APFA Weekly Hotline Update
for the week ending Friday July 1, 2011
We extend a warm welcome to the returning furloughs reporting to base July 1 to DFW, MIA and LGA.
STATE OF THE UNION – Base Visits
Next week APFA President Laura Glading, Negotiating Team Members and other National Representatives will begin the State of the Union Base Visits.
Please join us, along with your Local Base Leadership, and come with your questions and concerns for a candid discussion and exchange of ideas on our Union’s past, present and future.
- ORD/IOR – July 6, 2011
K19 Operations – 0900-1300
- RDU-I – July 7, 2011
Courtyard by Marriott – 1100-1400
2001 Hospitality Court
Morrisville, NC 27560
- JFK/LGA – July 13, 2011
International JFK Airport Hotel – 1100-1400
144-02 135th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11436
- BOS/BOS-I – July 14, 2011
Hyatt Harborside Hotel ñ 1100-1400
101 Harborside Drive
Boston, MA 02128
- DFW/IDF – July 20, 2011
Yandry Center DFW ñ 1500-1900
Across from Gate C2
- MIA/IMA – July 28, 2011
Hotel MIA ñ 1100-1400
Terminal E, 2nd Level (Departures)
- LGA/JFK – August 4, 2011
LaGuardia Marriott Hotel ñ 1100-1400
102-05 Ditmars Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
- LAX/LAX-I – August 10, 2011
Ayres Hotel ñ 1000-1300
14400 Hindry Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250
- SFO/SFO-I – August 11, 2011
Embassy Suites South SFO ñ 1030-1330
250 Gateway Blvd.
South San Francisco, CA 94080
- DCA – August 17, 2011
Ramp Conference Room ñ 1000-1300
- STL – August 18, 2011
Renaissance Hotel ñ 1100-1400
9801 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63134
STEADFAST AND DETERMINED
“We are persevering in facing challenges and we are unrelenting in demanding that our sacrifices and efforts be recognized,” writes APFA President Laura Glading in her latest Skyword Online article. In the article, Laura outlines some of our Union’s accomplishments and highlights the State of Our Union.
The APFA Vice Presidentís Department is interested in hearing your thoughts on Personal Vacation Days (PVDs) and the way American awards PVDs, so that we may have a better understanding of how PVDs work, or do not work, for you. A short survey has been posted on APFA.org.
Please take a few moments to log-on to www.APFA.org and complete the survey.† Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
DEPARTURE DEPENDABILITY UPDATE
APFA President Laura Glading met with the company this week to address concerns over the enhanced boarding and the ongoing pressure Flight Attendants are under to board early.
Laura Glading was firm, and the company recognized, APFA’s position that the current boarding times of 30 minutes for narrow body and 40 minutes for wide body are adequate.
The company has committed to communicate this to our Agent colleagues and to bring a group of Agents and Flight Attendants together so that both workgroups have a better understanding of the others challenges.
“Flight Attendants are not paid during boarding, and it is the most stressful part of their, and most likely the Agents’, day, “Laura Glading stated. “Considering that we board multiple flights a day, one can understand the importance we place on a streamlined process.”
“It is also a stressful time for our passengers who also want and appreciate an efficient boarding,” Glading continued. “We look forward to meeting with the Agents.”
As has always been the case, there may be times to begin pre-boarding earlier than usual depending on the amount of ëpre-boardsí. Please continue to coordinate with the Agents working your flight and report any unnecessary requests for early boarding to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently the Company and APFA agreed to take another look at the feasibility of a satellite base. Taking into consideration the current flying at SFO as well as the upcoming closure of SFO-I, Sacramento (SMF) will be the next satellite base.
Based on that analysis it has been agreed that a satellite base at SMF attached to the SFO domestic base will open effective with the contractual month of September. †This is great news for our Flight Attendants based in SFO.
APFA will continue to discuss with the company the possibility of additional satellite bases.
UNITED-CONTINENTAL – AFA
Earlier this week the Flight Attendants of the merged United and Continental Airlines chose the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) as their union over the International Association of Machinists (IAM).
A total of 21,687 voted in the election casting 11,942 votes for AFA and 9,745 for IAM.
Additional information can be read on the AFA Website.
APFA Headquarters will be closed on Monday July 4, 2011 in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday July 5, 2011 at 0900 CT.
Please remember there are currently 321 members on furlough and awaiting recall.