Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

4.04.14 – (LAA) – APFA.org, JNC Survey, Equity, VC Trade BB, Reciprocal, Combined Reserve Lists, Dr. Search, KCM, Norwegian Air, Human Trafficking

APFA.org, JNC Survey, Equity, VC Trade BB, Reciprocal, Combined Reserve Lists, Dr. Search, KCM, Norwegian Air, Human Trafficking

April 4, 2014

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APFA Website Update
As we continue to update our Website and add our newest members into the system, we are also focused on improving the speed and efficiency of membership interaction. With that, we have completed programming to automate the sign in process. With automation comes the need for a valid email address for each user. Since some members do not have an email on file in the website database, those accounts were purged and a new account must be created. All APFA members will have access to the website. Creating a new account is quick and simple. 
 
If you’re an APFA member / pre-merger AA Flight Attendant, and don’t yet have access to APFA’s website, or are experiencing difficulty logging in, go to www.www.apfa.org and click on “Create An Account” under the Log In Form from the main page. Once you fill out the form, a verification email will be sent to you. Click on the specified link within the email, and, provided you are a pre-merger AA Flight Attendant and APFA member, you will gain immediate access to the members-only portion of APFA.org. Get to know it!
 
Joint Negotiations Survey
The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) continues to meet in Dallas/Ft. Worth weekly in preparation for contract openers with the Company. The Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) openers are scheduled to take place on April 24, 2014. We encourage you to stay up to date with all APFA Hotlines as well as the negotiations page and other information available at APFA.org. If you did not receive this hotline automatically and are an APFA member, click here to add your name to the list. Non members, click here to join.
 
Have you taken the Joint Flight Attendant Negotiations Survey? The deadline is April 9, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. CDT.
 
If you have any comments or questions, email us at negotiate@apfa.org.
 
Equity Claim 120-Day Distribution
The final distribution of Equity to eligible pre-merger AA Flight Attendants will be allocated next week. More information will be made available on Monday, April 7th.
 
Vacation Trade Bulletin Board at APFA.org
Vacation awards were finalized last week. If you would like to move your 2014-2015 vacation, APFA offers an electronic bulletin board at www.apfa.org to post your trade requests. Click here and follow the directions to post your requested VC trades.
 
Frontier Reciprocal Agreement
Beginning April 1, the reciprocal cabin seat agreement with Frontier has been updated. Flight Attendants should now create a new listing by visiting https://ifc.id90.com. For details on listing for a flight, sign in to www.apfa.org then visit the Reciprocal Agreements’ link at the bottom of the page.
 
Combined Domestic and International Reserve List Update
Computer programming continues on the combining of Reserve lists for adjacent bases. The programmers previously spent a great deal of their time on the pilots’ new FAR Regulations. Now that their project is nearly finished, AA’s I.T. will be able to turn their focus to this issue. A determination has been made that the system will recognize all FAs as DOM with an INTL qualification in our *9 once we are combined. What that means is that the programmers will need to evaluate all of the actions that create a problem or ‘alert’ when assigning INTL trips and test various fixes. Once that process is completed, we should have a realistic timeline for implementation. 
 
For domestic FAs interested in utilizing their INTL qualification or INTL FAs interested in a DOM sequence, make sure and check to see if Adjacent Base flying is open. The entry is RF 8803A CCS in FOS. Follow the procedures outlined here to pick up AB flying.
 
Workers’ Comp Doctor Search Tool
The American Airlines’ Workers Compensation administrator, Sedgwick CMS, is now using a new provider search tool designed to assist injured employees in locating a Workers’  Compensation doctor. The Preferred Provider Network for Workers Compensation doctors can be accessed via www.Sedgwickproviders.com/AAL. The link is case sensitive, so be sure to use caps where necessary. Members who do not have access to a computer may call the following numbers for assistance:
 
For employees based at DFW – (800) 800-3795
For employees based at MIA, RDU – (800) 548-1373
For employees based at LAX, SFO – (800) 625-6588
For employees based at ORD, STL – (800) 358-2072
For Employees based at BOS, JFK, LGA, DCA – (800) 826-4338
 
2010-2013 Corrected W-2’s For Employees of Same Sex Marriages
APFA has been notified that American Airlines is currently preparing corrected W-2s for employees who were in Federally recognized same sex marriages for the 2010 – 2013 tax years. The 2010 W-2s were processed first and should have been completed by 3/28/14.  In most cases, April 15, 2014 is the deadline for amending 2010 tax returns. According to AA HR, the W-2s for the years 2011 through 2013 will be completed in the next few weeks. If you are awaiting your corrected 2013 W-2 to file your taxes, remember, you can get an automatic extension of your filing deadline by filing form 4868. Employees will receive the new W-2s via the method that they elected to receive their W-2s.
For inquiries, please call Payroll Customer Service at 800-447-2000, option 6. 

KCM at LGB and MKE
The Known Crewmember Program continues to expand with access to KCM portals at MKE and LGB. Milwaukee opened on March 31st in Terminals C, D and E from 0400-2100. Long Beach opens April 6th at the main terminal checkpoint and will operate between 0530 and 2200. Click here for a complete list of airports that offer or are preparing to offer KCM.
 
Letter to DOT Secretary Foxx Re: Norwegian Airlines
APFA President Laura Glading sent a letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, voicing APFA’s opposition to Norwegian Airlines’ proposed application to fly to US cities.  The proposal is intended to bypass the Open Skies agreement between the United States and the European Union.  
 
The airline proposes to fly under an operating certificate issued in Ireland, using Thailand-based pilots supplied by a company in Singapore. If permitted, it will circumvent both labor laws and work rules. To read Laura’s letter, click here
 
Human Trafficking Awareness Training – Oakland Airport
Airline Ambassadors International and Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition will be conducting training on how to identify the warning signals of and handle a suspected human trafficking situation. This training coordinates with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Blue Campaign and is supported by the U.S. Dept. of State and the DOT.  
 
Where: Oakland International Airport, Terminal 1, Gate 1 Hold Room
When: April 15, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
 

Training is free of charge, however, an RSVP is requested. Click here to register. You can obtain more information by emailing angels@airlineamb.org or calling (650) 489-5322.


REMINDERS!
APFA “Flyer” iPhone App
APFA’s Flyer App, Version 5 has been updated and is ready for download from APFA’s website. To download the app, click here.

Cell Phones In The Cabin: Call to Action!
HR 3676 prohibits the use of mobile devices for voice communications during the in-flight portion of any scheduled domestic commercial flight, exempting any on-duty members of the flight crew and Flight Attendants, or federal law enforcement personnel acting in an official capacity. There’s still time to contact your Congressperson today and ask them to support this important piece of legislation.
 
Staffing
Do you have a report concerning staffing related issues? Please email details to staffing@apfa.org.
 
Share Your Photos
We continue to receive some great pictures from our members both on and off the plane . Please remember that in order for the photos to be useable, they must include the names and employee numbers of all Flight Attendants, as well as contact information (if available). Otherwise, the photos are unusable.
 
Photos may be incorporated in future APFA web and print projects, including upcoming issues of Skyword, press releases, our APFA New Hire guide and a welcome booklet for our future members from pre-merger US Airways. Please email your hi-res photos to: communications@apfa.org. If you are emailing several high-resolution photos, please limit your photos to 3 per email as our server will block files over a certain size.
 
If you prefer to mail a hard copy, send to:
APFA Communications
1004 W. Euless Blvd.
Euless, TX, 76040
 
Photos must be:

  • Be the sole property of the sender. By sending in photos, you are giving APFA permission to use them in APFA communications.
  • Contain the name(s), employee number(s) (if you can obtain your coworker’s employee number easily), email and phone number of each person in the photo in order to obtain permission to publish.
  • Be tasteful in content.

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