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CLT IROPS

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CLT IROPS

Due to high winds in Charlotte, all regional flying through CLT has cancelled today, September 11, 2017. PSA has had 300 flight cancellations system wide and it will likely take 24 hours to get operations back to a normal. In communications from the Company, Crew Scheduling and Travelliance are working to accommodate all crews as quickly as possible.
The Company has requested that crew members refrain from directly calling Travelliance while waiting for room requests to go through, as excessive phone calls will result to further delay of the booking process due to the mass amount of rooms needed. They have asked to contact Crew Scheduling if there are questions about reservations over the next 12 hours. You may also use the CrewConnex app to check for updates on reservations and confirmations.
If you have been waiting for 4 hours, call scheduling to get a day room.
If you are on an overnight and see in FLICA that your flight it cancelled and have not been notified, remain at the hotel. If you are at your overnight and FLICA doesn’t reflect cancellations, proceed to the airport for your scheduled show, unless you’vebeen notified by scheduling otherwise.
We are standing by for any questions or assistance we can provide.
Lee Wilkes –330-831-5740
Diane Lyons- 856-308-4003
Breanne Martine- 561-596-2736
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September 11th – Never Forget

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September 11 – Never Forget

While we are concerned that our friends and co-workers are safe and secure during Hurricane Irma, please also remember that tomorrow marks the anniversary of September 11.

Sixteen years ago we made a promise to Never Forget the events of September 11, 2001 and never allow them to be repeated.  Every single day we work to defend our skies and make them safer, whether through our work in the cabin, our advocacy on Capitol Hill, or our work with federal agencies.  We also have worked closely to ensure proper recognition is given to our heroes and their memory is lasting for generations to come.

Tomorrow, I will be in Charlotte with black ribbons, designed to honor our heroes. Flight Attendants  Anne Mercer Rowan and Jabari Campbell will also be handing out ribbons as well.

The Ribbon must be worn behind the AFA pin and only on this day.  On Tuesday, they will need to be removed in order to be in Uniform Compliance.  I will be around the Charlotte crew room from 10AM – 2PM distributing the ribbons, Jabari will be in DCA, and Anne will be flying and handing them out around the system.

Thank you for honoring our heroes and continuing to keep our promise to Never Forget.

 

In Solidarity,

Lee Wilkes

 

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Update on Hurricane Irma

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Update Regarding Hurricane Irma

We’re happy to report the Company is being proactive and making accommodations for our members being impacted by Hurricane Irma.  The following information has been sent to your company email.
  1. Commuter – If you commute to work to CLT and would like to be proactive in reporting for your trip, a hotel room will be provided to you.  Please contact Scheduling for assistance.

 

If you are unable to report for work, you may request time off from your trip.  Contact the Inflight Supervisors  for a schedule adjustment.

 

  1. Life and Property – If you are being impacted by the Hurricane and require additional time off to secure life and property or deal with the aftermath of the storm, you may request a Personal Leave of Absence.  Contact the Inflight Supervisors or Chief Pilots to arrange the time of the requested leave.

 

Feel free to contact your Inflight Supervisors for any further assistance that you may need.

Stay as safe as possible during this time.

 

In Solidarity,

Lee and Diane

 

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Preparing for Hurricane Irma

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Preparing for Hurricane Irma

With Hurricane Irma looming upon us, we want to ensure our members have as much information possible to ensure their safety.
If you are someone that lives in the path of Irma, please use the following link to assist you in preparing.  This useful information has been provided by AFA Air, Health, and Safety.

There has also been very helpful information compiled on the AFA website from the international office.   Please visit http://www.afacwa.org/hurricane_irma_flight_attendants_stay_safe

If you need confidential assistance from EAP before, during, or after, please contact EAP MEC Chair Camille Brown at 917-374-5067 or the International EAP at 1-800-424-2406.
We asked our members to come together and offer assistance to those that may need a safe place to stay.  Many of you stepped up and have opened your homes through our social media posts .  We couldn’t be more proud of our members that have offered assistance.  Below are just a few that we specifically took from the AFA website.  There are more than the list below, please check the face book pages for additional members that have graciously opened their homes.
Meredith Decker:  +1 (864) 760-8913

I have an extra bed in DAY if anyone needs a place to stay!
Vida Lear:  980-406-9676
My home is open to any Crew members who are Evacuating and need a place to stay
God bless
Michelle Plaza: 973-715-5176
I have a couch and air mattress and live in charlotte. I will be done with a 3 day trip Saturday afternoon. I leave for vacation on Sunday but if anybody stranded bc of the hurricane needs a place to crash Saturday night my home is open. Plenty of parking and I can even pick you up from the airport.
Ramona Duncan: +1 (704) 877-0387
I will be home Thursday if anyone needs a place to stay I am in the Kings Mountain area!  I will be off work until Tuesday so I could pick up or drop off anyone who had a trip!
Michelle Von Atzigen: 619-647-8066
I’m in TYS, if anyone gets stuck here or is in the path of Irma and must evacuate, please know the door is open. We have three extra bedrooms and room for air mattresses if necessary.   We also have a fenced yard, so if you have a pup please don’t leave him/her behind.   I do have two cats and a little pup as well.  Please feel free to call or text me 619-647-8066.  Mi Casa Su Casa.  Stay safe my flying family.
Lisa Wulff:  513-571-4647
Florida FA you are welcome to take refuge at my home in Ohio please do not hesitate to contact me 513-571-4647
Julie Mosteller 336-469-0059
1 hour north of CLT
40 min from GSO
Denis Spangler Handley
TYS based
Tammie Mashburn Scarbrough
TYS
15-20 min from airports
will provide transportation
Julie Montgomery
TYS
Helpful tips if you are flying –  Irregular Operations (IROPS) will be a certainty.  Be prepared by packing extra clothes and snacks.  Know your duty limits- 14 hours scheduled duty day and 15 hours for weather and maintenance. Carry your contract, and reach out to an AFA scheduling representative or officer if needed.  Stay in contact with your base supervisor and scheduling if you are having difficulty commuting.  Communication is very important.
We will send more information as we receive it.  Please be safe, and take care of each other.
In Solidarity,
Lee and Diane

AFA Disaster Relief Fund – Hurricane Harvey

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AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund – Hurricane Harvey

 

We know that disasters can change lives forever. While we can’t stop destructive events from happening, we can, as a Union, assist our members with their recovery. AFA established the disaster relief fund after September 11th to assist our members whose lives were placed in harms way. AFA members whose primary residence are in the counties listed below and who have suffered damage and/or dislocation, are eligible for $200.00 from the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund. It is a gift made possible by the generosity of your fellow union sisters and brothers with AFA.

Texas counties: Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton

If you would like to apply for AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Funds, visit www.afacwa.organd download the Disaster Relief Fund Application.

The AFA Disaster Relief Fund is the fastest way to get help to Flight Attendants who live in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. AFA will match individual donations. If you are in a position to do so, the Disaster Relief Fund is open to contributions either by check or electronic payment. Information on how to make a donation is now available at www.afacwa.org/dsf

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Four Steps to OPT IN to an Alternate Uniform

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Four Steps to Opt in to an Alternative Uniform

The purpose of this bulletin is to walk you through that process of opting in to an alternative uniform. If you have more questions, then don’t hesitate to contact AFA for help. Here come the steps… And all of the links on this page are posted at http://www.afanet.org/uniforms

STEP #1: Choose your alternative and notify the company

 

Email DL_PSA_FAUniforms@psaairlines.com to inform PSA that that you are EITHER returning to the blues OR purchasing grey look-alike suiting pieces and white shirts. You can wear an approved scarf that has been issued by US Airways or AA, including the navy blue scarf that you should have received in training or (with company approval) an alternate lookalike scarf (show photo to management to check okay). Please review PSA’s “alternative uniforms” policy posted HERE, and also PSA’s recommendations for where to buy lookalike garments online. When you send that email, remember to CC AFA (for email addresses, see Step #3).

 

STEP #2: Get everything out of your house

 

If you have had a reaction to the uniform(s), you need to remove the garments from your closet and living space. You may want to throw them in the garbage after removing airline-identifying features. Do not donate them under any circumstances. Or you can store each garment in its own bag, and put them all in a sealed Tupperware box or cardboard box wrapped with duct tape that is physically removed from your living space. Also, don’t forget to remove belts, scarves/ties, apron, and all packaging material.

 

STEP #3: If you have reacted to the garments, report it

 

  • Report to AFA using our online reporting form. This report will not be shared with the company; and
  • Report in writing to the company.
  • If you are subsequently react to working near other uniforms or to contact with the jumpseat, document with the company each time, and CC AFA (dlyons@afapsa.org , meganhughes@afapsa.org).

 

STEP #4: If you have symptoms, see a doctor and file for workers’ compensation

 

If you have symptoms that develop/worsen when wearing your uniform and improve when not wearing your uniform, see a doctor. Uniform reaction symptoms reported to AFA are largely irritant symptoms to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Some people have also reported chronic nosebleeds, hair loss, menstrual cycle changes, ear/sinus blockages, headaches, joint pain, increased blood pressure, and thyroid issues. Please review the list of the chemicals identified in garment testing posted HERE and share with your doctor. File an OJI report, at a minimum to meet the company policy to get uniform-related attendance points removed. Members report noticeable improvements in their health when they stop wearing these garments. However, even when they are no longer wearing these uniforms, some people continue to experience less pronounced reactions when working in close proximity with others who continue to wear the uniforms. Report those too (see Step #3).

Kim Henderson – EAP Resignation

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Kim Henderson – EAP Resignation

 

Kim Henderson, EAP MEC Chair has resigned from PSA Airlines. We are saddened by this news, but excited for Kim and her new adventure, and wish her the best of luck while she advances her professional career. Kim has been working on our EAP committee for many years, helping flight attendants and touching many lives. Kim’s dedication to her position has been a blessing for PSA flight attendants and we will miss her dearly.

With Kim’s resignation, we are pleased to announce that Camille Brown will be serving as the interim MEC EAP Chair. Please join us in welcoming Camille into her new role. Camille may be reached at (917) 374-5067

Update on Domicile Bidding in FLICA

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Update on Domicile Bidding

 

The company has agreed to extend Domicile bidding until Wednesday, August 16th by noon. It is very important that ALL flight attendants must do this initially for the system transfer. Even if you are not changing bases, EACH and EVERY flight attendant must submit a bid.

We ask that you help spread the word to your flying partners and ask them to do the same to ensure everyone completes their bid. Again, every flight attendant must do this once, even if you are not changing your domicile.

 

 

The following email was sent out by the company today:

 

TO ALL FLIGHT ATTENDANTS:

In order to give you more time to update your domicile (base) preferences in FLICA, the Flight Attendant Domicile Vacancy bid will be extended until Wednesday Aug 16 at 12:00 EDT.

NOTE: Domicile bids can no longer be accepted via the old website. All domicile bids must be submitted via the company website utilizing the FLICA Vacancy bid award program.

All Flight Attendants must update their domiciles preferences in FLICA as any bid previously submitted cannot be transferred to the new system.

 

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Reminder! Domicile Bid Due Today at 12PM!

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Reminder! Domicile Bid Due Today at 12PM

 

Today is the last day to submit your Domicile Bid!

ALL employees must complete the bid as announced in your company email on 8/3/17.

Log on to Flica and there is a tab labeled “FA Vacancy Bid”. That is where you submit your Domicile Bid.

Please spread the word to all your flying partners!

Once again, ALL employees must submit a bid. Deadline is today, 8/14/17 at noon!!

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Confirming Safety in CHO

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Dear Flying Partners:

We are in the process of communicating with the Company to ensure the safety of Flight Attendants in CHO. Our crew hotel is approximately an 11 minute drive from the protests and approximately the same amount of time from the airport, which is in the other direction and further away from the protests.

Our first priority is to confirm the safety of crews currently in Charlottesville. Next, we are advocating the company to work with AFA to provide non-punitive alternate options for those who are concerned for their personal safety if scheduled to fly to CHO.

Finally, our Union condemns the violence and terror perpetrated by white supremacists. It is more important than ever that we look out for each other and commit to stand together against hate.

In Solidarity,

Lee and Diane

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