Hotline Archives

1.26.22 – Negotiations Update #8: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

We focused on Section 25- Leaves of Absence, Section 16- Deadhead, and APFA passed a proposal on Section 15- Speaker for the first time. In Section 25- Leave of Absence, we are down to a few issues. This section will be tabled until later in negotiations. In deadhead, APFA is proposing deadheading Flight Attendants receive the highest class seat available rather than coach seats…

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1.22.22 – APFA Virtual Retirement Seminar and Reserve PBS Training Recordings

Saturday, January 22, 2022 APFA Virtual Retirement Seminar Recording On Tuesday, January 18th, APFA hosted a Virtual Town Hall to answer your questions regarding retirement from American Airlines. Topics included: 401(k) ● 65-Point Plan ● COBRA ● MedicarePensions ● Retiree Travel ● Social Security ● Vacation/Sick Payout APFA Reserve PBS Training Recording On Thursday, January 13th,…

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1.21.22 – APFA PHX Virtual Town Hall Recording

Friday, January 21, 2022 APFA PHX Virtual Town Hall Recording Below, you will find a link for the recorded PHX Virtual Town Hall, which took place on Thursday, January 20th. You may also find the Town Hall on the APFA website at APFA.org > Departments > Communications Department > APFA Town Halls. In Solidarity, Paul Hartshorn, Jr.…

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1.21.22 – Coverage Needed (CN) Dates – February 2022

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Friday, January 21, 2022 Coverage Needed (CN) Dates – February 2022 Coverage Needed (CN) is a term applied to a day in a bid month that occurs when not enough Flight Attendants bid in PBS to fly on that day. PBS will allow as many Flight Attendants to be off on a particular day (whether it is…

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1.21.22 – Quarterly Web-Based Training

Friday, January 21, 2022 Flight Service Quarterly Web-Based Training The first quarter Flight Service web-based training (WBT) program has been loaded into Learning Hub. It is required for all active Flight Attendants to complete the following three FAA-required training modules: iPhone Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) – iPhone 12 Basic Use iPhone EFB – Components & General Policies iPhone EFB – Comply365…

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1.20.22 – March 2022 Monthly Vacation Buyback

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 March 2022 Monthly Vacation Buyback In accordance with JCBA Section 8.F.2., the Company is offering vacation buyback for the March bid month. Flight Attendants with blocks of vacation days originating March 2 through March 31 will be eligible to participate in the buyback. You may only buyback full blocks of vacation days. The bidding window…

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1.19.22 – Annual Vacation Buyback Awarded/Vacation Bidding Timelines

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Annual Vacation Buyback Awarded The Annual Vacation Buyback for 2022-2023 vacation is now awarded. You may view your award in AVBA on the Summary page via Crew Portal > Monthly Bids > Vacation > Annual > Summary. Example Award: All Buyback bids were awarded to all Flight Attendants in all bases. If you have any questions…

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1.19.22 – 5G C-Band Network Update #2

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 5G C-Band Network Update #2 Last night, the FAA disclosed that 5G C-band towers would not be activated within a 3-mile radius of 80+ airports. A list of those airports has not yet been made public. This means that there will be very minimal operational impact if any. It is important…

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1.19.22 – Temporary Reduction in Service Levels

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Temporary Reduction In Service Levels With the continued spread of the Omicron variant, APFA has proposed a temporary reduction to onboard service levels and customer touchpoints. Our goal is to maintain the highest level of Flight Attendant and passenger safety as possible onboard the aircraft. These proposed changes lessen the time…

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1.18.22 – 5G C-Band Network Update

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 5G C-Band Network Update By now, most of you have probably heard about the impending launch of 5G by two major telecommunications companies, and the potential impact it could have on airline operations. Those telecommunications companies have since agreed to delay implementation at some airports. While this is a step in…

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1.18.22 – February 2022 PBS Bid Award Summary & Mis-Award Process

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 February 2022 PBS Bid Award Summary & Mis-Award Process February PBS Bid Award Summary click image to enlarge How to Read the Bid Award Summary How to Read Your PBS Award PBS Mis-Award Process    Any Lineholder or Reserve who has an inquiry or believes she/he may have received a mis-award must submit a PBS Award…

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1.18.22 – APFA Virtual Retirement Town Hall Begins Shortly

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 APFA Virtual Retirement Town Hall Begins Shortly The first APFA Virtual Retirement Town Hall of 2022 will begin today at 10:30am CT. Topics will include: 401(k) ● 65-Point Plan ● COBRA ● Medicare Pensions ● Retiree Travel ● Social Security ● Vacation/Sick Payout How to Join the Virtual Town Hall via Cellphone…

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1.17.22 – Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 17, 2022 Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, we remember the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we honor his life and legacy as a civil rights activist using civil disobedience as a non-violent approach to effect change. Dr. King succeeded in pointing out the inequalities of segregation while stopping…

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1.15.22 – Winter Storm Izzy – Rescheduling Update

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Saturday, January 15, 2022 Winter Storm Izzy – Rescheduling Update Winter Storm Izzy is bringing ice, snow and strong winds to millions this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. This will lead to significant travel impact in parts of the Midwest, South and East. In the event of a cancellation or reschedule, we want you to…

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1.15.22 – Thirteen Years Later: US Airways Flight 1549

Saturday, January 15, 2022 Thirteen Years Later: US Airways Flight 1549 Thirteen years ago today, US Airways flight 1549, carrying 150 passengers and a crew of five, departed New York’s LaGuardia Airport with an intended destination of Charlotte, North Carolina. Shortly after takeoff, the A320 collided with a flock of migrating Canada geese which were ingested…

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1.14.22 – February 2022 PBS Bidding Closes Tomorrow

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Friday, January 14, 2022 February 2022 PBS Bidding Closes Tomorrow PBS will close for bidding tomorrow, Saturday, January 15 at 1200 (CT). PBS awards will be viewable in PBS on Tuesday, January 18 at 1200 (CT). Prior to logging out of PBS, use the PBS Bidding Checklist to assist you in your monthly bidding or if you buddy bid, use the…

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1.14.22 – Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program: New Opioid Alert

Friday, January 14, 2022 Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program: New Opioid Alert New Opioids called Nitazenes May be 20 times stronger than Fentanyl For more information on Nitazenes, click here. What is FADAP? FADAP is a substance-abuse prevention program, created and promoted for and by the Flight Attendant profession and funded by the FAA. Assistance…

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1.14.22 – Reminder: APFA Virtual Retirement Town Hall- January 18, 2022

Friday, January 14, 2022 Reminder: APFA Virtual Retirement Town Hall- January 18, 2022 APFA will be hosting the first Virtual Town Hall of 2022 to answer your questions about retirement on Tuesday, January 18, from 10:30am until 12:30pm (CT). Topics will include: 401(k) ● 65-Point Plan ● COBRA ● Medicare Pensions ● Retiree Travel ● Social Security ● Vacation/Sick…

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1.13.22 – APFA Reserve PBS Virtual Training Begins Shortly

Thursday, January 13, 2022 APFA Reserve PBS Virtual Training Begins Shortly The APFA Virtual Reserve PBS Training Town Hall will begin at 1300 (CT). During the event, you will also have the ability to message in questions you may have as well. For those unable to attend, this event will be recorded and posted on the APFA…

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1.13.22 – Annual Vacation Buyback Closes Tomorrow

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Thursday, January 13, 2022 Annual Vacation Buyback Closes Tomorrow The Annual Vacation buyback process will close tomorrow, Friday, January 14th, at 1200 (CT). In accordance with JCBA Section 8.F., Flight Attendants have the option to buyback a portion or all vacation days accrued during 2021 (carryover days are excluded). This includes the incentive vacation day…

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1.12.22 – Abuse of Our Scheduling Tools

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Abuse of Our Scheduling Tools Flight Attendants continue to voice concerns regarding illicit trip trades and drops. With the elimination of many premium trips throughout the system, the abuse has become more evident. Many of you have exercised tremendous restraint in reporting these abuses to management because you respect and value…

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1.11.22 – Aflac® Enrollment Ends January 15th, 2022

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 Annual Open Enrollment Ends on January 15, 2022 Critical Illness Benefits payable for:  Cancer  Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)  Stroke  Major Organ Transplant  Bone Marrow Transplant (Stem Cell Transplant)  Sudden Cardiac Arrest  Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery  Non-Invasive Cancer   Up to $30,000 Guaranteed Issue Children are covered at no extra cost  Three…

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1.11.22 – APFA Reserve PBS Virtual Training

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 APFA Reserve PBS Virtual Training On Thursday, January 13, 2022, APFA will be hosting a Virtual Reserve PBS Training Town Hall from 1300- 1400 (CT). During the event, you will also have the ability to message in questions you may have as well. For those unable to attend, this event will be recorded and posted on…

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1.11.22 – An Update on Negotiations- January 11, 2022

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 Hello Everyone, Our June 18, 2021, Negotiations Update communicated a new approach to bargaining. Using a strategic approach, discussions will target key areas where Flight Attendants need contractual improvements. Airlines negotiate under the guidance of the Railway Labor Act, and those negotiations can often be lengthy. Every predecessor airline that makes up American…

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1.11.22 – APFA Virtual Retirement Town Hall – Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022 APFA Virtual Retirement Town Hall Tuesday, January 18, 2022 APFA will be hosting the first Virtual Town Hall of 2022 to answer your questions about retirement on Tuesday, January 18, from 10:30am until 12:30pm (CT). Topics will include: 401(k) ● 65-Point Plan ● COBRA ● Medicare Pensions ● Retiree Travel ● Social Security ●…

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1.10.22 – January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Monday, January 10, 2022 January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day Wear Blue to Raise Awareness Are you ready for #WearBlueDay? On Tuesday, January 11th, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, join the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign, as well as other organizations and individuals across the country, in wearing blue to encourage public awareness…

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1.10.22 – February 2022 PBS Bidding Now Open

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< Monday, January 10, 2022 February 2022 PBS Bidding Now Open PBS bidding opened today, Monday, January 10 at 1200 (CT) for February 2022 bidding. Bidding will close on Saturday, January 15 at 1200 (CT). February 2022 PBS Awards will be viewable on Tuesday, January 18 at 1200 (CT).   During the LRD process, some of you may have “toggled” from Reserve to Lineholder for February. If you…

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1.10.22 – APFA PHL PBS Reserve Training Recording

Monday, January 10, 2022 PHL PBS Reserve Training Recordings On December 13, 2021, APFA hosted a Virtual PBS Training for PHL-based Flight Attendants focusing on Reserve Bidding. You will find the link for the recorded PHL PBS Reserve Training Recording here: In Solidarity, Paul Hartshorn, Jr. APFA Communications communications@apfa.org Kim Kaswinkel APFA PHL Base President kkaswinkel@apfa.org John Pratt…

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