Rest Now: It’s About Safety, Health and Equality.

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Rest Now: It’s About Safety, Health and Equality.September 20, 2018The House and Senate committee leadership are talking right now to determine whether they can agree on a long-term FAA Reauthorization bill to be adopted before the September 30, 2018 extension deadline. 

While not yet certain, there is a good chance Congress will actually pass a bill before the end of the month. So this is it! Here in DC we are working all of our internal channels to make this a success for us, but the reality is that the committee Republican leadership in the Senate is working hard to reduce 10 hours to only 9.
We need your calls TODAY to ensure the Senate maintains the House 10 hours irreducible rest language.
CALL 855-534-1774 NOW and say
:“I am a Flight Attendant and a constituent. The FAA bill is coming together in pre-conference. I would like my Senator to weigh in with Chairman Thune to tell him to maintain the House language of 10 Hours Rest for Flight Attendants and not a minute less, in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. It’s about safety, health and equality — we are the only country in the world to have different minimum rest for Flight Attendants and Pilots.  Please let me know if my Senator is able to make that call. This is our top safety priority as Flight Attendants. Thank you.”
Safety7 fatigue studies commissioned by Congress confirm Flight Attendants are fatigued and more rest is needed so that aviation’s first responders can do our jobs.

Health: Study results released in June 2018 by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that Flight Attendants have a significantly higher rate of cancer than the general public, even though the general public is on average less fit. Lack of sleep and interrupted sleep are cited as contributing factors. Fatigue also contributes to other health risks.

Equality: The United States is the only country in the world that doesn’t have consistent rest rules for flight deck and cabin crews. Since 2014 U.S. pilots have had 10 hours minimum rest. It is concerning that Flight Attendants in the U.S. are not provided the same minimum rest standard of 10 hours. Call the Senate now at 855-534-1774. 
After you make your call, text a flying partner and tell them to call. We need every Flight Attendant to weigh in with their Senators to make our 10 hours rest a reality.More Background:Remember that the House bill, adopted overwhelmingly 393-13, contains our 10 hour irreducible language, the Flags of Convenience Don’t Fly Here language that stops an avenue to outsource our jobs, and many other provisions important to Flight Attendants. The Senate never passed a bill, so individual Senators can weigh in with committee leadership and staff to press for our rest and our jobs. Call the Senate now at 855-534-1774.

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Urgent message regarding schedules!

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URGENT message regarding schedules !!!!!!!

The company was getting reports today about crew members reporting their flights were showing cancelled.

After further review of Flica and it not reflecting the reports of cancellations, it has been determined that the issue lies with the APP FC View that many use.  

PLEASE do not count on this app as a reliable source, especially at this time. This is not a company app, but a vendor providing a service outside of the Company.  Use Flica to look at your correct schedules.
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Hurricane Florence Update: State of SC State of Emergency 091018

Hurricane Florence update:

The Governor of South Carolina has issued mandatory evacuations for coastal areas including Myrtle Beach. Starting tomorrow at 12:00, 4 major highways will be reversed for evacuation.

The hurricane is projected to start making landfall approximately Wednesday afternoon/evening to Thursday, and direct landfall Thursday/Friday.

Many of you will have questions about your schedules and flights cancelling. While it is certain it will make landfall, there still is a chance it may shift a little, so an exact forecast of which inland cities will be affected may not be known until later today or tomorrow (according to the weather channel.)

The airlines will start making their cancellations soon. It is imperative that you monitor your company email concerning updates to operations. The first communication has already been sent earlier today.

If you live in the regions that are in the path of the hurricane, check with your localities for specific directions and instructions for your region.

If there is anything your AFA volunteers can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Lee will personally have her cell on and be available for the entire duration of the event. Diane will be flying but will also be readily available between flights to help. Other reps may be flying at times as well, so please be patient and someone will get back to you.  

Lee Wilkes : (330) 831-5740

Diane Lyons: (856) 308-4003

If you would like to get to base early so you are in place, you may request a hotel following the directions sent in your company email.  It would be best to start making those arrangements today before flights start cancelling and hotel rooms are gone later in the week.

Communications from the Company regarding Hurricane Florence 091018

Communication from the Company regarding potential Irops due to Hurricane Florence. As always, your AFA leaders will be available to assist you as well as help facilitate communications with the Company. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything you need. 

· Air Operations leadership will be monitoring both the forecasted track and intensity of Hurricane Florence to determine the next steps. As we gain relevant information we will pass it along.

· For those of you who may need to return home to secure life and property please coordinate with your Inflight Supervisors and Chief Pilots. We will be assisting each affected crewmember on a case by case basis to ensure they have the needed time off. Based on the current predictions we plan to begin releasing crewmembers tomorrow morning.

· If you request to be released to secure life and property be prepared to coordinate a return to work with your Inflight Supervisor or Chief Pilot. An agreed upon return to work plan will be required prior to being released.

· Crewmembers who request to be removed from flying to protect life and property will be pay protected for guarantee, NOT for flying lost. We will use a NAVL code to indicate this on your schedule.

· In order to ensure that we can release those crewmembers who may be affected by the storm we will operate with the expectation that all other crewmembers who are scheduled will be in position to operate their assigned trips. Unplanned absences by crewmembers compounded with those who will be absent to protect life and property will stress our ability to operate reliably. Please communicate early with your Inflight Supervisor’s or Chief Pilots so we all can coordinate for the best possible outcome.

· Hotel Accommodations – As the storm moves through the eastern seaboard flights will most likely be at high capacity due to probable cancellations and re-accommodation of revenue passengers. Non-rev travel may be difficult. To ease this, we are approving hotels in base this week for crewmembers who are willing and able to preposition into their base for a trip the next day.

· Additionally, if your trip is broken in your domicile we will attempt to secure a hotel room for you.

· Flight Cancellations – Cancellations will be probable but won’t be known for some time. Again, we anticipate high call volume to Scheduling once again as schedule reassignments are processed. As we have done before, if you are part of a crew please coordinate with the Captain as the single point of contact with Crew Scheduling. This will help our Crew Schedulers operate more efficiently.

· Text Notification System – One great way to stay informed is to opt-in to the text notification system. Doing so helps reduce call volume to Crew Scheduling and allows for efficient and timely reassignments.

· Twitter – Also, if you have Twitter following @psaocc is a great way to receive relevant operational updates from OCC, particularly in dynamic weather conditions.

· Deadhead PNR’s can sometimes be problematic during these events with rapidly changing schedules. Please ensure you have checked for your deadhead at least 30 minutes prior to departure, or as soon as reasonably practical if you are on a delayed inbound flight. This process allows us to capture PNR’s that may not be booked correctly and correct the errors before the flight departs and ensure you are able to get to your destinations. Contact Crew Scheduling as soon as you know of a PNR issue.