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1.16.19 – APFA Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Miracle on the Hudson – 10 Years Later

Yesterday, APFA National Officers had the honor to join the flight crew, along with the passengers in a special reunion marking the 10th anniversary of the successful ditching and evacuation of US Airways Flight 1549.

From left to right: Craig Gunter, Sheila Dail, Donna Dent, Lori Bassani, Doreen Walsh, Lisabeth Hillman, Liz Geiss

February 2019 PBS Bid Award Results 

February 2019 PBS Bid Award Results will be available for viewing via the PBS Award Tab on Friday, January 18th @ Noon (DFW Time). Any Flight Attendant who has a question about his/her award or believes he/she may have received a mis-award should notify the Flight Attendant Bidding Resource Center (FABRC) at (888) 376-5375.

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

2019 Flight Attendant Pay Dates

JCBA Section 3.N.

  • Flight Attendants shall be paid semi-monthly (twenty-four (24) pay checks per year) on the fifteenth (15th) and thirtieth (30th) of each month.
  • A Flight Attendants’ pay on the thirtieth (30th) of the month shall be equal to thirty-seven and one-half (37.5) hours (one-half of Reserve Guarantee). The balance of pay due will be paid on the fifteenth (15th) of the following month.
  • If the thirtieth (30th) pay date falls on a weekend or a banking holiday, the pay date will become the preceding business day. If the fifteenth (15th) falls on a weekend or banking holiday, the pay date will become the following business day.

Martin Luther King, Jr Day 2019

The APFA Office will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

– Robin Charbonneau, APFA Communications Chair,

Negotiations – “Day One”

The Negotiating Committee met with the Company on Monday the 14th for an informal meet and greet. Your Negotiating Committee met the Company representatives that will be at the bargaining table as well as the support staff/subject matter experts that will be assisting them. Additionally, we were able to lock down mutual dates for bargaining in February (18-19th) and March (27-28th).

Your APFA Negotiating Committee from left to right: Sara Corrigan, Mario St. Michel, Monica Wilfong, Lori Bassani, Timothy Legeros, Kelly J Hagan and Brian Morgan

We are currently creating a Negotiating Committee page on to keep you informed. We continue to receive many emails from you, and we appreciate it! This feedback is valuable and we will have a newly created feedback form soon for your convenience.

By the Membership — For the Membership

– APFA Negotiating Committee,

JCBA  Implementation for Bases Transitioning to PBS in February

  • Jury Duty Compensation (Transitions from trip value to daily rate) – JCBA 3.G.
  • Premiums for Paid Time Off (Line must be 100% of any single premium) – JCBA 3.K.
  • Vacation Pay and Credit (Transition from trip value to daily rate) – JCBA 8.B.
  • Vacation Bidding – JCBA 8.C.
  • Filler Days (Transition from PVDs to filler days) – JCBA 8.E.
  • Vacation Buyback (Transition from contributing vacation to your 401k to being paid out for your vacation) – JCBA 8.F.
  • Claiming Sick Leave (Transition from choosing the daily rate or trip value to greater of trip value or daily rate)(Transition from thresholds to 40 hour minimum) – JCBA 9.D.
  • Preferential Bidding System – PBS (Transition from line bidding to PBS) – JCBA 10.D.
  • Cumulative Duty Limitations (30/7 comes into play for Lineholders for TTS,UBL,ETB) – JCBA 11.B.2.
  • Reserve Rotation – JCBA 12.A.3.
  • PBS Awards – (Speakers) – JCBA 15.D.
  • Language Assignment – JCBA 15.E.
  • Leaves of Absence – JCBA 25.K.4/K.7.
  • Training Bidding and Assignment (Transition from first come/first serve to seniority enrollment) – JCBA 29.D.
  • Training Duty and Rest – JCBA 29.H.

– Becky Lydecker, APFA National Scheduling

Hotel and Transportation Feedback Form

Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair,

Earn WebMD Wellness Rewards for 2019

Flight Attendants and covered spouses enrolled in an American medical option are eligible to earn $250 ($500 total) in Wellness Rewards for 2019, by completing wellness activities between now and October 31. Your rewards will be deposited into YSA (Your Spending Account) associated with your medical option. To qualify for rewards you must be enrolled in the Standard, Value, Core, or PPO 80/90/100 medical options.

After completing any of the wellness activities listed below, you will be able to view your earned rewards by visiting the Rewards Page on WebMD. Rewards will be deposited into YSA spending account within 6-8 weeks of completing the wellness activity. Keep in mind, if you are enrolled in the Core option, your Wellness Rewards will count towards your annual maximum HSA contribution limit.

Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair,

– Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, iod@apfa.orgCrew Member Self-Defense Program Training

The Crew Member Self-Defense Training Program provides four-hours of training to prepare active crew members of all domestic scheduled carriers for potential physical altercations both on and off the aircraft.

To register for this no-cost training, search for the training course near you and submit the online registration form. Reporting instructions will be provided upon registration and successful verification of employment.

Register Here

– Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National  Safety & Security Chair,

Government Shutdown

The Government shutdown is now the longest is US history. On Friday, many Government employees went without a paycheck. Yet air traffic controllers, TSA agents, NTSB investigators and FAA inspectors are required be at work. These are the workers who help ensure our passengers and our planes are safe. APFA appreciates the tough decisions they have had to make and acknowledges the unjust situation that they have been relegated to. Please offer these workers your sincere thank you.

Last week APFA stood with NATCA and other supporting unions such as APA, AFA-CWA and ALPA at a rally imploring lawmakers to reopen the Government. Several members of Congress spoke out including Reps. Peter DeFazio, Rick Larsen, David Price, Brian Fitzpatrick, Peter King, Katie Hill and Senators Warner and Blumenthal. We cannot sacrifice aviation safety for discussions that should be continuing while the Government is open and operating. In a further step, NATCA has also sued the United States for requiring to workers to show up uncompensated, essentially citing involuntary servitude.

– Allie Malis, APFA National Government Affairs Representative,

As of today, there have been 4,926 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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