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4.01.11

InfoRep Hotline April 1, 2011

Hello fellow InfoReps, Dane Townsend-Pepper here with the IR hotline for Friday, April 1, 2011.

Mark your calendars

On Wednesday April 20, the day 800 plus managers are scheduled to receive bonuses, picketing and leafleting events will be held around the system to protest their insatiable greed.†

Weíve been fighting with this company almost three years for a decent living wage and have received only one response ñ a demand for even more concessions.† These demands coming from those that will once again be awarded multi-million dollar bonuses while Flight Attendants are losing their homes and struggling to support their families.

Stay tuned for additional details regarding picketing and leafleting times and places.

Itís no joke AA needs new management!

If you believe that treating your employees with no respect, taking undeserved bonuses and running a once proud company darn near into the ground are great managerial skills then you probably donít want to take APFAís survey regarding the current AA management team. However, if you believe these are egregious sins against common decency then let your voice be heard! Take the survey found on www.apfa.org and share your opinion. We will use the results in a campaign centered around the events on April 20.

Let us not forget that American Airlines could put an end to these negotiations at any moment by agreeing to a contract that recognizes our sacrifices.† They are the enemy in this battle.

As we told you last week, we will update the base standings each week in this hotline.

SLT has taken over the lead in survey participants, with BOS a close second.† Here are the current rankings by base of the percentage of Flight Attendants having taken the survey:

1st † SLT ñmoves into first place 10th†IMA ñ drops from 7th place
2nd BOS 11th IOR
3rd LAX-I 12th RDU-I ñ up from last place
4th SFO-I ñslips from first place 13th DFW
5th BOS-I 14th MIA ñ down from 11th place
6th ORD 15th IDF
7th DCA 16th JFK
8th SFO 17th LGA
9th LAX ñ up from 14th place 18th DCA-I

Letís see some real shake-ups next week! Log on and make sure your voice is heard and move your base to the top of the list.†

The survey has been extended through April 15.

Much Ado about Nothing

There has been much speculation this week in the press about a reported offer to buy AMR for $3.25 billion.

We have no evidence that the offer to purchase AMR announced on 4/29/11 is a legitimate offer.

Regardless, American Airlines is currently owned by AMR, which is owned by its stockholders.

Our contract is with American Airlines and it is a valid and enforceable contract regardless of who owns the AMR stock.

We think it is sad commentary on the skill of our management team that the market capitalization of our company is less than the total cash on hand.

Thanks for all you do!

We had a tremendous response to our ëStrike Sec. 903í Call to Action this week.† This was a part of the partisan strategy to cripple labor and unions by reversing the National Mediation Boardís ruling on union certification last year.

APFA President Laura Glading commented, ìThank you to all who contacted their Representatives.† This was not only an attack on labor and unions, but also the middle class.† Allowing Congress to interfere with the ability to organize will have a direct and devastating effect by opening the door to further stifling the voice, and escalate the erosion, of the middle class.

ìOur fury with American Airlines management is now mirrored by our dissatisfaction with the politicians in this country that are trying to destroy labor and ultimately prevent the middle class from making a decent living wage.†The fight is far form over; both in our workplace and our state houses.î

We are OneÖand we will be heard!

As weíve mentioned over the last couple of weeks, organized labor is coming together to fight the assault on unions and the middle class.

During the week of April 4, and surrounding dates, the AFL-CIO and We Are One are conducting a nation-wide rally.† It is important that APFA be part of this effort and have a presence in as many locations as possible.

Please visit their calendar link to find a rally near you.† Wear your uniform and your red lanyards and disks!

On Saturday April 2, 2011, the Tarrant County Central Labor Council will co-sponsor a rally at Burnett Park in Fort Worth, TX.† If you are in the DFW area please stop by from 11:00-13:00 CST.† Click here for more details.

The Democratic Staff Committee on Education and the Workforce has prepared an informational packet on the Nationwide Assault on Workersí Rights.† Print it, read it, share it with others.†

Oh No, Ohio

On Wednesday the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 5 that curtails public union rights.

Some of the lowlights of the bill are:

ï Public union employees would be prohibited from striking against the government
ï Public employees would be allowed to opt out of paying union dues or fees if they choose not to be a member
ï State agencies would be prohibited from deducting from a workerís pay for a unionís political activity without employee approval
ï Public union employees would only be allowed to bargain when the public employer chose to do so
ï Public union employees would be prohibited from bargaining over health coverage and pensions
ï Binding arbitration for police officers and firefighters would be prohibited
ï Public employers and employees would participate in a new dispute process, which allows taxpayers to have input on the bargaining offers

The Fat Lady still hasnít sung in Wisconsin

Two weeks ago a Wisconsin judge issued a restraining order temporarily blocking the Wisconsin union busting law from going into effect.

On Thursday the same judge ruled that despite state Republicans best efforts to back-door the law into place the law is still not in effect. It is yet to be decided whether the stateís open meeting laws were violated in order to pass the legislature through the state senate.

What, no Tru-mour?

Alas, there is no Tru-Mour section this week, as I’ve not received any new, unaddressed rumors. I know there are rumors out there haunting the line, so if you hear them please forward them to [email protected] for addressing.

APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

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

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M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
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After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Financial Planning Seminar

March 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2024 BOD Convention

March 19 @ 9:00 am - March 21 @ 5:00 pm

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

Financial Planning Seminar

March 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2024 BOD Convention

March 19 @ 9:00 am - March 21 @ 5:00 pm

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

Financial Planning Seminar

March 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2024 BOD Convention

March 19 @ 9:00 am - March 21 @ 5:00 pm
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