Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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APFA National Officer Elections - LAA/LUS

The National Ballot Committee (NBC) has posted the Willingness-to-Serve for the positions of National President, National Vice President, National Secretary and National Treasurer on the APFA website. All Willingness-to-Serves must be in the designated PO Box, found at the bottom of the form, by 1000 CT, November 20, 2015.

 Willingness-to-Serve - National Officer Elections

The ballots for the APFA National Officer elections will be mailed on December 10, 2015, and votes must be cast by 1000 CT, January 9, 2016. In order to receive a ballot and vote, a member must have a current mailing address on file with APFA. To update your address and other contact information, please click here. Some candidates may choose to send campaign literature by email, so please use that same link to update your email address.

Under APFA’s Constitution, in order to vote a member must be in good standing – not more than 60 days in dues arrears. If you are more than 60 days behind in your dues, or if you are not certain of your dues status, please contact the APFA Dues Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 817-540-0108, ext. 8151. Although the deadline for becoming in good standing is January 4, 2016, the National Ballot Committee urges members to do so before that date so that they have a longer period of time within which to cast their votes.

Also, to ensure that all voters are aware of the duties of each of the national offices that will be filled in these elections, here are links to the portions of the APFA Constitution that describe the duties of each office:

  • National President - click here [Article III, Section 6.B]
  • National Vice President - click here [Article III, Section 6.C]
  • National Secretary - click here [Article III, Section 6.D]
  • National Treasurer - click here [Article III, Section 6.E]

The National Ballot Committee would like to remind all members that under APFA’s Constitution, all members in good standing have the right to run for office and federal law prohibits any member’s improperly interfering with that right in any way, for example by intimidation or threats. Federal law also guarantees members the right to vote for or otherwise support candidates of their choice without being subject to intimidation, threats or retaliation. While discussion of candidates’ qualifications is an important part of any election process, candidates and members are responsible for making sure their comments – whether in person, on social media, or elsewhere – comply with these requirements.

If you have any questions about the election process, please contact the National Ballot Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 817 540-0108, ext. 8311.

Cindy Horan 
APFA National Ballot Committee

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Extracted from APFA Constitution - Article III - Government of the APFA

Section 6.Officers:
  1. Definitions: The National Officers shall be the National President, National Vice President, National Secretary and National Treasurer.
     
  2. Duties of the National President shall include but not be limited to the following:
     
    1. The National President shall be the chief executive officer of the APFA, and shall conduct the affairs of the APFA in accordance with this Constitution and the resolutions and policy decisions of the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Committee.
    2. The National President shall sign any agreements, supervise the activities of the APFA and carry out any duties the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Committee may request, in accordance with this Constitution.
    3. The National President shall convene any convention or meeting of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.  S/he must convene the Board to review any proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APFA and AAL.
    4. The National President shall convene any meeting of the OAL Operation Advisory Panel.  S/he must convene the Panel to review any proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APFA and an airline other than AAL whose Flight Attendant employees are represented by the APFA.
    5. The National President shall act as Chairperson for the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Negotiating Committee and the OAL Operation Advisory Panel.  The National President shall oversee all other national committees, unless otherwise provided for in this Constitution or by resolution or policy of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.
    6. The National President shall recommend to the Executive Committee all changes in employment and staff requirements and, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, fix compensation for all agents and employees of the APFA.  The National President shall be responsible for the employment, supervision and discharge of all agents and employees of the APFA.
    7. The National President may address an Annual Report to the membership.
    8. The National President shall nominate, and the Executive Committee shall confirm or reject, individual active members in good standing to serve as National Chairs.
    9. The National President shall appoint Negotiating Committee members in accordance with Article X, Section 5, A(1)b of this Constitution.
    10. The National President shall have the authority to hire, retain or employ general counsel and/or other legal counsel for the APFA, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
    11. The National President shall direct and coordinate legislative and political initiatives and any lobbying efforts on behalf of the Association to further the objectives of the APFA.
       
  3. Duties of the National Vice President shall include but not be limited to the following:
     
    1. The National Vice President shall assist the National President in the discharge of all duties.  In the absence of the National President, or should a vacancy occur in the office of National President, the National Vice President shall perform the duties of the National President.
    2. The primary responsibility of the National Vice President shall be to oversee the grievance and arbitration process provided for in the Railway Labor Act and the Collective Bargaining Agreement(s) entered into between the APFA and employers.
    3. The National Vice President shall serve as the APFA's permanent Chairperson of the Flight Attendant System Board(s) of Adjustment.
    4. The National Vice President shall coordinate activities of the System Board(s) of Adjustment with other departments within the APFA.
    5. The National Vice President shall nominate, and the Executive Committee shall confirm or reject, individual active members in good standing to serve as Regional Representatives.
    6. The National Vice President shall determine the specific base assignments of each Region and assign and coordinate the activities of the members appointed to serve as Regional Representatives.
    7. The National Vice President shall be authorized to hire, retain and employ legal counsel as may be required to provide members with representation in the grievance and arbitration process, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
    8. The National Vice President shall ensure the training and continuing education of all representatives involved in the grievance and arbitration process.
    9. The National Vice President shall coordinate and chair a Grievance Review Committee to oversee the disposition of grievances.
       
  4. Duties of the National Secretary shall include but not be limited to the following:
     
    1. The National Secretary shall be responsible for all administrative records of the Association.
    2. The National Secretary shall cause to be kept an administrative record of all officers, representatives and appointees.
    3. The National Secretary shall notify the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the OAL Operation Advisory Panel of any convention or meeting.
    4. The National Secretary shall cause to be kept a record of all proceedings at any convention or meeting of the Board of Directors, or at any meeting of the Executive Committee and the OAL Operation Advisory Panel.
    5. The National Secretary shall submit a written report of all meetings of the Executive Committee and the OAL Operation Advisory Panel to the Board of Directors within fifteen (15) days following such meeting.
    6. The National Secretary shall oversee the National Balloting Committee.
    7. The National Secretary shall assist the National President in the preparation of any Annual Report to the members of the APFA.
    8. The National Secretary shall administer Article VII procedures.
    9. The National Secretary shall update and ensure distribution of the APFA Policy Manual.
    10. The National Secretary shall assist in establishing regular training and continuing education programs for representatives of the APFA, and shall maintain the APFA training records of all representatives.
    11. The National Secretary shall ensure that training and reference materials and Association publications and manuals are maintained.
    12. The National Secretary shall be responsible for the library of the Association.
    13. The National Secretary shall establish and maintain lines of communication between members of the Executive Committee, Base Representatives and all administrative departments and committees.
    14. The National Secretary shall assist the National Treasurer in the discharge of all duties.  Should there be a temporary absence in the office of the National Treasurer; the National Secretary may perform the duties of the National Treasurer.
       
  5. Duties of the National Treasurer shall include but not be limited to the following:
     
    1. The National Treasurer shall be responsible for the care and custody of the funds and securities of the APFA, receiving all dues, fees and special assessments assigned to the APFA.
    2. The National Treasurer shall be responsible for all financial records of the APFA.
    3. The National Treasurer shall cause to be kept a record of the APFA's membership so as to show at all times the number of members in each membership status or classification, their respective places of residence, their post office addresses, their base locations and the date when each person became a member of the APFA and/or changed membership status or classification.
    4. The National Treasurer shall cause to be kept an individual record of all dues and assessments for each member.
    5. The National Treasurer shall oversee the APFA Budget Committee and shall assist in the preparation of the annual budget.
    6. The National Treasurer shall submit the annual budget to the Board of Directors for approval at the Annual Convention.
    7. The National Treasurer shall advise the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of any significant change in the financial standing of the APFA.
    8. The National Treasurer shall submit a monthly financial report to the Board of Directors and to the Executive Committee as provided for in Article IV, Section 4.C of this Constitution.
    9. The National Treasurer shall submit a quarterly financial review to the Board of Directors and to the Executive Committee as provided for in Article IV, Section 4.D of this Constitution.
    10. The National Treasurer shall submit with his/her signature all Federal and State Reports required by law.
    11. The National Treasurer shall oversee and coordinate ongoing computerization of the APFA headquarters files, records and systems.
    12. The National Treasurer shall oversee the daily activities of the APFA headquarters office staff.
    13. The National Treasurer shall coordinate the headquarters office staff to ensure assistance is provided to administrative, committee and support personnel.
    14. The National Treasurer shall assist the National Secretary in the discharge of all duties.  Should there be a temporary absence in the office of the National Secretary; the National Treasurer may perform the duties of the National Secretary.