FACT Rep Update – September 3, 2014
Flight Attendant Communications Team
FACT: A FACT Rep telephone town hall meeting with Laura Glading and members of the JNC has been scheduled for the afternoon of September 10th. The call will include updates on negotiations and an opportunity for callers to ask questions. All Flight Attendants (LAA and LUS) are welcome to participate. Sign up to be a FACT Rep via this link and provide your preferred phone number in order to receive the call next Wednesday. Further details about the call, including timing, will be sent via this hotline as soon as they are finalized.
FACT: The NMB issued its final determination that American Airlines and US Airways are operating as a single carrier for the purposes of representation and certified APFA as the bargaining representative for all 24,000 Flight Attendants at the new American. With this final certification the former US Airways domiciles will become APFA bases and will be integrated into the governing structure under APFA’s Constitution. Click here to read more information about the certification.
FACT: LAA and LUS will continue to operate as separate carriers until all three of the following items are accomplished:
- Implementation of a JCBA
- A single crew management system that incorporates both operations (FOS)
- AA receives a Single Operating Certificate from the FAA
FACT: Non-Rev travel on LUS and LAA will be fully integrated on September 15th. All current employees will travel as D2 on LAA and SD2E on LUS and will be accommodated in first-come first-served order. D1s will not be available for LAA to use on LUS until we have a combined Passenger Service Systems (PSS) sometime in 2015. There will not be any changes to the interim jumpseat agreement between LUS and LAA. To read the full jumpseat agreement please click here.
FACT: As of September 3rd, there are approximately 16 days and 12 face-to-face meetings remaining in the 150 days of negotiating as agreed to in the Negotiations Protocol Agreement (NPA). Further information on negotiations can be found at www.www.apfa.org/negotiations.
Dates for the remaining face-to-face negotiations scheduled for the Dallas/Ft. Worth area are:
• September 3 – 5, 2014
• September 8 – 12, 2014
• September 15 – 19, 2014
FACT: Following the September 19th negotiations deadline, whether we have a T/A or not, the Joint Negotiating Committee and union leaders will be conducting JCBA roadshows at each of the new American Flight Attendant bases. Please continue to follow these updates for dates and times. As a reminder, every roadshow will have a scheduled FACT Rep-only meeting prior to the start time for the membership at large.
FACT: This week, the US Department of Transportation dismissed Norwegian Air International’s application for temporary authorization to operate in the United States. APFA, AFA-CWA, other unions and airlines have been pushing against NAI’s application for a foreign air carrier certificate for months. NAI’s plan is to exploit Ireland’s labor laws in order to outsource flight crews from Southeast Asia and elsewhere. The scheme, known as “flag of convenience” in the maritime industry, is an attempt to dodge agreements between the US and the EU. If granted a permanent foreign air carrier certificate, NAI would not only undercut American and European carriers in the critical transatlantic market, but it would also Create significant security risks by allowing flight crews without proper screening unfettered access to secure areas our in American airports. APFA will continue to push DOT to deny the application.
FACT or fiction
Q: Why aren’t we in section 6 negotiations? Didn’t we give away our leverage by eliminating our right to strike by agreeing to binding arbitration?
A: Under the Railway Labor Act (RLA) section 6 negotiations would not begin until contracts at both carriers became amendable some 5 years from now. The ability to use self-help up to and including a strike would not be available until after the NMB determines that section 6 negotiations had reached an impasse.
Prior to AA’s bankruptcy filing, we had been languishing for months awaiting the NMB’s decision on whether to declare an impasse following years of bargaining. Our goal was to provide the fastest course for Flight Attendants to realize the benefits of a successful merger as soon as possible rather than years from now. Under the Negotiations Protocol Agreement all 24,500+ APFA Flight Attendants at the new American will be reaping the merger’s benefits by next spring – an unprecedented timetable in airline mergers. Record profits from the new American’s first quarter provides strong leverage at the table during negotiations, compared to the threat of a strike several years from now. The backstop provides a baseline to ensure that the minimum we would receive is market-rate in the aggregate among Delta and Continental/US.
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As we approach the final 2 weeks of the 150 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 both LUS and LAA Flight Attendants to join the Flight Attendant Communications Team to ensure all of our coworkers have the FACTs.
Being a FACT Rep provides 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