2.05.12 – (LAA) – American Announced Voluntary Options to Manage Overage

February 5, 2012


This week American announced that they would be opening voluntary options to help manage a current overage of 500 Flight Attendants. This overage is a result of†capacity reductions made to their 2012 plan.

As a result, voluntary options will open this week with an effective date of April 1. We are finalizing the details for the types of options and balloting time lines with the company and will announce them via this Hotline.

APFA President Laura Glading stated, “This announcement could not have come at a more difficult time than on the heels of the ridiculously insulting proposal on Wednesday.† Please know that we will do everything possible to ensure minimal impact on our Membership.”

We have 400 Flight Attendants returning from the most recent overage†leaves as well as Flight Attendants whose Partnership months will conclude in March†and feel confident that this round of overages will be mitigated again by overage options.


APFA National Hotel Coordinator Kelly Gambello held several conference calls this week regarding the MIA Hotel situation. The company has since acknowledged that their handling could have been better and issued an HI6 apology to all the effected bases.††Due to the bankruptcy filing and the channels that all new bills/contracts need to go through for authorization, there will be no changes to the hotel locations for the month of February. However, the company has agreed to continue seeking improved alternative hotels for March ñ and beyond should we be in the same overage situation.†In addition, the company will issue an HI6 message during the bidding period to ensure everyone is aware of any changes within this market for March.

We will also include a message via this Hotline as Kelly is made aware of any overages or changes for March.†Also, this week we will post the hotels being used for this Temporary Relocation on the Hotel page at APFA.org under the System List and the Amenities Page.†During the bidding period for March, please refer to the Allocations section on the Hotel Page. Hotel information is updated monthly as it becomes available.

The Hotel Amenities page is a great resource for information on all Hotels including discounts offered, Internet availability and other extras.†Log-in to APFA.org, click ‘National Departments’ in the left menu and then Hotel. The Hotel Amenities link is available at the bottom of this page.


The National Officer Run-off election ballots were mailed on January 26, 2012 and votes must be cast by 10:00 CT on February 24, 2012.

You must be dues current by 5:00 p.m. CST on February 21, 2012, and any dues promissory note/payment plan must have been active by January 26, 2012 in order to have your vote counted for the APFA National Officer Run-Off election ballot count on February 24, 2012.

To access the APFA BallotPoint Voting System by phone, call 1-800-698-3789 or 1-503-419-1145 or online at https://www.ballotpoint.com/apfa.

For questions concerning the Elections and Balloting, or to obtain a duplicate ballot, contact the Ballot Committee at 817.540.0108 x8311 or via e-mail at ballot@apfa.org.


Last month APFA sponsored the Presidential Debate between Liz Geiss and Laura Glading. †APFA members may view the debate, in its entirety, by logging on to APFA.org.


The Willingness to Serve for Executive Committee Member Ad Hoc Place #5 can be found on the Elections and Balloting page of APFA.org. The term of office for this position will commence on April 1, 2012 and ends March 31, 2015. If interested, please return your WTS to the APFA Secretary, 1004 West Euless Blvd, Euless, TX 76040, anytime prior the Annual Convention that convenes on February 27, 2012.


A special APFA Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday February 14, 2012 at the Holiday Inn DFW South beginning at 0900. The 2011 Fourth Quarter Meeting of the APFA Executive Committee will convene following the Board of Directors meeting at the same location. Time to be determined. Members in good standing are welcome to attend.


AFA has invited APFA Members to join in their event, OCCUFLY LAX: It’s not just about first class, it’s about the Working Class!† If you are based or will be in Los Angeles on Monday, please join them in uniform.

OCCUFLY LAX: “It’s not just about first class, it’s about the Working Class!”
Report Time: 12:15pm SHARP
Event Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Monday, February 6, 2012
Upper Level LAX at Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal


CBS Sunday Morning’s Ben Stein said in his report this morning, “I hope the bankruptcy judge who decides what the final steps will be for American just bears this in mind: Those American Airlines folks are great people. They deserve a heck of a lot better than what they’re getting.”

The full transcript of his report can be read here.


This video is a must-see for everyone. MSNBC’s Lawrence OíDonnell explains how the bankruptcy of American Airlines shows why voting for president is even more important than you think.†In this video, Mr. OíDonnell outlines #279 on his list of reasons why he votes for President the PBGC. Click here to view the video – a transcript is also available via this link.

Please remember there are currently 218 Members on furlough and awaiting recall.

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