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7.18.18 (LAA/LUS) – The Weekly Scoop




Training Duty Day Max

LUS: JCBA 29.H.1 states that a duty period for travel to/from training as well as training time will not exceed 16 hours. This 16-hour period will start at either the beginning of the training class, or at report for the deadhead flight to training from your crew base (one hour prior). The 16-hour period will end at either the conclusion of the training class, or at the release from the deadhead flight to your crew base (:15 after block-in). Please be mindful of your duty day maximums. If you require hotel accommodations as a result of delayed training events/flights, be sure to reach out to Crew Tracking for assistance.

LAA: Training days may be scheduled to 14 hours, with an operational max of sixteen hours. The calculation starts from the time your deadhead departs—there is currently no report or debrief when calculating training duty day maximums. LAA Flight Attendants will fall under JCBA 29.H. when their base transitions to PBS. Erik Harris, APFA National Contract Chair,


We have been fielding questions recently about Advanced Medical – Expert Medical Opinion Service. The Company has recently sent out a mailer to all employees about this free, confidential, and optional service* that is linked to all American Airlines sponsored health plans, including HMO and COBRA participants.

If you, your spouse, or eligible dependents need a second opinion or further clarification of health care decisions or instructions, Advance Medical – Expert Medical Opinion may be able to help you. This physician directed program gives you access to the latest health care information, procedures, and treatment options so you can make the best informed decision about your healthcare. This voluntary benefit was implemented on January 1st, 2017. Find out more at or call 855-212-1074 (24/7).

*exception – Any plan participants considering spinal fusion surgery are required to obtain a second opinion as part of the pre-authorization process.

Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair,


This has been a very exciting and busy week as we all start to settle into the hard and serious work of representing 27,000 professional Flight Attendants. As you might imagine, our department, like the rest of APFA, is extremely busy dealing with the challenges of ensuring safe, comfortable, and secure hotel rooms for our members.

Did you know we layover at more than 370 properties in 176 cities? It’s a daunting task to track all the information needed to determine where you fly, where you get your rest and enjoy your layovers. My department is working extremely hard at getting information to help you with these decisions. That’s why your Hotel/Transportation Debrief Forms are a VERY important piece of the puzzle as they provide data to submit to AA and help us to track problems.

You can find this link on the home page as well as the Hotel Department page.

Thanks for all the well wishes & all the reports! – Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair,


Did you know?

If you are injured on the job, there are specific timelines to file an IOD with the Company. Laws vary from state to state so please adhere to the timelines below when filing a Notice to Employer: 

Arizona: As soon as the injury occurs or when the injured worker becomes aware of the condition.
Pennsylvania: Within 21 days.
California, Florida, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia: Within 30 days.
Illinois: Within 45 days.
Massachusetts: As soon as possible.

To file an IOD, Call 1-844-RPRT-IOD  (1 844-777-8463)
For more information, refer to the APFA IOD Packet on the IOD Department page. – Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair,


Double Dipping

Per JCBA Section 10.E.3.m., a Flight Attendant receiving pay protection may “double dip” by picking up Company time which is paid in addition to their pay protection:

A line holder may conduct TTS transactions that would result in actual flying on a day(s) pay protected by any other portion of Section 10. The line holder will receive pay and credit for such time.


KCM – Abuse it and Lose it!

KCM is an awesome tool for crewmembers—it’s a quick, secure way to enable crewmembers access to the terminal areas at many airports. Violations at KCM checkpoints have been on the rise. Please ensure that you comply with all KCM procedures.

Participating airports, hours of operation, FAQs, and procedural information for crewmembers are available on the KCM websiteJeffrey Ewing, APFA National  Safety & Security Chair,


In this week’s Unity Pays Podcast, Linda and Vicki discuss Illegal Through No Fault including Flight Attendant obligation, crew substitution, contractual vs FAR illegality, direct conflict, and last trip/last series:

Unity Pays Podcast Episode 4 – More on Pay Protections – Illegal Through No Fault

Past podcasts are accessible on the JCBA Hot Topics Page on the APFA website or iTunes users can subscribe by opening the podcast app on your device and searching for APFA Unity Pays Podcast. – Alin Boswell, Julie Hedrick, Linda Haertling, Vicki Balistreri, APFA Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee,

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