This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA Hotline for Friday, December 29, 2006.

APFA News: From the Scheduling Department - Flight Attendants may be subject to assignment due to a Misconnect/Illegality/Cancellation (MIC), the language of which can be found in the CBA, Article 9.P. and I.9.P. Also, it is helpful to review the protection procedures for the last five days of the month. If you experience any problems with these procedures, please review the On-Duty Contract Guide, which can be found online at apfa.org, or contact the APFA Scheduling Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In light of the upcoming holiday weekend, be aware of your monthly contractual flying limitations and over-projection rights. For example, just because you have elected to fly Option II for the month, does not mean you can be flown an unlimited amount of hours on a reschedule Please read the Rescheduling article on the APFA Web site under Departments > Scheduling > Reschedules. Contractual reference to monthly maximums can be found in Art. 7.B.,C.,D., and E., and App. I, Art. 7.B-E as well as page 8 of the On-Duty Contract Guide. Contractual reference to over-projection can be found in Art. 9.V.1 and App. I, Art. 9.W.1 as well as page 10 of the On-Duty Contract Guide.

If you are interested in Option II, Limited Option II, or Opposite Division Option II flying, these will be open for the remainder of December and through the 5th of January. Please reference the Domestic/International Option II and International/Domestic Option II links from the Scheduling Department page for the procedures to request Opposite Division Option II flying.

Willingness-to-Serve Notifications for APFA Base Chair, Vice Chair, Operational Council Representatives (OCRs) and Ad Hoc Places #3 and #4 of the Executive Committee were included in the winter Skyword. Completed Willingness forms for Chairs, Vice Chairs, and OCRs are due in the designated P.O. Box by 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time on January 17th. Willingness forms for Ad Hoc Places #3 and #4 are due by 1000 January 31st in the designated post office box. Flight Attendants interested in running for any of these positions should indicate the position desired on the line designated for "slate information." Any questions about this process should be directed to the National Ballot Committee at 817.540.0108, ext. 8311.

APFA has uploaded a new poll on the Web site regarding Reserve Trip Trading. Please visit apfa.org to respond to this poll.

One final reminder about your uniform points: points no longer carry over for the following year's use. Contact VF Solutions at vfsolutions.com by 2359 EST on December 31st to place an order using your '06 points.

Once again, a reminder to all employees eligible for non-rev travel, the Company is requiring acknowledgement to the travel policy terms prior to any travel in '07. Go to Jetnet to confirm or call 800.447.2000 with any questions you have about the terms. You can also use Live Chat on Jetnet.

Bankruptcy Watch: Delta has announced they will recall their furloughed pilots and begin hiring new pilots in January. Many pilots took a "pass" or are on military or personal leaves, which will result in Delta hiring for the first time in five years.

Fuel Watch: As of Tuesday, December 27th, a barrel of crude oil cost $60.34. The crack spread price was $12.13. This brings the cost of one barrel of jet fuel to $72.47 ñ up .08 cents from the price of jet fuel a week ago. The total for one barrel of jet fuel a year ago December was $72.72 - about .25 cents more than the price of a barrel of jet fuel today.

Please remember that we have 2,623 APFA members on furlough.

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That's it for this week. Thank you for calling the APFA Hotline.