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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

10.21.16 – (LAA/LUS) – AA Profits/LAA Annual Thresholds SK&VC/Benefits Enrollment Open/Congressman Veasey


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Friday, October 21, 2016

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  • American Airlines Continues to Report Record Profits – LAA/LUS
  • Annual Thresholds for Sick and Vacation Benefits – LAA
  • 2017 Benefits Enrollment Period Currently Open – LAA/LUS
  • Congressman Marc Veasey to Visit APFA HDQ – LAA/LUS

American Airlines Continues to Report Record Profits – LAA/LUS

Yesterday, AA senior management reported a $1.5 billion pre-tax profit for the third quarter of 2016. This announcement comes as APFA members continue to labor under a non-fully implemented contract, unresolved health concerns with the new uniform, and hardships resulting from IT issues that have pushed FOI well beyond the stated goal for implementation.

The Company’s astronomical profitability calls for a generous investment in the resources required to bring our members immediate relief in recognition of the valuable contributions of Flight Attendants to the overall success of the airline.
 


Annual Thresholds for Sick and Vacation Benefits – LAA

As we approach the end of the calendar year, please be aware that the 420-hour threshold for sick and vacation benefits is still in effect for LAA Flight Attendants. An average of thirty five (35) paid hours in each active month must be maintained in order to accrue sick and vacation benefits. Remember, the 420-threshold is reduced by thirty five (35) hours for any inactive months in 2016. An inactive month is any month in which you were in an unpaid status for more than 15 days during that contractual month. Days off are counted towards your total active days in the month.

Please take notice of your total paid hours and eligibility hours for the current year by pulling up your HISK in DECS. Simply type “HISK” and then hit the “Enter” key to pull up your current year’s accruals’ record. Move down to the “Sick and Vacation Summary” sections. So long as your “TTL FLT PAID HOURS” meets or exceeds your “ELIGIBILITY HOURS,” you are on track with meeting your personal threshold for sick and vacation benefits.

If you were to pull up your HISK today, you would see your sick and vacation accruals as well as your total flight paid hours from January to September. Your HISK is updated on or around the 10th calendar day of the new contractual month to reflect accruals and paid hours earned in the last contractual month.

Additionally, although a Voluntary Leave of Absence (VLOA) is an unpaid status, Flight Attendants still accrue sick and vacation benefits while on a VLOA, regardless of the duration of the leave. If you were on a full-month VLOA, you would see the letter “L” under your SK/VC columns. This “L” indicates a reduction of your personal threshold by 35 hours, but at the same time, an accrual of sick and vacation benefits in that month.

Note: There are currently NO thresholds to maintain Company subsidized health benefits and there is NO threshold to maintain employment.
 


2017 Benefits Enrollment Period Currently Open – LAA/LUS

The deadline for 2017 Benefits Enrollment is October 28th at 2359 CST. Make sure you enroll by going to www.my.aa.com to access the Benefits Enrollment Guide and choose the options that are right for you.

Don’t forget that the Union Benefit Planners offer additional coverage not provided in the Company plans.

  • Individual Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Universal Life Insurance with Long Term Care
  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance

Consult the Union Benefit Planners Guide  for more information. There are two ways to enroll – Online or by calling 1-855-874-0236.
 


Congressman Marc Veasey to Visit APFA HDQ – LAA/LUS
 
APFA is proud to welcome United States Congressman Marc Veasey to APFA Headquarters for an informal Meet & Greet this Tuesday, October 25th, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Congressman Veasey is a Fort Worth native who proudly represents the 33rd Congressional District of Texas. He is an advocate for APFA as well as the broader labor movement in Washington.

If you are in the DFW area this Tuesday, please join us in welcoming Congressman Veasey. Refreshments will be served. 

 

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