Monday, June 21, 2021
The parking situation is frustrating. The latest update from PHL Flight Service stated we could park on the ground level if the garages are full. Parking is also available in the International Plaza parking lot, but you will have to walk to the A-West terminal. While this is not ideal, it is our only option until the PPA can get the employee lots on Bartram and Cargo City reopened.
In anticipation of the employee lots opening soon, please be sure to have your parking badges renewed. We all know how challenging that can be.
Commuting and Jumpseat
We have a lot more Flight Attendants commuting to PHL due to the displacements. We have received some calls about being denied the jumpseat for weight restrictions, but the flight deck jumpseat has been released for a pilot.
JCBA Section 37.G.8 states:
If the Company agrees that Pilots may not be removed/denied board for weight restrictions, then such provision shall apply to Flight Attendants as well. Any policy for removal/denial for weight restriction reasons shall be non-discriminatory as it relates to Pilots and Flight Attendants.
If the flight deck jumpseat is released for a pilot on a weight restricted flight, the Company must release the cabin jumpseats for Flight Attendants. If you are trying to commute and the flight is weight restricted, and they release the pilot jumpseat and not the cabin jumpseats, please contact us immediately.
Also, note Section 37.G.9 states:
A Flight Attendant that is removed or denied from occupying a jumpseat due to a weight restriction who consequently misses her/his sequence shall have such sequence qualify under the Commuter Policy pursuant to General Section 37.
If you are a commuter, please refer to the Commuter Policy in JCBA Section 37.I. Be sure to have your commuting city registered in DECS.
I want to acknowledge the struggle it is to come to work right now. PHL is a huge commuting domicile, and flights are full. We are also dealing with cancellations and weather-related delays wreaking havoc on our sequences. Hotel/Limo still cannot get it together. The return of the beverage service before the Company had their supply chain house in order and unruly and disruptive passengers continue to make our lives more difficult.
Yet, we show up, and we provide the best possible customer service we can under these extreme pressures, and for that, I thank you. I am so proud of our base- we have persevered through the pandemic and have shown professionalism throughout.
APFA PHL Base President
APFA PHL Base Vice President
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