7.15.11 – (LAA) – State of the Union Base Visits, PVD Survey, 2011 Recall Update, Hot Cabins, APFA Supports APSA-CWA, Virgin Pilots Call Off Strike, TWA Flight 800

APFA Weekly Hotline Update for the week ending Friday July 15, 2011


We continue to receive positive feedback from Flight Attendants attending the State of the Union Base Visits.† This week APFA President Laura Glading and members of the Negotiating Team and other National Representatives visited New York and Boston.

Next week we will be in DFW in the Yandry Center across from gate C2.† Please join us along with the DFW and IDF 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to some internal topics discussed during these meetings, this round of visits will not be recorded as we’ve done in the past.

Here is a list of the remaining scheduled visits:

  • DFW/IDF – July 20, 2011
    Yandry Center DFW – 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 – 1100-1400

    102-05 Ditmars Blvd.
    East Elmhurst, NY 11369
  • LAX/LAX-I – August 10, 2011
    Ayres Hotel – 1000-1300
    14400 Hindry Avenue
    Hawthorne, CA 90250
  • SFO/SFO-I – August 11, 2011
    Embassy Suites South SFO – 1030-1330
    250 Gateway Blvd.
    South San Francisco, CA 94080
  • DCA – August 17, 2011
    Ramp Conference Room – 1000-1300
  • STL – August 18, 2011
    Renaissance Hotel – 1100-1400

    9801 Natural Bridge Road
    St. Louis, MO 63134
  • ORD/IOR – August 23, 2011
    West Conference Room – 1300-1600

    OíHare International Airport
    Mezzanine Level


The APFA Vice President’s 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.organd complete the survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

The survey will be available through Sunday July 17, 2011.


Recall notices will be sent the next 100 Flight Attendants on the Recall list on Monday, July 18, 2011 via two-day FedEx delivery. These Flight Attendants are being recalled effective October 1, 2011. If you have moved and have not updated your address with American Airlines please ensure you do so promptly.

If your mailing address has changed you†must notify the company by faxing the information to HR Services at 888-891-3625. Please include your employee number, old address information, new address information and a copy of a government issued identification to confirm your identity.

Keep in mind that address change information is not shared between American and APFA and therefore you must notify both American and APFA separately of an address change to ensure a current address is on file.

Additional information regarding the October 1 recall will be posted to the Recall page of the APFA website the week of July 18, 2011.


As the summer temperatures rise, we continue to confront hot cabin temperatures.

If you encounter an unsafe cabin temperature remember – UNSAFE HEAT, DON’T GREET. Immediately contact the Captain and the Agent and inquire if either the APU or ground air is available. If neither is available and you feel the cabin temperature is too hot, request that the boarding process be halted to address the temperature issue.†

Safety must come first. Never put your health or safety at risk, especially when dealing with hot cabin temperatures that could lead to heat exhaustion. If boarding needs to be delayed or stopped, remember to request the assistance of the local MOD.

All delayed boarding flights due to hot cabin temperatures should be reported to Cabin ASAP.

Please report all hot cabin temperature incidents and issues to both the Flight Attendant Reporting system as well as the Cabin ASAP program. †Flight Attendants may submit a report directly to the Flight Attendant Reporting system while on board the aircraft via the OSR. The event should then be reported to Cabin ASAP at the end of the sequence.

Please contact APFA Safety & Security and/or APFA Health with all hot cabin temperature issues, safety@apfa.organd health@apfa.org.


The Association of Passenger Service Agents/CWA (APSA-CWA Local 6001) is in the process of organizing the Airport, RES and Admirals Club Agents.†

They will have a “National Day of Unity” next Tuesday July 19. 2011 and are asking their colleagues. Let’s show our support for their effort. Wear your red tie or scarf along with your red lanyard and red disk behind your union pin on the 19th.

In a letter to the agents, APFA President Laura Glading remarked, “The stronger our unity as a workforce – from the pilots and mechanics to the flight attendants and passenger service agents – the better chance we all have to improve our standard of living.

“The leaders of the APSA-CWA Local 6001 have the expert knowledge and long history of experience in collective bargaining to offer you a helping hand.† This is a shared battle, and at we at the APFA stand with you and support your efforts in coming together as a united force.”


The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) reported a last minute deal with Virgin Atlantic late last week. The tentative agreement halted their threat of a strike announced earlier this month.

BALPA said they would first provide details of the offer to its members before sharing with the public.


July 17, 2011 marks the 15th anniversary of the crash of TWA Flight 800.† The 747 exploded 12 minutes after takeoff from JFK killing all 230 people on board, including 18 Crew Members.† The anniversary of this tragic event is still difficult for the family members and colleagues; please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Please remember there are currently 321 members on furlough and awaiting recall.

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