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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

2004 Hotlines

12.31.04 – (LAA) – Trigger Training, Buy on Board, System Board of Adjustment, Presidential Base Visits, APFA Leadership Summit,Pension and Retirement Rumors

Hello this APFA Vice President Brett Durkin with the APFA Hotline for December 31, 2004. There are several items on my agenda this week. Although this has been a short week it has been a busy one. My department has been meeting with the Company for several months to create a process which would allow…

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12.24.04 – (LAA) – Sick List, Skyword, 2005 Member Opinion Survey, Furlough Rumors

Good morning, this is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President, it is Christmas morning and this is an update to this week’s APFA Hotline. This morning I have spoken to both Heidi Prayon, DCA Vice Chair and APFA’s current officer-on-duty, as well as Greg Fritz, senior scheduler-on-duty, they have both informed me of the following information. Currently…

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12.17.04 – (LAA) – AFA-CWA Candelight Vigil, Headquarters Becomes Smoke Free, Legislative Action Task Force, US Airways Reaches Tentatve Agreement

This is Cathy Lukensmeyer, APFA Treasurer. Today is Friday, December 17, and you’ve reached the APFA hotline. This week’s highlight was the AFA-CWA Candelight Vigil and Rally in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. All four APFA National Officers, members of the Executive Committee, many Base Chairs and Vice Chairs and Flight Attendants from across the system…

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12.10.04 – (LAA) – AFA-CWA Candle Light Vigil, Flight Attendant Fatigue, Leadership Summit, Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging AA/APFA 2001 Seniority Integration Agreement

This is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President. Today is Friday, December 10th, and you have reached the APFA Weekly Hotline. On Tuesday, December 14th, your APFA officers along with other APFA representatives will be a part of a candle light vigil and march showing our solid support for the United and US Airways Flight Attendants. The…

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12.03.04 – (LAA) – TWA Seniority Lawsuit Dismissed, Leadership Summit, AFA-CWA Candlelight Vigil, Election Procedures TAsk Force

This is Greg Hildreth, APFA Secretary, with the APFA Hotline. Today is Friday, December 3, 2004. Today marks the 100th day that Tommie, Brett, Cathy and I have been working together for our Union. I would like to recap what we have been able to accomplish or are in the process of completing during our…

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11.30.04 – (LAA) – Judge Nina Gershon’s Ruling to Dismiss the TWA Seniority Lawsuit

This is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President, with an update to this week’s hotline. Today is November 30, 2004 and on today’s date in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York, Judge Nina Gershon’s 22 page ruling was forwarded to the parties involved. Judge Gershon has granted the motions of both…

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11.26.04 – (LAA) – TWA Seniority Lawsuit, AFA-CWA Candlelight Vigil, Executive Committee Meeting, US Airways Files Section 1113 Motion in Bankruptcy Court, United Airlines Pilots Offered Pay Cut

This is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President, with an update to this week’s hotline. Today is November 30, 2004 and on today’s date in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York, Judge Nina Gershon’s 22 page ruling was forwarded to the parties involved. Judge Gershon has granted the motions of both…

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11.19.04 – (LAA) – VP’s Office Responsibilities Overview, 737 Staffing Presidential Grievance, Returning Furloughees to LGA, DCA, and STL

Hello, this is APFA Vice President Brett Durkin with this week’s Hotline for the week ending November 19, 2004. I would like to begin by giving you a quick overview of my office. The Vice President’s Department is responsible for the administration of the System Board of Adjustment which has jurisdiction over the grievance process.…

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11.12.04 – (LAA) – AA Flight 587 Crash Anniversary, American Airlines’ Attendance Control Policy, Delta Pilots Ratify Concession Agreement, US Airways File Application to Regject the Bargaining Agreements Between CWA, the IAM, and FAs Represented by AFA

This is Michelle Nasca, JFK Base Chair, with a special Hotline message for Friday November 12, 2004. Today marks the third anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Belle Harbor, NY. While three years seem like an eternity considering the length of time we’ve had to live without our friends and loved…

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11.05.04 – (LAA) – Presidential Base Visits, NTSB Sunshine Hearings for Flight 587, More Recalls, Retirement Seminars

Hello, this is Tommie Hutto-Blake and this is the APFA Hotline for Friday, November 05, 2004. This week I will be discussing moving beyond the national elections and refocusing on our industry and our jobs, the challenges that we face on AA’s property as labor & management struggle to chart a different path, my upcoming…

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10.29.04 – (LAA) – Skyword, Election Day, Duty Free Commissions, Four-month Leave of Absence Proffer, FA FAA Certification, Health Benefits

Hello, this is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President, and this is the APFA Hotline for Friday, October 29. This week I will be discussing APFA’s most recent publication – Skyword, and Election Day – Tuesday, November 2, 2004. I hope you have taken the time to review the current Skyword – our union’s quarterly publication mailed…

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10.22.04 – AA’s 3rd Quarter Losses, Reasons for FA Recalls, Communicatioin Among Unions, Stepped up FAA Actions, Base Visits

Hello, this is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President, and this is the APFA Hotline for Friday, October 22nd. This week I will be discussing AA’s 3rd Quarter losses, the reasons behind current flight attendant recalls, the importance of communication among the three unions on AA’s property, stepped up FAA actions, and upcoming base visits. By now…

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10.16.04 – (LAA) – Joint Labor Management Test, Register to Vote, Understaffed Flights, JFK Base VC Ballot Count, Buy on Board Test Flight, Unpaid Leave

Good Morning – it is Saturday, October 16 @ 9am CST – this is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President, and this is a Special Update to this week’s APFA Hotline. Today we are announcing a Joint Labor Management test agreement to be effective November 1, 2004. Beginning with the November bid month international duty free bid…

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10.08.04 – (LAA) – Recall of More FAs, Buy on Board Task Force Meetings, Skyword, Chicago to Shanghai Route

Hello, this is Tommie Hutto-Blake, president of APFA, and this is the APFA hotline for Friday, October 8th. Before I begin to share the APFA week’s events I would like to proffer some thoughts to each and every member of our union. Today, I find myself the president of a union with many challenges. As…

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10.01.04 – (LAA) – Recall Notices, Hurricane Jeanne, New APFA Website, Chicago to Shanghai Route, Annual Health Benefits Enrollment

Hello, This is APFA President Tommie Hutto-Blake with a HotLine update for Friday, October 1st. The big news this week is the recall of 610 of our furloughed flight attendants. To our members who have received recall notices, we look forward to welcoming you back to the line on November 17th. The most junior flight…

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9.28.04 – (LAA) – Recall Notices in the Mail, SAN Satellite Base Test

Today is Tuesday, September 28, 2004 and this is an important update for APFA members. This is Tommie Hutto-Blake, President of APFA. AA and APFA are officially announcing on today’s date that recall notices are in the mail to 610 formally furloughed AA Flight Attendants. Foremost, I want to welcome back these APFA members who…

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9.24.04 – (LAA) – AA Announces Application for Chicago to Shanghai Route, 777 Arbitration Award Payout on Schedule, TWA Seniority Integration Agreement

Hello, this is APFA President Tommie Hutto-Blake with a hotline update for Friday, Sept. 24. Today is day 30 of my first 100 days in office and I am pleased to report to you the progress that my team and I have made during week four. You will find a posting of our total progress…

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9.17.04 – (LAA) – EC Meeting, John Kerry Endorsement, Bird Strike, Unite Here Hotel Workers, USAir Declares Bankruptcy

Good Evening. This is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President with the APFA HotLine for Friday, September 17, 2004. The APFA Executive Committee met and convened a three-day session beginning Tuesday of this past week. This regular Quarterly Meeting will continue on Thursday, September 23rd at the Radisson DFW. All members in good standing are invited to…

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9.16.04 – (LAA) – National Coordinator Confirmations

This is Leslie Mayo in APFA Communications. We would like to welcome the following Flight Attendants who were confirmed by the APFA Executive Committee as National Coordinators to serve the remainder of the term ending April 30, 2006: Safety Coordinator – Lonny Glover (ORD) Contract Coordinator – Brent Peterson (JFK) Health Coordinator – Patty French…

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9.10.04 – (LAA) – National Coordinator Confirmations, Remembering 9/11, Coordinator Summits, Short-Term Manning Problem, TWA Seniority Integration

This is Leslie Mayo in APFA Communications. We would like to welcome the following Flight Attendants who were confirmed by the APFA Executive Committee as National Coordinators to serve the remainder of the term ending April 30, 2006: Safety Coordinator – Lonny Glover (ORD) Contract Coordinator – Brent Peterson (JFK) Health Coordinator – Patty French…

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9.03.04 – (LAA) – Hurricane Frances, LOA Allowing for Temporary Use of Volunteer International Flight Attendants for Domestic Flying, MIC Procedures, TWA-LLC Certificate

Good evening, this is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President with the APFA HotLine for Friday, September 3, 2004. First off – our thoughts today are with those of you on the Florida Coast as you do everything possible to stay out of harm’s way while Mother Nature gives our industry and your communities some serious challenges.…

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9.01.04 – (LAA) – Long Layover Location in Paris Downtown, Open Time Coverage

This is Tommie Hutto-Blake, APFA President with a Hotline update. Today is Wednesday, September 1, 2004. APFA is pleased to announce that due to the actions of you, the membership and the many union representatives who got involved for a positive change, we have secured a downtown hotel for all long layovers in Paris effective…

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8.27.04 – (LAA) – NBC Retrieved WTS Notifications, Terry Drew Karanen Elected VC at NY LGA, Catt Napper Elected VC at MIA, Elections for VC at JFK

This is Leatha Harding-Berry with the APFA National Ballot Committee. Today is August 27th, 2004. The APFA National Ballot Committee retrieved Willingness-to-Serve Notifications on Wednesday, August 25th, for the position of Vice Chairperson at JFK, LGA, MIA and SFO. Terry Drew Karanen has been duly elected Vice Chairperson at New York La Guardia. Catt Napper…

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8.25.04 – (LAA) – Tommie Hutton-Blake Installed as APFA President

This is Liz Geiss, national communications coordinator with a special hotline update for August 25, 2004. Today the APFA Board of Directors acted on a recommendation by the US Department of Labor to consider an appropriate response to the DOL’s findings. In a unanimous vote, the APFA Board of Directors installed Tommie Hutto-Blake as APFA…

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8.20.04 – (LAA) – DOL Expresses Position that Tommie Hutto-Blake Should be Installed as President of APFA, WTS Notifications for APFA VC at JFK, LGA, MIA, and SFO Due Date, FA Fatigue, Safety Audit by Dept of Homeland Security, Retirement Made Easy

Hello everyone, this is Michael Truan, DFW InfoRep Captain with the APFA Hotline for Friday August 20, 2004. As was previously reported on this Hotline, the Department of Labor recently counted 16 additional ballots for the position of APFA President. This resulted in a change in the outcome of the election. On the basis of…

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