1.23.19 – The Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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APFA Supports our Caterers UNITE HERE!
DFW Airport
Jan. 29th 12:00 – 2:00 pm

UNITE HERE! Local 23 – LSG Sky Chefs supported us in our wAAke Up American event.

Join us outside Terminal D; Gate 21; DFW International Airport
LSG Sky Chefs catering workers deserve fair wages!

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


Contract Department Hotline – January 23, 2019 should note:

Transfers will be pulled on Jan 26 effective for the APRIL bid month.

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

Q. I heard we are moving to a straight reserve system, is this true?

A. No. Our current reserve rotation language is found in Sec 12.A.3 of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA)  and is a hybrid rotation containing both a straight reserve portion, as well as two different periods of reserve rotation. Any change to the current reserve language would ultimately have to be negotiated and ratified by the membership.

A Place for Mom

Are you caring for an aging parent or loved one and need some assistance? If so, you may want to visit A Place for Mom – Visit https://www.aplaceformom.com  to receive more information about the various programs in your area.

The service is free. They will match with a local Senior Living Advisor, who will complete an assessment of needs on the telephone or online. Based on the assessment, the advisor provides general guidance as well as a list of senior living communities or care providers.

Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair, health@apfa.org
Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, iod@apfa.org

Recognize It! Report It!

Nancy Rivard, retired APFA member and President of Airline Ambassadors International, will be conducting a seminar on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This event is in conjunction with the Super Bowl. All are invited to attend the End Human Trafficking ATL Summit. Convening at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA. Flight Attendants can play a pivotal role in identifying and reporting suspected victims of human trafficking.

The day is hosted by Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and will feature a series of sessions with experts from various sectors, including communications, technology, elected officials, hospitality and transportation, corporate, law enforcement, airports and concessions. Panelists will participate in conversations about what’s being done in their respective areas to address the problem. NFL players will host a “Block Human Trafficking” forum to talk about the ways athletes fight back.

Four Airline Ambassador survivor trainers will be featured as well as many colleagues in the anti-trafficking community.  The Summit is free but you must register to attend. Click this LINK to Register

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

APFA Requests Meeting with the Arbitrator Following the Company’s Request to Postpone the Arbitration

Attendance & Performance Policy Presidential Grievance
Status:  Scheduled for Arbitration- February  26th and 27th, 2019 
Company postponed.  APFA is requesting a meeting with the arbitrator to discuss.

Please continue to contact your Base President/Base Vice President with attendance occurrences/events and provide documentation of Attendance Letters issued for levels of discipline.  Documentation is essential for arbitration. The Pre-Arbitration conference was held November 12th, 2018.  There was no movement.

– Liz Geiss, APFA National Vice President, vp@apfa.org

End the Shutdown!

On Thursday, the Senate will vote on two bills that would provide a path to open the Government. The proposed bills appear to be largely divided along party lines and neither bill is expected to receive the 60 votes required to pass.

Meanwhile, Government workers like TSA employees and ATC controllers continue to work without being paid. We owe it to our fellow hardworking Americans, to our commitment to the safety of the flying public and to the security of our nation’s airspace to reopen the Government now. We must never let our guards down.

Aviation security cannot be compromised.

Call your Representatives and Senators and urge them to open the Government today. Capitol Switchboard202-224-3121

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

Mock Bidding for DFW and MIA

Mock bidding is open again to practice what you have learned in your PBS class. 2 rounds of mock bidding will occur in January, February and March. This is an opportunity to learn how all the properties interact with each other and how they impact the pairings that are pulled into your pairing pool.

  • Note: Because the participation rate in mock bidding is well below those of live production, your mock awards will likely not reflect your actual awards in May when PBS goes live.

Min/Max Credit Value

A reason report is available every month when you review your PBS award. That is where you will see if you have been held to a minimum required line value or maximum required line value at your seniority. If you have not been able to hold the hours you would desire in your Target Credit Range (TCR), you can find this information in the Award Tab at the top of your Reasons Report.

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

As of today, there have been 4,940 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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