(Brian Parker, Strategic Action Committee Coordinator, TWU, Robin Charbonneau, APFA and Mark York, Secretary/Treasurer Dallas AFL-CIO , Central Labor Council)
Proud to Walk
“I was proud to be at DFW Airport today, standing beside my brothers and sisters from Envoy and their union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Envoy passenger service agents and all working people deserve fair pay and living wages.”
– Robin Charbonneau, APFA National Communications Chair, email@example.com
All Transfer Preferences Removed from FOS
The Company has removed ALL transfer requests from FOS (Flight Operating System). This was necessary to ensure we have accurate information after the one-time vacancy transfer ballot process for November and with the migration of LUS Flight Attendants into FOS.
Note: As an exception, former TWA Flight Attendants holding a priority return bid for St. Louis (SLT) will remain on the list until they request removal. All other SLT transfer requests were removed from FOS.
If you want to be considered for a future transfer, including the next round of mutual transfers (processed Sept. 26 for the November bid month), you must sign in to FOS and update your 3*.
To add or update your transfer preferences, while in your personal mode, type:
Example: If you want to transfer to DFW: 3C/T/DFW-D
The Flight Service website was updated to show pending transfer requests.
– Erik Harris, APFA National Contract Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mock Bidding is Open – LAA
Mock bidding is open at all LAA bases except DFW and MIA. You have the opportunity to practice bidding twice during the month.
The link to access mock bidding is: http://fapbs-mock.aa.com/aospbs2
We suggest you use Google Chrome. It is recommended you clear your cache prior to bidding.
Remember at non-PBS bases you will continue to bid in DECS for you actual schedule until PBS is implemented at your base.
Staying Healthy = $
Earn $100 with an Annual Wellness Visit
An annual wellness visit is your opportunity to check in with a health care provider and discuss any exams and preventive care screenings you may need. Team members enrolled in the Core, Standard, Value, or PPO 80/90/100 medical options will earn their $100 preventive care Wellness Reward. Simply visit any On Site Clinic or your primary care provider to earn $100 Wellness Rewards. (You have 3 options for using your rewards: deposit to your YSA Health Card, automatic reimbursement, or reimbursement by submitting a manual claim.) For a list of on-site clinics, visit: https://my.aa.com/onsite-clinics/
– Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair, email@example.com
Why Did My Hotel Change? How Will FOI Affect My Layover?
We realize changes are happening at a fast and furious pace, and the Hotel Department is no exception.
Currently PBS bases are assigned hotels through a program separate from non-PBS bases. Layover hotels are published on trip sheets in advance of bidding and PBS bases also access hotel /transportation information from CATS.
With FOI occurring Oct. 1, all layover hotels will be allocated from one system and layover assignments will be determined by the length of layover (ODL) and room capacity.
During this transition to FOS there may be adjustments made to what is published on the trip sheets.
Example: Trip sheets may list all HNL layovers at the Ala Moana hotel, but as allocations are run, some crews may be allocated to the HNL Waikiki Prince hotel (based on ODL & capacity).
We understand your frustration when this happens since many flight attendants bid their trips based on the layover hotel. Please continue to monitor your sequence/trip information via your base specific norms (CATS or DECS). I will provide more information as it becomes available. Please continue to check the Hotel Department’s page on www.apfa.org for the latest news.
Rest assured, we will continue to monitor and fight for accuracy, transparency and accountability.
– Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Flight Attendant Workers’ Compensation Base Transfers
When moving into a new base, Workers’ Compensation laws may differ from your previous base assignment. State Workers’ Compensation guidelines require AA to provide you the following information:
- Injury on Duty claims are administered by Sedgwick with applicable workers’ compensation laws for the state in which the employee is based.
- Workers’ Compensation will pay for medical treatment and lost wages for any employee that suffers a compensable injury or illness that arose out of and within the course and scope of their employment.
- Claims are administered by the Company’s Workers’ Compensation Third Party Administrator, Sedgwick.
“Ok to Close?”
The aircraft boarding door may not be closed until verification that all carry-on items are properly stowed.
FAR 121.589 states “No certificate holder may allow all passenger entry doors of an airplane to be closed in preparation for taxi or push back unless at least one required crewmember has verified that each article of baggage is stowed.”
Please do not close the aircraft entry door until the verification of carry-on items has been accomplished.
– Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National Safety & Security Chair, email@example.com
South Carolina Voter?
Longtime APFA Member Vickie Holt Runs for Office
APFA applauds ORD-Based Flight Attendant, Vickie Holt, for running for office in South Carolina Statehouse District 48.
About Vickie: Vickie says that her career as a Flight Attendant helped her to hone the compassion and the listening and diplomacy skills she hopes to bring to the South Carolina Statehouse. As a Flight Attendant, she found that listening always led to answers and that when you see a problem, a quick and proactive approach is always the best solution.
Unions and Worker’s Rights: “My stance on unions is firm and unyielding: I will both co-sponsor and vote for all legislation that preserves workers’ rights to organize, join and maintain unions; and, I will work to protect those workers who are currently members of unions. The Economic Policy Institute has released figures stating that wages go down 3.1% in ‘right to work’ states. I will fight to make sure wages go up, not down, by protecting unions and their rights to organize.”
Are you registered to vote for the November 6th election? Check here www.vote.org – it is quick and easy. Don’t forget to take advantage of early voting (if your state allows) and absentee voting. Every votes counts!
– Allie Malis, APFA National Government Affairs Representative, firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Never Too Early or Too Late to be Fiscally Ready for Retirement
APFA Retirement Specialists Patrick Hancock and Kim Tuck will be conducting a Retirement Seminar in DFW this Friday, September 14, 2018 11am-2pm in the Yandry Center in Terminal C across from Gate C2.
The seminar will cover a wide range of topics including Retiree Travel, Pensions, 401(k), Medicare and COBRA insurance. We will also have Brandon Williams, a Financial Planner with the Flagship Financial Group, available to answer questions about retirement planning and discuss some of the no-cost services they provide to AA Credit Union members.
Flight Attendants from all bases are welcome – no need to RSVP.
We look forward to seeing you!
– Kim Tuck, APFA National Retirement Specialist, email@example.com
Please continue to utilize the Uniform Reaction Report Form on the APFA website if you experience a suspected reaction to your uniform.