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This is APA Communications Director Gregg Overman with the APA Information Hotline for Tuesday, June 27.

APA BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL MEETING: The APA Board of Directors convened at union headquarters in Fort Worth at 9 a.m. for this week’s special meeting.

In his opening remarks, APA President CA Dan Carey noted that the country of Qatar, owner of Qatar Airways, has retained the law firm of former United States Attorney General John Ashcroft for an initial three-month period, for an up-front fee of $2.5 million. According to a form filed with the Justice Department, “The Firm’s work will include crisis response and management, program and system analysis, media outreach, education and advocacy regarding the Client’s historical, current, and future efforts to combat global terror and its compliance goals and accomplishments.” Or, as CA Carey put it simply, the firm is going to try to “improve Qatar’s image.” He also acknowledged confusion regarding pronunciation of “Qatar,” suggesting that perhaps a useful go-by would be “gutter.”

In addition, CA Carey reviewed the union’s accomplishments during the past several months, including the resolution of all previous US Airways West grievances, the profit-sharing letter of agreement, the 8 percent pay rate increases placing American Airlines’ pay rates on par with industry peers, and the Aviation Safety Action Partnership memorandum of understanding. He also praised the Strike Preparedness Committee for its work in organizing the June 14 rally outside the U.S. Capitol and the June 16 picketing event at PVD.

At the request of LGA Domicile Vice Chairman CA R Scott Heckenberger, CA Carey read into the record a message of condolence from Delta Master Executive Council Chairman CA Bill Bartels to CA Tim Knutson concerning the loss of his son Owen Knutson.

Negotiating Committee Chairman CA Don Iorio briefed the board on recent bargaining activity, with much of that committee’s presentation and related discussion taking place in closed session. The board also spent a portion of the afternoon in closed session with the Flight Time/Duty Time Committee, APA Legal, and other subject-matter experts.

In actions taken today, the board approved a motion “to authorize the President to spend a total of $348,000 (which includes funds already spent) to compensate the reasonable attorney’s fees and reasonable expenses incurred in arbitrating and preparing closing briefs (including reply briefs) for four grievances (namely, Crowe 16-131, Peters 16-141, Csoros 17-005, and Bounds 17-022) numbered P-02-17 pending before the AA/APA Pilot System Board of Adjustment. The funding is to be divided as follows: $174,000 for the Crowe, Peters, and Csoros grievances (combined, not each) and $174,000 for the Founds grievance.”

R2016-11, Disclosure of All Motion and Resolution Disposition to Membership, which the board previously voted to approve, amended the APA Policy Manual Section 1.06 to specify that APA will include in its daily board meeting updates information regarding “main motions and resolutions and resolutions which are defeated, postponed, referred, and laid on the table.” In accordance with this resolution, this hotline message includes a synopsis of today’s session reflecting all main motions and resolutions that the board addressed.

The board recessed its meeting at 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to reconvene at 9 a.m. This week’s meeting is scheduled to continue through Thursday, June 29, and is being live streamed for member viewing.

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