8.07.19 – Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Special Board of Directors’ Meeting – Aug 12th
I am calling a Special Board of Directors meeting for Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites DFW West, Hurst, Texas. The meeting will address important issues such as union finances relating to policy and practice of computation for former officer pay distributions, the Company’s hotel link test during IROPS, legislative affairs, negotiations and APFA support for UNITE HERE!

All members in good standing are welcome and encouraged to attend.

-Lori Bassani, APFA National President, president@apfa.org

UNITE HERE!   Rally Aug 13th 

18,000 airline catering workers who prepare and transport food and beverages are some of the poorest paid in the airline industry.

Join UNITE HERE! at their rally Tuesday, Aug 13th at AA Headquarters or stop by their picket lines at DFW Airport, Tues (1600-1900), Weds (0700-1700), and Thurs (0700-1200) to lend your support.


August 1st, APFA hosted our third Telephone Town Hall meeting of the year. The Telephone Town Halls are a forum for our members to ask questions of our leadership and to hear timely updates from APFA.

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

U.S. Aviation Jobs at Stake

This week, Forbes reported that President Trump sided with Qatar Airways/Air Italy and against U.S. airline workers in the Open Skies dispute. The recent White House meeting included the CEO’s of American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, FedEx, Atlas Air, as well as the CEO of state-owned Qatar Airways, Akbar al-Baker.

“Trump ran [for office] on the issue of keeping American jobs in the U.S. But that’s not how it played out” in the White House meeting, APFA National President Lori Bassani said. “Instead, the President sided with the Middle East airlines. It was a shock to us.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed/2019/08/05/qatar-airwaysair-italy-us-flights-continue-after-white-house-meeting-tilts-against-us-airline-workers/amp/

At issue is the on-going government subsidization of Qatar, Emirates and Etihad Airways. These carriers have continually violated Open Skies agreements by operating routes into the U.S. with intermediate stops, usually in Europe, where they pick up and discharge passengers. Because of the subsidies, the Middle East and U.S. carriers are not competing on a level playing field. Qatar has also been investing state money in propping up Air Italy as a way to circumnavigate the latest Open Skies agreements.

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


APFA understands that there is some confusion concerning the Aflac split direct deposit deadline. If you have not received a letter from Aflac with your new routing and account numbers, do not be alarmed. Aflac is in the process of sending it to our members. The deadline for those who have yet to receive the document has been extended to August 31, 2019.

Aflac has assured APFA that no member will be harmed by the delay. Coverage remains intact and claims are still being processed.

If you need to file a claim, download the forms from the Aflac enrollment page on the APFA website

https://www.apfa.org/?s=Aflac++

If you have questions about your split direct deposit payments and account information, email the dedicated corporate Aflac Rep, Lana Klimek at lklimek@aflac.com.

Annual open enrollment begins September 2, 2019. Our membership will have direct customer service representation available to walk you through the process and answer your questions.

FMLA 

When submitting FMLA paperwork, ensure all questions are filled out properly.  Print a copy of the completed paperwork to reference should there be any issues.

Keep in mind, if you are filing FMLA paperwork and you have an acute medical condition, you must seek medical attention within 7 days. You have 17 days to send in paperwork from the date you call out sick.

Designated Intermittent FMLA

Flight Attendants must notify the Flight Attendant Service Center – FMLA team no later than 2 calendar days from the date you return to work that an absence is related to your FMLA leave.

Return to Work (RTW) is defined as any one of the following:

1. Flying a trip
2. Reserve Day or Stand-by (even if not flown)
3. Available day – AA only (even if not flown)
4. Attending Training of any kind
5. Special Assignment/Company Business APFA/AA

-Cathy Sharp, APFA Interim Health Chair, health@apfa.org

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

Metlife Long Term Disability (LTD) While on an IOD

Only available to those who have Long Term Disability (LTD) coverage. Short term disability does not cover an approved work related  injury.

Always file your LTD claim as soon as possible. There is a one year filing deadline from the date of injury.

The LTD claim form is available on the Health and Benefits page of Jetnet.

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

UBL Bid

Why was the sequence I bid open when I placed my UBL bid, but was not open when my bid ran through UBL?

At the time you placed your bid, the trip may have been included in a UBL run which was processing. Open trips are captured at the start of the UBL run and will continue to show as open until awarded and placed on a Flight Attendant’s schedule. If the trip was showing as not available in open time in the run in which your bid was included, it was awarded in the run which was processing when you placed your ballot.

To assist our Flight Attendants, the TTS team has added an indicator to show when UBL is processing.  This additional information will alert us to the run in process and the possibility of an open trip being awarded in this run.

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

Visit the Negotiations Committee Web Page Last week, the Negotiating Committee completed another round of negotiations with the Company.

For an interactive status list of each contractual section, visit:

https://www.apfa.org/negotiations/

Click on each section to view the status. This page will be updated after each negotiations session.


PHL & JFK Road Shows – Aug. 14th & 15th

August 14—PHL (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Philadelphia Airport Marriott
One Arrivals Road
Terminal B
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone #: 215-492-9000
(Parking at Marriott provided by APFA -Garage C,  2nd level only)

August 15—JFK (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Crowne Plaza
138-10 135th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11436
Phone #: 718-530-1160

Crew Security Website

The Crew Security Website is available to all Flight Attendants and provides up-to-date information at your fingertips.

Access the crew security website here. You’ll need to use your valid company credentials to access and navigate the site.

-Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National Safety and Security Chair, safety@apfa.org



As of today, there have been 5,087 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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