Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

5.02.14 – (LAA) – Merger Transition Agreement, JNC Visits, ORD VC WTS, CQ Training FCFS, Waiving Home-Based Rest, Hotel Update, VEOP-2, Health Update, Malaysia 370, EAP, Safety Update, Airline Ambassadors

 
 
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APFA, AFA-CWA and AA Reach a Merger Transition Agreement (MTA)
This past week, APFA, AFA-CWA and American Airlines agreed on protections for Flight Attendants during the period prior to the effective date of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) or, in some situations, prior to the FAA’s issuance of a single operating certificate.
    
These protections are in addition to those provided in the APFA/AA and AFA/US Airways contracts and will remain in place until the effective date of the JCBA:

  • The Company agrees to maintain separate bases in Washington, D.C.
  • The Company agrees not to establish TDY positions at a Flight Attendant base of the other airline.   
  • No Flight Attendant who has established and maintained seniority on the pre-merger AA or pre-merger US mainline system as of December 9, 2013, will be furloughed.
  • The unions will jointly file a single carrier petition with the National Mediation Board no later than June 9, 2014, to start the process of having APFA become the representative of the combined Flight Attendant workgroup.
  • The integrated seniority list won’t be used.

Separation of flying during the period of separate operations including tail number and block hour protections:

  • The Company won’t use in its flight operations of one airline a Flight Attendant employed by the other airline.
  • No flight attendant of either pre-merger AA or pre-merger US will fly as a crewmember on an aircraft in the fleet of the other airline.

Temporary Specific Route Protections – Same protections as provided to the pilots in Subparagraphs 8(m), (n) and (o) of the Pilot MOU:

  • All Trans-Pacific (Asia) flying shall be performed by pre-merger American Flight Attendants.
  • All Shuttle flying between DCA, LGA and BOS shall be performed by pre-merger US Airways Flight Attendants.
  • All existing flying between PHX and Hawaii shall be performed by US Airways Flight Attendants.

The MTA also includes a reciprocal jumpseat agreement, which the Company has agreed to implement as soon as possible.

  • Pre-merger AA Flight Attendants may ride the US Airways jumpseats and vice versa.
  • Flight attendants will utilize the Flight Attendant jumpseat policy and boarding priority applicable to Flight Attendants of the carrier the Flight Attendant jumpseat is on. The order of priority on American Airlines aircraft will be pre-merger American Airlines Flight Attendants, US Airways Flight Attendants, Envoy Flight Attendants, and US Airways wholly owned carrier flight attendants. The order of priority on US Airways aircraft will be US Airways Flight Attendants, American Airlines Flight Attendants, US Airways wholly-owned carrier Flight Attendants, and Envoy Flight Attendants.

More information about the jumpseat policy will be posted as it becomes available.

Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) Base Visits Continue – negotiate@apfa.org
Members of the JNC will be visiting the following bases’ operations area:
May 5           CLT – Laura Glading, Roger Holmin
May 5           DFW – Margaret Barnes, Alin Boswell, Michael Truan
May 6           PHL – Laura Glading, Roger Holmin
May 6           DFW – Margaret Barnes, Alin Boswell, Michael Truan
May 12         MIA – Rick Knuth, Randy Trautman
 
Chicago Domestic Vice Chair Willingness to Serve – ballot@apfa.org
The APFA National Ballot Committee would like to inform flight attendants based at ORD domestic that a Willingness-to-Serve for Vice Chairperson will be uploaded on the APFA website on Monday, May 5.

If you are interested in serving as Vice Chairperson and are a member in good standing based at ORD, please download the Willingness-to-Serve form on Monday and return it to the address on the form by 10:00 AM Central Time on June 4, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact the NBC at ballot@apfa.org or 817-540-0108, ext. 8311. 
 
CQ Training First Come First Serve – contract1@apfa.org
As a reminder, CQ Training (formerly known as EPTs) training slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Therefore, the sooner you enroll the more choice you will have at your desired training date. If you enroll once the month begins, you take a chance that all remaining classes for the month will be filled and the classes with remaining slots will have already passed.

The FAA will not permit AA to exceed the established class limit. Therefore, it is not possible to force more Flight Attendants into classes once they are filled. To avoid these problems, we encourage our members to enroll in training as soon as possible!
 
Waiving Your Home-Based Rest – scheduling1@apfa.org
Did you know that you may waive your scheduled home based rest in a few situations? Review the information here, as well as the details below.

  • When a Flight Attendant requests to deadhead and exceed the on-duty limitations, s/he may further elect to waive the at-home legal rest following the originally scheduled but unflown deadhead flight(s) to base, and instead to be scheduled for at-home legal rest following her/his actual deadhead flight(s) to base. The entry to waive to actual trip flown is: HIHBM/SEQ/SEQ ORIG DATE
  • Reserve Flight Attendants who elect to relinquish a Reserve assignment through Optional Exchange, may elect to relinquish the rest period at home base provision attached to the original assignment. The entry to waive the required 12 hour rest is: HIHBW/SEQ/SEQ ORIG DATE
  • Regularly Scheduled Flight Attendants working long-range or extended long-range sequences may elect to reduce their required 36-hour or 48-hour rest to no less than 24 hours. This entry will not work for bidding purposes. The entry to waive the required rest and go to the minimum 24 hour rest is: HIHBR/SEQ/SEQ ORIG DATE

National Hotel Department Update – hotel@apfa.org
PNS and HOU: Site inspections have been completed. Contract negotiations are taking place with the hotels. Information will be posted to the APFA Hotel Page as soon as it is received.
 
NYC – Long Layover Hotel: Severa; meetings were held over the past few months. These issues were brought to the attention of Hector Adler. Next week we meet with the Flight Department. We will keep you posted.
 
BSB – Short Layover Hotel: We are coordinating with the IMA Base Reps. We’re sourcing the market for other hotels that are willing to work with us to provide rooms when crews arrive and we will schedule a site inspection in the next few weeks. Please continue to send your reports with the specific information, i.e. date, time of arrival, wait time, etc.

RDU – Long Layover: Temporary relocation to short layover hotel. Visit the Hotel Page – Systemwide Layover Hotels and/or HIHTL for details.
 
SDF – Long Layover: Temporary relocation scheduled due to the Kentucky Derby. Please visit the APFA Hotel Department Page – Temporary Relocations for more information.
 
MVD and MAD: We will be changing hotels effective May 30. Details will be posted to the Hotel Page when final confirmation has been received by the company.
 
Next week, site inspections will take place in the following markets: SJU, SJD, and ATL.
 
300+ Flight Attendants Retired This Week – retirement@apfa.org
More than 300 of our members have left American Airlines this week under the VEOP-2 Early Out. We wish them all, safe travels and a seamless transition to their new endeavors.
As a reminder for those 300+ Flight Attendants:

  • All safety and security property of American’s (Manual, Tablet, Keys, ID, etc.) must be returned to your FSM within 7 days.
  • Your access to JetNet and the Non-Rev Travel Planner should be active by next Friday.  If not, contact HR at 800-447-2000.
  • Your final paycheck with your over-70 hours from April and your Vacation Payout (2.22 hours of flight pay for each day of vacation,) minus anything you owe AA, should be deposited into your ePays account between the 12th and the 15th.
  • Your VEOP money (minus tax withholding) should be deposited into your ePays account between the 15th and 25th.
  • EPays access link in JetNet disappears, but will still be available for 36 months and is accessed directly at http://epays.aa.com (sign in with your JetNet login).
  • If you are eligible to also retire, and you remembered to contact HR and tell them you want to retire (a separate step from requesting your pension,) your Sick Bank hours will be paid out at $3.75 per hour, and deposited into your 401k account 45 – 60 days after your RT date.
  • You will receive a COBRA packet telling you of your right to continue the Medical Insurance coverage you had as an active employee.  If you sign up for this coverage and pay the first bill, it is retroactive to your last day of coverage.
  • If you left as an APFA member in good standing, you continue to have access to the APFA hotline, online Skyword, our helpful reps and the APFA website.

For additional information and assistance, you can contact the APFA retirement department at retirement@apfa.org and ext 8490.

Emergency Clinics VS Urgent Care Clinics – health@apfa.org
Know before you go!  Stand alone Emergency Clinics are popping up all over the country. While you may think these are the same as an Urgent Care Clinics, don’t be fooled. They may provide many services that an Emergency room can, but you may also pay be paying as if you are actually at the Emergency Room in a hospital. If you don’t have a life threatening condition an Urgent Care may be your best option. Consult with your provider to make sure where you are going for treatment is covered under your plan and what your out of pocket costs will be.
 
As a reminder June 15, 2014, is the deadline for filing you 2013 FSA claims. Don’t miss out on getting your tax free money back! 
 
Malaysia Flight 370 Update – legislative@apfa.org
Ten Flight Attendants were on board Malaysia Flight 370 when it disappeared from radar and likely crashed in the south Indian Ocean. We at APFA have continued to follow the attempts to find and recover the aircraft. APFA Washington, D.C., consultant Peter Goelz, from O’Neill and Associates has been featured on a variety of news outlets including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, and USA Today discussing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Peter Goelz is the former managing Director of the NTSB and brings a wealth of knowledge in aircraft safety. While at the NTSB, Peter was involved in a number of open ocean searches.  
 
The disappearance of Flight 370 could go down as one of the world’s most enduring mysteries. Peter was one of only a few people who said, early on that determining the location as well as recovering the aircraft would be a monumental undertaking and take months if not years. Today,  Malaysia released their preliminary report which, while not shedding much light on what caused the tragedy, did confirm some facts and underscored why investigators believe the aircraft ended up in the ocean about 1000 miles west of Perth, Australia. 
 
Panic Attacks – eap@apfa.org
One out of every seventy-five persons will experience a panic attack at some point in their lives. While panic attacks aren’t dangerous, they feel terrifying because of the sense of feeling out of control and crazy. If you are a flight attendant working on a plane and you experience a panic attack; it only increases that sense of terror.  Common symptoms of a panic attack are:

  • Racing heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Paralyzing terror
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Choking, chest pains
  • Tingling extremities
  • Fear that you are going to die

These are all normal symptoms of the “fight or flight response” without being in a dangerous situation.  Having panic attacks as a flight attendant can increase the anxiety of having a panic attack while being at work on an airplane.  If you suffer from panic attacks, you aren’t alone and there is hope and effective help available.  For confidential help, make a confidential call to your APFA EAP department at 817-540-0108, ext. 8701.

National Safety and Security Department Update – safety@apfa.org
This week the APFA Safety & Security Department along with other members of the Joint Security Committee (JSC) participated in a security training event involving aircraft recovery following a hijacking event. Although the details of the training event are confidential the exercise provided a great opportunity for the JSC to evaluate security procedures and work closely with governmental authorities on best practices when handling a possible hijacking or terrorist threat.
 
It is May and temperatures are beginning to rise on both the airport tarmacs as well as within the aircraft cabins. The APFA Safety & Security and Health Departments will be meeting with the company to ensure appropriate “Hot Aircraft” procedures are in place and all AA departments have access to the same information. “Hot Aircraft” policies and procedures will be made available on both the APFA web site as well as the Flt Svc web site. We would like to remind all Flight Attendants who encounter a hot aircraft event that results in a delay in the  boarding process to consider reporting directly to the Cabin ASAP program.

APFA Government Affairslegislation@apfa.org
Over the next several weeks we will be highlighting several key races that APFA is monitoring going into the 2014 midterm elections:
 
This week, Julie Frederick from APFA Government Affairs met with staff at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to discuss upcoming races including North Carolina’s Senator Kay Hagan, the incumbent, who will face a strong challenge regardless of which candidate wins the Republican primary. North Carolina will become an increasingly important state for APFA as we welcome over 2,000 pre-merger US Airways Flight Attendants based at CLT. 
 
APFA evaluates candidates based on their voting records and positions on issues that are important to flight attendants. Senator Hagan supported the FAA Reauthorization Bill that brought OSHA protections and oversight to the airplane. She backed us in our fight to keep knives off the airplane. Most recently, she supported equal pay for equal work and increasing the minimum wage. An increase in the minimum wage would raise wages for over one million North Carolinians. Women in North Carolina represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage earners.
 
Senator Hagan is also a moderate Democrat who has shown she is willing to reach across party lines to achieve solutions.
 
APFA supports Kay Hagan and other candidates across the political spectrum through your voluntary APFA PAC donations. Union dues are never used to contribute to political campaigns. 
 
Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) Continues to Fight Human Trafficking – info@airlineamb.org
APFA joined Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) President and APFA member Nancy Rivard in Washington this week as AAI signed the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct. The Code is an industry-driven initiative in collaboration with UNICEF and the World Tourism Organization that specifically focuses on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism world. Nancy was first to recognize the key role Flight Attendants and airline personal can play in identifying and reporting incidences of human trafficking. AAI initiated the first congressional briefing on this issue. AAI has advocated for child protection via industry-specific human trafficking awareness trainings, which have been conducted at 24 airport and other locations. http://airlineamb.org/category/education/human-trafficking/

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REMINDERS!

Vacation Trade Bulletin Board at APFA.org
If you would like to trade your 2014-2015 vacation, APFA offers an electronic bulletin board at www.apfa.org to post your trade requests. Click here and follow instructions to post your requested VC trades.

APFA “Flyer” iPhone App
APFA’s Flyer App, Version 5 is available for download from APFA’s website. To download the app, click here.

APFA Website Update
If you’re an APFA member / pre-merger AA Flight Attendant, and don’t yet have access to APFA’s website, 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 you will gain immediate access to the members-only portion of APFA.org. Get to know it!

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 issue and would like to submit data to APFA? Please email all details to staffing@apfa.org. This email is a no-response email. It is strictly used to collect data. If you have a scheduling or staffing question or issue, please email contractandschedulingreps@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 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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