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FRH – 5.12.15

APFA Special Hotline

FACT Rep Update
Flight Attendant Communications Team

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LAA / LUS
40-Hour Scheduling Obligation – aka “Hard 40”

As we stated in Friday’s weekly hotline, during the APFA Board of Directors Meeting in Dallas Ft. Worth last week, a resolution was unanimously approved that APFA shall approach the company to eliminate the 40-Hour Scheduling Obligation. If we are able to reach agreement with the company, it will be necessary to present this substantial change to the membership for ratification. Once we have more information, it will be shared via the APFA Hotline.

LAA
30/7 and 35/7 and Reserves

As a result of the absence of the 30/7 and 35/7 contractual protections in the JCBA that have yet to be implemented due to AA IT issues, the APFA Board of Directors passed a resolution last Friday that “the Board and the JNC would continue their vigorous efforts to push the company to an immediate elimination of the gap in protection for the Reserve Flight Attendants.”

LAA / LUS
Valet Bag Update / Group Two Boarding

As previously announced, changes to Valet Bag procedures went into effect on May 11, 2015. APFA has been working with the Company to make the implementation of these changes easier. As a result, the Company, agreed, on a trial basis, to allow Flight Attendants occupying the cabin jump seat to valet tag their bags either in or out of uniform. APFA will continue to have conversations with the Company regarding the implementation of the Valet Bag tag changes.

Today, as a result of discussions between the Union and the company, management has agreed to allow all uniformed crewmembers who are commuting or deadheading in Group 2 (LAA) / Zone 2 (LUS) Boarding. This applies to all who have a boarding pass with a seat assignment. If you do not receive your seat assignment until after Group 2 boards, you may board as soon as you have receive your boarding pass. This change is effective immediately.

FACT or Fiction?

LAA / LUS
Q:  “Can the Purser waive crew legalities for the whole crew?”
A:  No. Every crew member has to agree to waive their legalities. JCBA Section 11.O.3 states: “It is understood that it is each individual Flight Attendant’s decision whether to waive the duty time limitations.”

LAA
Q: “Are FMLA recoded sick calls paid at trip value if you use PVDs from next year or is it VC awards only?”

A: PVDs are borrowed from next year’s vacation accrual and limited to 6 per year paid at the daily rate of 3:30. Flight Attendants out of sick time with an approved FMLA may use current accrued vacation days up to the unused, accrued amount for full trip removal pay.

LAA / LUS
Q:  “What do we do during irregular operations and the hotel/limo desk is delayed in getting us a room?”

A:  The company is required to find us lodging in irregular operations. JCBA Section 6.B.4 states: “In the event that regularly assigned lodging is not available or if the crew is diverted to other than the scheduled layover, the Company shall provide other like lodging. If the Company is not able to secure like lodging, the Flight Attendant will be allowed reasonable, actual expenses for other like lodging, substantiated by a receipt.”

During weather related Off Schedule Operations the responses from crew tracking or hotel limo desk may be delayed. We now have an option to book our own room and expense it. You can choose to wait for the company to find you a hotel, or you can try to secure a room yourself. If you are unable to reach Crew Tracking or Scheduling you can call the FS Daily Ops for assistance at 888-222-4737. Any unreasonable situations should be documented in a FA Report and a hotel/limo report to APFA.

LUS
Q: “Can we get denied the Jumpseat due to weight & balance?”

A: LUS Flight Attendants cannot be denied jumpseat on LUS metal for weight and balance until FOI. Redbook page 37-6 #7 states: “flight attendant will be awarded the jumpseat regardless of potential weight restrictions.”

LAA
Q: “Does bereavement bust your line guarantee?”

A: JCBA Section 27.L.1 for Bereavement will not be in effect until 1/1/16. Therefore current LAA policy applies which provides 3 days with pay and it should not bust your line guarantee.

LAA
Q: “Is the “company contribution” for 401K based on flight hours, flight hours plus per diem, and are OEs considered in this contribution?”
A: Company contribution is based on your flight hours and flight premiums (such as lead pay, language pay, etc.).

LAA
Q: I flew an OE into my RSV month that was 16 hours. Shows 16 on my PPROJ. Those hours don’t go toward RSV, but does the pay go over my 75 hour guarantee?
A: No. The only hours that pay on top of guarantee in a Reserve month are Reserve Supplemental Flying (ODCG p27). It allows a Reserve to relinquish up to 4 DFP’s and pick up OR (Optional Exchange for Reserve), CR (Critical Coverage), or L2 (Limited Option 2) trips. Hours for Reserve supplemental flying are displayed in the FLYDFP field on your HI1.

In Unity,

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1004 West Euless Boulevard
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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

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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

Currently, no scheduled events...

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