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4.06.18 – (LAA/LUS) – APFA Supports Organizing Efforts of JetBlue FAs/EC Confirms Dept Chairs & RRs/Turbulence/NH Class 18-07/Uniform Reaction Report Count

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  • APFA Proudly Supports JetBlue FAs’ Efforts to Unionize
  • EC Confirms National Chairs and Regional Reps
  • Turbulence – Protect Yourself!
  • Welcome New Hire Class 18-07!
  • Uniform Reaction Update

APFA Proudly Supports JetBlue FAs’ Efforts to Unionize.

JetBlue Flight Attendants will decide later this month whether to join the Transport Workers Union after a dedicated organizing drive that resulted in the National Mediation Board scheduling a vote.

“With unions under attack and airline industry profits on the rise, it is more important than ever that Flight Attendants have a seat at the table to negotiate better wages and equitable treatment,” said Nena Martin, National President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. “APFA stands strong with JetBlue Flight Attendants, and we wish them the best in their efforts toward a better future through collective bargaining.”

Nearly 5,000 Flight Attendants will cast ballots electronically or by phone. Voting closes at 2pm ET on April 17, 2018.

EC Confirms National Chairs and Regional Reps

This week, the APFA Executive Committee confirmed the following National Chairs and Regional Representatives for a two-year term beginning May 1, 2018:

National Chairs
Communications: Shane Staples (MIA)
Contract: Paul Hartshorn Jr. (CLT)
Health: Kim Coats Tuck (DFW)
Hotel: A. Marie Plevritis (DFW)
IOD: Bellia Peckson (DFW)
Safety & Security: Noelle Weiler (DFW)
Scheduling: Renee Mayer (LGA)
Regional Representatives

RR#1: Fiona Macpherson (RDU), Representing ORD, RDU
RR#2: William Robert ‘Bobby’ Bulham (DFW), Representing DFW
RR#3: Kristin McCullor (LAX), Representing LAX, SFO, STL
RR#4: Heidi Kidwell (MIA), Representing DCA-AA, MIA
RR#5: Michael Medeiros (LGA), Representing BOS, LGA
RR#6: Roger Holmin (PHL), Representing CLT, PHL
RR#7 Mark Gentile (CLT), Representing DCA-US, PHX

Turbulence – Protect Yourself!

Thunderstorm season is approaching and this is the time of year that injuries occur due to unexpected turbulence.

If the captain has not advised the Flight Attendants to be seated and you are experiencing turbulence, TAKE THE NEAREST OPEN SEAT IMMEDIATELY, if possible. If that is not possible, sit on the floor and hold onto a stationary object. When conditions permit, notify the Captain.

Don’t wait for the Captain to make an announcement. If you sustain an injury due to turbulence, it is imperative that you notify the Captain that you have been injured and request that the turbulence be documented. It is important that you let the Captain know that you will be seeking medical treatment.

Turbulence related IODs can be filed 24/7 by calling 1-844-777-8463.

You are NOT required to follow the nurse’s recommendations and are free to seek medical treatment. Simply advise the nurse if you intend to seek immediate medical care.

All Flight Attendants should also file a CERS Report. The CERS Report is located on the Flight Service website by clicking on Safety and Security.

For more information about turbulence safety, please refer to the Inflight Manual – Safety and SecurityGeneral Safety or contact the IOD Department at:


Bellia Peckson
APFA National IOD Chair

Welcome New Hire Class 18-07!

Uniform Reaction Update

As of today, there have been 4,569 Flight Attendants who have filed uniform reaction reports.

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