Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

2008 Hotlines

8.15.08 – (LAA) – Flight 31 Returning to LAX, Negotiations Continue, Mobilize to Maximize,AA Accelerates Fleet Renewal Plan, AA Unvails 757 with Pink Ribbon

This is the APFA weekly HotLine update for August 15, 2008. In a press release on August 13, American Airlines announced that it had “determined that oil residue heated by the engine caused Flight 31, bound from Los Angeles to Honolulu, to return to Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 5. The odor of the…

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8.11.08 – (LAA) – Ballot results for ORD and JFK Vice Chair Elections

Ballot count results for ORD and JFK Vice Chair elections Today, August 11, 2008, the APFA National Ballot Committee, in conjunction with the Whitley Penn Accounting Firm, certified the results of the Chicago Domestic and JFK Vice Chairperson ballot counts. The results are as follows: At Chicago Domestic: Debbie Dent received 572 votes and Carolyn…

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8.07.08 – (LAA) – Flight 31 Out of LAX Evacuation, Mobilize to Maximize, APA Submits Proposal to American Managment on Ways to Deal with Expected Jobs Overages

APFA weekly HotLine update for August 7, 2008. Flight Attendants have once again proved their mettle as safety professionals when five of our members, based at LAX-I, evacuated American Airlines flight 31 after it returned to Los Angeles not long after departing for Honolulu on Tuesday, August 5. Crew and passengers had complained of smoke…

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8.05.08 – (LAA) – WTS mailed to LGA, SFO-I, Ballots for ORD and JFK Due by 8.11.08

Special notice for members in LGA, SFO-I, ORD and JFK from the APFA National Ballot Committee This is a special notice from the APFA National Ballot Committee. Today is August 5, 2008. In accordance with Article VI, Sections 8.B. and 8.C. of the APFA Constitution, today, Willingness-to-Serve Notifications for LGA Vice Chair and SFO-I Chair…

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8.01.08 – (LAA) – 753 Overage Leaves Awarded, Mobilize to Maximize, Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act

APFA weekly HotLine update for August 1, 2008 As announced in a Special News Update on July 29, the recent Overage Leave proffer, along with the VBRs awarded the previous week, have fully absorbed the Flight Attendant manning overage projected for the fall. Therefore, none of our members will be furloughed effective August 31. A…

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7.29.08 – (LAA) – Overage Leave Proffer Results with be Posted, Base Breakdown of Awarded Overage Leaves

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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7.25.08 – (LAA) – AA Announces Results of Voluntary Bridge to Retirement, Judge Decides in Favor of APFA with Regard to the Restructuring Participation Agreement, ORD-D and JFK Elections, WINGS

This is the APFA weekly HotLine update for July 25, 2008. On July 23, the Company announced the results of the Voluntary Bridge to Retirement. A total of 307 active Flight Attendants were awarded the VBR. In addition, 61 Flight Attendants who have been in an inactive status for over 6 months were awarded the…

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7.23.08 – (LAA) – VBR Results Announced, Restructuring Participation Agreement Decision

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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7.18.08 – (LAA) – Deadlines for Volunatry Options Approaching, AMR Announced Earnings, WINGS

Following is the APFA weekly HotLine update for July 18, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. As of the date of this HotLine, the deadlines for participation in three of the voluntary options intended to reduce the need for furloughs are just days away. The deadline for electing the Voluntary Bridge to Retirement,…

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7.10.08 – (LAA) – Voluntary Options Available to Mitigate Potential Furloughs, APFA Dues Q&A’s

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for Thursday, July 10. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. Questions are pouring in regarding the voluntary options currently available to help mitigate potential furloughs faced by the 900 most junior of our members. Most inquiries concern the Voluntary Bridge to Retirement. Also called the VBR,…

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7.02.08 – (LAA) – AA Delivers WARN Letter to Most Junior Flight Attendants, Reduction in Force

This is an APFA HotLine update for Wednesday, July 2. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. Due to the reduction in our fleet and flights previously announced by the company for later this year, American Airlines has delivered to APFA a “WARN” letter advising that the 900 most junior U.S. based Flight Attendants are…

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6.27.08 – (LAA) – Glading Announces Immediate Relief Talks with American, AA Details Further Capacity Cuts, 2008 System Seniority Shuffle Complete, Last Five Days of the Month Reminder, Presidential Grievance over Docking Guidance System

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update for June 27, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. President Laura Glading recorded a special HotLine update Thursday evening to announce that the immediate relief talks held with American over the last three weeks concluded without an agreement. Now more than ever your attendance at…

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6.26.08 – Relief Talks Conclude without Agreement, Mobilize to Maximize

This is President Laura Glading with a special HotLine update for Thursday, June 26. This evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. CDT, after three weeks of intense negotiations, the immediate relief talks concluded without an agreement. The APFA Negotiating Team worked tirelessly to achieve improvements that recognize the contributions and sacrifices Flight Attendants make every day.…

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6.23.08 – (LAA) – WTS Notifications Picked up for ORD-D, JFK, LAX-I, MIA-I, and SFO-I, Heidi Sakacs Elected VC for LAX-I

Vice Chair Election This is Linda Herod-Rivas with the APFA National Ballot Committee. Today, June 23, 2008, the National Ballot Committee picked up the Willingness-to-Serve Notifications for the Vice Chair position at Chicago Domestic, JFK, Los Angeles International, Miami International and San Francisco International. Heidi Sakacs is the new duly-elected Vice Chair for Los Angeles…

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6.19.08 – (LAA) – Upcoming Road Shows, FMLA, National Defense Authorization Act, Docking Guidance System, Benefits, When do I Go Illegal?

You have reached the APFA weekly HotLine update. Today is June 19, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. Watch your mail in the next few days for an important message from your APFA Negotiating Team in the form of a flyer featuring the dates, times and locations for road shows coming to each…

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6.13.08 – (LAA) – When do I Go Illegal?, Intensive Bargaining with AA, New Attendance Policy, Liquid Restriction Policy at Heathrow

You have reached the APFA HotLine for June 13, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. As announced earlier by APFA President Laura Glading, on June 10 your APFA Negotiating Team began a three-week period of intensive bargaining with American Airlines. If you havenít yet heard the message, you may do so by choosing…

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6.06.08 – (LAA) – Negotiations Continue, AA New $15 Bag Check Fee, Liquid Restriction Policy in Heathrow, Stowing of Blankets

You have reached the APFA HotLine for June 6, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. On June 4, President Laura Glading recorded a special negotiations update to all members regarding the June 3rd briefing by the Negotiating Team to the APFA Board of Directors. The team explained the Union’s strategy for the next…

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6.04.08 – Negotiations Update

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE for June 4, 2008 from APFA President Laura Glading Yesterday, June 3, the Negotiating Team met with the APFA Board of Directors to provide a briefing on the June and July schedule for bargaining and membership actions. On June 10, we will exchange our opening proposals with management and devote the rest of…

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5.30.08 – AA Announces Route Cancellations, Heathrow Liquid Restriction Policy, Docking Guidance System

You have reached the APFA HotLine for May 30, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. Earlier this week, the company announced several planned route cancellations in what it termed an “initial round of capacity reductions.” Your local and national Union leadership recognizes that Flight Attendants system-wide are concerned about how these and other…

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5.21.08 – (LAA) – APFA Members Demand Resignation of AMR’s Top Executives, FMLA

This is the APFA HotLine for May 21, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. This morning, APFA members were out in force to demand the resignation of AMR’s top executives at the AMR Shareholders’ meeting held at American’s FlagShip University in Fort Worth, TX. Uniformed Flight Attendants and Pilots from around our system…

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5.20.08 – (LAA) – Call to Action

Decline/Resign – CALL TO ACTION! This is an important reminder to all APFA members who will be in the DFW area on Wednesday, May 21. Continuing with our efforts launched in early April, President Laura Glading has recently sent a letter to each AMR Board Member urging them to demand the resignation of the top…

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5.15.08 – (LAA) – Picketing AMR Shareholders Meeting, Increase in Calls about OE Trips, Stowing of Blankets, Docking Guidance System, On-Board Retail Sales, WINGS Foundation

This is the APFA HotLine for May 15, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, National Communications Coordinator. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 21 for APFA’s picketing and protest at the AMR Shareholder’s meeting in the DFW area. We will picket alongside our APA pilots as we continue our “Decline! / Resign!” campaign. Check the “Picketing…

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5.08.08 – (LAA) – Tell Your Neotiators What you Want, 3% Wage Increase

You’ve reached the APFA HotLine for May 8, 2008. This is Frank Bastien, APFA National Communications Coordinator. Our collective bargaining process moves steadily along as your APFA Negotiating Team continues its work in preparation for the June 10 start of talks with American. Please continue to send your suggestions to the APFA Team by clicking…

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5.02.08 – (LAA) – Negotiating Team Prepares for Meetings with AA, Eos Ceases Operations, AA Charges Passengers $25 to Check Second Bag, AA Loses SkyCaps Lawsuit at BOS, Pay Protections

You’ve reached the APFA HotLine for Friday, May 2. This is Frank Bastien, APFA National Communications Coordinator. Your APFA Negotiating team met with the Company on Wednesday to plan a schedule for future meetings. Formal talks are now set to begin June 10 while in the meantime the APFA Team continues their extensive preparation work.…

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4.23.08 – (LAA) Arpey’s “Dear Fellow Employee” Letter

This is Jeff Pharr, member of the contract negotiating team, with a special hotline update for April 23, 2008 AMR’s top executives continue to show their profound lack of management skills. In his “Dear Fellow Employee” letter dated April 16th, Gerard Arpey maintains that, American’s – “financial momentum has been aggravated by a series of…

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