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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – LAA/LUS
Dues Balance Forgiveness Constitutional Referendum Q&A’s
Members have been contacting the APFA Dues Department with questions about a Constitutional Referendum that is currently out for a membership vote.
What the referendum is about:
Under a Constitutional provision that was in effect only from January 8, 2010 to June 18, 2014, members on unpaid status were required to pay dues. If the referendum passes, if a member has an unpaid status dues balance for any time during that period, that balance will be forgiven if the member makes a one-time payment to APFA of $123.00 or the unpaid dues balance accrued during that period, whichever is smaller. The payment must be made within three (3) months of the date the referendum passes, and will not be applied to any dues balance.
Below are answers to the questions that are being asked most frequently. The numbers and dollar amounts are as of the May 2015 Board of Directors meeting at which the Board decided to send out the referendum.
Q1. Why are the dates January 8, 2010 to June 14, 2014, being used?
A1. That was the only time frame during which members on unpaid status were obligated to pay dues.
Q2. How many Flight Attendants will have dues balances forgiven if the referendum passes?
A2. Approximately 1,300.
Q3. How many of those are LAA? How many are LUS?
A3. All are LAA, including former TWA Flight Attendants who have an unpaid status dues balance owing from any time between January 8, 2010 and June 14, 2014. None of the affected Flight Attendants is LUS, because by the time APFA became the representative of the LUS Flight Attendants on September 2, 2014, members were no longer required to pay dues while on unpaid status.
Q4. What’s the dollar amount of the dues balances that will be forgiven if the referendum passes?
A4. Approximately $800,000.
Q5. How many Flight Attendants paid their unpaid status dues during this same period?
A5. Approximately 4,800.
Q6. What was the amount paid by those Flight Attendants?
A6. Approximately $1.1 million.
Q7. Will the members who paid their unpaid status dues between January 8, 2010 and June 18, 2014, be sent a refund?
Q8. Why is this dues forgiveness being proposed now?
A8. In May 2015, the APFA Board of Directors passed a resolution to have the Constitutional change sent out to the membership for a vote, and explained why the change was being proposed. Click here to read the resolution.
Q9. How was the $123 payment amount arrived at?
A9. It is equal to 3 months of dues at $41 per month.
Dues Balance Forgiveness – Voting Now Open
The APFA National Ballot Committee (NBC) would like to inform all Flight Attendants that the Dues Balance Forgiveness Ballot was mailed Tuesday, August 11, 2015. If you have not received your ballot, please contact the NBC at email@example.com or 817-540-0108 ext. 8311, and a 16-digit activation code will be issued to you. Please remember that in order for your vote to count, you must be dues current by Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM CT. If you have any questions about your dues, please contact the Dues Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-540-0108 ext. 8151. If you have any questions concerning the Dues Balance Forgiveness, please email them to email@example.com.
You may cast your vote by phone, 800-698-3789 or on the Internet, https://www.ballotpoint.com/apfa. All votes must be cast by 10:00 am CT on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
APFA National Ballot Committee
(817) 540-0108 ext. 8311
APFA National Communications Interim Chair