FACT Rep Update –
Flight Attendant Communications Team
LAA / LUS
Jumpseat Assignment Ballot – [email protected]
APFA would like to remind all Flight Attendants that the Jumpseat Assignment Ballot was sent to your mailing address on file with APFA on May 26, 2015. Flight Attendants should have received two separate envelopes. One envelope contains your ballot and Voting Instructions. The second envelope contains Q&As related to the three options from which Flight Attendants have to choose.
You may cast your vote online at https://www.BallotPoint.com/APFA or call (800) 698-3789. All votes must be cast by 10:00 AM Central Time, June 25, 2015. You may vote as many times as you wish, however, only your last vote will count.
Code 59 (Ready for Departure/Brake Release)
When the Captain elects to delay starting engines as a result of Air Traffic Control (ATC) delays, flight time pay and credit will be considered to have begun at the time the aircraft would have departed had there been no ATC delay. Also, if a flight’s actual block-out time is delayed due to one of the below situations, Flight Attendants will receive the greater of the scheduled block-to-block time or the delay time PLUS the actual block-to-block time of the flight.
Actual “Out” Time (Code 59) situations include:
- Delay at the gate awaiting pushback, power back or taxi-out due to airport congestion or as a result of congestion on the ramp from dicing operations off the gate;
- Aircraft dicing; and
- Maintenance performed after departure from the gate but prior to take off, without a return to the gate.
- Such flight time is not included in block hour limitations, and does not run concurrently with holding time.
Code 59 / Brake Release Claim Form – To be completed by the captain
Until the ACARS units can be harmonized throughout the LAA and LUS fleets, LUS pilots should contact their respective Chief Pilot’s office to file a claim rather than sending an ACARS message as LAA pilots do. Pilots will need to provide the information requested on the claim form for proper filing of an RFD claim. Pilots have been reminded to include Flight Attendants names and CATCREW numbers at the bottom of the form.
If you are delayed due to a mechanical at the gate, it will not fall under Code 59. You would claim holding time if the delay exceeds 30 minutes from the point of the original scheduled departure.
Three-Hour Call Out For Reserves At Co-Terminal Bases
APFA is pleased to announce that, effective July 2nd, the company has agreed to the implementation of JCBA Section 12.H.1 – Minimum Reserve Call Out Time.
A Reserve would be required to report at co-terminal bases within three (3) hours from the time s/he is notified of an assignment from Crew Schedule. This does not refer to sign-in time or departure time. It means the Flight Attendant must be at the airport in 3 hours.
This will affect the LAA Make Up (MU) timeline. Currently, MU must be offered up to three (3) hours prior to departure and after that time, Short Call MU may be offered prior to assigning a Reserve who then has two hours to report. Recognizing that Short Call is important to both the Flight Attendants who utilize it and to Crew Schedule for coverage, we have agreed that when Section 12.H.1 is implemented, MU would be processed up to four (4) hours prior to departure at co-terminal bases, instead of three (3) hours. And then, Short Call would be offered at all co-terminal bases prior to assigning to a Reserve, who will have three (3) hours to report.
All other LAA base cities would have a two (2) hour call out, and Short Call MU would remain the same as it is today.
Current LAA Co -Terminal Bases are:
LGA / JFK / EWR
MIA / FLL / PBI
LAX / SNA / ONT
DCA / IAD / BWI
SFO / SJC
LAA / LUS
Q: I’m a new hire and received a bill from APFA for the second half of my initiation fee ($25). I thought it was supposed to be payroll deducted. Why am I getting a bill – will my vote count?
A: If you receive a bill from APFA, it is likely due to the fact that the company did not process a deduction. If you believe the bill was issued in error, please email [email protected] and include your full name and employee number and if possible, screen shots of your pay stubs containing the deduction(s) in question.
If you aren’t sure about your voting eligibility, it is a good idea to email [email protected] to ensure you are a member in good standing. Make your vote count!
Q: I am starting to see a lot of instances where people are asking what VE is on their HI1. Turns out the cockpit extended their duty so everybody was volunteered. I thought everybody was supposed to be called individually?
A: It cannot be waived by the cockpit. Every crew member has to agree to waive their legalities. JCBA Section 11.O.3 states: “it is each individual Flight Attendant’s decision whether to waive the duty time limitations.”
Q: I was awarded primary “A” position via PBS on pairing. We were diverted last night and I declined to be on duty more than 16 hours. Other crew members continued on. I am splitting back on the trip today. Do I get to keep the “A” position when splitting back on the trip today?
A: Yes, you keep your PRI position. Red book 10.S states:
“For the purpose of this Paragraph S., a “Lineholding Flight Attendant” shall be a Flight Attendant who has been awarded her/his position (“A”, “B”, “C”, etc.) through PBS. The Lineholder on a pairing awarded in her/his line of flying is the only Flight Attendant who cannot be displaced from her/his position.”
LAA / LUS
Q: Do we get paid for a random drug test, if so how and when is it paid and how much?
A: Yes, JCBA Sec 3.H was implemented on April 7th, 2015. The pay is $15 for each random drug or alcohol test the Flight Attendant is required to undergo after release from duty. This is status quo for LUS.