Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Yesterday, American informed APFA that they would be extending the EVLOA-2 balloting deadline until March 12, 2021, at 2359 CT, to align the leave program with other workgroups. Awarded EVLOA-2’s will now begin in May of 2021. APFA was informed about this decision after the fact; Union input was not solicited.
Because of this delay, American will offer 70-hour VLOA’s for April. The 70-hour VLOA bidding window for April will open on March 8 and close on March 11. The full April bidding timeline may be found here.
If you previously applied for and are still interested in an EVLOA-2 beginning in May 2021, you do not need to do anything. If you are ending a leave on March 31 and would like to stay out on a leave, you should apply for the 70-hour VLOA. If you cannot hold the 70-hour VLOA for April, you will need to return to work for April. You may still apply for the EVLOA-2 beginning in May. If you no longer would like an EVLOA-2, you will need to rescind your bid.
Nothing changes for VEOP recipients. You will be individually notified of your VEOP, and the final VEOP list will be published in mid-March.
The steep drop-off in travel demand over the last year continues to wreak havoc on our personal and work lives. Difficult changes continue to come fast and furiously. APFA continues to work with other Unions in Washington, D.C., to continue the Payroll Support Program to ensure that we keep all members connected to their pay and healthcare, and we hope to hear more news soon.
We know that you may have questions regarding this change. Please reach out to email@example.com to ensure you receive accurate information from American.
We know that these last minute changes are incredibly frustrating and make it difficult to plan for the future. Things are changing daily with respect to vaccine availability and its effect on travel demand. We look forward to demand rebounding as vaccine availability increases. Please continue to look out for each other and fly safely.