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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

Hotlines – 2020

12.08.20 – Important Information Related to January PBS Bidding

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Important Information Related to January PBS Bidding During PBS processing for the January 2021 awards, the holiday logic will be utilized for both Lineholders and Reserves when covering January 1st. What this means is that if January 1st becomes a CN day it will be weighted as more important than other CN…

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12.07.20 – Update on the Payroll Support Program – Let’s Push!

Monday, December 7, 2020 Update on the Payroll Support Program – Let’s Push! We are expecting an eventful two weeks in Washington as we approach the end of the year, in part because a government funding bill must be passed by Friday, December 11th, to avert a government shutdown. It is possible, and perhaps likely, Congress…

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12.07.20 – Thirty-Three Years Later: We Remember PSA Flight 1771

Monday, December 7, 2020 Thirty-Three Years Later: We Remember PSA Flight 1771 On December 7, 1987, PSA Flight 1771, a British Aerospace 146 aircraft, was scheduled to operate from Los Angeles to San Francisco. A recently terminated USAir employee, David Burke, boarded the aircraft in Los Angeles with a firearm. Onboard the aircraft that afternoon was Burke’s former manager,…

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12.06.20 – January LRD Closes Tomorrow

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Sunday, December 6, 2020 January LRD Closes Tomorrow The Lineholder/Reserve Designator (LRD) to preference either Lineholder or “Senior Bumping” onto Reserve will close tomorrow, Monday, December 7th at 1200 (CST). Remaining January Bidding Timelines In Solidarity, Brian Walsh APFA National Contract Chair contract@apfa.org Marti McMillan APFA National Scheduling Chair scheduling@apfa.org

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12.03.20 – Displacement/Priority Return: JCBA Section 22.H.4.

Thursday, December 3, 2020 Displacement/Priority Return: JCBA Section 22.H.4. Today, the APFA Executive Committee convened a Special Executive Committee Teleconference to discuss and approve a Letter of Agreement (LOA), which modifies the contractual language in JCBA Section 22.H.4. With the current JCBA language, if a Flight Attendant is displaced from a base for any reason, the priority…

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12.03.20 – Reserve Rotation Exception for RDU and STL Base Closures

Thursday, December 3, 2020 Reserve Rotation Exception for RDU and STL Base Closures Due to the unique circumstances with RDU and STL transitioning to satellite bases, APFA signed a Letter of Agreement for a one-time exception allowing RDU Flight Attendants who transfer to CLT and STL Flight Attendants who transfer to DFW for the February 2021 bid…

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12.03.20 – January LRD Now Open

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Thursday, December 3, 2020 January LRD Now Open The Lineholder/Reserve Designator (LRD) to preference either Lineholder or “Senior Bumping” onto Reserve is now open. If you believe your status is not correct, please contact the base planners at FA.planner@aa.com. When you log onto the Crew Portal, you will see the LRD in the bottom right-hand corner of the…

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12.02.20 – American Airlines Flight Attendant Union Applauds Service Animal Safety Enhancements

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Hartshorn, Jr. communications@apfa.org American Airlines Flight Attendant Union Applauds Service Animal Safety Enhancements (Euless, TX) – Today, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) applauded the Department of Transportation (DOT) for narrowing the definition of service animals allowed in the cabin of commercial aircraft. The…

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12.02.20 – APFA Applauds Service Animal Safety Enhancements

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 APFA Applauds Service Animal Safety Enhancements Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) narrowed the definition of service animals allowed in the cabin of commercial aircraft. The new rule’s central principle classifies a “service animal” as a dog trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a…

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12.01.20 – Upcoming Base Officer Elections

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Upcoming Base Officer Elections 2021 Base Office Election Timeline Candidate Town Hall Paperless Candidate Booklets Changing Bases on January 31, 2021? Update Your Address With APFA   Upcoming Base Officer Elections Since taking office in April, I have been working on updating and making changes to the balloting and candidate process.…

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11.30.20 – #ExtendPSP Update

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Monday, November 30, 2020 Hello Everyone, On October 1st of this year, 7,985 American Airlines Flight Attendants, 19,000 total American Airlines employees, and thousands more workers across the industry lost their jobs and healthcare amid a worldwide pandemic. In July, it became evident that travel demand was not going to return as quickly as planned,…

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11.28.20 – Rescheduling Obligations

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Rescheduling Obligations Recently, red flagged trips have been available almost every day. With the upcoming potential for winter weather events, rescheduling for Lineholders and Reserves could occur more frequently. Please look over the rescheduling language in JCBA Section 10.J. JCBA Section 10.J.3: Rescheduling After Report, but Prior to Sequence Origination JCBA…

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11.27.20 – Extend PSP Action Week Starts Monday

Friday, November 27, 2020 Save Our Jobs – Support the Economy! Next week will mark two months since American Airlines furloughed 7,985 APFA members. In addition, thousands of US aviation workers were also temporarily laid off due to the ongoing pandemic severely affecting the airline industry. With the US Presidential election behind us, we must demand that our…

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11.27.20 – Cabin Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)

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Friday, November 27, 2020 Cabin Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) What is Cabin ASAP? The American Airlines Cabin Aviation Safety Action Program (Cabin ASAP) is designed for Flight Attendants to report and the Company to identify and correct specific safety issues at American Airlines. The program provides a voluntary, cooperative, and non-punitive environment for the open self-reporting…

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11.26.20 – A Holiday Message to Our Furloughed Colleagues

Thursday, November 26, 2020 A Holiday Message to Our Furloughed Colleagues As we celebrate another Thanksgiving, many of us will be celebrating alone or in small groups. Some will be flying, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our colleagues no longer have the opportunity to fly. Though we may be apart now, please know…

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11.26.20 – A Holiday Message of Thanks

Thursday, November 26, 2020 A Holiday Message of Thanks 2020 has been a year of rapid-fire change for aviation workers. We have experienced changes in our work environment, changes to our schedules, and changes in how we interact with our families and friends. None of this has been easy- Flight Attendants and aviation workers at…

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11.25.20 – Positive Space Commuting Available Now Through Sunday

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Positive Space Commuting Available Now Through Sunday American will be providing round-trip, positive space travel from your commuter city to your base now through the holiday weekend. During normal hours, please contact your base Crew Service Center for booking. You must call at least 24 hours before departure of the flight…

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11.25.20 – Monthly Vacation Buyback Offered

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Monthly Vacation Buyback Offered Today, we were notified by American that, due to a number of factors, there will be staffing shortages throughout the holiday weekend. As a result, the Company will offer vacation buyback for the remainder of November and December 2020, as outlined in JCBA Section 8.F. A Letter of…

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11.22.20 – A Message from APFA National President Julie Hedrick

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Sunday, November 22, 2020 Hello Everyone, We continue to live and work in trying times. By now, we expected to see the rate of COVID-19 cases dropping; instead, we see just the opposite. Medical professionals and scientists guide us, and they are warning against holiday gatherings, which could affect air travel through the holidays and…

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11.22.20 – A Look Back at the Successful Evacuation of TWA Flight 427

Sunday, November 22, 2020 A Look Back at the Successful Evacuation of TWA Flight 427 On November 22, 1994, TWA Flight 427 was scheduled from St. Louis International Airport to Denver’s Stapleton International Airport. There were 132 passengers, five Flight Attendants, two Pilots, and one Flight Deck jumpseater aboard the MD-82 aircraft. As the MD-82…

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11.20.20 – 3-1-1 Liquid Rule

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Friday, November 20, 2020 3-1-1 Liquid Rule Recently, a social media post went viral with some incorrect information regarding upcoming changes to the current 3-1-1 liquid rule for Flight Attendants working domestic trips. There is currently no change to the 3-1-1 policy for domestic sequences within the Continental United States. However, Flight Attendants need to be more vigilant about 3-1-1…

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11.20.20 – Lineholder Sequence Pay Protection Exception for December 2020

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Friday, November 20, 2020 Lineholder Sequence Pay Protection Exception for December 2020 For the December bid month, APFA has secured pay protections for partial and full sequence COVID-19 cancellations. A list for all COVID-19 cancellations can be found on Jetnet > Flight Service > Crew Resources > Scheduling. The list will be updated routinely. If…

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11.19.20 – Red Flagged Sequences Now Offered in TTS

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 Red Flagged Sequences Now Offered in TTS The Company will now offer red flag flying within the Trip Trade System (TTS), giving you the ability to trade sequences on your schedule for a red flagged sequence. Previously, red-flagged sequences were only available via the Unsuccessful Bidder’s List (UBL). How will I…

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11.18.20 – Pandemic Leave Contact Tracing

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Pandemic Leave Contact Tracing If you test positive for COVID-19 and have flown a trip within 48 hours of symptoms or a positive test result, it is crucial to speak with the Premise Doctor so that your fellow crew members may be notified, removed from their trips, and quarantined. Your crew members must…

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