Weekly Hotline for Friday August 12, 2011
STATE OF THE UNION MEETINGS
APFA continues to receive positive feedback from Flight Attendants at the base visits.
The meetings are an informative spotlight detailing where we currently are in negotiations and where we are headed as a Union.
No questions will go unanswered so please come prepared with a list of questions or rumors you would like addressed by APFA President Laura Glading, members of the Negotiating Team, National Representatives and your local Base Leadership.
The meetings are open to all members in good standing. We look forward to seeing you there.
The remaining meeting dates are:
DCA – August 17, 2011 from 1000 – 1300
Ramp Conference Room
STL – August 18, 2011 from 1100 – 1400
9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63134
ORD/IOR – August 23, 2011 from 1300 – 1600
West Conference Room
OíHare International Airport – Mezzanine Level
DFW/IDF – August 25, 2011 from 1000 – 1300
Yandry Center at DFW Airport across from Gate C2
PICKETING for FAA REAUTH
The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) has invited APFA to a picketing event at DFW next Tuesday August 16 to bring attention to the FAA Reauthorization.
The temporary extension reached last week will only last until September 16, 2011.† The FAA has not been formally authorized on a long-term basis with a full bill since September 2007.
Picketing will be from 1000-1400 CT in front of DFW Terminal B.
Additional picketing locations for August 16 are ATL, PHX and SEA. Please check the AFA Government Affairs Website for additional information.
VERIZON WORKERS ON STRIKE
As of midnight this past Sunday, more than 45,000 workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are on strike at Verizon Communications up and down the east coast.
The CWA reported on their website that since bargaining began on June 22, Verizon has refused to move from a long list of concession demands amounting to $1 billion per year – roughly $20,000 for every worker – as Verizon’s top five executives received compensation of $258 million over the past five years.
“The APFA fully supports Verizon’s union workforce,” said APFA President Laura Glading. “We share their plight and know it all too well. Year after year, AMR executives award themselves exorbitant bonuses while the employees continue to struggle to make ends meet. It appears that Verizon’s management has joined the nationwide assault on the middle class. The APFA is proud to stand with their brothers and sisters at the CWA and IBEW as they take their fight to the streets.”
FROM THE SAFETY AND SECURITY DEPARTMENT
ATTENTION! New manual revision #78 FOR 15-AUG-11!
Please be aware that the latest manual revision, #78, is due in our manuals on Monday August 15, 2011!
Donít Get Caught With An Out Of Date Manual!
Revision #78 is due in your manual before boarding your first flight on August 15th!
Here is the latest manual information to date:
#95 ~ 04MAR11
#1† ~ 15APR11
#2† ~ 13MAY11
#3† ~ 10AUG11
#4† ~ 10AUG11
#77 ~ 03JUN11
*(#78 ~ 15AUG11)
If your manual is found to be out of date and non compliant you should immediately submit a report to Cabin ASAP.
9/11 MEMORIAL ACTIVITIES
On Sunday, September 11th the 9/11 Memorial Foundation in conjunction with APFA, APA, the Grapevine Fire and Police Departments and the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers Club will host memorial activities.
The day will commence at 0730 with the lowering of the flag and will finalize at 1930 with a remeberance program.
The events will take place at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Site located at 1000 Texan Trail and Northwest Highway, Grapevine, Texas 76051.
If you know of any 9/11 events taking place in your area please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion on the APFA website.
The 30th Annual World Airline Road Race (WARR) 2011 will be held in Grapevine, Texas on Sunday September 11, 2011 hosted by the American Airlines Running Club.
This yearís race will benefit the 9-11 Memorial Foundation Texas & Search One Rescue Team. Events include a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Remembrance Run/Dog Walk and several social activities scheduled throughout the weekend.
For additional information and to register or volunteer, visit their website.
WOUNDED WARRIOR CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Tournament will be held on September 17th at Iron Horse Golf Course in North Richland Hills, Texas. This inaugural event will benefit the Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) that provides rehabilitative golf experiences for combat-wounded veterans.
If you would like to take place in this event please click here for more information and a registration form.
DFW FO Glenn Rosenberger and his son Matt established this event.
PSA STRIKE VOTE
Flight Attendants at PSA Airlines represented by the AFA-CWA are scheduled to vote whether or not to authorize a strike against the carrier. Ballots were sent to the over 300 Flight Attendants this week with a vote count scheduled for September 14, 2011.
AFA PSA Vice President L.C. Acor said, “After many years of financial difficulties, US Airways has†returned to profitability and Flight Attendants at all US Airways carriers should share in that success. PSA Flight Attendants are committed to reaching a new, improved agreement and will do what it takes to ensure we get a contract. We are prepared to take action since this management team refuses to negotiate in good faith,”
PSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. and operates as a US Airways Express carrier.† The full release can be read here.
WORST GOVERNOR EVER
The TWU has created a website accepting votes for the Worst Governor Ever.† Some candidates on the ballot include Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, New Jersey’s Chris Christie and Texas’ own Rick Perry. Also listed are the Governors’ “achievements”.
Log on to www.WorstGovernorEver.com to cast your vote.
UPCOMING RETIREMENT BRIEFINGS
APFA Retirement Specialist Patrick Hancock will be hosting retirement briefings on the following dates:
August 22, 1000-1200
August 23, 1800-2000
Yandry Center across from gate C-2
September 20, 1200-1400
September 21, 1200-1400
September 26, 1000-1200
The seminars are open and useful to all Flight Attendants from all bases, but particularly important to Flight Attendants planning to retire in the next 10 years.
To make the most of these briefings, print and bring your personal pension estimate and plan calculation formulas from JetNet.
AMR TAKES NEXT STEP IN AE SPIN-OFF
AMR announced today via a Press Release that its subsidiary, AMR Eagle Holdings Corporation, has filed a Form 10 Registration Statement with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission marking the next step in a potential spin-off of Eagle.
The Press Release can be read here.
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