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2.06.20 – APFA ORD Base Brief

Thursday, February 6, 2020

February Base Brief

Hello ORD!

Welcome to the February Base Brief. 

This is all pertinent information from the MAR Allocation call and hot topics at the Base.

A communication reminder… text, phone, email are the preferred ways to reach ORD Reps.  Don’t forget to include your employee number, and let us know if you have contacted other Reps or APFA HDQ.  This helps us prevent duplication of work.

Base Briefs are sent officially thru HDQ. Please encourage your fellow FA’s to sign up for all APFA communications.


Did you know we are the in middle of an election for APFA National Officers?  No candidate received the needed 50% +1 votes, so there will be a runoff election for all 4 Officer positions. Thank you to the roughly 800 who participated in the first round. But really ORD, we can do better than that considering we have approximately 2,000 eligible voters!

The candidates for National President participated in a debate on 2/4.  Take some time to watch the video, it is now available on the APFA website.  You are the APFA, make your voice heard!  Ballots will be mailed on FEB 7 and must be received by MAR 9, 1000CT.

Vacation Buyback

Annual vacation buyback is now closed and awarded.  VX buyback was up system-wide 121% year over year.   332 ORD FA’s sold back 8,091 days.

The primary round of Annual Vacation Bidding and Award is open and closes on MAR 4, 1200CT.   Flight Service is committed to assisting FA better understand the AVBA. ORD Specialists will be in K19 Ops from 0600-2200 the following days:

Thursday 06FEB20
Wednesday 12FEB20
Tuesday 18FEB20
Friday 21FEB20
Sunday 23FEB20
Saturday 29FEB20
Monday 02MAR20

Power of Unity

The National President recently launched the Power of Unity campaign.  Show your support by wearing the APFA pin.  You can find extra pins in our mailboxes.


MAR BIDS OPEN 10th (noon DFW time) BIDS CLOSE 15th (noon DFW time)

FABRC Support   800-327-0117 option #, then 7
800-872-7456 option 2, then 5

APFA PBS MIS-AWARD Form is available on the APFA website/homepage

Call Highlights:

— Schedule change on 3/5, US daylight savings time 3/8

— Total block hours are slightly down from FEB, and down year over year.  So we will see trip distribution (1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 4-day) is similar to FEB

— The ODAN volume has increased.  The Company number is based on “starts per day”.
FEB 4.2 v MAR 7.6

— We voiced our concern over the increase in total reserve.  Our number is up from FEB and up year-over-year.

— MSP satellite hours remained similar to FEB

— Please continue to share your feedback


Lineholder                       1774
Reserves                           403
Leaves                           34-40
Line Average                    78.2
MAR hours ORD           123,223
MAR hours MSP               1,059

Early Boarding
As a reminder, Sections 11.M and 14.F of the JCBA specifically state when Flight Attendants will be required to be on board the aircraft ready to receive passengers.   Document all violations.  The data will be used to support the Presidential Grievance.

Scheduling System Issues
Please continue to use the Scheduling System Issues Report Form on the APFA website to report TTS/ETB/ROTA issues.  Our team continues to work for resolutions to violations and program fixes.

Professional Standards

When you have a workplace issue, please make your first call for assistance to the base Professional Standards Rep.  We believe the peer-to-peer approach to conflict resolution is highly effective.  It is also preferable to a solution that involves management which can compound the problem.

Jillian Bocenda is the ORD Rep 847-828-1431 or

We remain available for questions.

In Unity,

Susan Wroble
APFA ORD Base President

Dray Howard
APFA ORD Base Vice President

Justin Patterson
Scheduling/Contact Rep

1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

Phone: (817) 540-0108
Fax: (817) 540-2077


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