Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Happy New Year!
APFA Leadership, UAW Headquarters Staff, Dept Chairs, Specialists, and Reps hope that the New Year brings tremendous joy, great health, and good fortune. May the ’20’s take you to newer heights and exciting adventures.
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller
Power of Unity
We are launching a “Power of Unity” campaign by wearing, displaying and distributing APFA Union pins to our colleagues on the line to wear proudly on their uniform while at work. What does this small, seemingly insignificant act do for us? It shows the Company that we are unified, we are serious about getting an industry leading contract and that our negotiations committee speaks for us!
To read more about the Power of Unity campaign click the link:
Minutes from 3Q19 EC Meeting & Special BOD TeleconferenceIn accordance with the APFA Policy Manual, the official minutes of the Third Quarter Executive Committee Meeting and Special Board of Directors Teleconference are available on the www.APFA.org website.
Member Activist Brian O’Connell & National President, Lori Bassani
We need your help in distributing factual information on the line. Now more than ever, it’s time to step up!
Industry news:New Chairman for The Boeing Corporation
Dave Calhoun, the chairman for Boeing will replace Muilenburg on Jan. 13. Until then, Boeing’s chief financial officer, Greg Smith, will serve as interim chief executive.
Boeing said in a statement that its board of directors “decided that a change in leadership was necessary to restore confidence in the company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers, and all other stakeholders.”
Glenn is based in MIA has been flying for 31 years. He participated in the APFA Lobby Day in October. Thank you, Glenn, for your commitment to the APFA Government Affairs Department and the APFA PAC. See what Glenn thinks about the APFA PAC:
The APFA Political Action Committee (PAC) is comprised of small voluntary donations from APFA members to support political candidates and members of Congress who impact our job. Dues money is never used. Our PAC contributes to both Democrats and Republicans who advocate for broad issues and regulations that advance air travel safety and the Flight Attendant profession.
Elections matter! Now is the time to start building our PAC for the 2020 election in November of this year, so please join today. A contribution of as little as $1 or $2 per paycheck will add up to have a major impact. Remember, our strength is in our numbers.
Vacation and IOD
Flight Attendants receiving Salary Continuance shall accrue sick and vacation up to six (6) months. Vacation is banked, and the Flight Attendant can rebid their vacation when they return to work for later in the year or carry it over to the next year. If the F/A returns to work before their originally awarded vacation days, a vacation can be reinstated over the original dates or the F/A can request a vacation payout for a full or a portion of the remaining vacation days.
2019 Wrap-up As we say good bye to 2019, we want to remind everyone to be vigilant in performing monitor and challenge when disarming aircraft doors. Twenty-five (25) Inadvertent Slide Deployments (ISD) have occurred in 2019 with the most recent event happening on an Airbus A319, before departure. The pilot authorized the opening of an aft door to provide ventilation due to an inop APU and hot cabin. Opening a disarmed door at the gate is highly unusual. Always exercise extreme caution and remain alert when arming or operating any aircraft door.
In 2019, we experienced 1644 reported (SOF) Smoke, Odor, and Fume events. The trend is improving at American Airlines, and the company has become more proactive and transparent on these events. Always follow the APFA fume card if you are involved in a SOF event. If you still don’t have one, contact APFA and we’ll provide you with one. Protect yourself and passengers first and seek immediate medical attention if necessary.
Preliminary testing will begin in 2020 having Flight Attendants “scan off” with the agents before leaving the aircraft during scheduled layovers and between flights. The test is to see whether or not adding this procedure might mitigate the number of FAA “minimum crew violations” that soared in 2019. We are anticipating some issues but, this is only a preliminary test, non-punitive, and will be conducted only in PHX for approximately 60 days after the first of the year.
Sometimes, it is necessary to assist passengers with baggage in the cabin. Our job is to help passengers if needed. The urban myth you are not protected or covered if injured is categorically false and untrue. We always encourage assisting passengers if assistance is needed. But utilize common sense and caution. Assisting a passenger with their baggage may also be checking the bag to their destination, or placing behind the last row of seats.
Remember, “Bags, Bins and Briefing” keeps you FAA compliant before closing the aircraft door. There is an incredible amount of pressure to ensure an on-time operation. Passengers can still be standing in the cabin at door closure, but the overhead compartments must be latched and closed, all carry-on baggage secured, and the departure briefing performed before closing the aircraft door. Do not be pressured by the agents to close the door without first completing these steps.
Ballots for APFA National Officer Election were mailed December 30, 2019, to all APFA members. If you do not receive your ballot by January 6, 2020, please contact the National Ballot Committee (NBC) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-540-0108, ext. 8311 to request a duplicate ballot.
Please continue to utilize the Uniform Reaction Report Form on the APFA website if you experience a suspected reaction to your uniform.