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5.29.16 – Memorial Day/Democratic National Convention/PHL Base Meeting Recap

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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  • Memorial Day
  • Democratic National Convention
  • PHL Base Meeting Recap

Memorial Day

On behalf of your PHL leadership, we thank you for your service. However you choose to celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, take the time to Honor and Remember our Veterans and our Soldiers of our great Nation for all they have done and continue to do to protect our Freedom.

Democratic National Convention

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia from July 25-28, 2016. Keep this in mind when you are bidding for July.

PHL Base Meeting Recap

A big thank you to all who joined us for the PHL base meeting. We had a standing room only crowd.  I would also like to thank our APFA National Officers for taking time from their busy schedules to come to PHL and address our members.

Discussions and information on Air Quality/Cabin Odor Events, Injury on Duty (IOD), meetings with your Flight Service Manager (FSM), and the status of the flying in PHL were provided. We also had a very spirited conversation over the current over bidding situation we are dealing with in PHL.  

APFA National President Bob Ross listened to the concerns and assured our members that this is on the radar it will be addressed moving forward. He also made it very clear that the Union takes this seriously and will work together to find solutions that do not diminish our flexibility or harm those that are not abusing the system.  

It was also made very clear that PHL does not operate in a vacuum. Whatever remedies or solutions are viable options have to work for all fourteen (14) Flight Attendant bases.

As a reminder, when bidding in PBS, when you bid a high line knowing you are not going to fly it, you are taking time away from the bidding pool for the entire base. Seniority is being violated. Everyone should have an opportunity to bid trips their seniority can hold, and have a level playing field of picking then up using ISAP or ETB.  

In Unity and Solidarity,

Kim Kaswinkel
APFA PHL Base President

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