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12.12.18 – APFA Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Calling ALL Activists! We Need YOU!
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United Airlines Flight Attendants Plan System-Wide Day of Protest
Tomorrow 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 a list of locations for United’s System-Wide Day of Action Events.

– Robin Charbonneau, APFA Communications Chair,

Listening Tours

December 14th   STL           0400-0800 STL Ops
December 17th   CLT           1130-1530 Auditorium
December 18th   PHL          1100-1400 B-16 Crew Room
December 18th   PHL          1500-1800 A-West Crew Room
December 19th   ORD          1000-1200 H3
December 19th   ORD          1230-1500 K19 (central computer area)

Online Survey #1 closes soon!
November 26th, the Negotiating Committee initiated a membership survey. The results of the survey will be confidential and will help 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,

Hotel/Transportation Debrief form
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Hotel Allocations for 31 DEC
The APFA Hotel Department has received numerous requests for hotel info for 31 DEC.  30DEC-29JAN are included in January’s hotel assignments.  I have been informed that the January (Including 31DEC!) hotel allocations will be completed between 20-22DEC.  Several bases have filed Notice of Disputes (NOD’s) to address the Company’s failure to provide required layover information in the bid packets.  We will continue to assist the local base representatives and will keep you informed on the progress of these NOD’s as it becomes available.

Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair,


Are you ready for an eye exam? If so, Eyemed covers an annual eye exam with dilation as necessary for a $10 copay (In-Network Member Cost). If you have questions or need to find an in-network provider, call EyeMed at 1-844-714-5678 (Mon-Sat 7:30am to 11:00pm CT)
Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair,

 End of Salary Continuance
When your salary continuance period comes to an end and you remain on an IOD, you WILL be contacted by the Flight Attendant Service center/IOD administrative team and offered a one time option to use or not to use available sick time to supplement your Workers compensation pay.– Gabe Bierbach, PHL Health & IOD Rep
– Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair,

Manual Compliance

Per FAR 121.137 – each Flight Attendant is required to carry an up-to-date manual, which shall be easily accessible, while on duty.

In addition, please ensure that your tablet is fully charged and is turned on at all times. Tablets should be at least 90% charged when reporting for duty.


– Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National  Safety & Security Chair,

Another Government Shut down
All the talk in Washington this week is centered on the threatened shut down of approximately 25% of the Federal Government on December 21st if no budget deal can be reached with President Trump over the funding of his wall. This is the same wall that Candidate Trump promised that Mexico would pay for. The bill for the proposed wall along the Mexican border has now grown to about 30 billion and if built the costs will be footed by the US taxpayer. Trump met with Sen. Schumer  and with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Democrats and some Republicans are adamantly opposed and the Democrats have offered between 1.3 and 1.6 billion to Trump as a compromise. Among the US Government agencies that would be affected include the Departments of Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, NASA and Transportation-although the FAA and all safety security and air traffic control activities would not be impacted.

– Allie Malis, APFA National Government Affairs Representative,

Unsuccessful Bidders List
When on the Unsuccessful Bidders List (UBL), if a flight attendant does not answer the phone, crew scheduling will move on to the next most senior flight attendant requesting the sequence.

  • The flight attendant will not be called for any other trips until crew scheduling receives a call from the flight attendant.
  • The flight attendant needs to call crew scheduling to be considered for a future award through the UBL.
  • Crew scheduling will update that the flight attendant returned the call to be awarded a sequence in the UBL.
  • Upon returning the call to crew scheduling   if the sequence is still available the flight attendant must accept the sequence.

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

As of today, there have been 4,728 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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