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Thursday, December 22, 2016
- Upcoming Wage Adjustment Arbitration Hearing – LAA/LUS
- Streamlined Eligibility Requirements for Retirement – LAA/LUS
- Upcoming Retirement Seminars in January – LAA/LUS
- Reporting Hotel, Transportation, and Crew Lounge Issues – LAA/LUS
- Holiday Weekend Live Chat Hours – LAA/LUS
Upcoming Wage Adjustment Arbitration Hearing – LAA/LUS
As a reminder, the Wage Adjustment Arbitration hearing will take place next month in Washington D.C. We will be tweeting live from the event; however, we encourage as many members to attend as possible. If you are in the D.C. area during the hearings, join us in a show of solidarity, unity and support for our case.
January 5 – 7, 2017 at 0930 EST
O’Melveny and Myers
1625 I Street N.W., 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006
Closest Metro Stations: Farragut West and McPherson Square Station
Streamlined Eligibility Requirements for Retirement – LAA/LUS
The eligibility requirements for retiring are being streamlined for all employees. Effective 1/1/17, the 65 Point Plan will be the marker for determining eligibility. Employees with at least 10 years of company seniority, who’s age and company seniority equal 65 or more, will be able to retire upon separation from American Airlines.
Retirement benefits include:
• Retiree Travel (D1, D2R, D2P, D3, ZED, AA20 positive space, and 20% off Advantage Award travel)
• A Retiree ID card
• Sick Time and Vacation Payout
• A Retirement Gift and Certificate (in lieu of a gift, Flight Attendants can elect to have the company make a $100 donation to the Wings Foundation)
Employees who retire and are between the ages of 55 and 65 at the time of their separation will still have the option to purchase AA’s Retiree Medical Insurance. Flight Attendants who had previously resigned under the 50/55 Rule will be grandfathered and have the ability to purchase Retiree Medical Insurance when they turn 55.
Pension benefits remain unchanged and are still governed by the JCBA for LAA Flight Attendants, and the PBGC for LUS Flight Attendants.
If you are considering retirement and are not sure if you qualify, eligibility can be confirmed by calling the Retiree Service Center at (844) 543-5747 or your Flight Service Manager.
APFA Retirement Specialist
Upcoming Retirement Seminars in January – LAA/LUS
The APFA Retirement Department will be on the road in January with retirement seminars in Dallas/Ft. Worth and St. Louis. All seminars are from 1100-1400 local base time.
- 1/5 and 1/6 – DFW Airport – Yandry Center across from Gate C2
- 1/11 – STL Crown Plaza Airport Hotel. The hotel offers a shuttle service to and from the airport. https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/bridgeton/stlap/hoteldetail
LAA Flight Attendants with a pension can access a copy of their estimate from the Pension Service Center link in Jetnet, or by calling 800-447-2000.
LUS Flight Attendants with a PBGC pension can request their estimate via the US mail by logging in to the PBGC website or calling 800-400-7242.
It’s never too early to start planning for retirement. All members, regardless of their base or seniority, are welcome to attend.
Reporting Hotel, Transportation, and Crew Lounge Issues – LAA/LUS
Per Section 6E of the JCBA, Flight Attendant Crew Lounges at each base shall be clean, properly lighted, properly heated and air-conditioned, well ventilated, and contain chairs, tables, computers, and telephones.
In addition to reporting hotel and transportation issues, please use the Hotel/Transportation Debrief Form on the APFA website to report issues with crew lounges as well.
A. Marie Plevritis
APFA National Hotel Chair
Holiday Weekend Live Chat Hours – LAA/LUS
APFA Headquarters will be closed on Friday, December 23rd, and Monday, December 26th. Live Chat Reps will be available during normal weekend hours (0900 CST – 1700 CST) both days as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for anyone who needs assistance.