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12.05.18 – APFA Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, December 5, 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’ll be one of the firsts to get inside info and facts to share on the line. Send your contact information including name, employee number, base, email, phone and mailing address to:

Live Chat Training

Yesterday evening, in preparation for the new live chat features, APFA Contract & Scheduling Representatives met to discuss the ins and outs of the new platform.

APFA Contract & Scheduling Representatives at APFA Headquarters

United Airlines Flight Attendants Plan System-Wide Day of Protest

More than 24,000 United Airlines Flight Attendants are planning a system-wide “day of action” on December 13th to protest staffing cuts and scheduling-related issues. APFA stands with United Flight Attendants to demand change in our industry. Click Here for United’s System-Wide Day of Action Events.

Robin Charbonneau, APFA Communications Chair,

Listening Tours

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 Operations, Outside Elevator
December 11th   JFK           1200-1600 JFK Ops
December 14th   STL           0400-0800 STL Ops
December 17th   CLT           1130-1530 Auditorium
December 18th   PHL          1100-1800 (Location TBD)
December 19th   ORD          Time and Location TBD

On November 28th, the Negotiating Committee met with FA’s in the PHX Crew Room.

Your Voice Matters
Online Survey #1 closes in 10 days!

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.

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

Beneficiary Check Up

As we wind down 2018, it is always a good idea to review your current beneficiaries. Simply visit the Benefits Service Center via Jetnet, look for Resources (middle right side) and choose Select a Beneficiary. From the Beneficiary Summary page, you can review and/or change your current selections.

Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair,

When a Worker’s Compensation Physician Addresses a Work Status  

While on an IOD, a worker’s compensation physician must address a work status to the insurance company and American.
Sedgwick and American are aware that Light Duty is not an option for Flight Attendants. Light duty and restricted duty means a Flight Attendant will remain off work until the doctor releases you to full duty without restrictions.

 – Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair,

New House Leadership

Members of Congress are already preparing for the new session beginning in January. With the change of control in the House of Representatives, committee chairs are yet to be decided by the Democrats. The Republicans, however, have already selected Rep. Sam Graves (MO-6) to serve as Ranking Member on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. It is expected that Ranking Member DeFazio (OR-4) will be Chairman of T&I.

The GOP also selected Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) to become the top Republican on the powerful Appropriations panel, with Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17) expected to assume the Chair. It would be the first time that the Appropriations committee was led by two women. APFA Government Affairs looks forward to working with the new House leadership.

– Allie Malis, APFA National Government Affairs

Lineholder-Reserve Designator (LRD) Tool Reminder

The LRD tool (on Crew Portal) can be used to change your status to lineholder or reserve each month prior to PBS opening for the following month.

Beginning at 1200 (noon) DFW time on the 3rd of every month, you should view your (next month) status in the LRD by logging into Crew Portal. The LRD closes on the 7th of every month DFW time.

Lineholder status
If your status indicates you’re a lineholder and you want to remain a lineholder, no action is required unless you want to bid on to reserve (senior bump). To bid on to reserve, using the tool, you should toggle your LRD status to “RSV”.

Reserve status
If your status indicates you’re a reserve and you want to remain a reserve, no action is required unless you want to bid off of reserve. To bid off of reserve, using the tool, you should toggle your LRD status to “L/H”.

Tentative status
If your status indicates Tentative, it means you may be needed as a reserve. The default designation in LRD will be “L/H”, so if you want to bid on to reserve, you should toggle your LRD status to “RSV”.

Note: If no VLOAs are being offered in a particular month, no one will be designated as “Tentative”.

As a reminder it is very important to check your final status when PBS opens on the 10th. Please review your status on your PBS dashboard. If you have any questions or concerns related to your status in LRD or PBS please email us at

Alin Boswell, Julie Hedrick, Linda Haertling, Vicki Balistreri, APFA Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee,

As of today, there have been 4,909 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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