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3.02.18 – (LAA/LUS) – APFA Annual Convention Concludes/Nor’easter IROPS/1Q18 EC Meeting Scheduled/Unfair Favoritism at ORD/Uniform Reaction Report

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• APFA Annual Convention Concludes  

• March Nor’easter – IROPS Procedures Reminder

• 1Q18 Executive Committee Meeting Scheduled

• AA Flight Attendants Cry Foul on Unfair Favoritism at O’Hare

• Uniform Reaction Report 


APFA Annual Convention Concludes

The APFA Annual Convention in Charlotte concluded today. Over the past four days, the Board of Directors (BOD) approved the annual budget and received detailed briefings from the Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee (JSIC) and the APFA National Department Chairs and Representatives.

The BOD elected one Ad Hoc Member to the Executive Committee to fill the vacancy of Place #5 created when Paul Hartshorn Jr. was appointed as APFA National Contract Chair. Patrick Hancock will serve out the remainder of the current term ending on March 31, 2018. He was also elected to serve for the full 3-year term beginning April 1, 2018 and ending on March 31, 2021.

Along with duties outlined in the APFA Constitution, Ad Hoc Members of the Executive Committee shall function, when necessary, as the APFA Grievance Appeal Panel to review decisions of the Grievance Review Committee.

Ad Hoc Members of the Executive Committee:

Place #1: Steve Watson (DFW) – Representing DFW, MIA, SFO
Place #2: George Price (CLT) – Representing CLT, DCA-US, RDU
Place #3: Jennifer McCauley (BOS) – Representing BOS, LGA, PHL
Place #4: Kerstin Conners (DFW) – Representing LAX, PHX, STL
Place #5: Patrick Hancock (DFW) – Representing DCA-AA, ORD

The BOD also appointed the members of the National Ballot Committee and the Budget Committee. Paul Hartshorn Jr. was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Budget Committee. That term will end on March 31, 2018.

National Ballot Committee:

  • Cindy Horan (MIA)
  • Nicki Kirkeby (PHX)
  • Kent McDougal (MIA)
  • Tim O’Connell (LAX)
  • Avis Rives (RDU)

Budget Committee:

  • Erik Harris (PHL)
  • Paul Hartshorn (PHL) (Through March 31, 2018)
  • Yvonne Johnston (DFW)
  • Russell “Russ” Reed (SFO)
  • Jennifer Welpott (SFO)

Congratulations to the newly appointed and elected representatives! In accordance with the APFA Policy Manual, the official minutes of the convention will be available no later than thirty (30) days from today on the APFA website.

March Nor’easter – IROPS Procedures Reminder

With an intense nor’easter affecting many parts of the East Coast today and through the weekend as well as winter weather affecting European operations, please take the time to review the following IROPS procedures should you experience delays or flight cancellations:


Interim Sequence Pay Protection Procedures can be found in the On-duty Contract Guide on your tablet or on the Scheduling Department Page on the APFA website.

Key points to remember:

  • You must be on the MU list on ALL days originally scheduled to fly, regardless of legalities or airport status
  • You must participate in the HISEND MU Round for each day originally scheduled to fly (HISENDS must be sent the day before prior to 1159)
  •  If your trip was scheduled to terminate after midnight (including debrief), that is a day originally scheduled to fly and your name must be on the MU list for that day as well.
  • Make sure you are using the appropriate 2-digit form:

Need help calculating when you go illegal? Use the following worksheet which includes the maximum on-duty limitations charts:

When Do I Go Illegal Worksheet – LAA >>

LUS still operates under Section 10 of the Red Book for Scheduling and Rescheduling. Please familiarize yourself with Section 10.J, Rescheduling.

Rescheduling is broken down into three main categories:

10.J.2: Prior to Report Time
10.J.3: After Report but prior to Pairing’s Origination
10.J.4: After Origination (Departure of First Flight)

If you find yourself being rescheduled, please reference the appropriate section above. Red Book section 10.U.5 states that any rescheduling must come from Crew Scheduling, Inflight Management, or the Captain.

Need help calculating when you go illegal? Use the following worksheet which includes the maximum on-duty limitations chart:

When Do I Go Illegal Worksheet – LUS >>

1Q18 Executive Committee Meeting Scheduled

The 1Q18 Executive Committee Meeting has been scheduled for April 5 – 6, 2018 from 0900-1700 CT at APFA Headquarters in the Unity Pays Conference Room. All members in good standing are welcome and encouraged to attend.

AA Flight Attendants Cry Foul on Unfair Favoritism at O’Hare

American Airlines Flight Attendants reach out to the citizens of Chicago and cry “foul ball!” The Association of Professional Flight Attendants is asking the public and community leadership to investigate the unfair gate allocation at O’Hare Airport.

City leaders should not show favoritism in the awarding of these important resources. How was United able to covertly gain a back door advantage at O’Hare? Who approved it? When was the so-called “secret provision” quietly slipped in to unfairly help United Airlines?

As our City grows the gates from today’s 185 to the target number of 220, City officials and United Airlines need to play fair. O’Hare has long benefited by having two home town airlines—unique in the country—by keeping the playing field level.

Our American Airlines Flight Attendants who live in Chicago and fly into O’Hare don’t have a problem competing honestly. But inside deals just undermine our spirit.

It’s hard to keep Chicago “United “ when your plans are so “un-American.”

Come on Mayor … let’s play by the rules!

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