Posts by Joshua Black

2.17.19 – American Airlines Flight Attendant Union Demands Investigation Into Company’s Involvement in Demeaning Sex Object Video

Sunday, February 17, 2019   American Airlines Flight Attendant Union Demands Investigation Into Company’s Involvement in Demeaning Sex Object Video Dallas, TX — (Feb. 17) A video that went viral last night has prompted the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) to demand that American Airlines (AA) CEO Doug Parker conduct an independent investigation of…

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1.28.19 – AA VP of Flight Service Violates Contract by Riding Jumpseat

Monday, January 28, 2019 JILL SURDEK, VP FLIGHT SERVICE, VIOLATES OUR CONTRACT BY RIDING OUR JUMPSEAT In a blatant violation of our of Recognition & Scope language, Jill Surdek, VP of Flight Service, just added an additional violation to the grievance. This grievance involves Flight Service whose names do not appear on the current Flight…

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1.28.19 – Base Elections

Monday, January 28, 2019   ATTENTION FLIGHT ATTENDANTS: BASE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT BALLOTS MAILED The National Ballot Committee (NBC) wishes to inform Flight Attendants at CLT, DCA(combined), DFW, LAX, LGA, MIA, PHX, SFO and SLT, that ballots were mailed today, Monday, January 28, 2019 for the Base President and Vice President Elections. Ballots were…

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1.27.19 – FAA Reauthorization Bill – Flight Attendant Minimum Rest

Sunday, January 27, 2019   The FAA Reauthorization Bill that passed in October 2018 included an important rest improvement for Flight Attendants an increase in minimum rest from 8 to 10 hours, calculated from release to report. Once implemented, it will apply to both scheduled and actual operations and is not reducible under any circumstances.…

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1.26.19 – Problems With Your Paycheck? Should You File a Claim of Wage Theft?

Saturday, January 26, 2019   Problems with your Paycheck? Should You File a Claim of Wage Theft? The last few months of systems glitches, programming issues, and Crew Scheduling errors have resulted in numerous pay issues. Our Flight Attendants continue to report issues such as: Pay calculations on paystub are incorrect Resolutions reached for contractual…

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1.25.19 – U.S. Government Reopens

Friday, January 25, 2019   Government to Reopen for 3 Weeks – Keep our Skies Safe! President Trump announced today that he would agree to end the government shutdown and fund the government through February 15th. Further discussions and negotiations on how to secure our southern border will take place once the government has reopened.…

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1.25.19 – APFA Press Release Regarding LGA Flight Disruptions

Friday, January 25, 2019   APFA President’s Statement Regarding Today’s Flight Disruptions           Euless, TX (Jan. 25, 2019)—“Today’s flight disruptions which started at LGA will only get worse if the government workers are not put back to work and paid immediately.  We reemphasize that the President and Congress should compromise and get the…

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1.25.19 – JSIC Update – Annual Vacation Bidding

Friday, January 25, 2019   Annual Vacation Bidding Annual vacation bidding opens on Monday, January 28th at Noon (DFW Time). For LAA Flight Attendants this is an entirely new process, format and set of rules for how vacation is bid and ultimately awarded. For LUS Flight Attendants this will be a continuation of how you have bid your…

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1.24.19 – Government Shutdown Continues

Thursday, January 24, 2019    With the Government Shutdown – Are the Skies Safe? “Is it safe to fly with the TSA, FAA and NATCA employees working without pay?” It is a reasonable concern and one that needs a response. First off, we have the safest and most secure air travel system in the world. The…

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1.24.19 – WBT Module Due January 31, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019   WBT Module Due January 31 –  The Exploring Unconscious Bias: Making Culture a Competitive Advantage required Web-Based Training (WBT) module must be completed by January 31, 2019. This program is designed to help team members understand the roots of the implicit or unconscious biases we all have, and walk through…

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1.24.19 – PHL Base Brief

Thursday, January 24, 2019   PASSPORT INFORMATION           The Flight Attendant Manual states that crewmembers are prohibited from flying without a valid passport.  Valid passports must have a minimum of six (6) months prior to expiration.  Passports must not expire after the bid closes, before or for the duration of the trip sequences.  Flight Attendants may…

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1.23.19 – The Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, January 23, 2019   APFA Supports our Caterers UNITE HERE! DFW Airport Jan. 29th 12:00 – 2:00 pm UNITE HERE! Local 23 – LSG Sky Chefs supported us in our wAAke Up American event. Join us outside Terminal D; Gate 21; DFW International Airport LSG Sky Chefs catering workers deserve fair wages! – Robin Charbonneau,…

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1.23.19 – SBA Update – Meeting Dates Corrected

Wednesday, January 23, 2019   SBA UPDATE CORRECTION – Meeting Dates have been Corrected     In the last SBA update, my department was in the process of scheduling and hearing Pre-Arbitration Conferences for our outstanding grievances, appointing Arbitrators to our 2019 Arbitrator Panel, and scheduling dates for the arbitration.  Our last Pre-Arbitration Conference was scheduled…

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1.23.19 – CLT Base Brief

Wednesday, January 23, 2019   Final Reminder to Register   APFA Contract & Scheduling Training JCBA Contract Training January 29 – January 30th Registration is required as seating is limited. Once you register you must confirm your registration by clicking the link in the email you will receive after registration. If you have any questions,…

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1.23.19 – Vacancy and Mutual Transfer Dates Realigned and Backfilling

Wednesday, January 23, 2019   Vacancy and Mutual Transfer Dates Realigned and Backfilling The Company has decided to align the report/effective date of vacancy and mutual transfers. This would be returning to past practice, where the vacancy transfers were awarded and once filled, the Company would look at mutual transfers for the same date. With…

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1.22.19 – SBA Update

Tuesday, January 22, 2019   SBA Update: In the last SBA update, my department was in the process of scheduling and hearing Pre-Arbitration Conferences for our outstanding grievances, appointing Arbitrators to our 2019 Arbitrator Panel, and scheduling dates for the arbitration.  Our last Pre-Arbitration Conference was scheduled for January 15th, so I would like to…

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1.22.19 – Target Credit Range – Minimum/Maximum Credit

Tuesday, January 22, 2019   Target Credit Range – Minimum/Maximum Credit How does PBS determine if there will be a target credit range maximum or minimum? PBS starts with a target line average (TLA). The TLA is set by the Company and per the contract, it must be within 75-85 hours at all bases.(Section 10.D.13.e)…

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1.21.19 – Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 21, 2019   Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. is known for leading the civil rights movement and defeating racial inequality through peaceful protests and rallies. What you may not know about this extraordinary leader is that he also stood up for Union rights. As…

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1.19.19 – PBS Mis-Award Process

Saturday, January 19, 2019   PBS Mis-Award Process Once a Flight Attendant receives their PBS award and has questions concerning the award, or believes she/he has been mis-awarded, the Flight Attendant should do the following: The Flight Attendant should contact the FABRC at 888-376-5375 no later than the 24th of each month at Noon (DFW Time) for a review and…

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1.17.19 – Changes to Sick and Vacation Threshold

Thursday, January 17, 2019   Changes to Sick and Vacation Threshold PBS Bases: If you are available for less than 15 days and still reach 40 paid hours, contact your FSM within 60 days to ensure your sick and vacation accruals were properly added. If you are active and fall below 40 hours through no…

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1.16.19 – APFA Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, January 16, 2019   Miracle on the Hudson – 10 Years Later Yesterday, APFA National Officers had the honor to join the flight crew, along with the passengers in a special reunion marking the 10th anniversary of the successful ditching and evacuation of US Airways Flight 1549. From left to right: Craig Gunter, Sheila…

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1.15.19 – APFA President Honors the Crew of Flight 1549

Tuesday, January 15, 2019   APFA President Honors the Crew of Flight 1549 Dallas, TX – Earlier today Lori Bassani, National President of The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), made the following statement regarding this historic anniversary: “Flight Attendants are skilled professionals who receive hundreds of hours of training. Each year our Flight Attendants are…

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1.15.19 – APFA DFW Supports Our TSA Brothers and Sisters

Tuesday, January 15, 2019   APFA DFW Supports Our TSA Brothers and Sisters Please show your support for our TSA Brothers and Sisters of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1040 by joining them in a “Rally to End the Government Shutdown.” The event will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th at DFW Airport,…

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1.15.19 – APFA National Officers and Department Chairs Visit the CLT Base Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 15, 2019   APFA National Officers and Department Chairs Visit the CLT Base TomorrowJoin us tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.  This is an opportunity to meet your National Officers and National Department Chairs for discussions on a variety of topics. Holiday Inn Charlotte Airport & Conference Center 2707 Little Rock Rd.…

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1.14.19 – PBS Bidding Tips

Monday, January 14, 2019   PBS Bidding Tips Facts about Target Credit Range (TCR) TCR is cumulative, not layer specific. PBS takes the pairings you bid and tries to accomplish the credit requested with pairings from the earliest layer possible. It is recommended to bid a minimum of five (5) hour increments to accommodate the…

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1.13.19 – Minimum Days Off and Vacation Settlement

Sunday, January 13, 2019   Minimum Days Off and Vacation Settlement This serves as a reminder of a grievance settlement from 2016. Please review as this may impact your PBS bidding and award. On December 4, 2015 APFA filed a Presidential Grievance regarding Vacation Days Included in Minimum Required 11 Days Off. APFA’s position was…

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