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Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at LAS. Local CWA #29025

Luck-E News (Feb 10, 2019)

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William T. Carico

William T. Carico

LEC President
Orlando Contreras

Orlando Contreras

LEC Vice President
Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

LEC Secretary
Lisa Bush

Lisa Bush

Council Representative
Kim Wells

Kim Wells

Council Representative

Luck-E News (Feb 10, 2019)

Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment period for Voluntary Supplemental Insurance benefits is upon us. Flight Attendants will again this year have the option to secure Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits through one of two brokers, Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP).  Beginning January 28, 2019, through February 22, 2019 enrollment representatives from each of these brokers will be available in hub locations for the entire open enrollment period during the hours of 5 AM – 8 PM daily to answer questions and to enroll those interested in the following variety of voluntary benefit plans:

·      Group Voluntary (Short Term) Disability Income

·      Critical Illness with Cancer

·      Cancer Policy

·      Group Voluntary Accident Insurance

·      Group Hospital Indemnity Coverage

·      Life Insurance

Base Visits: January 28 through February 28, 2019



San Francisco


Los Angeles












The dates for the base visits for the smaller domiciles on the system are as follows:


Dates of Visit

Boston, MA(BOS)

February 10 – 12, 2019

Cleveland, OH (CLE)

February 6 – 8, 2019

Guam (GUM)

February 11 – 13, 2019

Honolulu, HI (HNL)

February 15 – 17, 2019

Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

February 19 – 21, 2019


In addition to the personalized base visits, Flight Attendants will have opportunities to enroll online and via telephone appointments. Additional information can be found on our website at www.unitedafa.org

A Review of Trip Trading Trade Rules

Open time trip trade occurs monthly utilizing a staggered window time chart available in the cover pages of our monthly bid packets. Implemented in September 2018 we will outline the details of the contractual provisions for your review:

  • If the operation permits, as determined by Crew Scheduling, an open time trade may be considered inside twelve hours (12:00) prior to check-in of the trip being picked up. 
  • Trades involving two trips which both have scheduled departures less than one calendar day after the trade must be done on an exception basis by contacting Crew Scheduling and are subject to operational needs. 
  • A trade between two Flight Attendants must be made in the computer up to four hours (4:00) prior to check-in of the earliest trip involved in the trade. 
  • Flight Attendants may straight pick up (i.e. no trading) open time via computer up to three (3:00) hours before check-in. 
  • Trade requests on the same trip may be requested at check-in (with Crew Scheduling), even if it involves the Purser position. 
  • Trip trade requests must be for trips originating in the same bid month. Month to month trades involving pairings which originate in different months is not allowed. 
  • Only two Flight Attendants may participate in a trip trade. Three-way trades are not permitted.
  • A single duty period which contains a flight segment that departs the base before midnight and a return segment that arriving back in the base after 0400 local time (“red eye turns”) will be considered as a one-day pairing when trading. 
  • Trip Trades with open time will only be allowed when there is sufficient reserve coverage. 
  • If your trade will result in you exceeding your monthly maximum on a credit basis, you will be deemed to have automatically opted to a higher monthly maximum. For example: if your trade increases your credit time from 94:00 to 97:00, you will be deemed to have opted to a 100:00 monthly maximum. 

Parking trips on another Flight Attendants line to facilitate trading is NOT permitted.

  • Additionally, Open time trades involving an unequal number of days cannot cause a decrease of flight time of more than three hours (3:00) scheduled block time (not credit time). 
  • Open time trades involving an equal number of days are not subject to the three hours decrease parameter. 

NOTE: Trading trips of uneven days are permitted, but limited. For example, you may trade a 3-day, 15:00 trip (with 12:00 block time), for a 2-day, 10:00 trip (with 10:00 block time). Although the difference in credit time is 5:00, the difference in block time is only 3:00 therefore, the trade is legal

Satellite Bases Anticipated to Open in the Second Quarter of 2019

Last November, United management announced the initial development of their plan to open satellite bases in MCO, PHX, and SAN on a trial basis. Consistent with the terms of the Letter of Agreement in our JCBA on Satellite Bases, your AFA leadership remains committed to the establishment of these Satellite location.

We are in discussions with management on a variety of topics to ensure any and all contractual items that require resolution prior to opening these new locations are addressed before these satellite bases are opened.  We’re working to ensure you have all the information on the satellite operation before making any decisions and are aware of how these locations will be administered.

We remain optimistic that we’ll work through these issues/concerns successfully using all available contractual options.   As this work related to the opening of these satellite base locations continues, we encouraged management to communicate their updated expectations related to the opening of the satellite locations for your planning purposes.  It is now anticipated that the opening of these satellite bases will occur during the second quarter of 2019.

As we make additional progress in addressing the concerns of both the Company and AFA to ensure the success of this trial period, we’ll communicate additional information to you.


Webcast – Possible U.S. Government Shut Down on February 15


Please join Sara Nelson, AFA-CWA International President, on Monday, February 11, from 10 – 11 PM UK time (5 – 6 PM EST), in a Webcast discussing the possibility of another U.S. Government shut down which may happen on February 15 and how this affects our work as Flight Attendants.

If federal workers can't do their jobs, we can't do ours. It's as simple as that.

On Monday, February 11, please join AFA President Sara Nelson for a webcast with AFA members to review the threats to our safety, security, and jobs due to a continued federal lockout, and the steps we are taking to prevent the shutdown from continuing on February 16th. It is vitally important for our work that we understand fully what is at stake for Flight Attendants, all of the people on our planes, and every community that depends on aviation.


Flight Attendants know how important federal workers like air traffic controllers, TSA officers, FAA safety inspectors, and all federal workers are to our security, safety, and our livelihoods. During the unprecedented 35-day federal government shutdown, federal workers were stretched to a breaking point and had to stop work on safety and security initiatives, putting all of us in danger. Our activism and solidarity with federal workers helped end the shutdown, but if Washington can't reach a deal, the shutdown will continue into a 36th day on February 16th. Our lives and our jobs are on the line. We have to act.


Watch: "Why the Shutdown affects Flight Attendants"

Interruptions to the aviation system have already had real-world cost for flight attendants, including lost trips and increased stress. A continued shutdown will threaten the stability of our work and our safety.


Many of the systems that were interrupted during the shutdown have not yet come back online. Our federal partners may have gotten a brief reprieve, but the uncertainty about a continued shutdown creates more stress. We cannot afford one more day, and our union is preparing actions to fight to prevent it.


Please join us Monday, February 11 at 5 PM Eastern at this link to review what's at stake and how Flight Attendants can protect ourselves, our passengers, and our jobs.


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