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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

1.20.17 – (LAA/LUS) – National Health Chair Resignation/Retirement & PHA5E Seminars

APFA Special Hotline

Friday, January 20, 2017

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APFA National Health Chair Resignation – LAA/LUS

APFA National Health Chair, Gabby Harty, submitted her resignation earlier this week due to personal reasons. We are thankful for her service to the membership over the last eight months. Kim Coats Tuck will be filling in as the interim National Health Chair until a permanent appointment can be made. 

Kim comes with a wealth of knowledge and history as a former Health and IOD desk rep from 2001-2008 and National Health Chair from 2008-2014. We are pleased that Kim was willing to step in and hit the ground running. She is surrounded with very capable and knowledgeable reps, and we welcome her to the position.

New Hire Involvement & Retirement Seminars in February – LAA/LUS

The PHA5E Team and the APFA Retirement Department, in conjunction with LGA base leadership, are joining together to co-host a series of New Hire Involvement and Retirement Seminars in New York City crew bases in early February.

•  EWR – February 8th, 1200-1500 local base time, in the baggage claim meeting room adjacent to Flight Service operations

•  JFK Hampton Inn – February 9th, 1100-1400 local base time.  The hotel offers a shuttle service from JFK Airport and free parking (http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hampton-inn-ny-jfk-NYCAPHX/index.html)

•  LGA – February 10th, 1100-1400 local base time, in the 3rd floor conference room above Flight Service

The first hour will be dedicated to PHA5E, the 5th phase of flight…the beginning of your career! The PHA5E presentation, headed by coordinators Allie Malis and Reese Cole, provides an avenue for our newer Flight Attendants to get involved with APFA. We are the future! For many of us, APFA is our first labor union. APFA has helped shape the aviation industry and without our union behind us, our profession would look very different. Come learn about:

• How APFA operates
• How APFA can help you
• How you can get involved with APFA
• What we are fighting for now
• Any questions you need answered!

The more active the membership, the more unified we stand. PHA5E welcomes all Flight Attendants– our strength is in our numbers!

The last two hours will be scheduled for the retirement seminar “Good Slide!”, presented by Ron Harris and Patrick Hancock from the APFA Retirement Department, covering a wide range of issues including:

• Retiree Travel
• 401k
• Pensions
• Medicare
• COBRA

LAA Flight Attendants with a pension can print out an estimate from the Pension Service Center on Jetnet. LUS Flight Attendants with a PBGC pension can request an estimate by calling 800-400-7242.

These seminars are being sponsored by LGA base president Ellen Eherts and Vice President JoAnn Matley Sheehan and are open to all members, regardless of seniority or base. It’s never too early to start planning for retirement, and it’s never too late to start getting involved with APFA!

Questions can be directed to:

Ellen Eherts, LGA Base President (prlga@apfa.org)
JoAnn Matley Sheehan, LGA Vice President (vplga@apfa.org)
Allie Malis, APFA Government Affairs Representative (legislation@apfa.org)
Ron Harris, APFA Retirement Specialist (retirement@apfa.org)

 

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