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5.01.19 – The Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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Road Shows Kicked Off April 29th & 30th in LAX & SFO

National President Lori Bassani, Negotiations Committee Chairperson,
met with SFO Flight Attendants for informal discussions following
Monday’s Road Show.

In LAX, members of the Negotiating Committee and JSIC were
available to answer questions from those in attendance.

May 20—ORD (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Embassy Suites by Hilton O’Hare-Rosemont
5500 North River Road
Rosemont, IL
Phone #:  847-678-4000
*Parking provided by APFA

May 21—STL (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Hilton St. Louis Airport
10330 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO
Phone #:  314-426-5500
*Parking provided by APFA

May 22—DFW (2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Yandry Center—DFW Airport
Terminal C (across from Gate C2)
DFW Airport, TX

Arbitration Hearing – Tomorrow, Thursday, May 2nd

A3 Deadhead Grievance, which involves the Company’s failure to provide positive space travel in the form of A3 status, for those Flight Attendants who choose to deadhead to their commuter city versus returning to base.
(JCBA Section 16.H.3.)

May 2nd & 3rd – 9:00 am
(Thursday and Friday)

Westin DFW Airport North
4545 W. John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063

Hotel transportation available from DFW Airport to the Westin DFW Hotel.

Upcoming Road Shows Calendar

Calling All Activists! Our Union Needs YOU!

it’s time to Become a Union Activist.

Help distribute information and materials for important issues and events during this round of bargaining. You’ll be one of the firsts to receive accurate and factual information to share on the line.

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-Robin Charbonneau, APFA National Communications Chair,

APFA Letter to Elwell Stimulates Action From SenatorsIn response to APFA National President Lori Bassani’s letter to FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell last week, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a follow-up letter to Mr. Elwell expressing their disapproval of the slow implementation of the FAA Bill.

“Over seven months after enactment, we have yet to see FAA take any action. This is unacceptable. We write today to request an update on finalization of this critical rule and to inquire about steps being taken by the agency to meet the one-year deadline, as required by law. We also request that FAA coordinate with the Office of Inspector General at U.S. Department of Transportation (IG) to ensure that the new seat size rule adheres to safety standards,” wrote the Senators.

Senators Blumenthal, Markey and Whitehouse’s Letter to Acting Administrator Elwell

Frustrated, too? Let Mr. Elwell know that we are still waiting for him to uphold the law. Tell him to implement the Flight Attendant 10-hour rest minimum as well as the studies to address cabin air and seat pitch.

-Allie Malis, APFA National Government Affairs Representative,

Where Are We Staying?  Where’s the Van? Curbside Pickup? 
CCI and FOS are great tools for this information!
Follow these simple paths:

Documents >PreFlt Docs >HIDIR/HTL >Input city code

HIHTL/Flt #/date/departure city.

Example: HIHTL/1915/30May/CLT
-Michael Malool, APFA National Hotel Rep for 

-Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair,

Unexpected Turbulence – Protect Yourself!

(This is a repeat of the column featured April 3, 2019 in The Weekly Scoop, as the IOD Dept has seen an alarming increase in turbulence related injuries) 

Thunderstorm season is here and this is the time of year that injuries occur due to unexpected turbulence.

If the Captain has not advised the Flight Attendants to be seated and you are experiencing turbulence, TAKE THE NEAREST OPEN SEAT IMMEDIATELY, if possible. If that is not possible, sit on the floor and hold onto a stationary object. When conditions permit, notify the Captain.

Don’t wait for the Captain to make an announcement. If you sustain an injury due to turbulence, it is imperative that you notify the Captain that you have been injured and request that the turbulence be documented. It is important that you let the Captain know that you will be seeking medical treatment.

Turbulence related IODs can be filed 24/7 by calling 1-844-777-8463.
You are NOT required to follow the nurse’s recommendations and are free to seek medical treatment. Simply advise the nurse if you intend to seek immediate medical care.

All Flight Attendants should also file a CERS Report. The CERS Report is located on the Flight Service website by clicking on Safety and Security.

For more information about turbulence safety, refer to the Inflight Manual – Safety and Security – General Safety or contact the APFA IOD Department.

Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair,

Are You Ready for the ‘Golden Years’?

The Retirement Department will be conducting seminars at the BOS, ORD and RDU crew bases.

  • May 14th – BOS – 1100-1400 Flight Service Conference Room
  • May 15th – ORD – 1100-1400 West Conference room (above ticket counter)
  • May 16th – RDU – 1100-1400 Conference Room outside of the security, to the right of the Panopolis Coffee Shop

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

Legacy American Flight Attendants: Download a pension estimate from the Pension Service Center page on jetnet.

Legacy US Airways Flight Attendants: Request a copy of your 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,

As of today, there have been 5,007 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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