APFA's $3,000 "medical stipend" is actually a "signing bonus" as reported on LUS pay stubs

What was classified as a medical benefit transition "stipend" to assist U.S. Airways flight attendants in transitioning into American's inferior medical plan turns out to be classified as a "signing bonus" on the U.S. Airways flight attendant pay stubs. While it's been suggested that the "signing bonus" designation is for "tax purposes," it's important to note that medical benefits fall under "pre-tax deductions" on LAA pay stubs.