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2.13.19 – The Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Annual Convention in Boston, MA

The Board of Directors Annual Convention will be held March 4-7, 2019. Members in good standing are welcome to attend all open portions of the meeting.
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Do DUO!

Enroll in DUO by Feb 18th or you’ll risk losing the ability to reset your company password.  You could temporarily lose access to Jetnet, Travel Planner, Crew Portal and other sites. You must enroll in DUO from a Crew Room computer.

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

Hasta LA Vista! 

I’m happy to report we are leaving the new LA Long Layover “Waterfront” property as of February 28th. This hotel was selected by the company over our strenuous objections and it has proven to be disastrous for several reasons, including safety, location and the hotel’s physical condition.

Thanks to YOUR documentation (debriefs, emails, photos & a brilliant video!) we have been able to convince management to terminate the contract and send us back to APFA’s recommended hotels which meet our contractual requirements.

Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair, hotel@apfa.org

CORRECTION to The Weekly Scoop 2/6/2019 – Pill Bill

Getting Workers’ Compensation Prescriptions Filled

Optum has been chosen to manage your workers’ compensation pharmacy benefits. You will find your Optum Card in the back of your AA IOD pamphlet.  This temporary card will allow to receive your injury-related prescriptions at your pharmacy.

Our most frequently asked question last week were, “Is APFA notified when I file an IOD?” The answer is No. The company does not notify APFA when a Flight Attendant files an IOD.

We do receive CERS reports when a Flight Attendant has become ill or injured, if a CERS is filed. If you would like APFA to know that you have filed an IOD, please call us even if you are not losing time from work.  We can assist you with the IOD process, your specific state laws and contractual language.

The Health, IOD and Safety and Security Departments have added a Cabin Air Quality rep and may be reached at caq-uniforms@apfa.org

The IOD rep on duty may be reached at ext. 8303

 – Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, iod@apfa.org

ROTD Assignment

If you are called for a ROTD assignment and believe you were assigned out of order, first contact Crew Scheduling to inquire.  If they are unable to assist you, screen shot the Daily Call Out Report at the time of the assignment.  If you were assigned a sequence, attach the Assignment Sequence list. If you were assigned Standby, attach the Assignment Standby list.  Submit this with a Scheduling Systems Issue Report. This form is located on the APFA homepage.

Scheduling System Issues Report Form

Bargaining Session #2 – Feb 18th & 19th

The Negotiating Committee returns to the table February 18th and 19th.

Cabin Discrepancy Worksheet

The CDW (Cabin Discrepancy Worksheet) is supplied in the Flight Attendant Service Kit and should be used to report any cabin items that are missing, or need attention. Smoke/Odor/Fume events must also be reported via the CDW. Please ensure to use the CDW forms to properly relay necessary information to the flight deck.

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

Additional Information on Cease & Desist Ruling

As you may have read in yesterday’s Vice President’s Hotline regarding the Vacancy Transfer Arbitration, Arbitrator Gold issued a “Cease and Desist for making such errors under similar circumstances in the future”.   While the arbitrator agreed the company violated our contract language by not providing a “reason” for the vacancy transfers, which was necessary to our members as we believe no such vacancies exists, Arbitrator Gold believed there was no cause and effect for damages.  Therefore, they must Cease and Desist from withholding this information in the future.

Stay Open

APFA continues to advocate that the government should remain open and that aviation safety should never be compromised or held hostage to political agendas.

Late Monday night, the Joint Conference Committee agreed upon a long-term bipartisan compromise that would keep the government open and operating by funding border security. Majority Leader McConnell says he will fast track it through the Senate and Speaker Pelosi has also indicated fast track support. It is expected to pass both chambers in the next two days. It still remains to be seen whether President Trump will support the bipartisan proposal or veto it.

As safety professionals, APFA strongly urges all lawmakers to avert another government shutdown and support the bipartisan compromise. We urge the President to sign it.

In addition, APFA strongly supports the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 introduced by Chairman DeFazio that, in the event of another government shutdown, would provide a funding path for federal aviation workers to continue to be paid for their work. The bill allows for money to be drawn from an existing aviation fund which collects money through passenger fees that are already included in every ticket sale.

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

787?  A320?

PBS Aircraft Data Issue
On February 11th APFA was informed that there was an aircraft data code issue involving the Airbus 320 and the 787. In FOS both aircraft were initially sharing the same code that potentially impacted some pairing pools depending on your individual bids. On the evening of February 11th there was a correction to the data in FOS. While this should have no impact on your pairing pools, we are advising Flight Attendants to recheck their bids if you completed them prior to the evening of February 11th.

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

Are You Ready?

Upcoming Retirement Seminars- MIA and DFW
The APFA Retirement Department will be conducting seminars at the MIA and DFW crew bases in March.

  • March 19th – MIA – 1100-1400 LBT in the 4th Floor Auditorium, South end of Terminal D (by the old Credit Union)
  • March 22nd – DFW – 1100-1400 LBT in the Yandry Center in Terminal C across from Gate C2.

These seminars cover a wide range of topics including: Retiree travel, Pensions, 401(k), COBRA, and Medicare.

Legacy American Flight Attendants can download a pension estimate from the Pension Service Center page on jetnet.  Legacy US Airways can request a copy of their pension estimate from the PBGC by calling 800-400-7242.

Members unable to attend the seminars are always welcome to watch the retirement webinar series available on the APFA Retirement Page, as well as download the Good Slide! retirement handout.

Everyone is welcome regardless of base or seniority – no need to RSVP.

Kim Coats Tuck, APFA National Retirement Specialist, retirement@apfa.org

Q: Is the company closing PHX and STL?

A: No. The company has stated they anticipate reducing the head count in PHX by 700 Flight Attendants and STL by 75.  They have also made it clear that these changes will NOT result in ANY job losses.  Furthermore, they have already announced plans for approximately 1000+ new hires in 2019.

While we are disappointed with the manner in which the company chose to handle this, we have been assured they have NO plans to close ANY bases nor are they anticipating any job losses.

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