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Council 21 - Washington DC

About Council 21

Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at DCA. Local CWA #22021

Happy Veteran's Day (Nov 10, 2019)

Council Office

Todd Failla

Todd Failla

LEC President
Patrick Hodges

Patrick Hodges

LEC Vice President
Chelle Tennyson

Chelle Tennyson

LEC Secretary
Lois Breece

Lois Breece

Council Representative
Michelle Masterson

Michelle Masterson

Council Representative
Thom Vargas

Thom Vargas

Council Representative

Meeting Minutes





Happy Veteran's Day (Nov 10, 2019)


Ladies and Gentlemen of Council 21,

Tomorrow,  we honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve this great country. To our co-workers, friends, and family who are veterans, we salute you!

With Respect,

The Officers and Volunteers

AFA-CWA, IAD Council 21


How To Contact Council 21:

Council 21 maintains a “Members First” philosophy, from 24/7 Member access to constant communications, we are here for you. We understand that there continues to be many questions, and we are committed to maintaining daily office hours  (M-F) and 24/7 on-call coverage. 


Please be aware that we do not conduct union business via Facebook or United.com emails. We are available to you 24/7 by either stopping in the IAD Office, calling 703 260 0051 during regular business hours or by using the prompts after hours. Here is the prompt order. Call 703 260 0051, then

1 –  Non-immediate issues; calls will be returned next business day.

2 –  Reserve ONLY Issues (Immediate need)

3 – Urgent and Immediate Matters.


Please aware that there is only One (1) number, that number is 703 260 0051. 

Contact your Reserve Committee by Text or Email:

In addition to being on call 24 hours a day for urgent and immediate Reserve issues, the Local Reserve Committee is now available by text message or email for non-urgent matters.  You can text message/email the Reserve Committee with any non-urgent concerns or questions.  The Reserve Committee will make every attempt to respond to your inquiry within 48 hours.

Council 21 Reserve Committee by Text Message - 571.420.1721

Council 21 Reserve Committee by Email - dcareserve@unitedafa.org

To email Council 21, please use afadca@unitedafa.org.

Note! We do not use or respond to united.com emails for union business.

Thank you for being informed and engaged Members. Please remember to fly safe, challenge rumors and to respect each other.


Round 2 Vacation Bidding is Now Open:

MEC Central Schedule Committee

Secondary (Round Two) Vacation bidding is now open. Flight Attendants will have until November 16, 0800 home domicile time (HDT) to submit their second-round vacation bids. All remaining days must be bid during the second round or they will be assigned.  Awards will be posted no later than November 20, 2019. 0800 (HDT).

For additional information on the rules when bidding for vacation, please refer to the 2020 Vacation guide.

Round Two Vacation Bid Opens

November 8, 2019 0800 (HDT)

Bids Close

November 16, 2019, 0800 (HDT)

Awards Posted

No Later than November 20th, 2019


MEC Reserve Committee Report:
MEC Reserve Committee

The MEC Reserve Committee’s October 2019 report detailing the activities of the Reserve Committee has been published on unitedafa.org.

CQ 2020 Changes:
MEC Safety, Health & Security

As CQ 2019 concludes the end of this month of November, the company announced in Inflight Services Weeklysome notable changes to CQ 2020 which begins December 2019.

CQ 2020 will be a two-day program with Day 1 being Regulatory Training and Day 2 consisting of Customer Service Training (CST). 

JCBA Section 11.B.1. requires training compensation to be no less than three (3) hours flight time pay and credit for each day of training. Review Section 11.B. for all other related training compensation such as pay for deadhead to and from training for those required to attend training away from their base and trip guarantee procedures when it is necessary to drop a trip to attend required training either because of a minimum day off issue or in those instances where training is not provided on any of a Flight Attendant’s days off during her/his must go (due) month.

Additionally, beginning in December 2019 for the 2020 CQ year, the company is launching CQ trimester CBTs to replace the previously required method for CBT completed. Each CBT is required to be completed during three designated time periods.


Launch Date

Due Date


December 1

January 29


March 1

April 29


September 1

October 30


Each required trimester CBT session will launch at midnight CST and must be completed by 2359 CST on the due date.

Each trimester CBT session is estimated to take approximately three hours and per JCBA Section 11.B.2., each trimester CBT session will be paid one hour (1:00) flight time and credit for every three hours (3:00), prorated. In no case shall a Flight Attendant receive less than one hour (1:00) flight time pay and credit.

Please review the CQ 2020 and CBT training info packet as well as the FAQ on Flying Together or in your Link.


January 2020 One Month COLAs & Job Share Availability:

Inflight Scheduling has determined that there will be an opportunity to award One-Month COLAs and Job shares for the January 2020 bid month. 

Bids Opened

November 1, 2019

Bids Close

10:00 a.m. HDT November 20, 2019

Awards Posted

Before December 12, 2019

Being that this is the first time the company is providing opportunity for job shares and regularone-month COLAs under this JCBA, Flight Attendants are strongly encouraged to review the provisions in JCBASections 15.B., 15.N. and Section 16 in addition to reading the “COLA, Job Share and Multiple-Month Partnership Program Overview” guide available on our website, unitedafa.org and on Flying Together. 

This upcoming January One-Month COLA: 

  • Because this is a COLA, Medical benefits are not offered at active employee rates 
  • If awarded a COLA, you will NOTbe expected to fly a carryover trip into the January bid month

Additional administrative changes for job shares are that Reserves will have more options for splitting their lines as well as the procedure for job share partners splitting their awarded line. Once awarded a job share, go to Help Hub (search keyword: Job Shares) to submit the form designating how you would like to split your line award.

As a reminder, job share partners split the line award of the senior partner and each partner is limited to a monthly maximum of fifty-five hours (55:00) pay and credit.

Awarding Process for January One-Month COLA & Job shares

One-month COLAs and matched job share requests are combined into a single list by base in seniority order and are awarded during the same process.

Matched job shares are awarded based on the seniority of the senior Flight Attendant partner.

Both flying partners must submit a bid identifying the partner to be considered for a matched job share.

All matched job shares are awarded in conjunction with one-month COLAs in seniority order. If additional company time off remains, available unmatched job shares will be paired, and remaining COLAs will be awarded in seniority order.

More information, including detailed instructions on submitting requests for COLAs and Job shares can be obtained in the "COLA, Job Share and Multiple-Month Partnership Program Overview”guide. 

Additional details about all Leaves of Absence, including related benefits, timelines and pay can be obtained in the “LOA Packet”found on our website, unitedafa.org.


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