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3.27.19 – The Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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New Member Indoctrination

Today National Treasurer, Chairs, and Headquarters Reps met with the first group of class 19-01 to talk about APFA and union history. 150 new Flight Attendants will join our ranks in about two weeks. Welcome new APFA Members!

Aflac Deadline Extended to 11:59pm Friday, March 29th

Due to an overwhelming response of registrations last week, Aflac has extended the deadline to accommodate those whom may not have known about the product offerings. Now through 11:59pm, Friday, March 29, 2019 click on this link to enroll online.

– Robin Charbonneau, APFA Communications Chair,

737 MAX Certification Oversight 

The Department of Transportation announced this week the formation of a new “special committee” of outside experts to look at the FAA’s process for certifying new airplanes. The panel will be led on an interim basis by former ALPA President Lee Moak and retired Air Force General Darren McDew.

Additionally, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen encouraged Boeing and FAA employees to utilize whistleblower protocols if they have any information relevant to the Committee’s investigation of the FAA’s approach to certifying the Boeing 737 MAX. They also formally requested that the DOT launch an investigation into the aircraft certification process.

– Allie Malis, APFA National Government Affairs Representative,

‍WebMD Wellness Promotion

Did you know that working toward better health through WebMD Wellness Promotions could earn you the chance to win a new Fitbit inspired device? All eligible U.S. based employees and their spouses or domestic partners* who are enrolled in the Core, Standard, Value or PPO 80/90/100 medical options are eligible for a chance to win 1 of 2,000 Fitbit Inspire devices. To be entered, you must have completed your health assessment and either two WebMD health coaching calls or your biometric screening/annual preventive exam between Jan. 1 and April 15. Along with a chance to win, you will be earning 2019 Wellness Rewards while improving your health. Learn more on Jetnet.

* Domestic Partners enrolled in the Core medical option

– Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair,

 – Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair,

Independent Medical Exam (IME)

Independent Medical Exam (IME) or Qualified Medical Evaluation (QME)  IME/QME may be requested by Sedgwick.  The results of the IME are legally binding. This means that if the IME clears you to return to work, your Work Comp benefits will cease immediately. If you disagree with the results of the IME/QME based on your own and your primary treating physician’s assessment, there is an appeals process in each state. Contact your state’s Workers’ Compensation office to find out if you are required to attend the IME/QME or for information about filing an appeal.

 – Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair,

Scheduling Systems Mis-award

Report any suspected mis-awards to FABRC immediately upon discovery. This documents the issue with the Company and adds a time stamp to your claim. After speaking with a FABRC representative, fill out a Scheduling Systems Issues Report. This report logs your issue with APFA where we complete our own research. It is also documented and tagged for contractual violations. If the suspected mis-award is with TTS or UBL transaction, submit the issue via the TTS Support Link immediately and follow up with a Scheduling Systems Issue Report.

If the suspected mis-award is with a TTS or UBL transaction, submit the issue via the TTS Support Link.

-Renee Mayer, APFA JCBA Specialist,

APFA & APA Meet 


APFA Negotiations Committee met with APA Pres
Capt Dan Carey and APA VP Capt Tim Hamel today.

PHX Retirement Seminar

  • April 11th – PHX – 1300-1530  – The Quad Room located above Gate A8 near the Admirals Club

Retirement seminars cover a wide range of topics including: Retiree travel, Pensions, 401(k), COBRA, and Medicare.
Everyone is welcome regardless of base or seniority – no need to RSVP.

-Kim Coats Tuck, APFA National Retirement Specialist,

Reserve to Lineholder

Last September, the Company put out a communication explaining how Reserves to Lineholders are processed. In this communication it explained a Reserve wishing to bid in ROTA/D to fly into a line month on days off will need to check the “Award into FD/GD” box to be considered. We do not agree that Lineholder days off should be considered Flex Days, as the program is currently reading it. We have been in discussions with the Company regarding this programming and hope to have it revised soon. In the meantime, keep in mind as we approach the transition from one month to the next, ROTA/D programming considers Lineholder days off as Flex Days. A Reserve cannot be awarded into these days unless the “Award into FD/GD“ box is checked, however the Company may assign you into these days.

-Becky Lydecker- APFA National Scheduling Chair

As of today, there have been 4,980 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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