Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

2008 Hotlines

7.23.08 – (LAA) – Special APFA News Update

Special APFA News Update for July 23, 2008 VBR results have been announced and there has been a long-awaited decision regarding the remaining lawsuits filed over the Restructuring Participation Agreement. First, the VBR: This morning the company announced the results of the Voluntary Bridge to Retirement. A total of 307 active Flight Attendants were awarded…

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7.29.08 – (LAA) – Special APFA News Update

Special APFA News Update for July 29, 2008. APFA is pleased to announce that, based on the Overage Leave proffer results, none of our members will be furloughed effective August 31, 2008. This is great news for all APFA members. Results of the Overage Leave proffer will be posted on the Flight Service website. Meantime,…

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12.26.08 – (LAA) – Uniform, Leave of Absence Proffer,Base Representation Elections, A300 Qualification Drop, Last Five Days of the Month, Hotel Emenities, Personal Leaves of Absence, Family Leave, VTF, De-Icing Pay

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for December 26, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. As we near the end of the year 2008, a few deadlines are approaching which bear reminders. UNIFORM ORDERING First, uniform points: Remember that your allotted uniform points will not carry-over from one year to the…

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12.19.08 – (LAA) – APFA and AA File Jointly for Federal Mediation, VTF Test, De-icing Pay, Madrid, Fatigue Survey, Remember November, Base Elections

This is APFA President Laura Glading and today is December 19. While progress has been made on minor issues toward a contract, APFA and American Airlines filed jointly today for federal mediation. APFA decided to file for mediation when it was reported the final contract offer on the table from AMR to the Transport Workers…

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12.12.08 – (LAA) – Contract Talks with American Resume, UAL Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement, Fatigue Survey, Base Elections

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, December 12, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. CHANGES IN WASHINGTON APFA President Laura Glading was present in Washington, DC on Thursday, Dec 11, responding to an invitation to meet with those members of U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama’s transition team responsible for preparing…

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12.05.08 – (LAA) – Base Elections, Fuel Prices, Fatigue Survey, LHR Customs Clearance

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for Friday, December 5, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. BASE REPRESENTATIVE ELECTION PROCESS BEGINS The current terms of service for your local APFA Base Chair, Vice Chair and Operation Council Representatives (OCRs) will end on March 31, 2009. Notifications of Willingness-to-Serve for these positions…

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11.26.08 – (LAA) – Last 5 Days of the Month, EC Meeting, Wings Foundation

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for Wednesday, November 26, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. LAST FIVE DAYS OF THE MONTH Thanksgiving Day, November 27, begins the last five days of the contractual month of November, which runs through December 1. Flight Attendants who experience an Illegality or Cancellation during…

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11.21.08 – (LAA) – 1993 Strike Anniversary, JetBlue Pilots Moving Towards Unionization, Health Benefits

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for November 21, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. APFA FLIGHT ATTENDANTS IN THE NEWS APFA Flight Attendants captured the headlines this week in many major media markets as we publicly celebrated the 15th anniversary of our ground breaking and airline grounding strike of 1993…

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11.18.08 – (LAA) – 1993 Strike Anniversary

Special APFA HotLine Remember November alert – 11.18.08 In honor of the 15th anniversary of the strike of November 18, 1993, there is a special video and slide show on the APFA web site showing many special moments during this historic event. The slide shows (organized by base) and the videos are open to all…

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11.14.08 – (LAA) – 1993 Strike Anniversary, Neogtiations Continue, Fatigue Study, Customs Searches

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for November 14, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. REMEMBRANCES We begin this week’s HotLine update with a moment of reflection on two dates, one of which is of particular meaning to our members. The first, November 11, was Veteran’s Day in the U.S. On…

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11.07.08 – (LAA) – National Elections, Negotiations Progress, Customs Searches

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for November 7, 2008. This is DFW based Flight Attendant Brenda McKenzie. ELECTION RESULTS News this week was dominated by the U.S. National elections on November 4. Following the results, airline industry analysts are openly wondering what the Barack Obama presidency will mean for the airlines and…

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10.31.08 – (LAA) – Preseident’s Message, Negotiations, Justice Dpt Approves Delta and Northwest Merger, National Election Day, 1993 Strike Anniversary

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for October 31, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. PRESIDENTíS MESSAGE In a special message recorded on Thursday, October 30, APFA President Laura Glading addressed the membership with a report on the Fall 2008 Convention and an appeal toward continued unity among APFA members. Praising…

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10.30.08 – (LAA) – President Laura Glading Asks Membership for Support of Union Leaders, Negotiators, and Fellow FAs

Special Address to the Membership – 10.30.08 This is APFA President Laura Glading. Last week, October 21st through the 23rd, the APFA Board of Directors met at the Fall 2008 Convention to conduct two days of meetings followed by a full day of training. The four National Officers and the 18 voting members of the…

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10.25.08 – (LAA) – 2008 Fall BOD Convention, 2009 Health Benefits Enrollment, Contract Negotiations, EC Endorses Barack Obama for President

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for October 25, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. The Fall 2008 APFA Board Convention, the first under our new APFA leadership and since the start of negotiations, concluded Wednesday night October 22 after two days of business. Negotiations strategy was discussed at length, with…

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10.17.08 – (LAA) – AA Earnings, Continental and Southwest Report Losses, AMR Plans to Purchase 787 Dreamliner Aircrafts

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for October 17, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. We have come to that time yet again when airlines report earnings for the previous quarter, this time the 3rd quarter of 2008, the three-month period of July, August and September. AMR was among the first…

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10.15.08 – (LAA) – LGA Vice Chairperson Election Results

Special HotLine Update for October 15, 2008 LGA Vice Chairperson election results This is Linda Herod-Rivas, Chairperson of the APFA National Ballot Committee. The National Ballot Committee, in conjunction with Whitley Penn and Associates, has certified the results of the LGA Vice Chairperson election. Willie Aviles received 345 votes and Joey McFadden received 385 votes.…

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10.10.08 – (LAA) – PAX for PAX Campaign, BOD Meeting, Wings Foundation, MOU signed for the Cabin ASAP Program

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for October 10, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. If you happened to pass through DFW, LAX, LGA or MIA on October 10, you might have noticed your APFA InfoReps at work, bringing a targeted negotiations campaign right to our passengers. Called “PAX for PAX”…

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10.08.08 – (LAA) – InfoReps Partcipating in Targeted Campaign at DFW, MIA, LGA, and LAX (Pax for Pax)

On Friday, October 10, beginning at 11 A.M. local time, APFA InfoReps will be participating in a targeted campaign at DFW, MIA, LGA and LAX. As stated during the Mobilize to Maximize Road Shows in July, the need for public support is essential during any negotiations. Although we are starting out on a somewhat smaller,…

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10.03.08 – (LAA) – APFA Leadership Met with APFA and TWU, Negotiations Continue, 2009 Benefits Enrollment, WINGS

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for October 3, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. On Wednesday, October 1, your APFA leadership met with officials of both the Allied Pilots Association and the Transport Workers Union. The three unions have pledged to combine efforts to obtain new contracts for their members.…

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9.26.08 – (LAA) – 2009 Benefits Enrollment, APFA Endorses Barack Obama, Last Five Days of the Month, LGA Vice Chair Election, Retirment Seminars at LGA and JFK, Scheduling and Reserve Survey, Tax Payer Bailout of US Financial Industry, Wings

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for September 26, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. The talk in Washington and around the nation this week centered on a possible taxpayer bailout of the U.S. financial industry. An important part of any proposal, and one that has been suggested by players on…

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9.19.08 – (LAA) – APFA Endorses Barack Obama, Scheduling and Reserve Survey, APA Claims Breach in Scope Clause, WINGS, Gulf Coast Storms, Vacation Accrual, Language Drop Proffer Open

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for September 19, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. In a resolution passed September 15 during the second quarterly meeting of 2008, the APFA Executive Committee unanimously endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama for U.S. President in the upcoming national elections. In a letter to the…

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9.12.08 – (LAA) – Negotiating Team Trades Openers with Management, Scheduling and Reserve Survey is Available, 9/11 Rememberances, IAM Call Strike Against Boeing, Excessive Cabin Heat, Lav Odor, Presidential Grievance about 757, National Elections Approac

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for September 12, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. Your APFA Negotiating Team traded openers with management on Tuesday, September 10 and will continue contract bargaining next week. President Laura Glading began by reading aloud a letter in which she stated to the Company: “The…

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9.05.08 – (LAA) – Scheduling and Reserve Survey Available, APFA/APA/TWU Issue Press Release Affirming Commitment to Pressure AA to Restore Lost Wagers, Debbie Maitland Roland to Lay Wreat at 9/11 Pentago Memorial Dedication, AA Seeks Permission from Fed R

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for September 5, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. The APFA Negotiating Team’s Scheduling and Reserve Survey has been available for a week and already over 3,000 of our members have clicked on the link in their personal email invitations and sent in their answers…

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8.29.08 – (LAA) – Mobilize to Maximize, Scheduling and Reserve Survey, FA’s Depart who Elected the Voluntary Bridge to Retirement, Benefits Enrollment Opens, OL Begins Aug 31

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for August 29, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. As explained in the Mobilize to Maximize meetings in July, the APFA Negotiating Team will be undertaking a number of surveys of the membership. Earlier this week an invitation to take the APFA Negotiating Team’s Scheduling…

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8.22.08 – (LAA) – Scheduling and Reserve Hotline in Production, Negotiations Page Updated, United Airlines will Reduce Staffing,Spanair Crash

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for August 22, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. The Negotiations page of the APFA website is updated with a discussion of another Hot Topic. This time it’s “Trip Parking, the moving of a trip off a Flight Attendant’s schedule in order to become eligible…

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