11.28.18 – APFA The Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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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: memberaction@apfa.org

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


Monday, November 26th, the Negotiating Committee initiated a membership survey. The results of the survey will be confidential and will provide the guidance your committee needs for negotiating our next contract. This is a preliminary survey and will cover a broad content. The deadline to submit your survey is December 15th. You will be surveyed throughout this process and your feedback is crucial.

Listening Tours

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 Crew Room
December 7th     RDU        1630-1830 (Location TBD)
December 10th   MIA         1100-1500 (Location TBD)
December 11th   LGA         Time and Location TBD
December 17th   CLT         1130-1530 Auditorium
December 18th   PHL         1100-1800 (Location TBD)
December 19th   ORD        Time and Location TBD

-Lori Bassani, Sara Corrigan, Kelly Hagan, Timothy Legeros, Brian Morgan, Mario St. Michel, Monica Wilfong, APFA Negotiating Committee, negotiate@apfa.org


In ROTA, if you are bidding a trip as a speaker but would also like to be considered for the trip as a non-speaker, you must place that bid twice.  Once with the speaker box checked and once without.


LUS Flight Attendants now have access to ePays (epays.aa.com) to view a breakdown of your scheduled and actual activity hours for prior months.

LAA Flight Attendants who have transferred to PBS bases and LUS Flight Attendants who have transferred to non-PBS bases will still view pay stubs according to their legacy carrier, until all Flight Attendants are on the new payroll system.

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

ARC – The Absence Resource Center

ARC (The Absence and Return Center) and TMSC (Team Member Service Center) Alignment

ARC oversees FMLA, Maternity Leave, Sick Verification, and the Return to Work (RTW) processes for all US based mainline team members.  As needed or required, you may fax your FMLA application, Return to Work form, and Sick Verification form to the fax numbers located at the bottom of the form.

The ARC hours of operation are Monday through Friday (except company-recognized holidays) from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT. Please call 1-800-447-2000 with your leave related questions, and a member of the TMSC will assist you.

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

Where Am I Staying?  How Do I Get There?

We continue to receive reports about the lack of hotel/transportation assignments. Several bases have filed NOD’s addressing the violation of our contract (Art. 6, D.,3).

Continue to document instances when your hotel is not assigned prior to your trip by completing a hotel/transportation debrief or email hotel@apfa.org.

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“IT” has not kept pace with FOI, resulting in a lack of accurate hotel/transportation information being loaded into CCI and Crew Portal.  While not perfect, the DECS entry, found in FOS has been the most effective tool in locating your layover information.


I appreciate your frustration when trying to plan your layover and not having accurate or any hotel/transportation information available.  We will continue to pursue a remedy to this violation of our contract. Your documentation is crucial!

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

Turbulence Injuries

If you sustain an injury due to turbulence, notify the Captain immediately that you have been injured and request that the turbulence be documented. If medical treatment is necessary it is imperative to let the Captain know.

IODs may be filed 24/7 by calling 1-844-777-8463. Your call will be answered by a triage nurse with Sedgwick. You are NOT required to follow the nurse’s recommendations and are free to seek medical treatment. Simply advise the nurse if you intend to seek immediate medical care.

All Flight Attendants should also file a CERS Report. The CERS Report is located on the Flight Service website by clicking on Safety and Security.

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

Cabin Discrepancy Worksheet

Flight Attendants should report inoperative cabin equipment, cabin discrepancies and/or Smoke / Odor / Fume events to the Flight Deck via the Cabin Discrepancy Worksheet (CDW).

The CDW is designed to provide specifics and allows to Flight Deck to ensure that the item is properly recorded in the aircraft log book. The CDW can be found in the service kits onboard.

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

New Members and Leaders

This week in Washington, Democrats are jockeying to see who will become Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress. In all likelihood it will be former Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. She is an experienced and skilled leader who has pushed for the full inclusion of women in all aspects of political life and, as of today, there is no one running against her. In the next few weeks we anticipate that House Committee assignments will be divvied up. The Government Affairs Department is watching closely to see who will serve on Transportation and Infrastructure, the committee that most affects our profession. Meanwhile, this week many new members of Congress are in town getting to know as many organizations and advocates as possible. APFA will be making the rounds to meet new members and congratulate old friends.

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

As of today, there have been 4,904 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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