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Dear AFA: July 29, 2014

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Reported by Christopher Thurber

  • Stop the Threat to U.S. Airlines and U.S. Workers
  • When the Bed Bug Bites
  • Midterm Elections - Are you Registered?
  • Recent Alliant Deduction Changes

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to Dear AFA.  We are a democratic, Member driven Union of Flight Attendants for Flight Attendants.  Today is Tuesday, July 29, 2014 and this is Christopher Thurber, reporting.  I am a Member of Washington D.C. Council 21, and I stand with, and will help protect, all of my 685 Sisters and Brothers.

Stop the Threat to U.S. Airlines and U.S. Workers
Over the past several months, AFA and our Government Affairs Committees have been working on a number of fronts to increase awareness and to stop this massive treat to U.S. Airlines and workers as Norwegian Air International (NAI) seek to invade our air space.  NAI is attempting to severely undercut our companies, threaten our jobs, and set a harmful precedent that would undermine U.S. labor and safety rules, unless the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) stops them.

Several Congressional sign-on letters have been sent to the DOT, urging that the NAI application be rejected.   The AFA International Office filed comments under the DOT rulemaking and has met with current DOT Secretary, Anthony Foxx, to call attention to our filed comments.

Most recently on July 17, 2014, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Dan Coats (R-IN) circulated a Dear Colleague letter to bring attention to an op-ed piece written by former DOT Secretary, Ray LaHood.  In this article, titled “Many Questions Still Unanswered about Norwegian Air’s Impact on Fair Competition”, he says fair competition is one of the founding principles of Open Skies. During his tenure at DOT, LaHood oversaw the signing of Open Skies agreements with 16 different countries.

We need to continue to defend our U.S. aviation industry and our jobs, by spreading the word to friends and family.

Here is what you can do:

  • Take action and sign the petition that tells the Obama Administration to defend our U.S. airlines and U.S. airline workers.
  • Tweet  (on Twitter) demanding, the #Obama Administration #denyNAI's dangerous application to fly in the US & defend US airlines and US #jobs
  • Change your status on Facebook to have your friends and family join the fight! Tell the Obama Administration to defend U.S. airlines and airline jobs. #DenyNAI's dangerous application to fly into the United States.

For more information please contact your Local Council Government Affairs Committee or visit our Government Affairs webpage.

When the Bed Bug Bites
The AFA MEC Hotel and Transportation Committee receives reports from time to time about Cimex Lectularius, commonly referred to as bed bugs.  While we are not receiving more than normal amount of reports, a timely reminder on this issue can prevent an unwanted visitor from creating a problem.  Issues with bed bugs can be particularly tenacious to deal with, as the pests are not easily controlled through common pest control measures, and can readily spread through their ability to hide away in your luggage.

Lack of proper housekeeping care and cleanliness can be a factor, but keep in mind they can be found in any sort of establishment from a five-star resort to a one-star motel to even an office building. If a room is infested by this pest, it is essential that you report the issue immediately to the hotel as well as filing a TVLLOG on the incident, remembering to include the hotel and your specific room number in your report.

For more specific details on this issue you may review our article on When the Bed Bug Bites on our website.

Midterm Elections - Are you Registered?
Whether you're concerned about Contract Negotiations, aviation regulations, your workplace safety, health and security or the performance of your 401k account, there is plenty of reason to make sure you vote in the U.S. Midterm elections on November 4, 2014.

With the enactment of strict voter ID laws, many states have begun to purge voter registration lists.  To check your status of your voter registration visit www.canivote.org, which is a non-partisan site maintained by the National Association of Secretaries of State.  Voting registration deadlines vary by state, but in many cases you must be registered to vote at least 31 days prior to Election Day.  Check your state's voter registration deadline and in order to be on the safe side, ensure you are registered and eligible to vote by October 1, 2014.

U.S. citizens residing overseas are eligible to vote in the November 4, 2014 Midterm elections by mail-in absentee ballot.  Voting from overseas has never been easier.  In the past, it was necessary to obtain the official paper form from a U.S. Embassy or consulate and then consult the Federal Voting Assistance Guide for instructions on filling out the form.  Thanks to the Federal Voting Assistance Project your absentee ballot is available by request through a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) made available for all U.S. citizens who reside outside of the United States.  The FPCA also serves as a voter registration application for any U.S. citizen who is not registered to vote.  Visit www.fvap.gov.

For more election information please visit our Government Affairs page on our website.

Recent Alliant Deduction Changes
On July 25, 2014, changes occurred for Flight Attendants with an Alliant Credit Union accounts regarding how automatic deductions from our paychecks would be processed.

All Members who have deductions scheduled with Alliant should have received a letter, explaining the changes, as they will affect you personally.  If you have other questions please contact Alliant Credit Union by calling 24/7 at 1-800-328-1935 or visit an Alliant Credit Union branch.  You can also visit United’s Flying Together by going to Finance > Payroll > Alliant Credit Union Payroll Deduction Changes.

That’s all for tonight and thank you for calling.  Through strength and solidarity, we will continue building our collective future.  After all, it’s our future.

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