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FACT Rep Update – October 23, 2014

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FACT: Ballots were mailed on October 10, 2014. If you have not yet received your ballot, please contact the APFA National Ballot Committee at 817-540-0108, ext. 8311 or [email protected]. Your vote must be cast by 1000 Central Time on November 9, 2014. You may vote as many times as you like, but only your last vote is counted. If you’ve misplaced your VIN and PIN, please email [email protected]
 
To vote by phone please call 800-698-3789 and follow prompts for an activation code unless you have your VIN and PIN from a prior vote.
 
To vote by internet please go to https://ballotpoint.com/apfa

FACT:  The APFA roadshow audio and videos have been uploaded to http://www.www.apfa.org/roadshowvideos.   Videos and audio segments are listed by the speaker as well as by contractual item discussed. 

FACT: Profit sharing continues to be an area of interest for Flight Attendants as the new American Airlines has, once again, announced another record-setting quarter.  This agreement contains $193 million in annual improvements, including a $50 million credit for profit sharing. There’s more money in this T/A than any of our competitors’ contracts in the industry – including those with even the most generous profit sharing arrangements. This T/A is worth $50 million more annually than Delta’s compensation.  That’s over $2,000 per Flight Attendant every year over the life of this T/A.

FACT or fiction
Q: Why are the LUS FAs receiving a $3000 payment for insurance costs versus having the money placed in a Health Reimbursement Account to avoid taxes?

A: The JNC made every effort to have the Company deposit the $3,000 into a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) but the Company was not interested. While the $3,000 will be taxed it should enable Flight Attendants to “shelter” other income from taxes. 

If the Flight Attendant saves the post-tax amount of $3,000, e.g. $2400, in the years where the money is needed he or she could have a monthly amount taken from his or her normal earnings and deposited into a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) which is not taxed. The amount the Flight Attendant will receive in post-tax income that year can be replaced with the amount saved from the $3,000 stipend.

As an example: In 2014 an LUS Flight Attendant receives the $3,000 transition payment, after taxes, Flight Attendant nets $2400;  To offset the increase in 2016, the Flight Attendant would deposit $125 a month into an FSA, totaling $1500.  If the Flight Attendant had kept that same $1500 as income it would have been taxed and netted the $1200 or half of the $2400 after tax dollars from the $3000 stipend. In 2017 s/he would follow the same procedure.

Remember if the money deposited into an FSA is not used for medical expenses from January of the year the deposits began to March 15 of the following year, it is forfeited. 

Q: Is per diem now being paid by actual “trip hours” or is it still from sign-in to debrief?  Why does the T/A state “for each trip hour?”

A:  Per Diem is paid from sign-in through debrief.  The definition of “trip hours” from the current LUS contract is  “all time which is accrued from the time a Flight Attendant is required to report and check-in before scheduled departure at the airport of her/his home domicile or actual reporting time, whichever is later, prior to proposed flight departure until the time a Flight Attendant is released a minimum of fifteen (:15) minutes (domestic)/thirty (:30) minutes (international) after actual arrival at her/his home domicile for a minimum required rest period.” 

Q: Will High Time domestic turns be legal under the T/A?

A: Yes. There is an exception to the scheduled domestic duty day that permits flying with over 8:59 block hours within a 14-hour scheduled domestic duty period.  The sequence/pairing is limited to one (1) duty period and to no more than two (2) live segments. The actual on-duty maximum for such sequence will be fifteen (15) hours. It’s likely we’ll see a return of some of the long haul flying turns, like LAX-YYZ and LAX-IND. 

Q: Why would the union ever allow cameras in the cabin and why is it in the T/A?

A: The provision has been in the LUS agreement for many years and is a safeguard to ensure the union will be involved should cameras ever be required on board by the FAA or TSA.  It is not granting permission for cameras on board our flights but is requiring union involvement for any policy-making regarding the use of cameras.

Q:  Are there any pay protections for IPD Flight Attendants when the inbound flight cancels or is delayed?

A:  Location Delay Incentive When a Flight Attendant is delayed departing from an IPD station for more than ten (10) hours from the scheduled departure time for reasons such as mechanical or failure of an inbound aircraft to arrive, the Flight Attendant shall receive an incentive of an additional five (5) hours of pay and credit, including all premiums in addition to the value of the trip. Once the delay is greater than twenty-four (24) hours, an additional five (5) hours, including all premiums, will apply for each subsequent twenty four (24) hours or fraction thereof. Should greater pay protection be provided through Illegal Through No Fault, Last Trip of the Month or Crew Substitution, the provisions of this Paragraph may be waived to accept the greater pay protection. 

Q: What are double up sequences?

A:  “Double Up Sequences” are two sequences within the same duty day separated by a minimum of thirty minutes between the end of the first sequence’s debrief period until report for the second sequence. It’s basically just putting two separate sequences together to make a single continuous trip, because the last duty period of the first trip may be combined with the first duty period of the second trip into a legal on-duty period.  The Flight Attendant will be paid for both trips regardless of electing the double up. Double ups cannot be assigned to a Flight Attendant by Crew Scheduling but Flight Attendants’ wanting to make their work days more productive may elect to pick up additional sequences under this option.  A Flight Attendant who schedules a double up sequence shall not be scheduled to exceed the FAR maximum.

As a member of FACT we ask that you please share this information with your co-workers in person, via email, and posted to social media to ensure everyone is getting the FACTs. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected].

 

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Kelli Harrington, LAX-I
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M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

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