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5.09.22 – APFA PHX Base Brief – June 2022 Staffing and Allocations

Monday, May 9, 2022

June 2022 Allocations and Staffing

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, APFA Base representation had the monthly staffing call with the Company.  On this call for PHX were Robin Agee, and Secorra Flowers. We were advised that PHX has 997 available Flight Attendants for June with 717 Lineholders and 280 Reserves (28.1%). The Reserve percentage at all the bases were over 20% for June, with SFO and PHX having the highest percentages. When Secorra spoke regarding the projections for PHX, she brought to their attention that with the high number of Reserves for May and June should the same percentages be used for July, PHX would not have sufficient Reserve eligible Flight Attendants for August.

After she concluded her statement, including questions regarding high line averages and the cause and effect of absenteeism directly related to forcing lines above 80 credit hours, there was silence. It is surprising that manually observing the Reserve reports, Secorra can project the shortfall of eligible Flight Attendants for reserve and the Company, with all their computerized information cannot.

APFA National President, Julie Hedrick, also spoke out for all the bases and the unacceptable high Reserves and line averages. Calling out the continued mantra of using 2019 figures to project the percentages needed in 2022, stating that most reserves in all bases were only utilized to an average of 52 to 54%. We are all in agreement that the Company, specifically Manpower Planning, is not utilizing our Flight Attendants sufficiently and continues to blame the Flight Attendants for their missteps.

June 2022 Reserve Percentages and Line Averages Hotline – May 3, 2022

The allocations call to discuss the sequence construction, type of trips (i.e. number of 1,2,3 and 4 day sequences, ODANs, red eyes, etc.), any contractual violations, the length of duty day and overnights, was held May 3rd after the staffing call.  For June, PHX will see an increase of 2,276 hours of flying, going from 54,422 in May to 56,698 in June. We will see an increase in 1 days by 2%, 2-days will decrease by 4% of our flying, with an increase in 3-days of 3% and a decrease of 1% in our 4-day sequences. ODANs increase from 7.7 to 8.7, and we will see a SBA ODAN added to our flying. The LHR flying is still in our bid and will be flying daily.

As for the quality of the sequences we have expressed our displeasure in the increase of sit times throughout the bid. This is not limited to PHX but is systemwide.  When asked why, the question was never really answered.  We voiced our “ask” to see more two days that are commutable as well as built so that Flight Attendants can bid 2-day back to backs. An increase in 2-days and decrease in the 3-days, is also preferable for flexibility. Flight Attendants have voiced that early morning check ins and late-night releases on two-day sequences are not desirable as they interfere with back to back bidding, as well as hamper the ability to commute.

LHR Crew Seniority Information

  • May Bid Month: Most JR Non-Purser to hold LHR May of 1988
  • April Bid Month: Most JR Non-Purser to hold LHR February of 1987


LHR Hotel
by Michael Malool, APFA National Hotel Chair

All layover markets, domestically and internationally, are of great interest and importance to the APFA and the APFA Hotel Department. Over the past 5 months, The APFA Hotel Department has received an influx and variety of feedback as it pertains to the LHR layover market, its hotel allocations, and transportation.

The APFA Hotel Department has traveled to LHR twice to conduct a market, hotel, and transportation review/inspection since the closure of a long existing LHR crew hotel. The data acquired from the LHR hotel survey and the feedback from the APFA Hotel and Transportation Feedback Form, has greatly assisted the hotel department navigate this challenging and cumbersome international layover market.

Since the start of the pandemic, the hotel industry too has faced many obstacles and challenges. As a result, hotels are not able/willing to house a large amount of crew business. Historically our Flight Attendants have stayed at one of two properties in LHR. Today, our Flight Attendants are currently staying at six (6) long LHR hotels.

Next month, the APFA Hotel Department anticipates additional changes to the LHR hotel allocations. We foresee a LHR long hotel change for the PHX Base.

The APFA Hotel Department anticipates LHR hotel allocations to remain fluid, as six (6) LHR long crew hotels is challenging and impactful to the operation. Thank you for continuing to submit APFA Hotel and Transportation Feedback Forms.

Bid Sheet Information

Since paper copies of the Bid Sheets are no longer printed you may not know about some of the information available on the Flight Service website. The Flight Service Website now has a Bidding & Resource Tab where you can find the Current and Archived Bid Sheets.

The PBS Cover Sheet PDF has a lot of useful information:

  • Bidding Timeline
  • Support Tab Information
  • VIP Crew Phone Tree Prompt Directory
  • Contractual Scheduling Charts for Duty Days and Rest Periods
  • How to find Standby and RAP information for your base
  • Onboard Service Information
  • Equipment Bid Position Information by A/C
  • Service Highlights
  • Changes to the Master Bid Sheet
  • Equipment codes
  • Monthly Airline Schedule Highlights
  • Monthly Sequence Construction Highlights
  • Charters

Hotel and Transportation information has been moved to its own document (Master Hotel List):

Contract Negotiations and the Contract ACTION Team

The new Negotiations page offers more transparency to the negotiations process then we have seen in the past. Remember, knowledge is power! This is your source for factual information, and exactly where we are in the negotiation process. Check the page often for updates.

As Activists for the Contract ACTION Team, you will be a direct link between the general membership and our Negotiations Committee. You will be tasked with talking to your flying partners about communication sent out by the Union’s Negotiations Committee, directing Flight Attendants how to sign up for the hotlines, how to access information as well as how to participate in ACTION events such as: email campaigns, base, regional and systemwide events.

As we continue to build our movement, we encourage all PHX Flight Attendants to sign up as Activists.

https://www.apfa.org/contract-action-team-sign-up/

You can get the latest updates on negotiations by visiting ContractAction.org.


APFA PHX Phone Number
800-595-1471

  • Ext. 1 – National Office and Contract & Scheduling Desk
  • Ext. 2 – PHX Base President Robin Agee
  • Ext. 3 – PHX Base Vice President Secorra Flowers
  • Ext. 4 – Mandatory Meeting Representation
  • Ext. 5 – Medical and Injury on Duty
  • Ext. 6 – Reserves
  • Ext. 0 – General Questions

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Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

In Solidarity,

Robin Agee
APFA PHX Base President
480-238-2303

ragee@apfa.org

Secorra Flowers
APFA PHX Base Vice President
602-551-8116

sflowers@apfa.org

1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

Phone: (817) 540-0108
Fax: (817) 540-2077

 

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