APFA Weekly Hotline – July 5, 2013
Flight Attendant Wait Time – DOT Random Drug/Alcohol Testing
A flight attendant who reports to the designated testing area for a random drug/alcohol test as directed and who has, according to the time on the notification form, waited 45 minutes for a drug testing collector or Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) who does not show, is free to leave the testing site. This FA will not be considered as refusing to submit to testing. FAs in this situation must call her/his MOD or Flight Service Daily Ops at (817)967-8409 as well as the appropriate contact listed on the notification form to advise of the collector/BAT’s failure to show. The FA should then document the names, phone numbers and the time of day of those called on the notification form. A copy of the form should be provided to the FSM within 5 business days. Click here to read the full language of this agreement.
DOT (49CFR Part 40) and FAA (14 CFR Part 120) regulations will always supersede should any conflict arise between this document.
The AM/PM preference is now being awarded at IDF, LAX-I, LGA and DCA. APFA is monitoring the process and will receive regular reports reflecting the ballots received and preferences awarded. Earlier this week, the LGA award was slightly delayed past 1800 due to the need to use DOM reserves in the INTL operation. This is exactly the kind of issue we hoped to identify during the test implementation and we will use this information to refine and improve the process.
Willingness to Serve Notification Reminder for BOS, BOS-I and RDU-I
The National Ballot Committee would like to remind all flight attendants based at BOS, BOS-I and RDU-I that due to a vacancy of the Vice Chairperson position at these bases, a Wiilingness-to-Serve Notification has been posted on www.apfa.org.
Those flight attendants who are interested, need to return the completed Willingness-to-Serve Notification to the address located on the bottom of the form by 1000 CT, July 24, 2013. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 817-540-0108 x8311 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan of Reorganization Ballot
On June 20 American mailed copies of its Plan of Reorganization (“POR”) and Disclosure Statement to unsecured creditors and holders of AMR’s stock that was issued prior to the bankruptcy (“Old Equity”). These individuals and entities also have received a ballot which allows them to vote to approve or disapprove the POR.
Some Flight Attendants received ballots because they individually purchased and still own shares of ‘old equity.’ As APFA fully supports the Plan of Reorganization we encourage these Flight Attendants to vote to approve the POR.
Keep in mind that shares of old equity are separate and apart from the stock options that were distributed to Flight Attendants in 2003. These options had to be exercised by April 17, 2013, which is the date they expired. Holders of these un-exercised options will not receive a ballot to vote on the POR.
New Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
In a rare show of bi-partisanship, the US Senate approved 100-0 the confirmation of Anthony Foxx as the new Secretary of Transportation replacing Ray LaHood. Foxx currently serves as the mayor of Charlotte, NC wear he made his mark as a light rail enthusiast. Foxx has worked in Washington, on the House Judiciary Committee and in the Justice Department. Departing Sec. Ray LaHood leaves a strong legacy of effective leadership getting two FAA reauthorization bills passed in Congress. A former member of Congress, LaHood, IL, was nominated by newly-elected President Obama in 2008. He became a powerful advocate for the administration and was particularly critical of Congress when the failure to pass funding for the FAA resulted in a temporary shutdown of the FAA in 2011.
641 AA Flight Attendants Over the past week, APFA’s Contract, Scheduling, Retirement, EAP, Communications, Safety, Cabin ASAP and Health departments have helped more than 640 individual AA Flight Attendants who either called or emailed APFA Headquarters with questions. If you have questions about any of the above topics, you can email the departments individually, or call (817) 540-0108 and follow the prompts.
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