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FACT Rep Update – August 20, 2014
Flight Attendant Communications Team

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FACT:  Since negotiations opened on April 24th a facilitator from the National Mediation Board has been overseeing our negotiations to help move the process along as expeditiously as possible. Last week, the facilitator requested three additional days of negotiations be added to the week of September 1, 2014. Approximately 30 days with 21 face-to-face meetings remain in the 150 days of negotiating as agreed to in the Negotiations Protocol Agreement (NPA).

FACT: September 19th will be the last day of negotiations and we expect to announce a Tentative Agreement (T/A) on that day. Once a T/A is reached it will be put before the combined membership for ratification. Should the membership not ratify the T/A, or if a T/A cannot be reached, only then would it go to binding arbitration. Please click here to review a simple-to-follow flowchart of the entire joint negotiations process.

FACT: The next phase of non-revenue travel is scheduled to begin in mid-September with both sides operating under one system of boarding priority, time of check-in and dual access. AA has said it will announce further details this week.
 
FACT or Fiction:
Q: Why did APFA incorporate a backstop for negotiations?
A: Following the lengthy negotiations taking place at other airlines post-bankruptcies / mergers, APFA recognized the importance of providing relief for their members quickly. In fact,  last month, United and AFA-CWA decided to take a different approach to negotiations and are now utilizing a “facilitated problem solving” framework for their negotiations. The United AFA MEC has set a target date of July 23, 2015, for a JCBA after almost three years in negotiations. APFA is rooting for the UAL/CAL Flight Attendants and hope they get the best contract possible – it’s what’s best for the entire Flight Attendant profession!

Q:  Is it true that compensation won’t be addressed until the end of negotiations? 
A: Yes. Traditionally, compensation is the final item to be addressed in negotiations. In terms of our contract the less costly sections are addressed first with the more time consuming, complex articles like scheduling addressed after those initial items.  While compensation constitutes the largest portion of the cost of our contract it can only be fully addressed after all scheduling items have been agreed to.

Q: I heard AA is calling this “zero-sum negotiations.” Is that true?
A: No. These are not zero-sum negotiations. 

Q:  I have heard the company isn’t even negotiating right now and they are just going to let the contract go to binding arbitration. Why should the company offer us more than industry standard when they can just let the arbitrator decide?
A: The company is actively involved in joint negotiations and the entire process is being overseen by an NMB facilitator. Both sides have a vested interest in reaching an Agreement rather than losing control of outstanding items to be decided by a third party. An industry leading T/A reflects the new American and a new way of doing business – not the same old woes of “labor is the problem” we’ve heard so often in the past. This merger is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when labor and management work together and the employee perception of management is based on whether they will deliver – or not.
Meanwhile, please continue to share the FACTS, wear your Union pin and participate in all union-sanctioned activities.
 
Q:  If we are using the ‘adopt and go’ method for negotiations, how will both legacy groups see improvements?
A:  The ‘adopt and go’ is for contractual sections that currently exist but it doesn’t mean improvements can’t be negotiated from the items that are adopted. If you look at the co-terminal T/A for example, the LAA language for co-terminals was adopted with the LUS AFA language for deadhead pay between the DCA/IAD co-terminals. The “adopt and go” addresses the language but doesn’t necessarily negate improvements.

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Now that we are in the final 30 days of negotiations, it is imperative that all Flight Attendants at the new American are educated on the process every step of the way. We need YOU to join the FACT Rep Team to ensure all of our coworkers have the FACTs.  

Being a FACT Rep will provide you with: 

  • Direct access to the negotiators via the FACT Rep Coordinator 
  • Conference calls with Laura Glading
  • FACT Rep-only meetings prior to the T/A Roadshows
  • A FACT Rep-only section of APFA.org website 
  • Heads Up Information on negotiations, integration and implementation 
  • A FACT Rep pin identifying you to other crew members as someone who can speak to the FACTs.

If you are interested or know someone who is interested please sign up by clicking on this link and following the directions for sign-up. 

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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“On Our Way”

Kelli Harrington, LAX-I
FACT Rep Coordinator

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Phone: (817) 540-0108

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After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

4Q23 EC Meeting

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

BOD Meeting

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APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

4Q23 EC Meeting

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

BOD Meeting

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