crews, governmental agencies and AFA. Further, we are part of a joint Operational Response Team composed of APFA, Flight, Flight Service, APA, SOC and Safety, Security and Environmental, M&E, Airport Services and the TWU. This team meets everyday throughout the day to review new information as it becomes available and develop contingency plans. The joint Operational Response Team has developed a Japan†Emergency Preparedness Plan and are putting procedures in place in the event of an emergency evacuation out of NRT and HND. For up-to-the minute updates please go to the Flight Service website and click on Japan Update under Flight Service News. APFA is prepared to immediately deal with any new situation that may arise.


As a reminder today, Friday March 18 is the deadline for those FAs being recalled effective June 1, 2011 to return their acceptance notice to a FedEx location in the enclosed pre-paid envelope.

In addition recall notices were sent to those FAs being recalled effective July 2, 2011 on Tuesday, March 15. The deadline for those being recalled effective July 2, 2011 to return their acceptance notice to a FedEx location is Friday, March 25.

If you are not sure where you are on the recall list and whether you are included in either of the current recall groups please check the recall list posted on the Recall page of the APFA website

If you are part of either recall group and have not received your recall notice, please send an email to


Currently the company has a six-month PLOA proffer available for the months of May through October 2011. The deadline to put in for this proffer is Friday, March 25 at 1000CT.

Please thoroughly review all the details of this proffer including the Q and A posted on the Proffer Ballot page of the Crew Resources website.  Keep in mind the total length of this proffer is 184 days and you could have a 4 day adjustment to your Occupational (Bidding) Seniority date. To see how a 4 day adjustment might affect you, please go to the Contract Department page of the APFA website to access the Occupational Seniority List. You can view your seniority date along with those near you on the list to see what, if any, impact a four-day adjustment would have on your relative seniority.

In addition, since Non-rev Travel privileges are only allowed for the first 180 days of a PLOA, you would not have travel for the last 4 days of this leave. If you are taking consecutive leaves in conjunction with the PLOA your seniority and travel could be further affected by the additional days on leave that are in excess of 180 days.

If you bid and hold a carry-over trip from April into May you would complete your carry-over trip prior to starting your PLOA. This would reduce the number of days on a PLOA and would offset any adjustment to your Occupational Seniority or impact to your Non-rev Travel privileges.



Crew schedule will only accept HISEND MU messages for day before coverage. If you submit a HISEND and are awarded a trip prior to 1900 Local Base Time (LBT), you are considered to have confirmed your assignment. YOU are responsible for checking to see if you have been given a trip. Don’t put yourself in a position to get a missed trip. If you are awarded a trip after 1900, crew schedule will give you a call.


If you are an AVBL FA and you trip trade down in time, even by one minute, you will reduce your guarantee to those hours reflected in your PROJ.


Deep South flying requires a scheduled 10:30 minimum layover. If you are assigned a trip and it doesn’t reflect the 10:30 layover, contact crew schedule to have the layover rest fixed. Sometimes there can be an oversight when crew schedule builds these sequences. APFA has received reassurance from crew schedule that they will fix the sequence if brought to their attention. In actual operation, the rest may be reduced to 10:00


A survey has been posted on

Whatís your confidence level with our current Management Team? It’s time American hears directly from you.

We are asking every member to participate.

Log-on to today and voice your opinion.†Log-in required.

The survey will be available until March 31, 2011.

If you need assistance logging in to the website†e-mail the membership department at


AMR recently filed the SEC 10K for the full year 2010 and disclosed the total amount of the shares and options granted through management’s bonus program.

A majority of these shares and options will vest in 2013 with AMR having granted up to 8.1 million Performance Share Plan (PSP) and deferred shares (PSP was formerly known as PUP), as well as 3.2 million options (stock appreciation rights). These are in addition to the shares and options that will vest in 2011 and 2012.

At today’s share price, the 2011-2013 bonus shares are valued at more than $150 million in total.

Although APFA has been unable to wrangle a contract from AA, management has made sure to secure their bonus contract through 2013 and will soon be granted additional bonus shares and options that will vest in 2014.

Since 2006, management’s bonus program has already provided them with $344 million in bonuses.


Please remember there are currently 796 members on furlough and awaiting recall. This number includes all recalls as of April 2, 2011.

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