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1.9.19 – The Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Honoring the Crew of the “Miracle on the Hudson”

On January 15th the Carolinas Aviation Museum will host a luncheon for US Airways Flight 1549 crew (Sully, Jeff, Sheila, Doreen, and Donna), passengers and their families, community leaders and associated companies to celebrate the survivors and the milestones that have occurred since that day on the Hudson River.

APFA National Officers, APFA Charlotte base leaders and National Chairs will attend this event honoring the heroic actions of our Flight Attendants who continue to bring respect and dignity to our profession.
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APFA CLT Base Visit – Weds., January 16th


The National Officers will be in Charlotte for a base visit, Wednesday, January 16th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. 

This is an opportunity to meet National Officers, CLT Base Officers, National Department Chairs and other APFA Reps. They look forward to meeting you and hearing your concerns.


Kitty Hawk Conference Room

The Holiday Inn CLT offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the CLT airport.
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JOIN the AFGE Government Shutdown Protest 
(American Federation of Government Employees)

“An Injustice to One is an Injustice to All”

WHEN: Tomorrow, January 10, 2019
TIME: 11:30 A.M.
WHERE: 1445 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75202

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/365434180674834/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1546901073837791

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As announced on a Special Hotline, APFA has recently negotiated a direct relationship with AFLAC for voluntary supplemental benefits to be offered to APFA members. This voluntary supplemental benefit is not a replacement for the company’s health care.

Click on the image below to Self Enroll online

Our members may need additional supplemental benefits when they are off the job due to injury or retirement. We hope our members take advantage of the guarantee issue policies during this initial enrollment only. Payments to AFLAC will be through self-enrolled payroll deduction.

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

Finally…Section 6 Bargaining Begins!

The Negotiating Committee meets with the company next week to set the ground rules for Section 6 bargaining sessions. We thank the membership for valuable feedback during our Listening Sessions.

If you have feedback you would like to share with the team, please submit it to negotiate@apfa.org. Include your name, employee number, and base. Look for the Negotiating Committee web page in the near future.

 -APFA Negotiating Committee, negotiate@apfa.org


Training in Progress

In-house training for newly elected STL, CLT, DFW Vice Presidents took place this week at APFA Headquarters.

Training was conducted by Chris O’Kelley, DFW Regional Representative and Jennifer McCauley (BOS), Ad Hoc Member to the Executive Committee.


Maymie Bolt (STL), Michael Truan (DFW),
Scott Hazlewood, (CLT)

-Chris O’Kelley and Jennifer McCauley-
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Grievance…grievance…grievance

National Vice President, SBA Arbitration Specialist, In-house Counsel,
and Regional Representatives met this week to process outstanding grievances and
prep for next week’s Pre-Arbitration Conferences for Co-Pairing and Early Boarding Presidential Grievances.

Cabin ASAP

The Cabin ASAP program is a three party safety program comprised of the FAA the APFA and American Airlines.  All three parties collaborate and must reach consensus on every report that is submitted.

During the partial government shut down, our FAA representatives on the ASAP program are not able to report to work.  All reports that have been submitted to Cabin ASAP have received an email at their company email address advising them that their report will be processed as soon as the government reopens.

APFA representatives on the Cabin ASAP program may reach out to Flight Attendants to gather more information about their event so that when the program is back up and running, reports can be processed as quickly as possible.

Please continue submitting your safety concerns to the Cabin ASAP Program, knowing that your safety concerns will be addressed as expeditiously as possible.

Questions or concerns, can be directed to the APFA Cabin ASAP Event Review Committee members at CabinASAP@apfa.org

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


Standing with TSA

The Federal Government remains closed as lawmakers have not yet reached an agreement on funding. TSA employees are working without pay and are reportedly starting to call out sick because they literally cannot afford to go to work. No one at TSA has missed a paycheck yet, but they will on Friday. It remains unknown what will happen after that but it is possible that check-in lines will lengthen significantly.

“We are particularly concerned about the thousands of TSA workers and FAA inspectors as the shutdown inevitably begins to impact our transportation system. Working men and women often live paycheck to paycheck with little reserves left to fall back on. ….. Our elected officials must redouble their efforts to reopen and fund our federal government.” –APFA President Lori Bassani.

Learn more about APFA’s commitment to the TSA and FAA by clicking the link below:

 https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2019/01/07/aviation-industry-watches-signs-trouble-shutdown-enters-critical-week

Next time you fly, thank the TSA employees. Call your elected officials to urge them to reopen the Government.
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.

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


Increased Speaker and Staffing Complement

Beginning in February, IPD sequences in CLT and PHL that require speakers will be staffed with 2 speakers (1 per cabin). Please adjust your current and standing bid especially if you only bid certain positions as it may impact your award.

For Flight Attendants based in UDC (LUS DCA), there will be some sequences that will be staffed with 4 Flight Attendants. If you have a standing bid that only bids 3 positions you may want to include the extra position.

Alin Boswell, Julie Hedrick, Linda Haertling, Vicki Balistreri, APFA Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee, jsiccommittee@apfa.org



As of today, there have been 4,924 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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