8.15.18 – (LAA/LUS) – The Weekly Scoop


Reserve Committee Formed

A resolution was passed during the special Board of Director’s meeting last month to form an APFA Reserve Committee. Please welcome new committee members: Sara Corrigan, Kelly Hagan, Marti McMillan, Brian Pinkowski and Charles Starks, who will meet next week to discuss concerns moving forward.


Stay Tuned!

We are working on launching an APFA system wide activist program. Stay tuned!

Robin Charbonneau, APFA Communications Chair, communications@apfa.org


Keep ‘Em Coming

​Please continue to fill out the Scheduling System Issues Report Form in detail for us to research and track your issue.  We are working diligently to investigate all the cases that have come in.  We ask you to direct all your TTS, ETB, and ROTA issues thru this channel rather than your Base Representative to help streamline the process.  You will find this form on the APFA website.  Fill out the form >>

 – Erik Harris, APFA National Contract Chair, contract@apfa.org
Becky Lydecker, APFA National Scheduling Chair, scheduling@apfa.org


Valsartan Recall

Do you or a loved one take Valsartan to treat heart failure or high blood pressure? If so, the US Food and Drug Administration recently expanded the list of Valsartan manufacturers being recalled. This announcement was made after it was discovered that some versions of Valsartan could have been tainted. Not all versions of Valsartan are being recalled. The FDA suggests checking the following website to verify if your version of Valsartan is on the recall list. If your version of Valsartan is on the recall list, the FDA recommends you check with your primary care provider or pharmacist before changing any routine with your scheduled medications.

Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair, health@apfa.org



“I was in London & Amsterdam on a review. This amazing crew from CLT gave me information and insight into their layover experience. Thank you Charlotte!”

Julia Simpson,
APFA National Hotel Chair,


Show Me the Money!   

Statutory Waiting Periods are the time frames that injured workers need to wait before workers’ compensation payments begin.  They vary from state to state. In order to qualify for workers’ compensation payments, the injured worker must EXCEED the waiting period. Here are the breakdowns of each states waiting period:

3 days = California, Illinois, Missouri
5 days = Massachusetts
7 days = Arizona, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia

An injured worker will not be paid by workers’ compensation for time lost during the Statutory Waiting Periods unless they EXCEED the Retroactive Periods. These also vary from state to state.

Here are the breakdowns of each states Retroactive Periods:

14 days = Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas
21 days = Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia

Gabe Bierbach  PHL
Health/IOD Rep 

 – Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, iod@apfa.org

Compliance is Key

As safety professionals please ensure that you are compliant with FAR 121.391

(Movement on the surface) – “During taxi, Flight Attendants required by this section must remain at their duty stations with safety belts and shoulder harnesses fastened except to perform duties related to the safety of the airplane and its occupants.”

There has been a significant increase in violations lately, including Flight Attendants taking meal preferences during surface movement. Always remember that you should be seated with harness and belt fastened after completing compliance checks.

– Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National Safety & Security Chair, safety@apfa.org

Are You Ready?

Even though Election Day is now just under 3 months away, we want to remind you to make sure you are registered and ready to vote. All members of the House of Representatives are up for reelection and 1/3 of the Senate has races this year as well. Primary races are also occurring throughout the country. In non-Presidential years, voter turnout tends to be lower, however this midterm election is critical for the labor movement and for APFA. We encourage all APFA members to double check your voter registration status as some voter rolls are purged after a certain length of inactivity. Don’t miss your opportunity to make your voice heard on Tuesday, November 6th.

Visit  www.vote.org for information on:

  • How to register to vote
  • Update your registration
  • Request an absentee ballot
  • Obtain early voting instructions
  • Find out where your polling place is

Registration deadlines for most states are postmarked 30 days or less before the election on November 6th so be sure to check the deadline for your state. And as the midterm election draws closer, make a voting plan (in-person on Election Day, early in-person/absentee or absentee by mail) and exercise your right. There are many tight races and every vote will count!

– Allie Malis, APFA National Government Affairs Representative, legislation@apfa.org


As of today, there have been 4,756 Flight Attendants who have filed uniform reaction reports.

Please continue to utilize the Uniform Reaction Report Form on the APFA website if you experience a suspected reaction to your uniform.

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