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FRH – 2.15.16

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FACT Rep Update –
Flight Attendant Communications Team

Monday, February 15, 2016 – Presidents Day

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  • VEBA Prefunding Update – LAA
  • IRS Tax Form 1095-C: Employer-Provided Health Insurance – LAA/LUS
  • APFA National Officer Run-off Election – LAA/LUS
  • VLOA Ballot – LAA
  • VLOA Openings – April 2016 – LUS
  • JCBA Training/Roundtable Discussions – LAA/LUS
  • Meet #PHA5E Discussions – LAA/LUS
  • Executive Committee Member Ad Hoc – LAA/LUS
  • Administrative and Committee Positions – LAA/LUS

VEBA Prefunding Update – LAA

The Prefunding Arbitration was held April 28-29, 2015, and continued June 17-18, 2015. APFA Attorney Carmen Parcelli presented a very strong case. Transcripts were submitted within 30 days, followed by legal briefs which were submitted to Arbitrator Bloch within 45 days. We have been awaiting Arbitrator Bloch’s decision since October of 2015. In November, he called for an Executive Session of the Arbitration Board scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 2015. However, the Arbitrator cancelled the meeting due to his illness.

On February 4, 2016, the Prefunding Executive Session took place with Arbitrator Bloch. Mr. Bloch stated that he will provide a draft of his decision to the Arbitration Board by the end of this month. After both parties have reviewed and signed off the draft, the decision will be released to the membership.

To learn more about the VEBA Prefunding Presidential Grievance, click here.

IRS Tax Form 1095-C: Employer-Provided Health Insurance – LAA/LUS

Tax season is here. The Affordable Care Act requires certain employers to offer health insurance coverage to full-time employees and their dependents. American Airlines must send an annual statement to all employees eligible for coverage describing the insurance available to them. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) created Form 1095-C to serve as that statement. This form proves that you had health insurance in 2015 and aren’t subject to penalties for not having “minimal essential coverage.”

The health care law defines which employers must offer health insurance to their workers. The law refers to them as Applicable Large Employers (ALEs). A company or organization is an ALE if it has at least 50 full-time workers or full-time equivalents. The deadline for an ALE to provide this form, including American Airlines, has been extended to March 31, 2016. 

Although information from the Form 1095-C can assist you in determining eligibility for the premium tax credit, it is not necessary to have Form 1095-C to file your return.

You can use other forms of documentation, in place of the Form 1095-C information to prepare your tax return. Other forms of documentation that would provide proof of your insurance coverage include:

  • W-2 or payroll statements reflecting health insurance deductions
  • Insurance cards
  • Explanation of benefits
  • Statements from your insurer
  • Other statements indicating that you, or a member of your family, had health care coverage

You will not need to send the IRS proof of your health coverage. However, you should keep any documentation with your other tax records. This includes records of your family’s coverage, premiums paid, and type of coverage. 

If you have other questions about tax forms, please contact your tax consultant or American Airlines Payroll Customer Center at (800) 447-2000, option 6.

APFA National Officer Run-off Election – LAA/LUS

Ballots for the APFA National Officer Run-off Election were mailed on January 19, 2016, to all APFA members. If you did not receive your ballot, please contact the National Ballot Committee (NBC) at [email protected] or 817-540-0108, ext. 8311 to receive your access code.

The ballot packet you will receive contains a Candidate Information booklet along with the Voting Instructions and Ballot. You can also find a copy of the ballot, instructions and candidate booklet on the APFA website under Elections at APFA.org.

The Candidate Information booklet contains information on the candidates as provided by the candidate or the person nominating the candidate. We ask that you read the information carefully before voting as YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE YOUR VOTE ONCE IT IS CAST.

Flight Attendants may cast their vote by phone 1-800-698-3789 or by internet https://BallotPoint.com/APFA.

In order to cast a vote, you must be a member in good standing (no more than 60 days in dues arrears) by 5:00pm CT, February 16, 2016. If you have any questions about your dues status, please contact the Dues Department at [email protected] or at 817-540-0108, ext. 8151.

Please be sure you have correctly entered the candidates of your choice. Again, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE YOUR VOTE ONCE IT IS CAST.
 
All votes must be cast by 10:00am CT, February 18, 2016.

VLOA Ballot – LAA
 
The ballot for March Voluntary Leave of Absences (VLOAs) is now available on the Crew Resources page of the Flight Service website. An HI6 message will go out each month indicating when the ballot is available. The deadline to submit a ballot for March VLOAs is Monday, February 15 at 0900 Central Time.  To find out if you are granted a voluntary leave check your HI10 after 1700 Central Time on February 15 or the following business day.  The Voluntary Leave code in your HI10 will be “VL”.  This code will replace all previous “BL” codes. 

VLOA Openings – April 2016 – LUS

The Company is projecting an opportunity to award Voluntary Leaves of Absence (VLOA) for the month of April 2016. These VLOAs may be available for the April 2016 bid month (effective April 1, 2016) in the following domiciles:  CLT — DCA — PHL — PHX

  • Lineholders are responsible for lead in trips for the award month.
  • Picking up trips via ETB is not permissible while on this leave.
  • Required training scheduled for the month must be attended and will be compensated accordingly.
  • Accruals for both sick and vacation will continue during the period of the leave.
  • Any scheduled vacation will be paid.
  • Benefits will remain active for the duration of the leave.

All VLOA requests for April 2016 must be submitted electronically via the VLOA Request Form on WINGS prior to the deadline of 12:00 Noon (EST) and 10:00 (MST), Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Awards will be posted no later than Thursday, February 18, 2016.

JCBA Training/Roundtable Discussions – LAA/LUS

JCBA negotiators Vicki Balistreri (LUS) and Paul Hartshorn Jr. (LUS) will be in the PHX and DFW crew base to answer your questions and host a round table discussion about changes/ procedures in the new contract. Please join us to discuss the contract we will all be working under at Flight Attendant Operational Integration (FOI). Everyone from LUS and LAA are welcome, regardless of where you’re based.

PHX – 2/24/16
Time: 1000 to 1700
Location: PHX at the former Flight Training Center, 1950 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix in room 211, I.

DFW – 3/2/16
Time:  1000 to 1700
Location: DFW Terminal C conference room at DFW C7 operations

Meet #PHA5E Discussions – LAA/LUS

Meet #PHA5E- the 5th phase of flight- the beginning of your career. PHA5E provides an avenue for junior Flight Attendants to become involved- we are the future! The more active the membership, the more unified we stand. We welcome flight attendants from all seniorities- let’s get involved together!

Learn about:

  • How APFA operates and APFA’s structure
  • Changes in 2016 under the JCBA
  • How APFA can help you 
  • Current contract language Q & A
  • How you can get involved with APFA

Dates:      

PHX – 2/23/16
Time: 1030 to 1500
Location: PHX at the former Flight Training Center, 1950 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix in room 211, I.

DFW – 3/1/16
Time:  1030 to 1500
Location: DFW Terminal C conference room at DFW C7 operations

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Questions about the #PHA5E program? Contact:

  • Allie Malis
  • Torrance Hurtault
  • Reese Cole

[email protected]

We plan to visit all LUS and LAA bases in the coming months. Additional schedule will be announced in the next few weeks.  

Willingness to Serve – Executive Committee Member Ad Hoc – LAA/LUS

The Willingness to Serve (WTS) for Executive Committee Member Ad Hoc Place #3 and #4 can be found by clicking here and on the Elections page of the APFA Website. The term of office for these positions commence on April 1, 2016 and end March 31, 2019. If interested, please return your WTS to the APFA National Secretary, 1004 West Euless Blvd. Euless, TX. 76040 anytime prior to the Annual Convention that convenes on March 9, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Administrative and Committee Positions – LAA/LUS

APFA is now accepting resumes for the following positions:

  • Regional Representatives
  • National Department Chairs – (Communications, Contract, Health, Hotel, Injury on Duty (IOD), Safety/Security and Scheduling)
  • National Balloting Committee
  • National Budget Committee

Regional Representative and National Department Chairs commence on May 1, 2016 for a two-year term ending on April 30, 2018. National Balloting Committee and National Budget Committee terms begin April 1, 2016 for a two year term ending March 31, 2018. Information on the positions and their duties can be found in the APFA Constitution and the APFA Policy Manual on APFA.org. If interested, please send your resume to the APFA National Secretary, 1004 West Euless Blvd. Euless, TX 76040 any time prior to the Annual Convention that convenes on March 9, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Steve Chen
APFA Fact Rep. Coordinator

[email protected]



 

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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

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After-Hours Live Chat
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