11.21.19 – Weekly Scoop

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Quarterly System Board Cases – SETTLED!

APFA was scheduled to take five cases to Quarterly System Board Arbitration.  The cases involved were – Removal of Discipline (2), Last Live Leg Pay, IOD Pay, and Easter Premium Pay.  All were individual grievances except for the Easter Premium Pay case.  We are happy to announce that all cases were settled with the remedy sought by the Flight Attendant/Union.

To read the Easter Premium Pay settlement letter click the link below.



Representative Ana-Maria Ramos Meets with Flight Attendant Unions

The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions welcomed Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos in Dallas for their meeting which was hosted by the APFA.

Representative Ramos discussed issues that are important to all working-class Americans, including income inequality, LGBTQ rights, unions, and the critical upcoming 2020 elections.  We appreciate her ongoing support for unions as we continue to work toward securing fair contracts, positive working conditions, safe working environments and continuing the fight for improved wages and benefits.

Pictured standing: APFA Government Affairs, Julie Frederick
Representative Ana-Maria Ramos
APFA National President Lori Bassani

Support Labor

United Auto Workers have approved a new four-year deal with Ford Motor.

The contract was supported by 56.3% of Ford members who voted, according to the UAW.

The deal requires Ford to invest more than $6 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations and create or retain 8,500 U.S. jobs, while also allowing the automaker to close an engine plant in Michigan.

The company also agreed to pay $9,000 ratification bonuses for full-time workers and $3,500 ratification bonuses for temporary employees.



APFA Endorses H.R. 5139
Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act

On Monday, APFA endorsed this important piece of legislation that addresses incidents of sexual assault and harassment in transportation by requiring transportation carriers, including passenger airlines, to establish formal policies, training, and reporting structures regarding sexual assault and harassment. It also requires the DOT to collect information on the number of sexual assault or harassment incidents reported by these entities and make this information publicly available.

“In transportation, the number one priority is safety. That means not only getting the traveling public to their destination safely, but also ensuring their safety throughout the trip,” said Chairman DeFazio. “Unfortunately, sexual assault and harassment occurs all too often to the employees of transportation providers and individuals who are traveling, and more must be done to protect them.”

“Sexual harassment and assault are unacceptable anywhere and under any circumstances. In aviation, where Flight Attendants are responsible for the safety of passengers, any type of sexual assault or harassment must be reported, and when appropriate, prosecuted. Passengers and crewmembers alike deserve this protection. We urge the prompt consideration and passage of this common-sense bill. Chairman DeFazio has been a longtime champion of the Flight Attendant profession and we deeply appreciate his action on this issue.” -Lori Bassani, Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) National President

APFA Endorses H.R. 5118 Promoting Service in Transportation Act

On Friday, APFA endorsed this bipartisan legislation introduced by Chairman Rick Larsen that would establish a series of Department of Transportation public service announcement campaigns to:

  • Promote career opportunities in the transportation sector, including pilots, safety inspectors, mechanics and technicians, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, truck drivers, engineers, transit workers, railroad workers, and other transportation professionals.
  • Increase diversity, including race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, of professionals in the transportation sector.


Fume Events and MedAire


MedAire will assist Flight Attendants involved in a smoke/odor/fume event, whether it’s domestically or internationally. If you experience symptoms due to a SOF event, you can now contact MedAire to speak with an ER physician for medical advice and a recommended course of action. MedAire Crew support can be reached 24 hours a day at 877-346-9174 or 480-333-3801.

Remember to complete a Cabin Discrepancy Worksheet and give a copy to the flight deck.

Statutory Waiting Period

The  Statutory Waiting Period is when an injured Flight Attendant has to be off work and is considered eligible for workers’ compensation pay.

The waiting period is determined by state law and varies from state-to-state and begins when the Flight Attendant is removed from work by a physician for a compensable injury.

-Catherine Sharp, APFA National Health Chair, health@apfa.org
– Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, iod@apfa.org
– Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National Safety and Security Chair, safety@apfa.org
-Thomas Houdek, APFA National Cabin Air Quality & Uniform, caq-uniforms@apfa.org


HIHTL Replacement

Follow the steps on the new mobileCCI:

  1. Open the new mobileCCI
  2. On the icon bar, at the bottom of the screen, touch the second icon from the left, the “My Schedule” tab
  3. Toggle from the calendar view to flights view at the top
  4. Touch Pre-Flight Documents
  5. Touch Input Required and scroll down to “CREW HOTEL LIMO INFO” Hotel/Limo Assignment (HIHTL Replacement)
  6. Input flight, date and departure station of sequence
  7. Touch View. This will populate hotel/limo info

The new mobileCCI was automatically pushed to your FA tablet.
To download the new mobileCCI on your personal devices, visit the Flight Service website and click on Tools.
This feature can only be used for sequences already in FOS and will not look up hotels of sequences on the bidsheet.

Bypass the Line

Read about the Mobile Passport Plus benefits, discount, and set up instructions

** This is not a paid partnership or sponsored content with Mobile Passport. APFA will not receive any revenue from Mobile Passport. APFA is only providing the information and discount code to Flight Attendants **

As of today, there have been 5,128 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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