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6.06.23 – APFA LAX Base Brief – July 2023 Staffing and Allocations

July 2023 LAX Staffing and Allocations

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

In This Base Brief:

  • July 2023 Staffing
  • July 2023 Allocations
  • EFB Compliance
  • LC/SC Points
  • BUR Flying
  • Strike Vote
  • Contract ACTION Team
  • July 2023 Bidding Timelines
  • Are You Dues Current in Order To Vote?

July 2023 Staffing

*The reserve number originally provided by AA was 402. LRD opened subsequently with 417. I reached out to AA. From Dimitri Potts, AA Sr Analyst, Crew Preferential Bidding System, “We had to buffer the reserve numbers for July in order to make up for any loss of reserves due to the Japanese Speaker moves that may happen after the senior bump process.”

Yet again, LAX’s reserve percentage is unreasonable and excessive, exceeded only by CLT (28.0%) and PHX (27.5%). DFW is a close 4th at 24.0%, with DCA and ORD at 22.3% each. The system Reserve percentage is 22.9%.

Our reserves are not flying. The company is on endless loop claiming they need these reserve percentages when, in fact, they are wasting money by flying us significantly below our guarantee.

The company does not share reserve utilization numbers with the bases. Please send your below-guarantee reserve examples to APFA National Scheduling Chair, Marti McMillan at [email protected]. Marti needs this data to continue our fight against excessive reserve percentages. I also forward any examples I receive to Marti.

Many of you have provided us with this data. Please keep it coming.

July 2023 Allocations

LAX Total Block Hours: 97,840
Widebody Percentage: 42%
Widebody International Hours:  41,220
Widebody Domestic Hours: 288
Narrowbody International Hours: 13,139
Narrowbody Domestic Hours: 43,193

Satellite and Co-Terminal Block Hours

  • ONT: 3,477
  • SNA: 6,106
  • LAS: 1,501
  • SAN: 1,920

Trip duration distribution is unacceptable across the board for July 2023. We have informed Doug Price in the past, and again within the last day, that we need turns increased, with 3-days and 4-days decreased. Doug Price shared on the Allocations call that this unacceptable distribution of trip durations afflicts most bases in July 2023.

Ignoring our preferred trip durations adversely affects reliability and coverage.

EFB Compliance

The company continues its relentless pursuit of flight attendants not in EFB compliance.

Without any training on how to ensure all EFB components are up-to-date; without any warning that the EFBs were being remotely monitored; without any consideration to the fact that the current EFB overlay is unwieldy and misleading.

This ill-advised push by Flight Service is taking place at each base at the direction of AA HDQ.

At the same time that AA HDQ sends us gratuitous “thanks for all you do” messages, it works behind the scenes to implement programs such as this one to ensnare the maximum number of flight attendants in their corrective action net.

I have filed a Base Grievance on behalf of all LAX flight attendants, disputing the premise behind the EFB compliance issue, including, but not limited to:

  • lack of training and communication
  • counter-intuitive method of updating apps (use of term “reinstall” rather than “update”
  • lack of clear direction on how to update apps
  • lack of an easy-to-access reference as to whether the EFB is fully compliant

Not surprisingly, the company denied the Base Grievance, as well as all of the individual grievances related to EFB a compliance.

It is very clear that AA HDQ has tied Flight Service’s hands. Rather than allowing local Flight Service discretion based on individual circumstances, AA HDQ has yet again gone down the route of “one size fits all” discipline.

The EFB grievances are now at the APFA HDQ level for the National Vice-President’s Department to take forward.
AA HDQ management expects us to provide caring, engaged service to our passengers but provides us…as their internal customers…none.

LC/SC Points

If you are assessed a Late Contact point, or a reserve Sick on Contact point, when calling in sick AND if your illness is “sudden onset,” please email your AFSM and request the LC/SC point to be removed.

The current attendance policy allows the AFSMs the discretionary right to remove an LC/SC point based on the circumstances.

If you have a current Intermittent FMLA for that condition, also please let them know when you contact them requesting the LC/SC removal.

You do not have to share details of your illness with the AFSM as this information is protected under HIPAA. Sharing that the illness is “sudden onset” does not reveal a specific medical condition. Of course, it is your choice as to how much you choose to share. 

BUR Flying

The company…after closing the BUR co-terminal operation many years ago…has recently begun requiring LAX reserves to cover out-of-base sequences transiting BUR.

While the contractual language denoting BUR as a co-terminal to LAX remains, it has long been an inactive co-terminal, in much the same way as Love Field is an inactive co-terminal for DFW and Midway is an inactive co-terminal for ORD.

Reserve assignments out of BUR create issues which Flight Service has failed to resolve.

For example, the BUR information on the Flight Service website is out-of-date without instructions on one-time parking provisions and reimbursement instructions.

Some things to remember:

  • You ARE entitled to a limo to/from LAX if you are called on reserve for one of these one-off BUR trips.
  • You ARE entitled to use the LAX employee bus on the ramp if you are catching the limo to ANY of the co-terminals
  • If driving, you may park in the daily parking at BUR, and will be reimbursed.
  • Contact: [email protected] with a copy to me if your BUR parking reimbursement is not paid expeditiously.

If the company wants to assign reserve trips out of BUR to LAX reserves, they must make up their mind. Either provide regular BUR flying on the bidsheet for those living in the area, or stop using our LAX reserves to cover trips out of there.

I filed a Base Grievance. The grievance is now at the APFA HDQ SBA level, having been rejected by local management.

Strike Vote

We are fast approaching the point in time where we all must come together to let American Airlines know that WE WILL STRIKE if we do not get a contract which addresses and exceeds our needs.

Regardless of what you think about APFA; what you think about Julie Hedrick; or what you think about me, this is about OUR collective and individual futures. We deserve far better than this company will ever voluntarily give us. They have no appreciation for our sacrifices and for our labors. They treat us like liabilities. A STRIKE VOTE as close to 100 percent as possible is critical to letting this management know that we are sick of their disrespect on so many levels.

The best deterrent to a strike is a unified front against management in a 100 percent YES strike vote, ensuring they know that they CANNOT operate without giving us what we deserve.

If you are in dues arrears, please bring yourself current so that we can ALL send a message to AA.

Please stay tuned.

Contract ACTION Team

LAX’s Contract Action Team Ambassadors are Evelyn Konen and Liz Lozada.

They are planning a terminal walk at LAX between the hours of 0800 and 1300 on June 22, 2023. They will be in the terminal between those times, meeting with flight attendants and providing information about negotiations. There will be a special emphasis on ensuring flight attendants are aware of the need to be dues current and have their information (email and mailing address) up-to-date.

Evelyn and Liz are also recruiting volunteers in the co-terminals and the satellites to prepare for upcoming picketing and events related to contract negotiations.

Responsibilities of the co-terminal and satellite volunteers will include:

  • Receiving shipments from APFA.
  • Confirming and receiving authorization from local airport authority to be in the terminal.
  • Updating themselves on contract negotiations and familiarizing themselves by utilizing apfa.org
  • Tracking the number of members reached/spoken to and tracking main points of conversation on a given terminal walk day.
  • Submitting numbers and general sentiment to me as well as filling out the CAT field information form for each member reached.
  • Signing members up for Contract Action Team through APFA.org
  • Checking dues status (with member permission) – instructions on that to come.
  • Checking member information is up to date and showing members how to update their information.
  • Informing members of upcoming strike vote.
  • Handing out lanyards, pins and other APFA items.
  • Willing to make phone calls through a phone blitz once the strike vote is approved and initiated.

Please contact Evelyn Konen at [email protected] or Liz Lozada at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering.

July 2023 Bidding Timelines

Are You Dues Current in Order To Vote?

As we enter this critical phase in negotiations, it is imperative that all members are in good standing. You must be an active member in good standing to participate in Union activities such as voting. 

You must log into APFA.org to see your balance. To log in, select ‘Log In’ from the right corner. Log in using your employee number and password (if you don’t remember your password or you have not yet set one, select ‘Forgot Password’). We must have a valid personal email address on file (AA Email is not allowed) for your account to be active. If you do not have an email address on file or if the email address is incorrect, please email [email protected].

Please make sure that APFA has your most updated contact information. Click ‘Update Information‘ to update your information in ‘My Account‘.

Safe travels!

In Solidarity,

John Nikides
APFA LAX Base President 
[email protected]
310-751-6605

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M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

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APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
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APFA Events

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