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20 Sep

UChat – On September 30, 2019, it’s coming!

In July, United management announced the testing of UChat, an app developed to facility Flight Attendant to Flight Attendant “chat” communication. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

20 Sep

Situational Awareness – Especially at the ATM Machine

A recent “find” by a group of Chicago Flight Attendants on layover in Sau Paulo included a “skimmer” that was placed on the ATM machine near the layover hotel.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

20 Sep

Vacation Election Options – Vacation Buy Back, FLEX and Deferral to 401(k)

The Vacation Election period opens by 0800 Home Domicile Time (HDT) on September 25, 2019 and closes at 0800 HDT on October 15, 2019 in order to provide the full twenty (20) day period to make elections required under the Contract. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

20 Sep

2020 Reserve Rotation Letter Lists to be Published Monday, September 23, 2019

The 2020 Reserve Letter Lists will be made available in your Base and on Flying Together on Monday, September 23, 2019. Reserve (A/B) Rotation is only applicable for Flight Attendants based at the following International locations
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

20 Sep

Irregular Operations from Extreme Weather

When extreme weather disrupts the operation as it did these past few days in Houston, the negotiated provisions of our Contract which are intended to offer a level of protection during these irregularities become critical. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

20 Sep

Minimum Duty and Time Away (Trip) Rigs - Understanding how they interact

Understanding that Ratio-in-Guarantee (RIGs) offer protections for additional pay and credit beyond the sum of the flight time within a scheduled pairing, when applicable, is an important component of understanding how we are paid. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

20 Sep

2019 Annual Communications Training Concludes this Week in Chicago

This week, the United Master Executive Council (MEC) Communications Committee conducted their annual Training Seminar in Chicago. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

20 Sep

Mark your Calendar - 2020 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment - October 7 - 25, 2019

It’s that time of the year again when annual benefits open enrollment will take place during the period from October 7 – 25, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

20 Sep

Reminder - 2020 CQ Due Month Change Bidding Closes September 27

As a reminder, Flight Attendants who currently have a CQ due (must go) month of June, July or August received an e-mail from management detailing the process to be used for preference bidding of new CQ due (must go) months.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

20 Sep

AFA International President Testifies

On Thursday, September 26th, the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation will hold a hearing regarding the implementation of provisions included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2019

18 Sep

Vacation Elections Open September 25, 2019 with Accrual Letters

The 2020 Vacation Election window opens next week on September 25th. Under the terms of our Contract, the election period must be available for a 20-day period beginning September 25 through October 15, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2019

18 Sep

Vacation Reductions

There are several instances where a Flight Attendant may experience a reduction in her/his vacation accrual. Flight Attendants on or who have taken a leave of absence during the past year (except occupational),
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2019

18 Sep

Early Boarding

As of January 1, 2019, the requirement for positive check-in was eliminated on a trial basis.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2019

18 Sep

Positive Space Booking Window Expanded from 60 to 120 Days

Previously and as a matter of company policy, the advance booking of positive space (NRPS) travel has been limited to the 60-day window immediately preceding the desired date of travel.  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2019

18 Sep

CBT Due Date of October 6th Approaching - Keep a Record of Completion

On August 7, 2019 Inflight Management notified Flight Attendants of the required 6 module CBT series and its required completion date of October 6, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2019

18 Sep

Fall Regular Meeting of the United MEC - October 22 – 23, 2019 in Chicago

We encourage Members to witness our democratic process in action by attending your Local Council fall meetings. Scheduled dates and times for your Local Council meeting will be posted on our website as they become available.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2019

18 Sep

TAKE ACTION: Stop Toxic Fumes!

The Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019 aims to protect airline passengers and crew from the harmful effects of toxic cabin air.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2019

18 Sep

Go Pink for October– Support Breast Cancer Awareness

As a reminder, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. As we do each year to highlight the importance of prevention, we will have pink ribbons available to be worn behind our white AFA pin available through your Local Council.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2019

18 Sep

90-Day Freeze on all iOS Updates

Effective September 10, 2019 the company has implemented a temporary freeze on all iOS updates. During the 90-day freeze period, you will not be able to update your Link to any other iOS version. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2019

14 Sep

Vacation 2020!

In anticipation of the opening of the first round of Vacation bidding on October 23, 2019, a good deal of preparatory work has been undertaken to ensure information is available to all of us on the complete vacation bidding process.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2019

14 Sep

Known Crew Member – Comply & Report! Use KCM Online Reporting Form

Crew Members around the system, Flight Attendants and Pilots alike, continue to report inconsistencies in the processes employed by the TSA at the KCM check point.  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2019

14 Sep

Central Schedule Committee (CSC) Reports – October, 2019

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent Build and Review Report detailing their activities in the development of the October 2019 schedule has been published on www.unitedafa.org.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2019

14 Sep

2020 CQ Changes – Due Month Bidding is Now OPEN - Closes September 27

Flight Attendants who currently have a CQ due (must go) month of June, July or August received a e-mail from management detailing the process to be used for preference bidding of new CQ due (must go) months.  Awards will be processed in base seniority order.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2019

13 Sep

Special COLAs for October 2019 Schedule Month Awarded

A total of 321 Special COLAs were awarded for the October 2019 schedule month on a system-wide basis. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 13, 2019

13 Sep

One Month Special COLA for November 2019 with Medical Benefits at Active Rates

Inflight Scheduling has determined that there will be an opportunity to award one-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective for the November 2019 bid month.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 13, 2019

13 Sep

International Override Applies to Pairings with Flying Outside the U.S. & Canada

nternational override applies to those pairings flown to/from destinations outside the continental United States & Canada. Examples of flying to which this override applies include the destinations of Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 13, 2019

13 Sep

MEC Reserve Committee Report

Our MEC Reserve Committee’s most recent Reserve Committee Report addressing system Reserve issues has been posted on www.unitedafa.org for your review. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 13, 2019

13 Sep

October Paid Holidays - HKG National Day (10/1) & FRA Unification Day (10/3)

Paid holidays during the month of October include pairings which originate in HKG and include National Day, October 1, 2019 as well as pairings which originate in FRA and include Unification Day, October 3, 2019.  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 13, 2019

13 Sep

Purchase Pink Uniform Accessories - Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October, is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As we do each year to highlight the importance of prevention, we will have pink ribbons available to be worn behind your white AFA pin.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 13, 2019

13 Sep

2020 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment - October 7 - 25, 2019

It’s that time of the year again when annual benefits open enrollment will take place during the period from October 7 – 25, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 13, 2019

12 Sep

FLIGHT ATTENDANT SCHEDULE MONTHS FOR 2020

Listed below, by month, are the number of days in each month, and the new start and end dates for each Flight Attendant Schedule month for 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 12, 2019

06 Sep

FAA Responds to AFA Advocacy to Move on 10 Hours Rest Implementation

Last year we successfully achieved 10 Hours minimum rest free from duty under the law. According to the legislation timeline and past practice on implementation of new rules, airlines should have had to comply with the law by the beginning of June 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

A Message from Doug McKeen – Sr. Vice President Labor Relations

Earlier this week, Doug McKeen sent a letter to a specific group of Flight Attendants addressing trip trading and emphasizing the company’s zero tolerance policy on bullying and intimidation. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

New KCM Requirements But No Uniform Effective September 6, 2019

On, September 3, 2019, TSA issued notice to their officers there would be revised crewmember identification requirements, effective today, Friday, September 6, 2019. The new requirements are available in detail on unitedafa.org
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

FAA Airmen Certification Card Replacement Clarification

As a clarification to the information published in this past Tuesday’s edition of E-lines, Flight Attendants were directed to the FAA.gov website for detailed instructions to obtain a lost, stolen or misplaced FAA Airmen Certification Card.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

9/11 Commemorative Pin and Black Memorial Remembrance Ribbons

For the month of September, AFA will be providing black ribbons to be worn behind your white AFA pin as part of our commitment to Never Forget those who perished on 9/11. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

Personal Strategies for Approaching the Anniversary of September 11th

As we approach the anniversary of September 11th, many of us will begin to plan how we’ll recognize this day. Anniversaries offer an opportunity to acknowledge our memories and experiences, to connect with others who share in them, and to pay tribute to our individual and collective journeys. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

Out of Base (OOB) Pick-ups are Not Eligible for Trading

As outlined in Chapter 10 of the Trip Trades and Adjustment guide, Flight Attendants may pick up trips from open time or advertisements in bases other than their own, subject to the specified requirements of section 7.J of our JCBA provisions. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

Jury Duty- Flight Attendant Guide Available from Help Hub

The Jury Duty- Flight Attendant Guide found in Help Hub details the procedures for notifying the company when we receive a jury duty summons.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

The Value of Our Contractual Scope Language

Just as we should not perform work that is assigned to other airport employees such as customer service, aircraft cleaners, ramp, mechanics or pilots in violation of their job scope and hampering United's ability to accurately determine staffing, 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

System Scheduling Reports – DSL Report?

The most recent (DSL) Review Report from Central Schedule Committee detailing their activities in the development of the September schedule has been published on unitedafa.org for your review and to increase your understanding of the scheduling process.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

06 Sep

Updating your Phone Contact in CCS

Flight Attendants have the ability to update or change their phone number contact information in CCS. Keeping your information up to date prevents any potential missed trips (MT) due to an out of date[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2019

04 Sep

Hurricane Dorian Update

Hurricane Dorian, downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, is projected to approach the Florida’s central coast on its northerly track. The hurricane’s forward speed of approximately six (6) miles per ho[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2019

04 Sep

9/11 Commemorative Pin and Black Memorial Remembrance Ribbons

For the month of September and as part of our commitment to Never Forget, you are encouraged to wear a black ribbon behind your white AFA pin or the commemorative 9/11 memorial ribbon pin both of which are available from your Local Council.  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2019

04 Sep

September 11, 2019 - Flight 93 “Journey of Remembrance”

In the early morning hours of September 11, 2019, a Journey of Remembrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial Park will depart from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2019

04 Sep

New KCM Requirements But No Uniform Required – Effective September 6, 2019

Today, September 3, TSA issued notice to their officers about the new crewmember identification requirements, which will become effective this Friday, September 6, 2019. The new requirements are as follows:
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2019

04 Sep

FAA Airmen Certificate Replacement Card

With the recent changes to Known Crewmember (KCM) Flight Attendants traveling while NOT in uniform may elect to use their FAA Airmen Certification Card as their third type of identification when accessing KCM entry points while out of uniform. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2019

04 Sep

2020 CQ Changes – Affected Flight Attendants, Bidding Opens September 13, 2019

Flight Attendants who currently have a CQ due month of June, July or August are reminded to expect a company email by September 4, 2019 detailing the process for preference bidding of new CQ due months which will be awarded in base seniority order.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2019

04 Sep

Attendance Bonus Point Application is Generated Automatically

Recently Flight Attendants have inquired as to the process as to how previously earned bonus point(s) are applied to occurrences. It is important to understand that bonus points can be earned during designated holiday periods when a Flight Attendant following the outlined criteria.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2019

04 Sep

New Required CBT Modules Due by October 6

Inflight management notified Flight Attendants in the August 7, 2019 Inflight Services Weekly of a new series of six required CBT modules that must be completed by October 6, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2019

04 Sep

Layover Safety

In a recent July’s E-Lines article we focused on layover safety . The article offered tools and suggestions to ensure your safety while at a layover point.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2019

30 Aug

Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning – Interview with AFA International President

On Sunday, September 1, 2019, tune in to CBS Sunday Morningfor an interview with Sara Nelson, AFA International President. Sara talks with Lesly Stahl to advance our collective interests for safety in the air and America’s Labor movement.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

30 Aug

Satellite Bases at MCO, PHX & SAN Opened Today

Satellite bases at MCO, PHX & SAN opened today. Initial start up to full operation of the satellites will be phased in over the next couple of days starting with a number of deadhead assignments today.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

30 Aug

737 MAX Update – Out of Schedule through December 19, 2019

United management has announced plans to pull MAX flights out of schedule until December 19, 2019 and has expressed their commitment “to continue to take extraordinary steps to protect our customers’ [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

30 Aug

AFA Resources for Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian is continuing to build and continues to move northwest through the Atlantic. Current forecasts are calling for Dorian to make landfall early Tuesday morning on the Florida coast near Palm Beach as a category 4 hurricane.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

30 Aug

Work Positions on Operational Pairings (8000-9999)

Flight Attendants continue to ask for clarification regarding work positions associated with Operational Pairings which can be identified as pairings in the 8000 - 9000 range.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

30 Aug

Family & Medical Leave Make-Up to Restore Days Toward 78 Day FML Allocation

Our Contract provides for up to 78 days of Family & Medical Leave in any twelve-month period as well as for the make-up of sick & family medical leave.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

30 Aug

2020 CQ Changes

In the August 28, 2019 Edition of Inflight Services Weekly, the company announced that for 2020, they are shifting the bulk of CQ training out of the summer months of June, July and August.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

30 Aug

** Correction ** Transfers Awarded for November Bid Month

In Tuesday’s E-lines, as a result of a typographical error, we incorrectly reported that 18 transfers had been awarded to Los Angeles (LAX) when we should have reported those transfers went to Las Vegas (LAS).  
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

30 Aug

Reporting 2Hot 2Cold Instances – Get the App

Fall is just around the corner but for many of our bases the heat of the summer is still in full swing. Flight Attendants continue to report extremely hot aircraft cabins, especially when operating an afternoon or early evening flight.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

30 Aug

Scholarship Opportunities

The Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to more than 3000 Union families. The on-line application is now available for current and retired Union members, their spouses and dependent children.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2019

28 Aug

Important KCM Update

Since the announcement on Saturday that Known Crewmember (KCM) procedures would change AFA has been interfacing with TSA, industry, and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

28 Aug

Resolving End-of-Month 1-in-7 Conflicts

Following a recent communication from the company addressing programming changes to track 1-in-7 violations for Reserves, the insertion of a Break (BRK) day placeholder in the schedule of a Reserve ha[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

28 Aug

Transfers Awarded for November Bid Month - Action Required

The following new transfer opportunities were awarded to Flight Attendants on August 26, 2019 effective for the November bid month.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

28 Aug

Register to Attend Flight 93 Journey of Remembrance

On September 11, 2019, a Journey of Remembrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial Park will depart from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

28 Aug

AFA EAP Personal Strategies for Approaching the Anniversary of September 11th

As we approach the anniversary of September 11th, many of us will begin to plan how we’ll recognize this day. Anniversaries offer an opportunity to acknowledge our memories and experiences, to connect with others who share in them, and to pay tribute to our individual and collective journeys. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

28 Aug

9/11 Commemorative Pin and Black Memorial Remembrance Ribbons

For the month of September AFA will be providing black ribbons to be worn behind your AFA pin. There will also be a select number of commemorative 9/11 memorial ribbon pins available at each domicile location. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

28 Aug

Personal Credit Card is Not Required to Check into Layover Hotel Rooms

Section 5.B.4 of our Contract establishes that Flight Attendants are not required to provide their personal credit card at check-in to their layover hotel rooms for room access or for in-room telephone activation.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

28 Aug

Purser Pay Rates

In the July 10, 2019 E-Lines publication we provided information on International Purser/Purser Pay rates which apply, in addition to regular compensation, for each credited flight hour and [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

28 Aug

TAKE ACTION: Stop Toxic Fumes Onboard

Our workspace is the public’s travel space and, in that space, today, crews and passengers are breathing toxins and it has to stop.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

28 Aug

ROCKON - a Concert supporting the CAUSE Foundation and Pilots for Kids

Pilots for Kids and The CAUSE Foundation are hosting the upcoming Rock United fundraising benefits concert, September 14, 2019 at the Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave in Golden, CO. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2019

23 Aug

Check the Semi-Annual System Seniority List Published July 25, 2019

Our Semi-Annual System Seniority List was published as of July 25, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

Changes to the Route Network Announced This Week

United Airlines announced this week an expanded international schedule from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, New York/Newark and San Francisco to include inauguration of service to service to Nice, France; Palermo, Italy; and Curacao. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

9th Annual FADAP Conference Concludes in Baltimore

The 9th annual Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP) conference concluded this week in Baltimore, Maryland. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

September 11, 2019 Memorial Services and Remembrance Ribbons

We will Never Forget September 11, 2001.Thousands of lives were lost that tragic day, including passengers, Pilots, and Flight Attendants aboard the four highjacked aircraft. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

CCS Line Security – Option to Block your Line

Flight Attendants should be aware that they have the ability to block their flying schedule; blocking a schedule essentially hides it from view.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

Involvement Is Power- AFA Structure, Get Involved!

The power of our Union rests with each Member of AFA-CWA.  Our AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws defines a Union structure and policy that is often recognized as one of the most democratic in the labor movement. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

Drug and Alcohol Testing Pay and Random Testing Procedures

As a reminder, Section 4.F of our JCBA, outlines the contractual provision for Drug and Alcohol Testing compensation.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

AFA Rejoins Inflight Safety Action Program (ISAP) Effective August 29

Last week AFA announced our participation in a new Inflight Safety Action Program (ISAP).  After a series of meetings with Inflight management we are proud to report that we have entered int[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

Reminder - New Required CBT Modules Due by October 6

Inflight management notified Flight Attendants in the August 7, 2019 Inflight Services Weekly of a new series of six required CBT modules that must be completed by October 6, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

Reserve Availability Rules on the Last Day of the Bid Month

On the last day of the old bid month, there a special Reserve telephone availability and assignment rules that apply to Flight Attendants who are going on and off Reserve. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

Happy 74th Birthday, AFA!

We celebrated our union's birthday on August 22nd! Flight Attendants around the world - this is where it all began. We are one of the most organized professions in labor and together we have achieved [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

2016 – 2021 “New” Reserve Survival Guide Available to Download

The MEC Reserve Survival Guide is available for your use as a reference while serving Reserve. This guide is based on the scheduling provisions contained within the 2016 – 2021 Flight Attendant Agreement and is now available on the MEC website.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

Air Wisconsin, Compass, GoJet Picket Nationwide

Flight Attendants from Air Wisconsin, Compass, and GoJet were out on the picket line Wednesday at DCA, ORD, and LAX to push negotiations forward.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

23 Aug

U.S.-based Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Ratify First Contract

AFA Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants voted by 99 percent to ratify a first contract this week. The three-year agreement provides immediate pay increases, back-pay, schedule flexibility, and retirement security for Flight Attendants U.S. based in SFO, LAX and JFK.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2019

21 Aug

Reserve Day of Availability Groupings at International Domiciles

Section 8.C.1 of our Contract provides for the grouping of Reserves based on days of availability.  Specifically, 1-day, 2-day, 3-day and 4-day or more days of availability in accordance with the number of “on schedule” days remaining before their next scheduled day off.  
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2019

21 Aug

9/11 Memorial & Museum Recognizes Flight Crewmembers - National Aviation Week

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum recognizes National Aviation Week this week (August 19-25, 2019) by pr
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2019

21 Aug

Contractual Provisions of Holding and Short Crew Pay

Flight Attendants unclear as to procedures when utilizing their JCBA contractual provisions for holding time pay and short crew pay are encouraged to review the following e-lines publications detailing the key components as to how pay is administered.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2019

21 Aug

Attendance and Dependability Point Values

A point system was negotiated to apply to attendance and dependability occurrences to provide consistency in the way attendance and dependability issues are addressed. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2019

21 Aug

Vacation Relief Line Process

As outlined in the monthly bid package cover letter, Flight Attendants may be awarded Vacation Relief Lines during the Primary bid period. During the primary bid period, Vacation Relief Lines (VRL) lines are awarded as follows:
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2019

21 Aug

Taxi Reimbursement

When a Flight Attendant’s scheduled Transportation arrives late or does not arrive at all, the Flight Attendant has the option to secure their own transportation to ensure their legal rest or the prompt completion of her/his duty period at the home domicile
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2019

21 Aug

Local Council Worksheets Matter!

As emphasized in the first segment of the new Upfront with Ken Diazvideo series, Flight Attendants are encouraged to complete Local Council Worksheets in order to document contract violations. If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council office.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2019

21 Aug

TAKE ACTION: Stop Toxic Fumes!

The Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019 (H.R.2208 or S.1112) aims to legislate protection for airline passengers and crew from the harmful effects of toxic cabin air.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2019

21 Aug

New Zealand Requires Electronic Travel Authority – Effective October 1, 2019

The government of New Zealand has issued a new requirement for entry into the country. Effective for arrivals on or after Oct. 1, 2019, all travelers from visa-waiver countries, including the United S[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2019

17 Aug

Learning Network CBT & Travel on Sick Leave Information

The recent Learning Network CBT that Flight Attendants are required to complete by October 6, 2019 contains a slide that addresses the issue of travel while on sick leave. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 17, 2019

17 Aug

New Haneda Flights Planned to Start in March 2020

New nonstop service from ORD, IAD, LAX and EWR to HND (Tokyo’s Haneda Airport) is set to begin on March 28, 2020, subject to government approval. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 17, 2019

17 Aug

Reassignments After Leaving Base

Over the course of the last ten months, Union and company representatives of the Joint Implementation Team (JIT) have continued to implement the scheduling provisions of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA). 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 17, 2019

17 Aug

Seats Available for Flight 93 Journey of Remembrance

On September 11, 2019, a Journey of Remembrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial Park will depart from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 17, 2019

17 Aug

Negotiated Base Pay Increase Effective for September Bid Month

August 12, 2019 marked the three-year anniversary of the ratification of our 2016-2021 Contract.   As set forth in Section 4.A. of our Contract, base pay rates will be increased as of t[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 17, 2019

17 Aug

Central Schedule (CSC) Committee Monthly Reports

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent reports reviewing the flying assigned at each domicile location (DSL) and the lines constructed at each domicile (SWLOF) in the development of the September schedule have been published on www.unitedafa.org. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 17, 2019

17 Aug

Bridge the Gap Nationwide Picketing - Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

This Wednesday, we’ll be out on the picket line across the country fighting to Bridge the Gap for Flight Attendants at regional airlines. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 17, 2019

17 Aug

Scheduling On-Board Crew Rest Using Available Crew Rest Facilities

On-Board Rest, otherwise known as crew rest breaks, are an important provision of our negotiated contract.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 17, 2019

17 Aug

TAKE ACTION: Stop Toxic Fumes!

The Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019 (H.R.2208 or S.1112) aims to legislate protection for airline passengers and crew from the harmful effects of toxic cabin air.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 17, 2019

13 Aug

One United – New Programming Deployed Tonight at 2200CT

Effective with deployment later tonight, Crew Scheduling will no longer be required to insert a break day ("BRK") as a placeholder to resolve 1-in-7(1:7) Contractual or 24-in-7(24:7) FAR violatio[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

13 Aug

Seats Available for Flight 93 Journey of Remembrance

On the morning of September 11, 2019, a Journey of Remembrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial Park will depart from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

13 Aug

USS Midway September 11, 2019 Memorial Ceremony

On September 11, 2019, the FDNY Retirees of San Diego, along with the USS Midway Museum, National City Fire Department and The Wounded Warrior Project will pay tribute and honor our fallen heroes[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

13 Aug

9/11 Memorial Museum Recognizes Flight Crewmembers During Aviation Week,

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum will recognize National Aviation Week (August 19-25, 2019) by providing free access to the Memorial Museum to active and retired crewmembers
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

13 Aug

September 2019 One-month and Six-month COLA Awards Available in CCS

Awards for the one-month Special COLA’s effective for the September 2019 Flight Attendant schedule month have been posted and are available via CCS.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

13 Aug

Sick Call after Reassignment

Flight Attendants that have been reassigned a pairing and then become ill after the reassignment has occurred, and subsequently call in sick are only pay protected for the reassignment pairing, not the original trip.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

13 Aug

Rapid Re-accrual of Sick Leave when Returning from Injury, illness or Maternity

Flight Attendants returning from a single injury, illness or maternity absence are reminded, as provided in Section 13.A.5. of the JCBA, if during this single absence you have used more [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

13 Aug

New Procedures for Dual Boarding/Deplaning Process Effective August 12, 2019

Effective August 12, 2019 new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) became effective for the use of dual boarding and deplaning procedures. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

13 Aug

Summer is in Full Swing: Download 2Hot2Cold!

In the summer, cabins can get too hot. If it’s too hot, crew and passengers can experience symptoms ranging from the mild (fatigue, dizziness) to moderate (heat exhaustion) to catastrophic (heat stroke).
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

13 Aug

AFA Regional Carriers - Bridge the Gap Nationwide Picketing - Wednesday, Aug. 21

Air Wisconsin, a regional carrier, operates flights for United Airlines. Despite airline profits, Flight Attendants at Air Wisconsin are kept in poverty struggling to make ends meet.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 13, 2019

12 Aug

Partial Trip Trades

The Flight Attendant advertising the partial pairing is required to fly the pairing if no other Flight Attendant picks up the pairing within four (4) hours prior to check-in. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 12, 2019

10 Aug

September 11, 2019 Memorial Services - Our Commitment to Never Forget!

We have made a commitment to Never Forget the events of September 11, 2001 or the thousands of lives that were lost on that tragic day in the history of our airline and our country.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 10, 2019

10 Aug

New Required CBT Modules Due by October 6

Inflight management notified Flight Attendants in the August 7, 2019 Inflight Services Weekly of a new series of six required CBT modules that must be completed by October 6, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 10, 2019

10 Aug

Safety, Health & Security Training

Our MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee concluded our annual training seminar this week in Chicago. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 10, 2019

10 Aug

Work History Record/ Tracking Attendance Points

JCBA Section 22.A.4. was negotiated to provide for Flight Attendants with the ability to access their individual work record electronically. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 10, 2019

10 Aug

Hotel & Transportation Committee Report

The most recent report from our MEC Hotel & Transportation Committee detailing the work of the committee is now available on www.unitedafa.org. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 10, 2019

10 Aug

USA TODAY: DOT Releases New Guidelines for Animals In the Cabin

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, the Department of Transportation released new guidance on service and emotional support animals in the cabin. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 10, 2019

09 Aug

WHITE FLAG DAY declared in EWR, BOS, CLE, ORD, DEN, SFO, LAX on 8/9/19

Effective as of 2200 CT on August 8, 2019 WHITE FLAG DAY has been declared for August 9, 2019 in EWR, BOS, CLE, ORD, DEN, SFO, & LAX
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 09, 2019

07 Aug

AFA Leaders Gathered at the 77th CWA Convention 2019

Our AFA-CWA Local Presidents and other Officers gathered in Las Vegas this past week (July 29 - 31, 2019) for the 77th Annual Convention of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

07 Aug

Preparing for and Acting During any Active Shooter Incident

The active shooter tragedies that have occurred over the last fourteen hours in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio remind us that the risk of mass violence in the communities in which we all live, work and visit is very real. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

07 Aug

Trip Duplication

When the code DUPE RX appears in the Master Schedule of a Flight Attendant, this code indicates there was a company error and two or more Flight Attendants were assigned to the same pairing in the same position.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

07 Aug

Category I Local Council Elections Nomination Process is Underway

The AFA-CWA Category I Local Executive Council election process has begun.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

07 Aug

August 8 Deadline to Apply for September 2019 One and Six-month Special COLAs

Inflight Scheduling has determined that there will be opportunities to award one month and six-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective for the September 2019 bid month.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

07 Aug

Reminder to Check the Semi-Annual System Seniority List Published July 25, 2019

Our Semi-Annual System Seniority List was published as of July 25, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

07 Aug

2016 – 2021 “New” Reserve Survival Guide Available to Download

The MEC Reserve Committee has completed and published the most recent edition of the Reserve Survival Guide for your reference while serving Reserve. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

07 Aug

Fidelity Service Center Clarification for Flight Attendant 401(k) Plan

In a recent communication from United Airlines, a Summary of Material Modification to the Flight Attendant 401(k) plan was sent to each plan participant.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

07 Aug

PIRC & the Traffic Light System - Should we Serve one more?

In one of our more recent editions of E-lines, we reviewed PIRC – the Passenger Incident Review Committee and the role of this Committee to ensure the continued safety of crew and passengers on every flight. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

07 Aug

Out of Base Pick-up and Holiday Pay

When a Flight Attendant picks up “out of base”, that is at another domicile, domestic to international or vice versa, on a holiday at the out of base location, the Flight Attendant is entitled to be paid the scheduled holiday pay for the base at which the pairing has been picked up.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 07, 2019

02 Aug

Effective 0545 CT on August 2, 2019, White Flag Declared at SFO

Effective at 05:45 CT on August 2nd, 2019, White Flag has been declared at SFO for pairings originating on August 2, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 02, 2019

31 Jul

Upfront with Ken Diaz- A New MEC President Communication Platform

The United MEC Officers, in conjunction with the United MEC Communications Committee, are pleased to announce the beginning of a new video series - Up Front with Ken Diaz. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

77th Annual CWA Convention is in Session this week in Las Vegas, July 29 – 31

The 77th Annual Convention of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is currently in session at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

Summer Regular Meeting of the United MEC – August 1 & 2 in Las Vegas

Our Summer 2019, Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place this week, August 1 - 2, 2019, at the Westin Hotel, 160 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

Personal Drop Applied to Supplement when Remaining PTO Days are Insufficient

Effective July 30, 2019, when a Flight Attendant requests PTO for a scheduled pairing, but does not have sufficient PTO days remaining to cover each duty period within the pairing,
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

Flight Attendant Video Safety Demonstration Positions Change on August 1, 2019

The FAA recently published a revision to the Advisory Circular on Passenger Safety Information Briefing and Briefing Cards stating:
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

Action Required - FMLA Denial of Eligibility between 5/31/17 and 2/13/19

During the period beginning May 31, 2017 through February 13, 2019, an informationtechnology error related to the calculation of “hours worked” in determining eligibility for Family Medical Leave (FML) was identified
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

Cabin Jumpseat (CJA) Etiquette

Section 3.A. of our Contract provides Flight Attendants with the privilege of using the cabin jumpseat (CJA) as negotiated.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

Union Dues Obligation while on Special COLA Exceeding Ninety Days

Flight Attendants interested in taking the six-month Special COLA are reminded of their obligation to pay Union dues for the first ninety (90) days of the six-month Special COLA.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

Pass Travel, Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements and KCM while on Special COLA

In terms of pass travel, the negotiated language of Section15 provides that online pass travel benefits are available for the duration of the Special COLA which includes United & United Express. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

Standby Reserve

When Flight Attendants are required to report to the airport without a specific flight assignment serving on Standby Reserve, these individuals are limited to four (4) pre-boarding assignments per standby period as outlined in Section 8.N.7. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

31 Jul

Download iOS Version 12.4 prior to August 12, 2019

The latest version of the Link operating system iOS, Version 12.4, is now available for Flight Attendants to download to their Links. Please ensure the update is complete prior to August 12, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 31, 2019

26 Jul

77th Annual Communications Workers of America (CWA) Convention July 29 – 31

The 77th Annual Convention of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is scheduled to begin Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2019

26 Jul

Summer Regular Meeting of the United MEC – August 1 & 2 in Las Vegas

Our Summer 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place the week of August 1 - 2, 2019, at the Westin Hotel, 160 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2019

26 Jul

Out of Base Pick-up of Designated White and Purple Flag Pairings

Recently, Flight Attendants have asked for clarification concerning Out of Base (OOB) pick-up when it involves White and Purple designated pairings.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2019

26 Jul

Maintaining Required Documents – Passports, Visas and FAA Airmen Certificate

As the summer travel season begins to wind down it is an excellent time for Flight Attendants to review their required documentation. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2019

26 Jul

One-month and Six-month Special COLAs available starting September 1, 2019

Inflight Scheduling has determined that there will be an opportunity to award one month and six-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective for the September 2019 bid month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2019

26 Jul

New UMNR “app” Implementation – Transfer of Custody Should Occur on Aircraft

As career safety professionals, we understand our role in the transfer of custody of Unaccompanied Minors (UMNRs) to appropriate Customer Service personnel.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2019

26 Jul

Action Required - FMLA Denial of Eligibility between 5/31/17 and 2/13/19

During the period beginning May 31, 2017 through February 13, 2019, an information technology error related to the calculation of “hours worked” in determining eligibility for Family Medical Leave (FML) was identified
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2019

26 Jul

Alaska Airlines Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement Listing Procedures Unchanged

Recently, we have received reports that indicate there may be some confusion as it relates to the process for listing on Alaska Airlines under the Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement (RCSA).
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2019

26 Jul

Emotional Support Animal Bites Flight Attendant, AFA Again Calls on DOT

This past Monday, on American Airlines Flight 3506 flying from Dallas-Fort Worth to Piedmont Triad International Airport, an Envoy Air Flight Attendant and AFA member was bitten by an emotional support dog
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2019

24 Jul

Previously Sent CCS Reserve Acknowledgements Re-Sent in Error

Earlier today, Reserves began reporting that they were receiving for a second time previously acknowledged CCS Priority Messages of “Released from Duty” assignments.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2019

24 Jul

Hot Aircraft – Responding to Protect Passengers and Crew

Summer is in full-swing and temperatures across our route system continue to rise to record setting temperatures. With the rise in outdoor temperatures comes additional risk of heat-related illness. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2019

24 Jul

Denied FMLA Eligibility between May 31, 2017 and February 13, 2019

On July 12, 2019, we reported to you  that the Union conducted an audit of the hours worked for a number of Flight Attendants who should have been eligible for FML. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2019

24 Jul

Semi-Annual System Seniority List Published July 25, 2019

The Semi-Annual System Seniority List was released as of July 25, 2019. As provided under Section 14.C. of our Contract, the list shall be made available at all stations where Flight Attendants are domiciled for review.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2019

24 Jul

Master List of CCS Codes Including Standby Reserve Codes

A comprehensive list of CCS codes seen on our Master Schedule is available from the company’s website, unitedafa.org and in the Pay Guide.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2019

24 Jul

Holding Time Limitations While Onboard the Aircraft

We are receiving a number of questions in the MEC Office which suggest there may be some confusion on the how and when holding time is paid.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2019

24 Jul

Hotel Gainsharing – A Review

Section 5.C. of our JCBA provides Flight Attendants with the ability to be reimbursed a portion of the savings resulting from cancelling hotel rooms in accordance with the parameters of our JCBA.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2019

24 Jul

77th Annual Communications Workers of America Convention July 29 - 31, 2019

The 77th Annual Convention of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is scheduled to take place next week, July 29 - 31, 2019 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2019

24 Jul

United Announces 20% Profit Sharing Increase Expectation

On July 18, 2019 United announced the expectations of a profit-sharing payout per participating employee to be approximately 20% higher than last year.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2019

20 Jul

Honoring 232: A Call to Ensure a Safe Seat for Passengers at Every Age

On the 30th remembrance of the United Flight 232 Sioux City crash that killed 111 people including an infant without a safe seat, AFA calls on the FAA and lawmakers to ensure that every passenger is secured in an aircraft seat, regardless of age.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

20 Jul

United Airlines (UAL) Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

On July 16, 2019 United announced its second-quarter 2019 financial results- the highest second-quarter pre-tax income in the airlines history (post 2010 merger).
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

20 Jul

Following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

As we continue flying with each following the operational merge, we’re becoming more comfortable with each other and collaborating to accomplish the work that needs to be done on the aircraft.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

20 Jul

Timeline for Bidding and Awards of September 2019 Special COLAs

Inflight Scheduling has determined that there will be an opportunity to award one month and six-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective for the September 2019 bid month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

20 Jul

Were you determined to be FMLA ineligible -May 31, 2017 & Feb. 13, 2019

On July 12, 2019, we reported to you that during the period beginning May 31, 2017 through February 13, 2019, an information technology error related to the calculation of hours worked in determining eligibility for Family Medical Leave (FML) was identified.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

20 Jul

Contractual Protections When Weather Adversely Impacts the Operation

With recent weather events impacting operations at several bases around the system, Flight Attendants are encouraged to review the articles that have been produced on Irregularities, Call Wait Times & Self-Help procedures.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

20 Jul

Jury Duty- Flight Attendant Guide Available from Help Hub

The Contract language in Section 15.M.1. of our Contract provides specific information on how Flight Attendants will be paid when called upon to perform Jury Duty as well as the specific steps they must take to notify their supervisor after receiving notice
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

20 Jul

Trip Trading / Picking Up Trips While on Sick Leave

A Flight Attendant may continue trip trading, as provided for in Section 7.I. of our JCBA, while on sick leave and she/he will be eligible to use accrued sick leave to be paid for such trips within certain limitation.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

20 Jul

Submitting your Monthly Schedule Bids

Following the award of monthly schedules, it is not unusual for Local Council Officers to receive questions from Flight Attendants on their special line award.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

20 Jul

United MEC Summer Regular Meeting August 1 – 3, 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada

Our Summer 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place the week of August 1 - 3, 2019, at the Westin Hotel, 160 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2019

17 Jul

Special COLAs Available for September

Inflight Scheduling has determined that there will be an opportunity to award one month and six-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective for the September 2019 bid month. The number of Special COLAs to be awarded has not yet been determined. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

17 Jul

London Airports Expect a Series of Strikes this Summer

Officials at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick face walkouts and are contingency planning to minimize disruptions in response to Unions calling for a series of strikes over pay.  
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

17 Jul

Trading Carryover Pairings

Very often we receive questions regarding the trading pairings that carryover or “overlap” from one month to the next.  Processing of trades involving carryover pairings is provided for in Section 7.I.11. of our Contract.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

17 Jul

Buddy Bidding

Flight Attendants that wish to fly with a friend or particular flying partner have the ability to utilize the Buddy Bid option when submitting their monthly bid. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

17 Jul

Visa & Passport Renewal – Passport Surrender

Flight Attendants are required to carry their passport while on any flight assignment. When a Flight Attendants passport expires or requires replacement for any reason, (i.e. lost, stolen or name change, etc.)
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

17 Jul

Booking Travel to CQ when Traveling from your Home to Training

Flight Attendants attending required training away from their domicile (Section 11.C.3.)  who are required to travel to attend training at a location away from their base may elect to travel to the training location from her/his home or domicile location.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

17 Jul

United MEC Summer Regular Meeting August 1 – 3, 2019 – Las Vegas, Nevada

Our Summer 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place the week of August 1 - 3, 2019, at the Westin Hotel, 160 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

17 Jul

AFA, ALPA, TTD Join Lawmakers at Fair and Open Skies Act Introduction

AFA, ALPA, and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 10 2019, as they introduced the Fair and Open Skies Act.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

17 Jul

Take the Crew Scheduling Feedback Survey

Crew scheduling is currently conducting a survey that is intended to collect feedback on your experience when calling the Crew Desk and interacting with the new call support representatives who were introduced, June 26, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

17 Jul

Revision #29 Now Available in Manuals App – Effective August 1, 2019

Effective August 1, 2019, revision #29 is now available to download via your Manuals app. Details on the content and instructions on downloading procedures are available in the July 11, 2019 ISW on Flying Together.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2019

12 Jul

737 MAX Aircraft Out of Schedule until November 3, 2019

Late in the day on Friday, July 12, 2019, United management announced that the 737 MAX aircraft will be out of schedule until November 3rd.  In addition to that announcement, management prov[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2019

12 Jul

Video Safety Demonstration Positions Changed by FAA Effective August 1, 2019

You may recall some number of years ago, management established a policy requiring Flights Attendants on aircraft with video safety demonstration systems to stand in the aisle at our live safety demonstration positions while the video was shown.   
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2019

12 Jul

Flight Attendant Fatigue Policy

The Company Policy on Flight Attendant Fatigue states, “Any Flight Attendant who claims to be too fatigued to fly will be removed from her/his schedule. This will ensure that the safety of our passengers and crew is not compromised.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2019

12 Jul

RA Day Assignment for End of Month Conflicts (EOM) When Bidding

End of month (EOM) conflicts can result from the award of your new month schedule which can include overlapping pairings, 24:7 violations (not having 24 hours free from duty in a seven consecutive day[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2019

12 Jul

Domestic & International Legal Rest Waiver Adds Flexibility

The domestic legal rest provisions of our JCBA requires the protection of a planned legal rest at home consists of twelve (12) hours free from duty.  At the same time, in order to offer Flig[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2019

12 Jul

2Hot2Cold!- Cabin Thermometers Help Provide Data- Contact Your Local Council

In the Tuesday, July 9, 2019 E-lines, we reminded Flight Attendants of the importance of reporting cabin temperature issues via the 2Hot2Cold! App. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2019

12 Jul

77th Annual Communications Workers of America (CWA) Convention July 29 - 31

The 77th Annual Convention of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is scheduled to take place July 29 -31, 2019 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2019

12 Jul

Canada Lengthy Tarmac Delay (LTD) to Mirror U.S. Policy

Flight Attendants on flight assignments which include segments into or out of Canada are encouraged to review the recent Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) announcement of the implementation of a Lengthy Tarmac Delay (LTD) policy for all arriving and departing aircrafts. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2019

12 Jul

United Airlines (UAL) to Announce Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

On Wednesday, July,17 2019 the company will announce its second-quarter 2019 financial results.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2019

10 Jul

Unexpected Aircraft Changes – How to Fill Open Positions

Unexpected aircraft changes present questions as to how Flight Attendants are to determine their proper work positions.  Our JCBA provides the language for these instances in Section 7.Q.7: 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 10, 2019

10 Jul

Out of Base (OOB) Trades of Open Time and Advertised Pick-ups

While Flight Attendants have unlimited trip trades with and pick ups from, open time in their Base as well as unlimited trip trades with other Flight Attendants in their Base subject to the provisions of Section 7.I. of the JCBA.  
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 10, 2019

10 Jul

Safety Checks & Doors – Stop, Drop & Review

n last week’s edition of E-lines we discussed how Rushing & Distraction Have No Place During Cabin Door Operations.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 10, 2019

10 Jul

Reserve Rotation (A/B) at International Bases is Contractual

During the negotiations between the Union and the Company leading to the 2016 – 2021 Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement terms were agreed upon for Flight Attendants who serve Reserve status on a rotating basis in accordance with LOA 23 – Reserve Rotation Letter of Agreement. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 10, 2019

10 Jul

Assignment of Pre-0500 Check-ins to Reserves

JCBA Section 8.H.5. provides open positions with check-in times between 0001 and 0459, inclusive, will be assigned to Ready Reserves in compliance with the Notice of Assignment provisions of Section 8.K.1:
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 10, 2019

06 Jul

Passenger Incident Review Committee Intended to Support Flight Attendants

The Passenger Incident Review Committee, often referred to as PIRC, is a cross-divisional team that includes Director level Leadership from Inflight Services, Corporate Security, Corporate Legal, and Airport Operations.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2019

06 Jul

Quarterly Incentive Compensation Detailed & Paid on July Advice

As the second quarter of the fiscal year closes, we recommend that Flight Attendants be on the lookout for their Incentive Pay on their July 2019 Pay Advice.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2019

06 Jul

Commuter Policy – Review Listing Requirements

During this past week, Flight Attendants have reported issues when trying to utilize the commuter policy, due to scheduling stating “improper listing procedures concerning available seating.”
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2019

06 Jul

Hotel & Transportations Issues – Use AFA Reporting & Avoid United Voices

When issues occur with our contractually required hotel & transportation issues, our MEC Hotel & Transportation Committee is best prepared to address these issues when provided the specific details of any incidents.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2019