Wednesday, September 9, 2020
October 2020 Allocations
Philadelphia Flight Attendants,
I am not sure where to begin with the October allocations information. On September 1st, the Company invited the APFA leadership to participate in a WebEx meeting to discuss the quality of life/sequence construction. They told us they would be building sequences more efficiently – higher-valued sequences, longer duty days, shorter layovers, and more four-day sequences.
We all expressed our concerns with the overall plan and pointed out obvious problems with how they plan to build sequences:
- Longer duty days – increasing our risk of virus exposure.
- Shorter layovers, combined with long duty days with limited food access, wear down our immune systems. Many airports and some hotels have limited or no food options.
- Longer duty days and more flight segments in a day increase the potential for physical and verbal abuse from passengers.
- More reschedules caused by pushing duty days to the edge of legalities.
- Commuting difficulties due to the reduced flight schedule.
Friday, we were sent our base bid sheets for preview. It was apparent the Company didn’t listen to any of our suggestions. Yesterday, we had our allocations call to discuss the bid sheet. On our September 1st call, we made it clear that we have serious concerns about how they wanted to build the sequences. They didn’t listen to us, so there was nothing to add to the allocations call. They do not care about our concerns. We fully understand the pandemic and what it has done to aviation. We risk our lives every day with exposure. We are mask police and bouncers trying to stave off verbal and physical abuse. The struggle out here is real, and I do not think they get it at all.
What does this mean for PHL? It means we see less commutable trips, high time trips, some four days, and longer duty days with shorter layovers. We will not have any IPD flying in October. We do not have any ODANS, pure redeyes, or pinkeyes. We do have a small bright spot: we will have a lot of our NIPD turns returning in October. We will continue to advocate for the safety, health, and well-being of our Flight Attendants.
Our total block hours for October are 44,168 with 2,518 in PIT. We had 59,528 total block hours for September.
We continue to coordinate with other aviation Unions to work towards a clean extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP). Please continue to call your Congressional representatives daily to insist they return to the table and pass a clean extension of the PSP. The information needed to complete your calls may be found here.
APFA PHL Base President
APFA PHL Base Vice President