2.20.20 – The Scoop

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ballots Must be Received by 10:00 am CT, March 9, 2020

In order to have your vote count, you must be a member in good standing (no more than 60 days in dues arrears) by 5:00 pm CT, March 4, 2020. Questions about your dues status? Contact the Dues Department at dues1@apfa.org  or at 817-540-0108,
ext. 8151.

The last day to request a duplicate ballot is 12 noon CT, March 2, 2020. All ballots must be received by 10:00 am CT, March 9, 2020.

When requesting a duplicate ballot, remember to provide your current address and the last address on file with APFA for verification purposes.

 


Lot’s Going On – Here’s the Short List

  • The election of our new National Officers is in about two weeks. March 9th to be exact. “Get Out the Vote.”  And as I’ve said, every vote matters.  Let your voice be heard!
  • 45% of eligible Flight Attendants participated in the recent Negotiations survey. Thank you!
  • We’ll be wearing new uniforms beginning March 2nd.American is the first and only airline to commit to having every garment across all of their uniform collections hold the STANDARD 100 certification by OEKO-TEX, the highest garment safety certification.
  • American Airlines has extended the suspension of flying to and from the mainland China and Hong Kong from our Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) hubs through April 24th.
  • AA announced three new satellite bases: Austin (AUS), Las Vegas (LAS) and Orlando (MCO).  Flying from LAS will start with the April bid month, while AUS and MCO will start in May.
  • American has extended the return to service of the 737 MAX aircraft to Aug. 18, 2020.
  • We’ll begin nonstop service between Seattle and Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) this October. Additionally, we’ll begin nonstop service from Seattle to London Heathrow (LHR) in March 2021.

As members of the world’s largest independent Flight Attendant Union, I’d like to ask for your help to strengthen APFA and all of our country’s unions by showing your unity and solidarity on the line. How can you help? Wear your APFA Union pin. Join the Member Activist program! You’ll be one of the firsts to receive accurate and factual information to share on the line. Thank you. Fly safe. — Lori Bassani, APFA National President

Sign up here.

 


Board of Directors Annual Convention – March 2-5, 2020

The APFA Board of Directors will meet next month for their 2020 Annual Convention.  This year’s convention will be held in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal Hotel – a longtime union property.  Members in good standing are welcome to attend all open portions of the meeting.

Sheraton Universal
333 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, California 91608
March 2-5, 2020
0900-1700

Full minutes of the meeting will be available on the APFA website 30 days following adjournment.

 


APFA Celebrates Black History Month – “Did You Know?”

Did you know that President Barack Obama earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009? The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.

President Obama offered hope for a better future. His diplomacy was founded in the concept that those who are to lead must do so on the basis of values and attitudes shared by the majority of those living in this world.

“We are the change that we seek.” — President Barack Obama

As APFA members we share a proud and diverse history.

 


Delta’s Profit Sharing – $1.6 billion

Delta Air Lines paid out a record $1.6 billion in profit sharing to its employees Feb. 14, and unveiled a “thank you” plane. The aircraft features the names of Delta’s 90,000 employees. “They deserve all the credit for our success.” –Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines

 


DOT CBD Notice Summary

The Department of Transportation recently issued a memo answering common questions about the use of CBD products for safety sensitive workers.  In this notice, workers were warned to use caution if they decide to consume CBD, as this could cause a DOT positive test. The labeling of many CBD products can be misleading and could contain higher levels of THC than what the label states.  CBD oil does not have a federal oversight when they are produced in laboratories and the FDA does not certify the levels of THC to ensure these labels are accurate at all.  The FDA has stated, “[i]t is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement” and issued warning letters to companies because their products contained more CBD than indicated on the product label.

The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation, Part 40, does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason. Furthermore, CBD use is not a legitimate medical explanation for a laboratory-confirmed marijuana positive result.

 


Harassment & Discrimination in the Aviation Industry

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Cabin Crew sector is collecting data on harassment and discrimination in the aviation industry. The information is an important part of holding airlines accountable for the safety of their crew—to ensure that they are taking harassment and discrimination seriously and implementing policies and reporting processes that offer protections for workers.

Your input is valuable – take this 5-minute questionnaire

APFA is a participating member of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Cabin Crew sector, an international coalition of Flight Attendant Unions.

 


Union Benefit Planners 

If you purchased policies from Union Benefit Planners through APFA in the past, you will be receiving a letter/invoice from each vendor for you to self-pay for your policies.  Don’t be alarmed, you will retain your individual policy at the same rate as you are currently paying.  If you moved and did not update your mailing address with your carrier, you should contact them to make sure that you receive your invoice.

Short Term Disability – UNUM
Life Insurance – Transamerica
Critical Illness – Lincoln
Accident – Lincoln

 


Your Opinion Matters

Please complete a Hotel Feedback Form. Your opinion and experiences are invaluable to your National Hotel Committee!  The following hotels are up for review:

JAX/S – Jacksonville International Airport, Florida (short)
KIN – Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica
CMN – Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, Morocco
AUA – Queen Beatrix International Airport, Aruba
BDL/S – Bradley International Airport, Hartford County, Connecticut (short)
VCE – Venice Marco Polo Airport, Italy
STL/S – St. Louis Lambert International, MO (short)
BUD – Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
KOA – Kona International Airport, Hawaii
LIH – Lihue Airport, Hawaii
AUS – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TX (long & short)
DTW – Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI  (long & short)
CUN/S – Cancun International Airport, Mexico (short)

Thank you to all who complete the APFA Hotel  & Transportation Feedback Forms. Your documentation is greatly appreciated and valued!

 


Initial Steps for Misawards in TTS/UBL, ETB & ROTA/ROTD

If you believe you have been misawarded in one of the Scheduling Systems (TTS/UBL, ETB, ROTA/D), contact FABRC and/or Crew Scheduling to ensure your claim is documented and time stamped. They will do preliminary research and may advise you to submit a Direct Connect. The Direct Connect Team will investigate the claim and determine if this is a valid misaward.

If you are experiencing technical issues with TTS/UBL, use the TTS Support Tab and document the problem.

After contacting FABRC/Crew Scheduling and submitting your Direct Connect, fill out a Scheduling System Issues Report. We thoroughly research each of these submissions and will advise you of our findings.  Our findings may be different than what Crew Scheduling, FABRC or the Direct Connect Team determines. If this is the case, we will assist to ensure proper pay protections are applied.

The Scheduling System Issues Reports are an avenue to document the issues you have with the Systems. These issues submitted in these reports have contributed to the enhancements we have seen since the Systems were first introduced. This information is also shared with the Negotiators, should changes to the contractual language be required.

 


Retirement Seminar at DFW
March 9th – DFW – Terminal C
1100-1400
The Yandry Center across from Gate C2

Retirement 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.

More Seminars are in the works, stay tuned!
Everyone is welcome regardless of base or seniority – no need to RSVP.

It’s never too early to start planning for retirement.

 


Lands’ End Uniform Cutover – March 2nd

Members have expressed concern regarding the upcoming cut-over date as it relates to transitioning from the current uniform to the new Lands’ End Collection March 2nd, and the cleaning of our aircraft. APFA met with the Company to address these concerns.  The company informed us that the aircraft fleet would undergo an extensive clean prior to the March 2nd cut-over.

APFA remains confident in the new Lands’ End uniform garments as every piece in the collection has received the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certification — the highest garment certification available.
Anyone in the operation should wear the current uniform through March 1st. If flying a trip that crosses the hard cut-over date, bring your new Lands’ End uniform to begin wearing in the operation on March 2nd and beyond.

On March 2nd, only the Lands’ End uniform collection will be permitted. If you are beginning a red-eye flight the evening of March 1st (departing after 10 p.m. local time), you should wear your new Lands’ End uniform, as the majority of your time in the operation will be on March 2nd, particularly in the arrival airport on March 2nd.

If you’re on an On Duty All Night (ODAN) flight departing after 10 p.m. local time on March 1st, you should wear the new Lands’ End uniform. If your ODAN departs earlier than 10 p.m. local time, you should wear your current uniform.

If your uniform is back ordered and you have not received enough pieces of the Lands’ End uniform to wear March 2nd, contact the Uniform team immediately at newaauniform@aa.com.

 


Survey Complete

Thank you for your participation in the most recent Negotiations survey, which closed on February 18th. The data will be collected and combined with all of the data we have received thus far. A total of 9,413 Flight Attendants, or 45% of eligible Flight Attendants, participated in the survey.

All of this data will guide us as we move into the Scheduling, Hours of Service, and Reserve sections of negotiations.



As of today, there have been 5,149 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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