2.20.19 – The Weekly Scoop

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Farewell to the Stairwell

Last Night At The Lodge
Where: TCC Lodge Lobby
When: Friday. February 22, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Uniform Attire Encouraged

APFA Archives has played an important role in helping preserve the iconic staircase, wall, and medallion at the Stewardess College. Many of us stood proudly on that staircase ready to take on the future as  Flight Attendants. This is not goodbye but a “see you soon.” The staircase will be dismantled and stored temporarily until it’s new home is completed across the street at the CR Smith Museum.

-Jennifer Brissette. APFA Acrhives  historian@apfa.org

Mobilize to Maximize

Sign up to volunteer to be a Union Activist.
We need you to help distribute information and materials for important issues and events! You’ll be one of the firsts to get inside info and facts to share on the line.

 Don’t Delay. Enroll Today!
Deadline’s Quickly Approaching


(click the image above for information)

To make the enrollment process easier, we want to include the HOW to SET UP hotpath for your Direct Deposit Payments in this week’s Scoop.

Sign into JETNET. From the MENU click on TEAM MEMBER SERVICES and from the drop down menu click MONEY & ATTENDANCE.

From Money & Attendance, go to  the Pay area. Scroll down to Direct Deposit. You’ll be directed to a secure area where you’ll be asked to enter your Jetnet password again. Authenticate using DUO. Click to accept the terms and conditions.

Click NEW ACCOUNT. Choose CHECKING as the type of account. Name Aflac as the Nickname. Enter the ROUTING NUMBER provided to you at your check out screen or from the email confirmation you were sent after signing up. Enter the ACCOUNT NUMBER you were provided when you received the Routing Number information. Re-enter the ACCOUNT NUMBER to confirm. Proceed to the next screen for Distribution Amounts. Put in the AMOUNT you were given at your check out screen or from the email confirmation you were sent as the amount PER PAY PERIOD you will be paying. Click SAVE AND FINISH.

Do not click any other buttons on the screen. Then close.  You’re Set!

Questions? Call an Aflac Representative at 1-877-453-2385

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

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

TTS Chains 

Q: Why was my TTS choice awarded to someone junior? 

A: The TTS optimizer will use all submitted ballots in a run  to satisfy the most senior Flight Attendant’s request including a request/choice from  a junior Flight Attendant.  When your ballot is used to satisfy a more senior Flight Attendant’s request, the optimizer will use any of your requests/choices, regardless of how they are ranked. Once the optimizer reaches your seniority, it will attempt to satisfy your requests in the order you ranked them and adds the results for each choice at that time. This is a frequent question that comes through the Systems Issues Reports.

Visit the link below for additional information:
https://aa.mc.wg1.kontiki.com/global2/player?moid=341f96ce-1b0a-4d24-9fbf-9571a1602932

-Renee Mayer, APFA JCBA Specialist, jcbaspecialist@apfa.org

Labor Rights are NOT Guaranteed

Last week, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the National Right to Work Act (S. 525).

APFA opposes Right to Work and any weakening of the labor movement. Right to Work laws mandate that members of a work group cannot be compelled to join or pay dues to a union. In addition to undermining the labor movement, these laws create a “free rider” problem where some workers get to benefit from union gains without contributing to the effort. Right to Work essentially eliminates the ability for unions to negotiate a contract of employment with their employer on behalf of all of their members.

Currently, 27 states have Right to Work laws. However, last year voters in Missouri struck down a statewide Right to Work initiative and upheld the rights of working people.

But, in a blow to unions last year, the Supreme Court ruled that public-sector employees do not have to pay fees to a union. While APFA is a private-sector union and not directly affected by the Janus v. AFSCME decision, APFA would be harmed by a national Right to Work law. Working people deserve a voice.

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

Don’t Miss Out!
Vacation Bidding Deadline – February 28th

Don’t forget to bid for your 2019/2020 vacation. The deadline is February 28th –  1200 DFW time.

  • Go to Crew Portal < Monthly Bids < PBS or Non-PBS Base < Vacation, then select AVBA at the top of the screen.

Additionally, the second round of Mock bidding is now open until February 24th – 1200 DFW time.

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

401(k) Special Election for Profit Sharing Deadline – February 22nd!

With a profit sharing pay-out coming on or around March 8th 2019, it’s important to understand the Special Election process. It’s also a good time to explain what you are eligible for in terms of Company match and contributions to your 401(k).

As with last year’s pay-out, to make a contribution (and get the company match, if eligible) you must make a selection in the SPECIAL ELECTION section under CONTRIBUTIONS on the Fidelity website. Your Regular Elections which are currently on file will not apply to your profit sharing award.

The company will contribute money in your 401(k) based on your profit sharing award. All Flight Attendants with at least one year of company seniority will be eligible for the following:

  • A 3% Company contribution. The 3% Company contribution will be made regardless of how much is designated as a Special Election.
  • A Company match of 2.5%. In order to receive the Company match, of 2.5%, Flight Attendants will need to make a Pre-tax or Roth Special Election contribution of at least 2.5%.

Special Elections need to be completed by 4:00 p.m. ET on February 22nd in order to be processed in time for the profit sharing pay-out and can be made by logging into http://www.netbenefits.com/aa or by calling the American Airlines 401(k) Center at Fidelity at (800) 354-3412. Administrative questions and concerns can be directed to your American Airlines 401(k) team at my401k@aa.com .

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



As of today, there have been 4,959 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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