APFA Hotline – Friday, May 24, 2013
FOUR-PARTY MOU DISCUSSIONS
‘ME, TOO’ PROVISION SATISFIED
1114 COMMITTEE UPDATE
There are currently no additional hearings scheduled in the 1114 Adversarial Proceeding, which is the proceeding that addresses the Company’s position that they can make unilateral changes to the retiree medical benefits without bankruptcy court permission and do not need to file a Section 1114 motion to modify benefits. The Company has filed a motion for summary judgment in the 1114 Adversarial Proceeding asking the bankruptcy court to conclude that the Company may make changes without first holding a trial. Judge Lane has not indicated that he will be ruling on the motion anytime soon.
Under the proposed plan, there will not need to be a resolution to this issue before American can exit bankruptcy and the plan contemplates that the pending 1114 Adversarial Proceeding can continue after the effective date. Once the company exits bankruptcy, however, if it does not prevail in the adversary, it will not be able to file an 1114 motion asking the court to order modifications to retiree benefits.
The company has indicated they want to exit bankruptcy in the third quarter of this year. The APFA and the 1114 Committee stands ready to negotiate a fair and acceptable resolution at any time. Unless and until there is a change to the current status quo, retirees covered under the 1114 process continue to have the full retiree medical benefits they had before the bankruptcy. If AA exits bankruptcy without the filing of an 1114 motion, our remaining pre funding money should be returned.
SCHEDULING AND CONTRACT
Deferred Flying Improvement!
Beginning May 25th, 2013, there will be an additional option for those Flight Attendants whose flight has been deferred, as defined in Article 7.X of the CBA. Flight Attendants will now have the option to waive “Home Base Rest” to Layover Rest in order to remain on their trip, if they desire. This new option is a direct result of meetings between AA and APFA that will now allow FAs who desire to keep their long-haul international trips, to do so. This option is in addition to the current provisions, as outlined in Article 7.X.
In addition, we met with the company to address staffing concerns, particularly on 757 transcon, 737 Caribbean and 777-300. Your reports play a big role in identifying and addressing staffing issues. Please continue to send reports to email@example.com. The reports need to contain specific information regarding the difficulties in completing the required service in for us to make a successful case that the current workload is unreasonable.
Earlier this month the company announced that they will begin to change the way they assign flight numbers in order to be able to accommodate additional flights to the AA schedule that will result from the merger with US Airways. The company plans to introduce using the same flight number for some round trip flying in order to free up flight numbers.
While this will not affect any AA mainline flights until August, APFA has been proactive in addressing the potential impact of this change on AA Flight Attendants. No decisions have been made, however APFA will continue to address this issue with AA management to ensure there are no adverse or unintended outcomes for Flight Attendants as a result of this change.
NO KNIVES, NO, REALLY.
Here is a photo of the kiosk with DCA Chair, Robert Valenta, and DCA Vice Chair Tim Weston on either side. If you’re in DCA, please look for the kiosk and take a picture in front of it, if time permits. Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll load each one of them on APFA’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.
The Coalition received good news this week from the state Senators of NY and New Jersey. Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Menendez introduced legislation to “Keep Knives Out of Our Skies.” This bill will serve as companion legislation to H.R. 1093 – “No Knives Act” in the House led by Rep. Markey and Rep. Grimm who have been champions in our cause against knives.. Read the Coalition press release here.
NEW JETNET – TERMS OF SERVICE
- Learn about the privacy settings for each social media site.
- Think before “checking in” somewhere. You are letting everyone know where you are – and where you’re not.
- Be cautious of photos you take and post. Think before you post!
- Familiarize yourself with AA’s social media policies
- Use appropriate privacy settings if you are FB friends with a member of management
- Use caution when accessing Facebook and personal e-mail via the company’s Samsung tablet; those communications may no longer be private or confidential
All of the above is important when using Social Media, Company email, and the new Jetnet. Always think twice before you post. And when you do post, be selective of your content and your audience.
IN MEMORY OF FLIGHT 191
Thirty-four years ago tomorrow, we remember the loss of our coworkers on AA flight 191 destined for LA. The DC-10 crashed right after taking off from Chicago. 258 passengers, 13 crew members as well as 2 people on the ground were killed.
APFA Headquarters will be closed on Monday so that our unionized staff can enjoy the holiday. The office will open again on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Have a great holiday weekend.
AmericanAirlines + US Airways
“On Our Way”
APFA National Communications Coordinator