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FACT Rep Update 10.23.13

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FACT Rep Update – October 23, 2013

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 Hello FACT Reps,
 
The first of a series of APFA roadshow base visits for 2013 kicked off yesterday October 22nd in DFW.
 
“Where we’ve been, where we are, where we are headed”.
 
The above topics were discussed in greater detail by APFA President Laura Glading, APFA Legal Counsel, Economist, and several presentations by members of the APFA Negotiating Team. Presentations were very positive, upbeat and informative.
A Q&A session will be held at the end of every presentation. We want to hear your feedback, questions and concerns. 
 
Without a doubt, the roadshows are the place to get the FACTs!
 

Also, in this week’s hotline I’ll share some other FACTs and Q&A’s on Reserve AM/PM shifts and Adjacent Base flying.
 
Interim – Bid Line Guarantee Protection
 
Over the past few weeks, members of your APFA Negotiating Team had several productive meetings on interim – bid line guarantee protection with the company. An agreement was reached and will be implemented beginning next month. The team made a short presentation to the APFA leadership at the Board of Directors meeting on October 17th.
 
This protection language will be thoroughly explained on the Scheduling page of the APFA’s website prior to the implementation date of November 1, 2013. Simply log on to www.www.apfa.org and click on Scheduling for more information. We will let you know as soon as the language is uploaded to the website.
 
Interim – Bid Line Guarantee Protection will also be explained at the upcoming APFA Roadshows.
 
APFA 2013 Roadshows continue:
 
“Securing our future at the new American”
 
Please continue to share the dates below with your fellow flight attendants.  
 
RDU—October 28
Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle Park
4620 South Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC  27703
919/941-6066
*Shuttle Service to/from hotel and parking complimentary
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
STL—October 30
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
9801 Natural Bridge Road
Saint Louis, MO  63134-3307
314/429-1100
*Shuttle service to/from airport and parking complimentary
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
DCA—October 31
Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport
2020 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA  22202
703/920-8600
*Parking—Vouchers will be provided as APFA will pay for parking
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
LAX—November 5
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
5711 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90045
310/410-4000
*Shuttle service to/from Los Angeles Airport–Complimentary
*Parking—Vouchers will be provided as APFA will pay for parking
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
SFO—November 6
Embassy Suites South San Francisco
250 Gateway Blvd.
South San Francisco, CA  94080
650/589-3400
*Shuttle Service to/from airport—Complimentary
*Parking—Vouchers will be provided as APFA will pay for parking
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (note: start time has changed from 10:00am to 11:00am)
 
JFK—November 12
Hilton New York JFK Airport
144-02 135th Avenue
Jamaica, NY  11436
718/659-0200
*Shuttle service to/from JFK Airport—Complimentary
*Parking—Vouchers will be provided as APFA will pay for parking
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
MIA—November 13
Miami International Airport
CONCOURSE “D” AUDITORIUM—LEVEL 4
(located above the American Airlines Credit Union)
NW 20th Street & Le Jeune Road
Miami, FL  33122
305/871-4100
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
ORD—November 19
Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL  60018
847/696-1234    
*Shuttle service to/from O’Hare Airport—Complimentary
*Parking—Vouchers will be provided as APFA will pay for parking
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
BOS—November 20
Embassy Suites Boston at Logan Airport
207 Porter Street
Boston, MA  02128
617/567-5000
*Shuttle service to/from Boston Logan Airport—Complimentary
*Parking—Vouchers will be provided as APFA will pay for parking
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
FACT: The 2014 Benefits Guides and pricing information are now available online at www.my.aa.com  2014 enrollment will open on November 1, 2013, and close at midnight on November 15, 2013.
 
FACT:  Reserve Flight Attendants at bases with a reserve list of at least 16 Flight Attendants are eligible to participate in AM/PM.
 
Q&A on AM/PM Shifts
 
Q: How do I request AM/PM?
A: Ballots must be submitted via the Flight Service website each day between
0001 – 1459 Central Time for day-before assignments. Each day, a new ballot
must be submitted for AM/PM assignments.
 
Q: Will all Reserves requesting AM/PM actually be awarded one or the other
options?
A: No. At least 50% of the available Reserves at a base may be awarded a preference depending upon how many Reserves are available and how many are eligible.

Crew scheduling will subtract the number of Reserves needed for FAA minimum staffing of the largest aircraft flown prior to awarding AM/PM selections. FAs with needed qualifications (such as language) may not be awarded AM/PM, depending upon departure time of the flight requiring those qualifications (similar to the requirements today for certain standby slots).
 
Q: Can I bid both AM/PM?
A: Yes. The ballot does allow for both to be requested so if your seniority can’t
hold AM, it may be able to hold PM or vice-versa.
 
Q. How will I know if I was awarded AM/PM?
A: FAs will need to check their HI1s after 1800 home base time.
AM will show release from 1300 – 2358
PM will show release from 0001 – 1100
 
Q. May I call AVRS to check my award?
A: Yes. When calling the tape, AM FAs will hear “You are released until 2359.” This is NOT a release assignment but instead an AM reserve. PM awards will hear “You are released until 1059.” Please check your HI1 to confirm AM/PM assignments to prevent any confusion.
 
Q: Are there any restrictions?
A: Reserves who are legal for only one day will not be awarded PM and some AM/PM awards may require a reserve to be legal for multiple days/special qualifications. 
You must be legal for the entire available period to be awarded an AM or PM (i.e. if on a legal break until 0400, you are not eligible to be awarded AM) 
Due to special qualifications, some Reserves may not be eligible for an AM or PM Reserve (i.e. if NRT trip departs in the AM, a Japanese speaker may not always be eligible for a PM award).
 
FACT: An Adjacent Base (AB) is a crew base station that has both a Domestic and International operation.  A Regularly Scheduled Flight Attendant at the Domestic crew base who is qualified in the International operation may request an International trip in open time. 
A Regularly Scheduled Flight Attendant at the International crew base may request a Domestic trip in open time.
 
FACT: Adjacent base flying has been available for all Regularly scheduled FAs at LAX/LAXI and MIA/IMA. Effective October 21, 2013, adjacent base flying expanded to the bases of DFW/IDF, LGA/JFK, BOS/BOSI and ORD/IOR
 
Q&A on Adjacent Base flying
 
Q: HOW DOES ADJACENT BASE FLYING WORK? 
A: To determine if Adjacent Base Flying will be available for the following day, check the RF 8803A CCS file in DECs.  This file is updated daily by Crew Schedule.
 
Any qualified regular scheduled Flight Attendant who would like to request an open time trip for the next day at the adjacent base must submit a HISEND request no later than 1330HBT (home base time) the day prior to the open time trip as follows:
 
To request an open time trip sequence at the adjacent base, use the following HISEND Forms:
 
BOS Dom Seq – HISEND 197
BOS-I Intl Seq – HISEND 198
DFW Dom Seq – HISEND 149
IDF Intl Seq –   HISEND 177
 
ORD Dom Seq – HISEND 195
IOR Intl Seq – HISEND 196
 
LAX Dom Seq – HISEND 109
LAX-I Intl Seq – HISEND 110
 
MIA Dom Seq – HISEND 122
IMA Intl Seq – HISEND 123
 
LGA Dom Seq – HISEND 184
JFK Intl Seq – HISEND 185
 
The HISEND message request will be processed by the crew scheduler at the adjacent base.
 
Adjacent Base trips will be awarded in seniority order after the 1200HBT Merged Make-up Round and the 1330HBT makeup/option/limited option proffer round, so those FAs within the division will have access to their open time first, but prior to critical coverage and reserve assignments. 
 
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM AWARDED A TRIP AT THE ADJACENT BASE?
A: Once awarded, the adjacent base trip will be treated like a makeup/option trip in that it may not be traded and must be flown to be paid, with the exception that it will be covered under Last 5 Days Pay Protection.
If a home base MIC occurs and the entire trip sequence is removed, the Flight Attendant should follow the normal MIC rules, including Last 5 Days Protection.
 
 
Q: Will there be a different Add code on my HI1 for Adjacent Base trips awarded, or will it still show as “MU” or “II”?
A:  Regular Flight Attendants will be added with an AB code for any trip awarded under Adjacent Base flying.
 
Q: Will Flight Attendants projected above 100 hours be able to fly trips at the Adjacent Base?
A:  If Adjacent Base flying is being used at a base, it will be offered in seniority order to the list of Flight Attendants who have submitted an ADJACENT BASE HISEND message – regardless of their projection.
 
Q: Will there be a different add reason on my HI1 for Adjacent Base trips awarded or will it still show as “MU” or “II”?
A:  Regular Flight Attendants will be added with an AB code for any trip awarded under Adjacent Base flying.
 
Q: Can a Flight Attendant be awarded a Critical Coverage trip at the Adjacent Base?
A: No. Adjacent Base flying will be awarded prior to Critical Coverage based on the HISEND preferences. Critical Coverage is only proffered to Flight Attendants on the Critical Coverage list at that base.
 
Q: Can I request specific Adjacent Base sequence numbers?  
A:  Yes, you can. In the remarks section of the HISEND message, indicate “ADJACENT BASE” and the sequence numbers if you only want those specific trip sequences. However, since Adjacent Base flying, if offered, would be one of the last steps before reserve assignments are made, the choice of trips will likely be limited. You would probably be more successful if you listed preference characteristics for the “type” of trip you desire.
 
Q: If I am requesting Adjacent Base flying, do I need to back myself up with other preferences for makeup or option flying at my crew base? 
A:  Since Makeup and Option flying at your Crew Base are covered first in the Order of Open Time coverage, you are more likely to be awarded an open trip at your crew base.  An Adjacent Base flying request should be considered your “back-up” preference since currently there is no requirement to offer Adjacent Base flying to regular Flight Attendants.
 
Q: If I am a Regularly Scheduled Domestic Flight Attendant, and I send a HISEND message requesting Adjacent Base flying but do not hold it, will I be awarded or assigned a Domestic trip based on preferences in my HISEND message?  
A: No. If the Adjacent Base option is open, Adjacent Base requests will be processed separately. Preferences in that HISEND message will not be used for any other category of flying, nor will HISEND Merged Makeup requests be considered for Adjacent Base flying. 
 
Q: Will Crew Schedule call me for Adjacent Base Flying?
A:  No. Following the 1330 proffered round for makeup and option flying within the base, if the Adjacent Base flying option is open, Crew Schedule will process the Adjacent Base HISEND message requests in seniority order. You can verify whether you were awarded an Adjacent Base trip via your HI1 at 1700.
 
Q: What lists do I need to put my name on for Adjacent Base Flying? For example, if I am based at IMA, but would be interested in flying an Adjacent Base Option trip at MIA, would I add my name to the IMA or MIA Option (II) or Limited Option (L2) list or to both IMA and MIA lists?
A: Currently there is no automated list to add your name to for Adjacent Base flying nor are you able to add your name to a list at the Adjacent Base. Until programming is available or until we have a “merged operation” you will need to send an ADJACENT BASE HISEND message request. These requests will be processed in seniority order if Adjacent Base flying is offered.  You do not need to add your name to the option list at your base if you are only interested in flying an Adjacent Base trip.

Q: Is there a deadline that a HISEND request must be submitted to Crew Schedule for Adjacent Base flying?
A: ADJACENT BASE HISEND message requests must be submitted no later than 1330 Home Base Time on the day prior to the open time requested.

Q: Will Crew Schedule offer Adjacent Base flying for same day open time or any time outside of day before round 2?
A:  If Adjacent Base flying is offered to Regularly Scheduled Flight Attendants, it will only be offered at the end of the 1330 proffered round for next day’s open time.
 
Q: Is Adjacent Base flying an Option under Reserve Supplemental Flying [L2]?
A: At this time, Adjacent Base Flying will only be offered to Regularly Scheduled Flight Attendants.
 
FACT: State of the Union SKYWORD is in the mail this week and you should be receiving them as soon as Friday. Check your mailboxes – Skywords are sent to the address on file with APFA.
 
FACT: We have a brand new APFA website up and running. Please visit www.www.apfa.org. So much information is available from all departments at your union. I would like to take a moment to recognize Leslie Mayo – APFA Communications Coordinator, Annie Haste – APFA webmaster and Alex Rodriguez (IOR) flight attendant for all their hard work in giving our website a much needed facelift.
 
Please contact the APFA membership department if you have any issues logging in to the website.
 
FACT: AA will be participating in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) paperless General Declaration (GEN DECS) initiative beginning Wednesday October 23, 2013, for flights inbound to the U.S. from the following locations:
 

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Central and South America

     And these cities:  YKF, AUA, BDA, DUB, FPO & NAS
 
One copy of the final GEN DECS will be provided to the Purser in the event of an enroute diversion. If your flight diverts; please follow standard GEN DECS procedures at the diversion city.
All outbound flights from the U.S. will continue to follow standard GEN DECS procedures.
In summary, copies of the GEN DECS for presentation to CBP at the U.S. Port Of Entry will no longer be required for passenger or crew processing from October 23 onward if arriving from the specific locations noted above. 

FACT: We need your friends to join the FACT Rep program.
Please forward the link below and ask them to sign up today!
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That’s it for this week. Please remember to squash the rumors and GET THE FACTs!

In Unity,
Michael Truan
APFA Negotiator and
FACT REP Coordinator
 

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