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2.11.13 – (LAA) – APFA Tablet Survey, Reserves and Tablet Training, and Vacation Bidding


APFA Special Hotline Update 2.11.13 

APFA Tablet Survey, Reserves and Tablet Training, and Vacation Bidding – February 11, 2013

Samsung Tablet Survey
APFA published a survey today in an effort to gather feedback from our members regarding the Samsung Tablet. If you have received your Tablet, please click here to access the survey. If you are not signed up on APFA’s web site, please click here. Once you are registered with APFA membership you may access the survey.

Reserves and Tablet Training
In addition we have continued to work to implement the provisions of the LBFO which allow for more opportunities for Reserves to attend required training during a reserve month. As a result, Reserve FAs are now able to attend tablet training on a Reserve month, although there are some restrictions. Effective immediately, Reserves will be able to contact the Flight Attendant Service Center for enrollment. Reserves will not be able to attend training on a Saturday or Sunday. The class must be plotted on a day following a duty-free period. If a class is not available then the class should be plotted immediately prior to a duty-free period. In addition, a limited number of Reserves can attend training on any given day from each respective base. This was a fine line to walk as we wanted to provide the ability to train during a Reserve month without increasing the numbers needed for Reserve at a time when the Reserve lists are already at record-high levels.

Vacation Bidding
Vacation Bidding for the 2013/2014 fiscal year is about to open. The company has advised that they will not implement PBS during this fiscal year. Therefore, regardless of the month you are awarded vacation you will bid during that month on a trips missed basis. The following are the dates for Vacation Bidding.

Primary Vacation Bidding (VC):
Opens on Friday, February 15 at 1700 Central Time
Closes on Thursday, March 7 at 0800 Central Time
Awards will be posted by March 14 at 1700
Secondary Vacation Bidding (VX):
Opens on Friday, March 15 at 1700 Central Time
Closes on Saturday, March 23 at 0800 Central Time
Awards will be posted by March 29 at 1700

Retirement and Change
While the thought of retirement can seem like a long awaited relief, such a drastic change can also feel terrifying.  Change is never easy, even when it is a positive step.  You can learn more about the emotional side of coping with the change that retirement brings by clicking here. Your APFA EAP Desk has licensed mental health flight attendants available to speak with you about your retirement concerns. We can be reached at 817-540-0108, ext. 8701. 

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