Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Another Remember to November!
A big “thank you” to the thousands of our Flight Attendants who were joined by our sisters and brothers from other unions to participate in physical and virtual picket lines on November 18. It was a huge Nation-wide Success!
Calling ALL Activists! We Need YOU!Sign up to volunteer to be a Union Activist. We need you to help distribute information and materials for important issues and events during this round of bargaining. You will be the first to get inside info and facts to share on the line. Send your contact information including name, employee number, base, email, phone and snail mail address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On November 19th, the Allied Pilots Association provided notice to American that they will open negotiations in January 2019.
APFA has pledged its support to stand in unity with APA as we both share the goals of achieving an industry-changing agreement and the restoration of pride in working for the world’s largest airline.
On behalf of all of us at APFA Headquarters, we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
– Robin Charbonneau, APFA Communications Chair, email@example.com
The Negotiating Committee met again this week to finalize the membership survey, which will go live next week and remain available for a total of three weeks. The results of the survey will be confidential and provide the guidance your team needs for negotiating our next contract. This is a preliminary survey and will cover a broad content. You will be surveyed throughout this process and your feedback is crucial.
November 28th PHX 1130-1530 Briefing Room
November 29th LAX 1100-1500 Crew Room
November 30th DFW 1130-1700 Term A – APFA Office
December 5th BOS 1100-1500 Crew Room
December 6th DCA 1100-1500 New Hire Room
December 17th CLT 1130-1530 Auditorium
December 18th PHL 1100-1800 (Location TBA)
If you wish to be considered for a transfer, be sure to update your transfer preferences (3*) in FOS. Transfers will be processed on November 26, 2018 for both Vacancy (effective 31JAN19) and Mutual (effective 01JAN19).
If you are out on a sick call (not a leave) during the transfer list capture and you will be available on the effective date of the transfer, you will still be considered for the transfer.
– Erik Harris, APFA National Contract Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Well Done!
On a recent flight from CLT to DFW, the crew experienced an onboard medical emergency. I want to take the time this week to recognize and thank them for their actions. Each member of the crew handled this emergency as the onboard safety professional they are. Because of their quick thinking and training, a potentially life-threatening emergency was averted.
Thank you for a job well done!
#1 Claire Corbitt (CLT)
#2 Hannah Olson (CLT)
#3 Jaime Steckley, (CLT)
#4 Russel Smith (CLT)
Captain Butch Whitley (CLT)
FO Michael Harris (CLT)
– Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair, email@example.com
Social Security Disability Benefits
Flight Attendants with LTD benefits are required to apply Social Security Disability within 6 months of when the LTD claim is approved.
Flight Attendants without LTD coverage may also apply for Social Security Disability. SSDI eligibility is normally based on 12 months continuous disability.
Social Security benefits are taxed as income only if you or your spouse earned taxable income.
Contact your local Social Security office or log on to the Social Security website for more information https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability/
– Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reserve (JCBA section 12)
As a reminder to Non PBS based reserves, Reserve no longer goes by the TARS system GTD for plotting. The new systems ROTA/ROTD awards/assigns based on the following from JCBA section 12.
ROTA (Future) awards/assigns based on seniority, groupings, legalities and availability.
ROTD (Daily) awards/assigns based on RAPs, ASG clicks, days available, legalities, seniority, availability and aggressive/non aggressive within your RAP.
– Becky Lydecker, APFA National Scheduling Chair, email@example.com
Pre-flight Emergency Equipment
Onboard emergency equipment should be pre-flighted by the proper crew member upon boarding an aircraft.
Please refrain from moving onboard emergency equipment from its proper, labeled, storage area onboard the aircraft.
FAR 121.309 (b) requires that:
(1) Must be inspected regularly in accordance with inspection periods established in the operations specifications to ensure its condition for continued serviceability and immediate readiness to perform its intended emergency purposes;
(2) Must be readily accessible to the crew and, with regard to equipment located in the passenger compartment, to passengers;
(3) Must be clearly identified and clearly marked to indicate its method of operation; and
(4) When carried in a compartment or container, must be carried in a compartment or container marked as to contents and the compartment or container, or the item itself, must be marked as to date of last inspection.
– Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National Safety & Security Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you believe you have a mis-award, remember you need to contact the FABRC no later than Nov. 24 by noon DFW time to begin the award challenge process.
November Round 2 Mock Bidding has opened for all bases transitioning to PBS in February. Round 2 will close Nov. 24, 12 noon DFW time. There will only be 2 opportunities left to mock bid before live PBS bidding in January for the month of February.
– Alin Boswell, Julie Hedrick, Linda Haertling, Vicki Balistreri, APFA Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee, 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.