8.29.18 – (LAA/LUS) – APFA Weekly Scoop




DFW Picketing Event at American Airlines HDQ1
Thursday, August 30th from 07:30am until 09:30am

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

LRD Tool – PBS Bases 

Beginning Monday, September 3rd, PBS-based Flight Attendants will have access to the Lineholder/Reserve Designator (LRD) tool to view your status (as Lineholder or Reserve) for the October 2018 bid month. You should view your October status in the LRD by logging into the new FA Crew Portal. (faportal.aa.com)

Note: If you bid onto Reserve out of your Regular Rotation (Senior Bump), it changes your future Reserve Rotation. A Flight Attendant who Senior Bumps and has more than three (3) vacation days in that bid month has not fulfilled their Reserve obligation. Also, if a Flight Attendant transfers to a base where her/his seniority places her/him in the Reserve duty group, she/he will be scheduled on Reserve the first full scheduling month that she/he is at the new base.

Lineholder/Reserve Designator (LRD) Tool Guide

Opens: Monday, September 3 @ Noon CT
Closes: Friday, September 7 @ Noon CT

 – Erik Harris, APFA National Contract Chair, contract@apfa.org


Assignment Notification Prior to the Start of a RAP

In the event you electronically acknowledge your assignment prior to the start of your RAP, you have 2 hours (3 hours co-terminal) to arrive at the airport from the start of your RAP regardless of the report time of the sequence.

For example, your RAP starts at 1200, at 1100 you acknowledged a domestic sequence that was placed on your schedule with a report of 1315/departure of 1415. Since your RAP started at 1200, and you have 2 hours to arrive at the airport, you would need to be at the airport at 1400.

JCBA 12.G.3. (pg 12-8)Flight Attendants may be assigned sequences or Standby shifts that report within a RAP prior to the start of the RAP.  At the commencement of a RAP, Flight Attendants are responsible for reviewing and acknowledging all assignments through the automated system.

Note: A Flight Attendant is never obligated to answer her/his phone or electronically acknowledge an assignment prior to the beginning of a RAP.

– Becky Lydecker, APFA National Scheduling Chairscheduling@apfa.org


Reserve – Illegal Modified RAP Assignment

Q: Can I contact Crew Schedule to be removed from an illegal modified RAP assignment?
A: Yes, if you did not have a future bid for a RAP in ROTA, yet you are assigned a modified RAP based off of you standing bid, you can call for a removal.

– Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee (JSIC), jsiccommittee@apfa.org


Available year-round, 24/7, from anywhere in the U.S., Doctor on Demand connects you to board-certified physicians within minutes using the camera on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Team members and eligible dependents can download the free Doctor on Demand app from the App Store or Google Play, or text American to 68398. U.S.-based, board-certified physicians can diagnose and treat many common conditions and write prescriptions when needed.

Team members, spouses and dependents enrolled in the Standard, Value or PPO 80/90/100 medical options will pay a $20 copay for a visit; those in the Core option will pay the full cost until the deductible has been met, then 20 percent coinsurance.

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

Getting Workers’ Compensation Prescriptions Filled

Helios has been chosen to manage your workers’ compensation pharmacy benefits. You will find your Tmesys First Fill Card either in the back of your IOD pamphlet or downloadable and printable from Jetnet. This temporary card will allow to receive your injury-related prescriptions at your local pharmacy.

Simply present this Tmesys First Fill Card to the pharmacy. You should not incur any costs or co-payments at the pharmacy for your prescriptions for work-related injury. You will receive an actual Tmesys card in the mail once your claim has been reported to Sedgwick. Most major pharmacies are included in network. To find a network pharmacy call 866-588-5426 or visit www.tmesys.com.

– Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, iod@apfa.org
Gabe Bierbach, PHL Health & IOD Rep., lushealthiod@apfa.org

Hotel Department Page

We are currently updating the Hotel Department Page to include all new/updated hotel & transportation changes. Please bear with us and continue to check the page for the latest news!

Did you know we have sections titled  “Hotel News You Can Use”, System-wide Hotel List with Amenities, Temporary Layover Hotel Relocations, as well as, Monthly Allocations?

We encourage you to visit our hotel page and thank you for your patience while we continue to refresh and update it.

– Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair hotel@apfa.org


Cabin ASAP

The American Airlines Cabin Aviation Safety Action Program (Cabin ASAP) is designed for Flight Attendants to report and the Company to identify and correct specific problems related to safety at American Airlines (AA).

The objective of the ASAP Program is to promote safety. The means by which we accomplish this objective are by identifying cabin safety concerns and achieving corrective solutions.

The program provides a voluntary, cooperative, remedial and non-punitive environment for the open self-reporting of cabin safety concerns. Through such reporting, all parties will have access to valuable information that may not otherwise be obtainable. This information will be analyzed in order to help solve safety issues and hopefully eliminate violations of 14 CFR.

See the Cabin ASAP section of the APFA Safety and Security Page for more information about the program, such as the acceptance criteria.

– Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National Safety & Security Chair, safety@apfa.org
– Patty Hargrove, APFA Safety Department-Cabin ASAP, cabinasasp@apfa.org

Real Wage Index

Are you feeling the pinch when your paycheck comes in? Well, a lot of people are feeling the same way! This newly released information may help explain it. Despite reports of record low unemployment and a soaring economy, real wages have actually fallen since 2006 for the middle class by 9.3%. The economy only truly works when it works for everyone.

Since 2006, wages have risen 12.9 percent overall in the US. But when you factor in inflation, “real wages” have actually fallen 9.3 percent. In other words, the income for a typical worker today buys them less than it did in 2006. The PayScale Real Wage Index incorporates the Consumer Price Index (CPI) into The PayScale Index (which tracks nominal wages) and looks at the buying power of wages for full-time private industry workers in the U.S.

APFA Government Affairs will be evaluating candidates over the next few weeks on several key issues. We will back candidates who we believe are supporting workers’ rights and fighting for a strong middle class—the backbone of America!

First, find out now if you are registered to vote. If not, get registered and get ready to vote this November. Your future and your job depend on it!

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

As of today, there have been 4,786 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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