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FACT Rep Update – Proposed APFA Constitutional Amendments Q&As – May 21, 2014

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FACT: Below are Q&As to address questions regarding the Proposed Constitutional Amendments balloting.

If you have questions about the content of the Constitution changes, please email [email protected].

If you have any questions about your ballot and/or how to vote, email [email protected].
 
Q. “How will item #1 (Changes to address the eventual combination of International and Domestic Bases) be accomplished? Will it require a dues increase?  Will any of these items require a dues increase in the future?”
FACT:  No. None of the proposed amendments requires a dues increase, nor is a dues increase being proposed. APFA can accomplish everything in the proposed amendments with our current dues rate of $41 a month. NOTE: The APFA dues rate can only be changed by a vote of the membership.
 
Q. “Regarding item #2 (Provisions for the transition to a combined American / US Airways Flight Attendant Work Group) to give APFA options, haven’t we already done that?”

FACT:  While we have agreements concerning many aspects of the transition to a single Flight Attendant work group, item #2 addresses issues that only can be changed by the proposed amendments.  For example, we will be welcoming pre-merger US Airways Flight Attendants with valuable experience into our union in the coming months. In order for the combined membership to fully benefit from the resources these Flight Attendants bring to the table, item #2 must pass, allowing them to become eligible to hold administrative or committee positions. The proposed change would provide the APFA Board of Directors with the flexibility to give former US Airways credit for time spent in AFA union positions.
 
Q. “I’m a new hire Flight Attendant. Why is this important to me?”

FACT:  The Constitution determines APFA’s structure and the rights and responsibilities of members and leadership. For APFA to be able to continue to represent our members effectively, the Constitution has to keep current with the changes that the merger is bringing, and should be updated and clarified to improve how we operate.
 
Q. “Why are we changing the titles of officers since president and base chair have always worked for APFA? Why align ourselves with the titles other unions use? If we only represent one airline, why do we need to add the word national to the title or president to base chair?“
FACT:  APFA’s titles are different from those used by most other unions, and we find there is confusion when we deal with the media, policymakers, the financial world, and these other unions. The title changes have been proposed simply to harmonize with the various unions we interact with in the aviation industry and beyond. Although APFA’s independence is crucial for our union’s strength, so too is our ability to work cooperatively with outside partners. We expect this change, while minor, to help smooth our external relations.

To review the proposed Constitutional Amendments changes, please visit https://www.www.apfa.org/constitution.

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