Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Possible Strikes by UNITE HERE!
UNITE HERE! workers prepare food for American, Delta and United airlines. APFA members count on caterers to prepare and deliver food and beverages to our aircraft.
18,000 airline catering workers who prepare and transport food and beverages are some of the poorest paid in the airline industry. Members of UNITE HERE! have authorized strikes in 13 cities across the country.
Strikes will not occur immediately because under the Railway Labor Act, workers cannot strike until released by the National Mediation Board. However, the strike votes make clear that the workers are firmly committed to obtaining real change in their contract.
< National President Bassani with UNITE HERE! at the WAAke Up American event, Nov 2018
You Asked – We Answered!
SMS Text Notifications are Coming
Soon you’ll have the option to join the SMS text notification service to get urgent and important updates from APFA. Multiple groups are available for you to opt in to, such as PBS bidding reminders and base specific messages from APFA National Leadership and your local Base Leadership. More groups can be added as the system evolves.
This is an optional service and is not intended to replace hotlines. It’s another way to stay informed when it comes to time sensitive and urgent matters.
Keep an eye out for a special hotline from your Communications Department on how to sign up and join different groups!
– Robin Charbonneau, APFA National Communications Chair, email@example.com
What is Professional Standards?
The APFA EAP Professional Standards is a voluntary, confidential service offering members the opportunity to resolve conflicts or concerns with co-workers without management involvement. It is the lowest level of informal intervention possible.
Our goals are to:
- Support and enhance the standing of the Flight Attendant profession
- Promote professionalism and restore professional conduct
- Ensure a safe working environment
- Provide the opportunity to disclose and effectively resolve problems in a voluntary, confidential (though not anonymous), manner.
Who we are & what we do:
The Professional Standards representative(s) at each base:
- Monitor the voicemail extension designated for that base
- Gather information
- Remains objective and is a neutral facilitator
- Acts as a neutral facilitator to understand the Flight Attendant’s goals and/or intentions
- Identifies options to meet the caller’s goals
- Collaborates in developing an action plan to address the interests of all parties.
The APFA Professional Standards encourages our members to act with integrity, treat others with honesty and respect and take responsibility for their own ethical behavior. By promoting this standard of conduct, we ensure fair treatment for all our members in the workplace.
Base Professional Standards Contacts
Our Professional Standards Representatives are available to assist when there is a problem with professional conduct that the parties have been unable to address themselves. Behaving ethically is at the core of professional behavior. It is what distinguishes professionals from other in the workplace. Our Professional Standards extension is monitored continually to ensure a prompt response.
APFA National Professional Standards Rep: Jillian Bocenda firstname.lastname@example.org
-Abby Alconcher, APFA National EAP Specialist, email@example.com
Senate to Vote on New FAA Administrator
The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a vote this week on Steve Dickson for the position of FAA Administrator. The FAA has been without a confirmed Administrator since January 2018. Dickson was a pilot and the Senior Vice President of Flight Operations at Delta until retiring last October. He worked at Delta for 27 years.
Aviation safety is a priority for our Flight Attendants, pilots and passengers. With concerns over the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX ongoing, this is a crucial time for the FAA and its leadership. We have also been waiting for the Agency to issue a ruling on 10 hour minimum rest regulation for Flight Attendants, among other important provisions from the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill.
– Allie Malis, APFA National Government Affairs Representative, firstname.lastname@example.org
American and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)
During the month of July, anyone who makes a donation of $25 or more to SU2C can add the name of a loved one to the Stand Up To Cancer A321 that will debut this fall. Simply click the link above to make a donation and Stand Up To Cancer. For more information about how you can Stand Up To Cancer, visit:
-Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair, email@example.com
Visit the August Hotel Allocations on the Hotel page for the latest information!
Hotels listed in the bid packets are subject to change (i.e. they might be incorrect).
The allocations received from AA Hotel Contract Specialists will be updated immediately by APFA’s web content manager.
– Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sedgwick ViaONE Express
ViaONE Express is a real time access for injured employees to view claim information via the internet.
You will be able to view when a check has been mailed or direct deposited into your bank account. You will also be able to view updates and submit a return to work date.
Go to www.mySedgwick.com to register.
– Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, email@example.com
UBL / Generic UBL Ballots Remain Active
Question: I received a UBL award, but had to drop. Why was I awarded another trip from that ballot?
Answer: UBL ballots, including Generic Ballots, remain active until the Flight Attendant deletes it. If you have multiple requests on your ballot and receive an award, you may be awarded another request from that same ballot. A UBL award that is subsequently dropped, may make you legal for another award from that same ballot.
– Renee Mayer, APFA National JCBA Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Road Shows Coming to a Base Near You!
July 17—DCA (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport
2020 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Parking provided by APFA
July 18—BOS (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Hilton Boston Logan Airport
(Direct access from sky-bridge to hotel)
One Hotel Drive
Boston, MA 02128
Phone #: 617-568-6700
Parking provided by APFA
August 14—PHL (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Philadelphia Airport Marriott
One Arrivals Road
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone #: 215-492-9000
August 15—JFK (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
138-10 135th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11436
Phone #: 718-530-1160
Upcoming Retirement Seminars
The Retirement Department will be conducting the following seminars in July:
- 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
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, email@example.com
Where’s My Jumpseat?
The Station Assignment Chart is located in each aircraft chapter of the IFM, and provides a quick reference to responsibilities, personal stowage, exit row responsibilities, pre-flight checks and more. If flying on a new or unfamiliar aircraft, you can review the chart to ensure compliance with all of your required responsibilities – including your proper jumpseat assignment.
Ensure that you view the latest revision. It provides the most up-to-date information.
– Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National Safety and Security Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please continue to utilize the Uniform Reaction Report Form on the APFA website if you experience a suspected reaction to your uniform.