Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

Hotlines – 2009

7.17.09 – (LAA) – Show OUR UNITY, Manual Up-to-Date, Proffers of Furlough Mitigation Option, Email Your Senators, Retirement Seminars at DFW

APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, July 17, 2009. QUICK ALERTS Show our Unity! Wear only your Pins and Wings! Manual up-to-date? FAA expected in NYC area (LGA, EWR, JFK) for compliance checks next week. Proffers for Furlough Mitigation options now open. More information online. (click here) Email your Senators to Support the Technical Corrections…

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7.10.09 – (LAA) – Pins and Wings Campaign, Proffers for Furlough Mitigation, Airline Deregulation, Retirement Seminars at DFW

APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, July 10. QUICK ALERTS Pins and Wings campaign is in full swing! Management is watching. Are you in compliance? Proffers for Furlough Mitigation options now open. Demos Report – “Flying Blind: Airline Deregulation, 30 Years Later”. Read details and follow links to report and press release below. Retirement Seminars…

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7.03.09 – (LAA) – Pins and Wings Campaign, Proffers for Overage Leaves, Modified Partnership Flying, New Membership Quick Poll, Retirement Seminars in DFW, Unfounded Rumors

This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator with the APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, July 3. QUICK ALERTS Pins and Wings campaign is in full swing! Participate and spread the word. Proffers for Overage Leaves and Modified Partnership Flying (Part Time) now open. Read below and online for details. New Membership Quick Poll on…

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6.25.09 – (LAA) – Proffers for Overage Leaves and Modified Partnership Flying, Pins and Wings Campaign, STL Membership Outreach Meeting, Onboard Retail Sales, Retirement Seminars

APFA weekly HotLine update for Thursday, June 25, 2009. QUICK ALERTS — Proffers for Overage Leaves and Modified Partnership Flying (Part Time) opens June 25. Many new Overage Leave options and improvements to Partnership implemented. Read below and online for details. — Pins and Wings campaign is in full swing! Participate and spread the word..…

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6.19.09 – (LAA) STL Membership Outreach Meeting Place Change, Pins and Wings Campaign, NEGOTIATE IT Onboard Sales, American Increases Order for 737 Aircraft

APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, June 19 QUICK ALERTS STL Membership Outreach Meeting place has changed. Read below for new location. Pins and Wings campaign is in full swing! Wear only your APFA Union pin and wings (and any required name tag) on your uniform jacket. Have your returned your “NEGOTIATE IT” Onboard Sales…

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6.15.09 – (LAA) – APFA Issues Statement Regarding Onboard Sales Programs

APFA issues statement regarding Onboard Sales programs Dear APFA member, On Friday, American issued a special briefing on the “Order Onboard with SkyMall” program. Under the program, Flight Attendants may participate in the sale of products from the SkyMall catalogue for which they will receive a commission. As we have previously stated, compensation must be…

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6.11.09 – (LAA) – AA Outlines Further Capacity Cuts

This is APFA President Laura Glading with a Special HotLine update for June 11, 2009. In an address to Wall Street financiers today, June 11, AMR Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey outlined further capacity cuts at American Airlines in response to the overall national and global economic conditions and the resulting, persistent decline in airline…

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6.05.09 – Membership Outreach Meetings Begin, Onboard Sales, Quarterly Executive Committee Meeting, Southwest Pilots Reject Tentative Agreement, Air France 447, Memorial Plaque,

This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA Weekly HotLine update for Friday, June 5, 2009. The Leave of Absence (PLOA) proffer for July/August/September closes June 10 (10:00 AM central)! A link to information and the proffer ballot is available on the APFA website (or click here to go directly to the Flight…

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5.29.09 – (LAA) – Mediation Concluded, Membership Outreach Meetings, Negotiations Update, Travel Safety, FAA Alert, FAA Certficiation Card, Mexico Service Reductions Update, International Crew Clearance

This is APFA President Laura Glading with a Special Update for Saturday, May 30. Mediation concluded in Washington D.C. last night and, although we were able to sign off on Article 10 – Reserve, the company continues to demonstrate that they are unwilling to give us the contract we deserve. We are disappointed, yet determined…

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5.22.09 – (LAA) – Southwest Airlines FAs Vote in Favor of Contract, Membership Outreach Meetings, Negotiations Update, Annual AMR Shareholders Meeting, Mexico Service Reductions Update, International Crew Clearance, WINGS Golf Tournament

APFA WEEKLY HOTLINE UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009 INDUSTRY NEWS Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants voted 89% in favor of the contract which provides annual pay raises of up to 3 percent, an increase in 401 (k) contributions, and improved work rules and benefits. Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at TWU Local 556! It’s…

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5.15.09 – (LAA) – Negotiations Update, Save the Date, Federal Mediation Means, Reps in Ops at JFK, Mexico Service Reductions Update, International Crew Clearance, Baggage Fees Adding Up, Golf Tournament Benefiting the WINGS Foundation

APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, May 15, 2009. NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE Earlier this week, on Tuesday, May 12, your APFA Negotiating Team resumed talks with the company in Dallas under the guidance of our federal mediator. This followed a week of internal team planning meetings. There were also discussions between the APFA and AA scheduling…

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5.08.09 – (LAA) – Mexico Schedule Reduction, Negotiations Update, Negotiating Team on the Road, Reconfigured 757, Phone Tree Updates, NY Retirement Seminars, WINGS Golf Tournament

APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, May 8, 2009. Watch our new YouTube video: “The Ins and Outs of Airline Federal Mediation” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZoL5LQAQMI MEXICO SCHEDULE REDUCTION Responding to reduced passenger traffic amidst concerns over the Swine (H1N1) flu, American has recently followed the lead of several other carriers and announced significant schedule reductions in flights…

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5.01.09 – (LAA) – Swine Flu Outbreak, Phone Tree Updates, Negotiations Update, NY Retirement Seminars, Domestic Mutual Training Reminder, APFA Members Speak Out in APFA’s YouTube Videos, WINGS Golf Tournament

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM APFA PRESIDENT LAURA GLADING This is APFA President Laura Glading and today is May 1, 2009. One year has passed since we began bargaining with American Airlines for a new working agreement with the monetary, scheduling and work life improvements we need. Though our goal of a new contract by today has…

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4.28.09 – (LAA) – Swine Flu Outbreaks

An important HotLine update for April 28, 2009, from the APFA Health, Safety/Security and Hotel Coordinators: As you know, news headlines continue to be dominated by reports on the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico, especially in and around Mexico City. There are confirmed or suspected cases in several other countries included limited reports from…

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4.24.09 – (LAA) – Airlines Quarterly Earnings, Negotiations Update, Domestic Mutual Transfer Reminder, Safety Manual Alert from the Safety and Security Department, APFA Membes Speak Out on YouTube

APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, April 24, 2009. Please note that APFA InfoReps are actively making phone calls to all members to update the APFA Phone Tree data and ask a few questions about Union communications and participation. If you receive such a call please take a few minutes of your time to provide…

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4.17.09 – (LAA) – Airline Quarterly Earnings, Executive Bonuses,

APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, April 17, 2009. See our new YouTube video! Share it with your coworkers, friends and family. Add your comments and ask them to add theirs. Flight Attendants Speak Out! AIRLINE QUARTERLY EARNINGS On Wednesday, April 15, American Airlines’ parent company AMR, reported first quarter 2009 earnings – a loss…

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4.09.09 – (LAA) – Negotiations Update, FA Union Coalition, Executive Bonuses, WINGS Golf Tournament, Spring 2009 Skyword, ORD Retirment Seminar

This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA weekly HotLine update for Thursday, April 9, 2009. NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE Your APFA Negotiating Team continues its drive to make May Day, Pay Day as mediated talks with the Company continued last week. Tentative Agreements on five more articles were attained. They are Articles: 11 –…

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4.03.09 – (LAA) – Negotiations Update, Furloughs, Executive Bonuses, LHR Crew Clearance, Silent Observer Agreement, ORD Retirement Seminar, WINGS Golf Tournament, Phone Tree Information, PVD Overpayment Adjustments, American Eagle Employment, Scheduling Q

This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, April 3, 2009. NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE Your APFA Team and the Company’s negotiators met under mediation for several days this week beginning Tuesday, March 31. The planned schedule of internal Team meetings, joint and mediated sessions is available through a document…

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4.01.09 – (LAA) – Special Announcement from the APFA National Officers

A special announcement from the APFA National Officers Today, April 1, marks a day of some significant changes in our Organization. First, our list of furloughed APFA members increases by over 300. While up to 410 potential furloughs were announced by the Company on February 25 – and while voluntary measures ultimately lessened the total…

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3.27.09 – (LAA) Negotiators Take Their Message to the Membership, 2008 PVD Overpayment Adjustments, Voluntary Travel Seperation Program Deadline, WINGS Golf Tournament, Phone Tree Information, American Eagle Employment, Scheduling Quick Quizzes, Dues Whil

This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, March 27, 2009. APFA NEGOTIATORS TAKE THEIR MESSAGE TO THE MEMBERSHIP Members of APFA’s Negotiating Team, joined by local Representatives, brought their message directly to members last Friday, March 20, fanning out to operations areas at each base during peak…

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3.12.09 – (LAA) – SABRE Personal Mode Activity

  Special APFA Alert on SABRE Personal Mode Activity Over the past few months the company has received a number of complaints from Flight Attendants that indicated there may be possible abuses of the contracts it has with Trip Trade Services. It is the company’s responsibility to enforce the contracts they have entered into with…

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3.20.09 – (LAA) – Negotiators Visit Base Ops Areas, Negotiations Update, APFA Leadership Meets with British Airways Union Counterparts, Phone Tree Information, National Mediation Board Member Appointee, News for Furloughed or Soon-to-be Furloughed Members

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, March 20, 2009. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. APFA NEGOTIATORS VISIT BASE OPS AREAS Members of APFA’s Negotiating Team scheduled visits to all Base Ops areas, today, March 20 in their continuing effort to keep the APFA membership informed of the progress in…

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3.13.09 – (LAA) – Furlough, Company Announcements, Annual BOD Convention, Phone Tree Information, Negotiations Update, Scheduling Quick Quizzes, Secondary Round Vacation Bidding, Care Management Rollout, Note to Reserves with Volunteer to Fly (VTF) Assign

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, March 13, 2009. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. APRIL 1, 2009 FURLOUGH Topping APFA news this week was the announcement by Flight Service that, despite attempts at mitigating through voluntary means all of the manning overage that the company had detailed on February…

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3.10.09 – (LAA) – Special Message from Laura Glading

This is APFA President Laura Glading with a Special APFA HotLine update for Tuesday, March 10. Today the company announced the results of the Overage Leave, Partnership Flying and Travel Separation Program proffers which were offered to reduce or eliminate the possibility of furlough. While we are pleased that there were still some of our…

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3.06.09 – (LAA) – Annual BOD Convention, Negotiations Update, Furlough Mitigation Options Update, Daylight Savings Time, Proffer Preference Purge Reminder, Primary Round Vacation Bidding Ends Soon, Scheduling Quick Quizzes, Care Managment Rollout, Note to

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for the week ending Friday, March 6, 2009. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. APFA ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONVENTION The 2009 APFA Board of Directors Convention opened on Thursday, March 5 in Boston. Scheduled through March 8, the first day’s agenda included detailed updates to…

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2.27.09 – (LAA) – Deadlines Approach on Options for Mitigating Possible Furloughs, Negotiations Update, Scheduling Quick Quizzes, Elections for Base Representation, Care Management Rollout, Note to Reserves with Volunteer to Fly Assignments, Vacation Bidd

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, February 27, 2009. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. DEADLINES APPROACH ON OPTIONS FOR MITIGATING POSSIBLE FURLOUGHS On Wednesday, February 25, American Airlines made official their intent to furlough up to 410 of our most junior members on April 1, 2009, unless that number…

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2.20.09 – (LAA) – Negotiations Update, Negotiating Opinion Survey, Scheduling Quick Quizzes, Balloting for Base Representation, Care Management Rollout, FA Fatigue Study Moves Forward, Note to Reserves with Volunteer to Fly Assignments, APFA Awards and Re

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, February 20, 2009. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE Members from the APFA Negotiating Team met last week in Washington, DC for mediated talks with the company. Tentative Agreements were reached on Article 27 – Bereavement/Personal/Emergency Leave and Article 31 – Union…

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