Sunday, August 30, 2020
Dear Philadelphia Flight Attendants:
We have all had a few days to process and digest the company’s announcements on the short-term future of our airline. American Airlines announced a projected overage of 14,000 Flight Attendants. After the VEOPs and leaves are awarded, they still need to involuntarily furlough 8,099 Flight Attendants. The numbers are beyond heartbreaking. Our base will see 738 of our friends and co-workers leave in October.
As devastating as this is, we still have hope. We will continue to fight for an extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP). The company has indicated that if the PSP is extended, they will not furlough in October. APFA is calling on all Flight Attendants, friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else you know to call your Senate leaders. Please click here for information on how you can help.
We all feel the pain and sadness with those who face furlough. To help answer questions, APFA has published an Involuntary Furlough Guide. APFA also hosted two town halls specifically addressing furlough concerns and information, which may be found here. You may also find unemployment information on the APFA website by clicking here.
The next few months will be very challenging for everyone for various reasons. We are dealing with a new reality. Our Flight Attendants are not only working through a pandemic and risking exposure to the coronavirus, but we are facing incidents of verbal and physical abuse. We are continuing to see safety events on the rise, mainly due to our new role as the ‘mask police.’
We will also face another challenge with our flying schedules and trip construction. Next week, your APFA leaders will participate in a call with the company to discuss life/trip sequence construction quality. With the reduction of 14,000 Fight Attendants and the decline in customer demand, the company has stated we will see line averages increase, and sequences will be built more efficiently per the contract’s duty day limitation chart. We will also see a staffing reduction on the 777.
We are all in this together. This affects us all in different ways, but we do not give up hope that the PSP will be extended. Your APFA EAP colleagues are available to support you through this. Your local APFA leadership is also here to answer any questions you have. We will remain strong, and we will survive. We will keep the candle burning until the day we can welcome everyone home.
APFA PHL Base President
APFA PHL Base Vice President
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