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5.23.16 – (LAA/LUS) – On-Board Requirements/Crew Meals/LUS ODCG/LAX Transportation Update/PBS WBT/Crew Scheduling Feedback


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  • Domestic and Int’l On-Board Requirements – LAA/LUS
  • Crew Meals – LUS
  • On-Duty Contract Guide – LUS
  • LAX Hotel Transportation – LAA/LUS
  • PBS Refresher WBT Due May 31 – LUS
  • Crew Scheduling Feedback Form – LAA/LUS

Domestic and Int’l On-Board Requirements – LAA/LUS

As a reminder, Flight Attendants are required to be on-board the aircraft and ready to receive passengers at the following times for Domestic segments and International segments:
 
Domestic On-Board Requirements

  • 30 minutes prior to departure for A/C with less than 165 passenger seats
  • 35 minutes prior to departure for A/C with 165 or more passenger seats

Flight Attendants are NOT required to have passenger boarding begin earlier than the above times for Domestic flights. It is a direct violation of our Contract to board early.

International On-Board Requirements

  • 45 minutes prior to departure for all NTI/NIPD departures
  • 50 minutes prior to departure for all TI/IPD departures 

Flight Attendants are NOT required to have passenger boarding begin earlier than the above times for NTI/NIPD and TI/IPD flights. It is a direct violation of our Contract to board early.

Transoceanic International (TI) / International Premium Destination (IPD) flying is International flying operating or deadheading over the Atlantic, Pacific (excluding Hawaii), Arctic or Indian Oceans except:

  1. Operating or deadheading within North America and
  2. Operating or deadheading between North America and Bermuda or any Caribbean destination.
  3. For purposes of this Section, “North America” is defined as the northern continent of the Western Hemisphere, extending north from the Panama-Colombia border, and including the Central American countries, Mexico, the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada.

Non-Transoceanic International (NTI) / Non-International Premium Destination (NIPD) flying is International flying that does not meet the definition of TI/IPD Flying. Hawaii is NTI/NIPD flying.

Please reference Section 11.M and 14.F. of the 2014 JCBA if you are challenged to board early. 

Crew Meals – LUS

Flight Attendant crew meals will be provided when the total block hours for the day is scheduled to be 8.01 hours or greater. In addition, Flight Attendant crew meals will be provided when working a Transoceanic International (TI) flight. Such meals will be the same as those provided to the Pilots working the flight.

Flight Attendant monthly crew meal schedules are located on Wings under the heading Home > Workgroups > Flight Service > Bidding

Should you not receive a meal prior to departure, contact Flight Service Daily Operations immediately at 888-222-4737 (available 24 hours a day). They will take the key information such as date, flight number, city pair and crew member information. This team will then coordinate with the local catering department to arrange a meal at the scheduled or a down-line station.

In a case where you are not provided with a scheduled crew meal and Flight Service Daily Operations is not able to arrange one, you are permitted to secure food from an alternative food provider (airport vendor) that day for reimbursement. Submit the receipt for reimbursement to Flight Service for actual, reasonable meal expenses.

On-Duty Contract Guide – LUS

The LUS On-Duty Contract Guide (ODCG) represents the current Contract language in place for LUS Flight Attendants as of April 2016, which includes portions still in effect from the 2013 Red Book Contract as well items implemented from the 2014 Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA). 

Click Here to view the LUS ODCG via the APFA website.

You may also view the LUS ODCG on your AA FA Samsung tablet by going to the Document Library –> APFA Contract and Guides –> LUS On Duty Contract Guide. 

As a reminder, a limited number of printed copies were also shipped to each LUS base. Request a copy from your Flight Service Manager’s office.

If you have any questions, please contact APFA National Contract Chair Chuck Ransdale at contract@apfa.org.

LAX Hotel Transportation – LAA/LUS

Effective immediately, all crews between the hours of 0500-1200 will pick up and drop off at the lower level of the arrival area, on the outer curb at the blue LAX Shuttle Airline Connection sign.

  • Terminal 4 – between pillars 4A and 4B
  • Terminal 6 – between pillars 6A and 6B

Pick-up and drop-off between the hours of 1201-0459:

  • Short layover – pick-up is on the baggage claim level under the red signs, drop-off is on the ticketing level of the departure terminal
  • Long layover – pick-up is curbside on the ticketing level of the arrival terminal, drop-off is on the ticketing level of the departure terminal

Hotel and Transportation Debrief/Irregularity Form:

If you have any hotel and/or transportation-related questions, please contact APFA National Hotel Chair A. Marie Plevritis at hotel@apfa.org.

PBS Refresher WBT Due May 31 – LUS

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.

Crew Scheduling Feedback Form – LAA/LUS

APFA has resumed the Crew Scheduling Feedback Form for you to submit your experiences with Crew Schedule, Crew Tracking, Crew Scheduling Systems and the Hotel Limo Desk(LAA). The APFA Scheduling Department wants to hear your experiences, both good and bad, and if you believe there was a contractual violation.

Please note, submitting the form will not replace the need to contact the appropriate APFA Representative to pursue an individual resolution or file a Notice of Dispute. This information is intended to provide APFA examples to use in our discussions with the Company. If you have any questions, please contact APFA National Scheduling Chair Daniel Koukes at scheduling@apfa.org.
 

 

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