This is Greg Hildreth, APFA Secretary, with an update from the National Ballot Committee for Friday, December 28, 2007.
The National Ballot Committee in conjunction with the Whitley Penn Accounting firm has certified the results of the St Louis Domestic Vice Chairperson election. The results are as follows: Willie Aviles received 39 votes, Antoinette Delia received 286 votes and Nena Martin received 586 votes. Nena Martin is the newly elected Vice Chairperson at St Louis and will assume office immediately for the remainder of the two-year term ending March 31, 2009.
Yesterday, December 27, 2007, was the deadline to submit a Willingness-to-Serve Notification for the Vice Chairperson position at Chicago International.
There will be an election for the position and the candidates for IOR Vice Chairperson are Debbie Bauer, Jennifer Chivers and Kevin Johnson. Ballots will be mailed to all members of the Chicago International base on January 10, 2008 and must be returned to the designated post office by 9:00 am Central Time on February 8, 2008.
This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA Hotline for Friday, December 28, 2007.
AA has announced that effective January 1, 2008, all Super Saver 401 (k) plan participants will be eligible to make Roth 401 (k) contributions as well. Visit JetNet for more details.
AA has also announced that beginning January 1, 2008, prescription medication will cost more if plan participants fail to present their prescription cards at the time your prescription is filled at participating pharmacies. While APFA supports the use of the Medco ID card as it provides savings for our members, APFA does not support this change to our healthcare benefits package. APFA has filed a Presidential Grievance challenging this unilateral change to our contractual benefits. If you find that you are affected by this change after the first of the year, please contact the APFA Health Department at 817.540.0108, extension 8290 so that each case can be documented.
The APFA Negotiating Team is in the final stages of preparing its first Membership Online Survey to be made available to all members in good standing beginning January 8, 2008. This survey will assist the Team in determining APFAís Openers in the spring. The Team will also be sending a letter to all APFA members as a reminder about the importance of your participation in this survey.
The Negotiating Team sent a Holiday Card to the AMR Board of Directors and senior AA management. The front of the card contains a quote from CEO Gerard Arpey dated September 16, 2003, in his letter to employees which reads as follows: "My strongest hope and expectation is that everyone will share in the rewards that our ongoing efforts will produce in the future." To see this card in full please visit the APFA Web site.
VF Solutions will close at 1400 Central Time on December 31 for phone orders. You may order uniform items via the web until 2059 Central Time on the 31st. After that point, any unused uniform points will not be rolled over into next year. The last few days of the year tend to be the busiest for VF solutions. So plan accordingly to ensure your requests are received.
APFA Headquarters will be open on Monday, December 31, and closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2008, for New Yearís Day. If you need union assistance, call 817.540.0108, and follow the prompts for the after-hours representative on-duty. Headquarters will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2008.
We still have 1,200 APFA members still on furlough awaiting recall.
Thatís it for this week. Thank you for calling the APFA Hotline and have a safe and Happy New Year.