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Phase 3

During Strike! Full-On or Intermittent Strikes

Leading up to and during a strike, American management may attempt the following:

  • Portray tactics by the Union as illegal.
  • Attempt to intimidate Flight Attendants into crossing picket lines and erode the unity of the Flight Attendants.
  • Attempt to bargain directly with APFA members to break solidarity. This may include town halls, Facebook lives, and direct communications such as emails or phone calls.
  • Hire SCABs to replace Flight Attendants.
  • Lock out employees from being able to access the workplace or IT systems (including Crew Portal, Jetnet, etc.)
  • Impose work rules. This may include wages, benefits, scheduling rules, or any other provisions they deem necessary.
  • Offer incentives, such as transfers, extra pay, bonuses, etc.
  • Launch a PR/communication campaign to garner sympathy for the company with the traveling public, especially our most frequent fliers. This may include remarks about what management is offering at the bargaining table.
  • Collect your ID / EFB. If requested to turn these items over, ask for a receipt. Document the date, time, and name of the individual who collected the items.

There is no limit to the intimidation tactics that management may use to garner sympathy for the company and portraying Flight Attendants as unreasonable. It is important to remember that Solidarity is our greatest strength.

Full-On Strike

Boarding

If boarding has commenced when the strike is called, use the following PA to request that passengers deplane. DO NOT VIOLATE MIN CREW REQUIREMENT!

“We regret to inform you that American Airlines management has failed to reach an agreement with the Flight Attendants. We are now forced to withdraw our services. We are very sorry for the inconvenience American Airlines has caused. Please gather all of your personal belongings and deplane at this time. An agent will be available to answer your questions.”

Should any member of management confront you, assert your legal right to strike without hesitation:

“My Union has called a strike and I am exercising my legal right to strike.”

If management persists, remind them that “interfering with my legal right to strike is against the law.” Do not engage in debate or arguments and withdraw from the conversation.

Inflight

If you are actively working a flight at the time the strike commences, complete your duties only up until the next landing point.

  • DO NOT discuss your intention to strike with the passengers.
  • Upon deplaning all passengers, exit the aircraft and leave the company premises without engaging with management. Ensure your crew stays together.
  • Upon arrival, DO NOT VIOLATE MINIMUM CREW REQUIREMENT!

You are not obligated to contact management to inform them you are on
strike.

Should any member of management confront you, assert your legal right to strike without hesitation:

“My Union has called a strike and I am exercising my legal right to strike.” If management persists, remind them that “interfering with my legal right to strike is against the law.”

Do not engage in debate or arguments and withdraw from the conversation.

On Layover

Please be sure to get each other’s contact information in event of strike. Your crew is your support during this time.

Domestic Layover (including Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands)

Do not report to the airport to work. You will need to leave your company-paid hotel room at your originally scheduled report time. If management or crew scheduling attempts to contact you, you are not obligated to answer the call or respond.

Make plans to get home. Coordinate with fellow crewmembers at your location to arrange alternative accommodations and transportation, such as other airlines or rental cars. Collaboration in sharing expenses and resources will be necessary to help Flight Attendants return home.

On a layover/sit in a foreign country* (excluding only Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands): Your strike will begin when you land on U.S. soil. If you continue to work after your flight lands on U.S. soil, you will be considered a SCAB.

*Mexico and Canada are considered foreign countries.

Training

If you are attending training when a full-on strike is called, leave the premises immediately. Should any member of management confront you, assert your legal right to strike without hesitation:

“My Union has called a strike and I am exercising my legal right to strike.” If management persists, remind them that “interfering with my legal right to strike is against the law.”

Do not engage in debate or arguments and withdraw from the conversation.

Collaborate with fellow classmates to arrange alternative accommodations or transportation. If you are scheduled for training, DO NOT attend training when a strike is called.

CQ and New Hire Instructors

You are expected to join the picket line and strike with your coworkers. If you do not join, you will be considered a SCAB.

Off-Duty / On a Day Off

If a full-on strike is declared and you are off duty, do not go to work or set foot on company premises for any reason aside from actively participating on picket line.

Vacation and Personal Leaves (Educational, Cadet Program, etc.)

Based on prior experience, management will most likely cancel all personal leaves and vacations prior to a strike deadline. Management will attempt to contact anyone on such leave or vacation by all means possible. Please contact local strike coordinator to join the pick line. You do not need to contact management to inform you will be exercising your legal right to strike.

Intermittent Strike

Intermittent strikes are designed to make it difficult for management to deploy replacement workers by using the element of surprise.

On Duty When an Intermittent Strike is Called (at Base or on Layover):

If you are chosen to participate in an intermittent strike action, report to your flight as usual. Just before boarding, tell the agent that the flight will not be operating. The Union will give the company notice at approximately the same time. Stick with your crew and gather your bags and leave the aircraft and leave the gate area all together.

Should any member of management confront you, assert your legal right to strike without hesitation:

“My Union has called a strike and I am exercising my legal right to strike.” If management persists, remind them that “interfering with my legal right to strike is against the law.”

Do not engage in debate or arguments and withdraw from the conversation.

If you have not been chosen to participate in an intermittent strike action, work your flight as scheduled.

Off-duty/On a Day Off When an Intermittent Strike is Called

In the case of an intermittent strike, while off duty, remain fully connected through APFA communication channels. Remember, for an intermittent strike, only APFA Leadership will know which flights will be part of the strike actions. You may be called upon to strike American Airlines in the future.

After you have informed management you are on strike, make plans to get home. Coordinate with fellow crewmembers at your location to arrange alternative accommodations and transportation, such as other airlines or rental cars. Collaboration in sharing expenses and resources will be necessary to help Flight Attendants return home.

Phase 3 Checklist

Please refer to each strike section for detailed actions depending on the strike type. If you have any questions, please contact the Strike Command Center. Download Printable Checklists and Strike Preparedness List

  • DO NOT VIOLATE MINIMUM CREW.

  • Please keep all interactions with passengers, agents and management professional.

  • Stay together with your crew, and ensure you exchange each other’s contact information before the start of the trip. This is a time for us to stand united and support each other.

  • Do not use ID travel or non-rev while on strike to return home.

  • DO NOT CALL IN SICK. That would be considered medical SCABbing.

  • Join the picket line and offer support.

Insurance, Travel, Benefits, Leaves & Retirement

What happens to my insurance?

Your coverage will continue under COBRA. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time.

Can I apply for COBRA?

A COBRA notice will be mailed to your address on file with AA. The employer has 45 days to offer you COBRA. This enrollment notice may come directly from the employer or a third-party administrator AA may use to manage health insurance continuation. This notice will tell you how much COBRA insurance will cost and how to apply.

Can I call in sick instead of going on strike?

No. If you call in sick instead of going on strike (including FMLA), you will be considered a SCAB.

What happens to my travel benefits?

Expect that all travel and related benefits will not be available during a strike, including your travel companions, dependents and D3 travelers. This would include OAL travel on other airlines.

What will happen to my 401(k) or any 401(k) loans during a strike?

Your 401(k) will remain intact. Management does not have direct access to your 401(k) account. If you have any outstanding loans, you should contact Fidelity to make arrangements to continue payment on any 401(k)-related loans should we go on strike.

APFA Headquarters
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Phone: (817) 540-0108

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After-Hours Live Chat
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APFA Events

Virtual Quarterly Membership Meeting – July 11

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Virtual Quarterly Membership Meeting – July 11

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Virtual Quarterly Membership Meeting – July 11

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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