Saturday, July 18, 2020
WARN Notifications / EVLOAs / VEOPs
Good Day CLT Flight Attendants,
The Company sent out WARN notices to 9,950 of our Flight Attendants this week. The WARN notice requires employers to provide at least a sixty (60) day notification of a need for a reduction in a workforce including furloughs. Because this is mandated by law, the Company has sent out a higher number of notices than the actual number of Flight Attendants they may need to furlough. The notices went out to everyone who has a hire date of April 12, 2002 to present. The Company has said they need to reduce our workforce by 7,000 to 8,000 Flight Attendants. This number will include those who elect to take a leave of absence or retire/separate from the Company. Keep in mind, just because you have received this notice, it does not necessarily mean you will be involuntarily furloughed, the individual notices will be sent out in September.
APFA is trying to mitigate the need to furlough anyone and committed to providing options to reduce the numbers of involuntary furloughs. This week, we announced a new round of Extended Voluntary Leave of Absences (EVLOAs) and new Voluntary Early Out Program (VEOP). We are hoping the new leaves and retirement packages will be attractive to enough members that the need to involuntarily furlough is eliminated. Click Here for information on the new packages or you can call the National office or the Charlotte local number at 704-665-7474 for any individual questions.
Be careful of social media posts, contact your local or national reps for the most credible information. Friday, we held a virtual base brief to present the new programs and provide an overview of how they will be administered. Charlotte will host several of these so you can submit questions directly to your union and get factual information. APFA National will also be hosting live sessions next week and written communications to answer questions. If you would like to participate in our local virtual base briefs, send your request along with the e-mail you would like the invitation sent to and we will include you in our next session.
APFA is also committed to using every avenue to avoid involuntary furloughs including working with other labor groups to support an extension of the CARES Act. Should this get passed, it will help save jobs across our industry and help to ensure the viability of American. You can Click Here for a form letter you can sign and send to congress in support of this act. We encourage everyone to reach out to your National Congressional Representatives and urge their support for this bill.
We are going through some tough times right now and the pressures we are all facing can manifest in different ways. If you are struggling or just need someone to talk to, we have people available. You can contact the APFA Employee Assistance Program through the APFA National number at 817-540-0108 or give us a call on our local number. Many of us have persevered through this several times in our career, 9/11, multiple bankruptcies, furloughs mergers and restructurings. While this may be the worst crisis yet, we will get through this together and it is important now more than ever to take care of each other and stay focused on the challenges we face in this unpredictable world.
Take care of each other and yourselves. ~ The Charlotte APFA Team
APFA CLT Base President