5.22.19 – Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Road Show Today in DFW

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

Your Negotiating Committee is on the Road!

ORD Negotiations Road Show, Monday, May 20th

STL  Negotiations Road Show, Tuesday, May 21st

June Road Shows

June 25—MIA (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Miami International Airport Hotel
NW 20th Street & Le Jeune Road
Miami, FL  33122
Terminal E, Auditorium D1 & D2

June 26—RDU (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle Park
4620 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC 27703
Phone #:  919-941-6066
*Complimentary Parking

June 27—CLT (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport
2400 Cascade Pointe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone #:  704-790-7000

Click link below for complete Negotiations Road Shows

Road Shows Calendar

APFA Telephone Town Hall, June 5th, 1200 CST

To join the call, dial 1-855-840-6970

APFA Headquarters Attendees:

  • National Officers
  • Negotiating Committee
  • Contract/Scheduling
  • Health/IOD
  • Safety
  • Communications

We look forward to hearing from you!

Calling All Activists! We Need YOU!

Help distribute information and materials for important issues and events during this round of bargaining.

As an Activist you’ll be one of the firsts to receive accurate and factual information to share on the line.

New Activists Receive Their Pins at ORD Road Show

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

Allow Tax Deduction for Union Dues!

The Tax Fairness for Workers Act was introduced by Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17) in the House and a companion bill was introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (PA) in the Senate. If enacted, this legislation would allow an above-the-line tax deduction for union dues. It would also allow a miscellaneous itemized deduction for workers on all unreimbursed expenses incurred in the business of being an employee. The bill is co-sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats and aims to restore some workers’ tax benefits that were reduced with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

Call your Senators and Representatives and tell them to support
H.R. 2103 in the House and S. 1026 in the Senate

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

Calling in Sick

When notifying Crew Schedule of your absence, you do not have to give a reason or explanation to Crew Schedule other than the date(s) of your absence from duty. Please do not discuss your personal illness with Crew Schedule, doing so is considered self-disclosure.

-Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair, health@apfa,org

Why is My Hotel Changing?

The company is constantly evaluating our current portfolio of hotels and changes are made due to a variety of reasons, including: contract expiration, new markets, rate increases, incumbent hotels are no longer interested in crew business, and sometimes at the request of APFA and/or APA due to complaints.

When a market is researched by the AA Hotel Contracts Department, APFA along with APA conduct a site visit and review with an AA Hotel Contract Specialist.  The APFA Hotel Committee members follow Section 6 of the Contract – Crew Accommodations when recommending a hotel.

APFA receives both positive and negative debriefs regarding our layover hotels, as our workforce of 27,000+ Flight Attendants is very diverse.  These debriefs serve as a valuable resource and are used when reviewing future hotel accommodations.

Recently the Hotel Department received a lot of feedback and suggestions on how to better improve communication.  I have taken those suggestions and will begin publishing all upcoming reviews.

The Weekly Scoop will outline upcoming layover markets where its current and potential new layover hotels will be visited and reviewed.  If you have suggestions and/or feedback regarding hotel information in these cities, please document by filling out the hotel debrief form.  Both your positive and negative debriefs are a powerful tool that can guide us in recommending a hotel that best suits your needs.

Please go to the APFA Hotel page for a special letter regarding NRT

Upcoming Reviews:

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

I’ve Been Injured in Turbulence. What Do I Do? If you sustain an injury due to turbulence, notify the Captain immediately that you have been injured and request that the turbulence be documented. If medical treatment is necessary it is imperative to let the Captain know.IODs may be filed 24/7 by calling:  1-844-777-8463Your call will be answered by a triage nurse with Sedgwick. 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. Not all injuries require immediate medical attention. In the event of a medical emergency, do not wait to speak with a nurse, go to the nearest emergency room. You must be removed from duty by a doctor to become eligible for workers’ compensation pay benefits once the claim is accepted.All Flight Attendants should also file a CERS Report which can be located on the Flight Service website by clicking on Safety and Security.For more information about turbulence safety, please refer to the Inflight Manual – Safety and SecurityGeneral Safety and/or contact the IOD Department at iod@apfa.org.

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

I’m Ready

Upcoming Retirement Seminars: DCA, EWR, JFK and LGA

The Retirement Department will be conducting the following seminars in June and July:

  • June 19th – DCA – 1100-1400  Hub Gathering Room, Center Pier (next to Flight Service)
  • July 29th – EWR – 1100-1400  Conference Room off of Flight Service
  • July 30th – JFK – 1100-1400  Third Floor Conference Room (next to Pilot Operations)
  • July 31st – LGA – 1100-1400  Third Floor Conference Room

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

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

Legacy US Airways Flight Attendants: 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

As of today, there have been 5,020 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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