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12.01.16 – Things to Remember as We Head into the Holiday Season

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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As the weather in the Northeast turns more seasonal, and trips are impacted because of cancellations either at origination or mid-sequence, please familiarize yourself with Interim Pay Protections (IPP).

Please keep in mind, the following items are not protected by IPP…. carryover, international override or other premiums, pay protection for trips originating on reserve days (RF and SB flying) are not included and all schedule conflict trip removals, including FA- initiated conflict after bid awards are not protected by IPP.

Beginning with the December bid month (Dec. 2, 2016), the company will implement Section 17 (Co-Terminal) of the JCBA

What’s changing? New, published travel times between airports.

When you’re scheduled to begin your trip at one airport and finish your trip at another, you’ll be paid and credited flight pay according to the chart that is included in Section 17.B. of the JCBA. Ground transportation time, just like deadheading, applies towards your duty day. These travel times also apply mid-sequence

Surface travel time treated like deadheading on a flight -“Surface deadheads” (ground transportation between airports) will be treated just as though you’re deadheading on a flight. This means the normal report (sign-in) and release (de-brief) times for the type of trip sequence you’re working apply.
If, for some reason, you arrive at your co-terminal destination after the time noted in your HI3, you can call Crew Scheduling/Tracking and request an adjustment to your release time. If an adjustment is required prior to your first live leg, please call Crew Scheduling. If an adjustment is needed any time after you’ve worked your first live leg, call Crew Tracking. Your rest, trip, duty rigs, and flight pay will be adjusted accordingly.

Premiums and per diem- If you’re receiving a premium(s) on your trip, these premiums will apply to the time you spend “surface deadheading”. Per diem (TAFB) applies to the transportation time too. (Note: Foreign language and international premiums do not apply to surface deadheads within the U.S.)

Delay of more than 4 hours- In the event something goes awry and we anticipate transportation won’t be available for over 4 hours, we’ll provide you with lodging according to Crew Accommodations (Section 6).

“Reversing the limo”-While this isn’t much of a change if you’re already familiar with co-terminals, it’s a good reminder of how it works. If your trip begins at one airport and finishes at another, we’ll provide you one-way transportation between either airport. You choose which direction.

Example: If you’re LGA-based and are scheduled to originate your trip at EWR and finish at JFK, you can either:

  1.  Park at EWR and get a “limo” from JFK back to EWR at the end of your trip OR;
  2.  Park at JFK and get a “limo” to EWR at the beginning of your trip.

And, even if you don’t have a car or park at the airport, the above transportation example still applies if you’d just like a ride between airports.  Please note that if you opt to “reverse the limo”, your HI3 will continue to display the original surface transportation.

Willingness-to-Serve (WTS) for Base Representative Elections

The APFA National Ballot Committee would like to advise all Flight Attendants that it’s that time again for Base Representative Elections. The WTS for Base President, Base Vice President, and BCRs will be posted on the APFA website on November 28, 2016. They must be completed and received by APFA by December 28, 2016 at 10:00 am CT.

The WTS is now electronic and does not get mailed back to the Ballot Committee. The form has complete instructions on how to fill it out and how to send.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the National Ballot Committee at 817-540-0108 ext 8311 or by email

Update on Wage Adjustment Arbitration

Arbitration dates for the UAL case have been set for January 5th and 6th, 2017 in Washington D.C. Location to be announced on an upcoming hotline. The hearings will be open to the membership. APFA’s position is clear: A true market-based in the aggregate standard should include Delta’s current wages as well as United’s recently ratified JCBA.

Professional Standards

In the spirit of the season, please, if you are having a difficult flight or are challenged by a coworker, please use peer to peer Professional Standards as your FIRST point of contact. Contacting the company first will ensure that an investigation will be initiated, and once that happens ALL Flight Attendants are equally subject to the ramifications and outcome of the company’s investigation, up to an including discipline.

LGA Professional Standards representatives:
Leslie Duplika 412-722-5062 and
Carol Glenn 314-435-4717
From the APFA local leadership – we wish each and everyone of you and your families the happiest of holiday seasons, and a peaceful and healthy new year.

Ellen Eherts                                                  

Joann Matley Sheehan        

Anna Johnson


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