Tuesday, June 9, 2020
PHX Flight Attendants:
We are a family, and we rely on each other to ensure the safety and security of our aircraft, as well as our industry. As much as we would like everyone to be able to leave our problems and worries at home, that is not always reality. What happens in the world impacts us all.
June is traditionally a month of celebrations like weddings, graduations, vacations, etc. It is also a month of celebrating freedoms, such as PRIDE and Juneteenth. We honor the work of those who fought for those freedoms, from the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan to the peaceful protesters fighting Jim Crow laws in Birmingham. The common thread in all of these celebrations is CHANGE.
APFA stands with the Black Community to denounce violence and racism. You can join us in this cause by visiting these sites:
There are many ways to support organizations that promote change, please continue to encourage, and inspire each other.
American Airlines has started to rebuild the airline’s network of flying, and is doing very well domestically. There has been an increase in customers traveling with us. On average, 110,000 customers were traveling with us in May. Your professionalism and friendliness will continue to ease travelers’ fears. Although we still are not out of the woods, there are some significant signs that our Company is positioned well to weather this storm.
This summer, American is planning to fly 55% of it’s 2019 Domestic schedule. Unfortunately, International travel has still been greatly restricted by the CDC, and we are hopeful restrictions will be relaxed. The Company is projecting that we can resume our PHX-LHR in October of this year.
This month we have a spike in the Reserve numbers in anticipation of Reserve usage over the 4th of July holiday. The total sequence hours for July are up. We have 44,779 sequence hours allocated to our base, which is more than a 42% increase from June!
We are happy to welcome HNL and OGG flying back to the bid sheet. As a reminder, Hawaii still has quarantine restrictions. Although crewmembers are exempt, it is discouraged to bring travel companions on these layovers until the state of Hawaii lifts their restrictions.
Once again, most of our sequences have RON time longer than the preceding duty day.
The Company dropped the priority placed on pairing Flight Attendants with the Pilots last month. This has significantly increased the number of 2-day trips we have. In some cases, duty days have been increased, but most of our duty days are still less than 10 hours.
Click Here for the July 2020 PHX Bid Sheets on Jetnet > Flight Service > Bidding PBS.
Hotel/Transportation Incident Report
The Union is keeping an eye on protests in our layover cities, and some hotels have changed as a result. If you encounter problems on your layover with lodging or transportation, fill out a hotel discrepancy form so we can ensure the issue gets resolved.
COVID-19 Exposure Report Form
As cities begin opening, please continue to use health precautions to ensure you stay healthy. APFA wants your help tracking COVID-19 exposure among our workgroup. If you tested positive, are symptomatic or awaiting test results, in self-quarantine, or had any other exposure issue please fill out this COVID-19 Exposure Report Form.
For more information about the virus as well as a list of resources be sure to regularly check the APFA Corona Virus Updates Page.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The challenges we face as Flight Attendants is unique, and even when everything is going right, it can be difficult to navigate a path through it all. Remember that EAP is there for you.
This CONFIDENTIAL support is there for you and can provide support for issues you face in both your work and personal life.
You can reach EAP at 817-540-0108 ext. 8701 or by completing the EAP Contact Form.
Maintaining Aflac® Coverage
If you have taken the voluntary early-out, an extended leave, or you are flying a reduced schedule, your paycheck may not cover your Aflac® benefits. You may need to move to the direct billing solutions. Aflac® will help to ensure you are paid up to date for your coverage, as long as they have a payment option on file.
Please use these links for your needed resources that are found in the Aflac® section of the APFA Website https://www.apfa.org/departments/health-department/aflac-supplemental-insurance/
The Aflac® Annual Open Enrollment is scheduled for 2 weeks beginning Tuesday, September 8th.
For questions, email [email protected] or call Aflac® Group Customer Service & Call Center: 1-800-433-3036 *
* WHEN CALLING Aflac® please identify yourself as a policy holder with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. You will then be directed to the department within Aflac® that works exclusively for members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. This will ensure that your call is routed to correct Aflac® representative who can assist you with your Aflac® needs.
APFA has state specific information available to help those of you who need to file or for those of you who are considering future options. Click Here for specific information.
We are here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
APFA PHX Base President
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APFA PHX Base Council Representative
APFA PHX Base Council Representative