Monday, May 9, 2016
- June 2016 Bidding
- PHX Base Council Meeting – June 22
- Paycheck Blitz in the PHX Crew Room
- Uniform Orders Due Friday, May 13
- UNICEF’s Change for Good Program in PHX
- PBS Refresher WBT Due Tuesday, May 31
- Mandatory Meetings with Flight Service Managers
- APFA EAP and Professional Standards
- PHX Base Contact Information
June 2016 Bidding
Last month, we informed you that for the May 2016 bid month, the Company would be utilizing the Boeing 757 aircraft for some domestic/non-NTI flying. The American Airlines Scheduling Department combined some domestic/non-NTI segments with the Hawaii NTI segments to create 4-day pairings, which was Contractually legal.
Following numerous discussions between APFA and the Company, along with your feedback, we are pleased to announce that your voices were heard loud and clear. The Company has returned the Hawaii Pairings to pure NTI pairings for the June 2016 bid month. The LAX overnight in the May 2016 bid month, which mirrors the Pilots pairings, has been changed to a stand-alone LAX turn for Flight Attendants in the June 2016 bid month. APFA appreciates the Company’s immediate action on restoring the Hawaii pairings to their pure form, which the PHX base has operated under since the reinstatement of Hawaii service by America West Airlines in December of 2005.
In the June 2016 bid month, there will be an increased presence of the LAA 737-800s operating out of PHX, as the Company increases the number of aircraft route swaps. The 737-800 aircraft will be flown by LAA Pilots and LAA Flight Attendants. These flights will transition through Phoenix to various destinations. Since these are route swaps, the 737s will be flying routes that have traditionally been flown by Phoenix-based Flight Attendants and Pilots.
The following routes will be incorporated into the June 2016 bid for PHX-Based Flight Attendants, due to the route swaps:
PHX Pairing Percentages – June 2015 vs. June 2016:
June 2016 Flight Attendant Timeline:
Flight Attendant Bidding Resource Center (FABRC):
Representatives are ready to assist! Call 480-693-8232 or 800-327-0117, option 2 then option 8.
APFA PHX Base Council Meeting – Wednesday, June 22
Paycheck Blitz in the PHX Crew Room
Are you frustrated when trying to understand your paycheck? Do you wonder if you have been paid correctly? Are you overwhelmed with the PE-80 and PE-39A forms? Do you question the purpose of the Pay Summary Screen in CATCREW?
If you answered YES to any or all of these questions, we have answers.
PHX Base Council Representative, Dan Friel, will be in the PHX crew room beginning Wednesday, May 11th to answer your questions, and how to reference line items with the CATCREW Pay Summary Screen 5. One-on-one tutorials will familiarize you with general paystub knowledge, so that you will have a better understanding of how you are paid, and how it all adds up.
If you would like to take advantage of this assistance, please arrive at the airport earlier than your report time to allow for extended wait times, or stop by on a day off. There will be a sign-in sheet available for the first-come, first-served sessions.
Please have your CATCREW number and pin on-hand, as well as your paperless pay log-in. If you don’t participate in paperless pay, please bring your last four (4) paycheck printouts to the session. We will be in the crew room on the following dates and times to assist:
For those unable to attend the sessions during the above dates and times, you can email your payroll questions beginning Wednesday, May 11th to [email protected].
Uniform Orders Due Friday, May 13
The deadline is quickly approaching for ordering your new uniform. Orders must be placed by Friday, May 13, 2016. Place your uniform order with Twin Hill, by clicking here.
First Time Users:
To login, use your US Airways 6-digit ID preceded by the letters “US” as your username. For example: US111111
The temporary password is: welcome1
You also have the option of being measured at any Men’s Wearhouse stores. Please note that uniform pieces will not be available at these locations.
The new uniform rolls out on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
UNICEF’s Change for Good Program in PHX
Since 1994, American Airlines has helped to raise more than $10 million for UNICEF’s programs worldwide as the U.S. partner airline in UNICEF’s global Change for Good program. This employee-led volunteer effort has helped save and improve the lives of millions of children around the world.
Through UNICEF’s Change for Good program on American Airlines, passengers can make donations of foreign and domestic currency on select American Airlines international flights (including flights to/from Canada and Mexico) and at the Admirals Club (except Latin America).
The UNICEF Change for Good program is recruiting PHX Champions in the crewroom on May 13, 14, and 15.
Learn more about the Change for Good program:
PBS Refresher WBT Due May 31
A mandatory Preferential Bidding System (PBS) refresher Web-Based Training (WBT) module is available in the Learning Hub on Jetnet. This training clarifies top PBS questions often asked of PBS trainers and the Flight Attendant Bidding Resource Center (FABRC).
The WBT must be completed by Tuesday, May 31, 2016. You will receive $25 training pay upon completion. As a reminder, with the exception of CQ, any WBT offered, will be processed through a pay report outside of CATCREW. You will not see your pay for WBT completion in CATCREW.
To access the WBT module,Click Here or click on the Learning shortcut under ‘Find it Fast’ on Jetnet. From there, select Visit Learning Hub. This required training will be listed in your ‘To Do’ list. Click on the Start button to launch the lesson.
APFA EAP and Professional Standards
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) of the APFA is here to enhance the health, welfare and safety of all APFA Members by providing quality peer support services. The Members of the EAP Committee are a group of trained Flight Attendants that not only value and understand the professional job we all do every day, the committee also specializes in providing you and your family with a number of workplace resources and the guidance for the concerns that may impair your ability to function at your best.
APFA’s EAP provides the following services and is here for you!
- Assessment, information and resource referral support for confidential assistance call (817) 540-0180, ext. 8701
- The promotion of professional standards through effective conflict resolution for confidential assistance from a PHX Based Rep. call (817) 540-0108, ext. 8620
- Offer response and support to critical or traumatic incidents for confidential assistance call (800) 998-8194
Each department provides a wealth of information that better informs you of how EAP is directly related to your career as a Flight Attendant at American Airlines as well as the services provided to you and your family. For more detailed information and contact information please visit the APFA EAP webpage by clicking HERE or call (817) 540-0108, ext. 8701 for confidential assistance.
PHX Flight Attendant Mark Bird has decided to step out of his role as the PHX Base Professional Standards Coordinator. Your Base Council Representatives would like to thank Mark for his tireless efforts assisting our flying partners with professional standards issues over the years.
Leslie Lara, PHX Base Council Representative, will be stepping into the role as PHX Base Professional Standards Coordinator. Leslie has served the PHX Base for many years as a Union Representative, and is excited to step into her new role within the APFA EAP/Professional Standards Department. Leslie’s voicemail can be reached at (817) 540-0108, ext. 8620, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Leslie does fly a full flight schedule, but has pledged to return voice messages within 12 – 24 hours.
The APFA EAP Professional Standards is a voluntary, confidential service offering members the opportunity to resolve conflicts or concerns with co-workers without management involvement. It is the lowest level of informal intervention possible. APFA encourages the use of Professional Standards rather than engaging the formal involvement of the Company. By utilizing Professional Standards, it offers the involved parties confidentiality and the ability to maintain control over the outcome of a conflict.
For more detailed information on the APFA Professional Standards Department and to learn more, click here.
Mandatory Meetings with Flight Service Managers
While no one wants to be scheduled for a mandatory meeting with his or her Flight Service Manager (FSM), occasionally a situation arises where one is necessary. Please remember that you can count on your PHX Base Representatives to sit in with you during meetings with your FSM. A minimum of 48 hours of notice is requested before the scheduled meeting. This helps to ensure that your Representative has time to prepare for your meeting. When a meeting is necessary, please call (480) 966-1231, Ext. 4, leave your Name, CATCREW number, a brief reason for the meeting, and a good contact phone number. A Grievance Representative will contact you within 48 hours of your meeting to confirm. If it is necessary to cancel or reschedule a meeting, please call the number or your Rep. to let them know as soon as possible.
PHX Base Contact Information
PHX Base APFA Representatives can be reached by calling 480-966-1231, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This number is a voicemail system that allows the caller to leave a message for a specific Representative.
- 0 to leave a General Message
- 1 to reach the APFA National Contract Desk
- 2 for PHX Base President, Joseph Seelye or [email protected]
- 3 for PHX Base Council Rep. on Duty or [email protected] or [email protected]
- 4 for the Mandatory Meeting Hotline
- 5 for the PHX Benefits and Insurance Rep.
- 6 for the PHX Reserve Rep. on Duty
Please keep in mind that most APFA Representatives fly the line, please allow 24 hours for a Rep. to return your call. If your issue is an emergency or requires immediate attention, someone will return your call as soon as possible.
APFA PHX Base President
APFA PHX Base Vice President