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26 Sep

Arbitrator Renders Decision in MEC 6-20 – International Base Closures

We have received a verbal award in MEC 6-20. The Union did not prevail in this case. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

Vacation Accrual Letters Available – Addressing Leave of Absence Reductions

As you may already have seen, Vacation Accrual Letters were made available yesterday in CCS. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

A Message from Our International Membership Services Department

During this past week, the database at the AFA Membership Services Department experienced a significant technical disruption While we are able to extract some member data, the problem limits our ability to access detailed information regarding your account. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

5 More Days - Take Action to Save Our Jobs

Inaction is not an option and there is growing support for a full relief bill. Everyone “supports us.” True support for the American worker comes in the form of a relief bill. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

October Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Program - Get your Pink On!

Every October, in our ongoing collective effort to raise awareness of the importance of prevention, we pull together with other employees to show our collective support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing a pink ribbon behind your official AFA pin 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

November Special COLAs Available (One-Month Duration)

Inflight Scheduling will offer Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLAs) for the November Flight Attendant bid month.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

Navigating Different World Views

Everyone has heard the advice to “not talk about politics or religion in the workplace”. In the current climate, the list of subjects that could trigger passionate debates and even nasty interchanges seems to be growing. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

Benefits While on Special COLA – Important Upcoming Changes, Effective Oct. 1

As a reminder effective October 1, 2020, Flight Attendants on Special COLA, we can maintain health and welfare benefits coverage at active employee contribution rates for the duration of the Special COLA. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

Take Action to Save Our Jobs

Inaction is not an option and there is growing support for a full relief bill. Everyone “supports us.” True support for the American worker comes in the form of a relief bill. We need every Flight Attendant, regardless of status, to commit to Take Action every day until October 1st.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

25 Sep

Free College for Union Members and their Families

Earn your degree for free online. The Free College Benefit helps union families continue their college education without piling on thousands of dollars in student debt.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

2021 Vacation Article SWLOF Report

2021 Vacation Article SWLOF Report
  • Report
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

25 Sep

Give to or Get Help from the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund

We know that disasters can change lives forever. While we can’t stop destructive events from happening, we can, as a Union, assist our members with their recovery. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

Third Trimester CBT – Consider Completing It Before Beginning any Time Away

The Third Trimester CBT is now available for completion and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2020 - 2359 Central Standard Time. Log into TakeOff Learning and select Continuing Qualifications (CQ) 2020 Trimester 3.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

Fall Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council - October 20 – 22

The Fall Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council will take place in Billings, Montana Tuesday, October 20 thru October 22 at the Northern Hotel. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

eFAOM Bulletin #26 Effective October 1

Make sure you are compliant; download, sync, and review eFAOM Bulletin #26 by October 1, 2020. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

24 Sep

November Special COLAs Available (One-Month Duration)

Inflight Scheduling will offer Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLAs) for the November Flight Attendant bid month. Review the November 2020 Special COLA packet.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2020

24 Sep

Vacation Accrual Letters Available Friday, September 25, 2020

We are able to confirm that Vacation Accrual Letters have been prepared and are on track to be released no later than Friday, September 25, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2020

24 Sep

Register to Vote! – It’s your Right.

Your right and privilege to vote are not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2020

18 Sep

Transitioning to Reserve Status

For the October bid month, most locations will see Flight Attendants transitioning to Reserve status who may not have served Reserve for a while. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

Reserve Lines and Vacation – Maximizing Pay and/or Time Off

If you have been awarded a Reserve line for a month in which you have vacation, there are a number of flexible options available to make the most of your pay and/or time off. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

Vacation 2021 Bidding Process Begins with Vacation Accrual Letters

Within a matter of weeks, the Vacation 2021 process will begin with the issuance of 2021 Vacation Accrual Letters which will be available no later than September 25, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

October 1 eFAOM and Staffing Sheet Changes

As we shared in the July 1, 2020, Inflight Services Weekly, Flight Experience, AFA, and Inflight Safety and have been collaborating to address your feedback and to further clarify work responsibilities and equally distribute the workload.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

Avoid a 401(k) Loan Default & Its Tax Consequences

For those of us who have been on a longer-term Special Company Offered Leave of Absence (COLA) for some time and who also have an outstanding 401(k) loan, we want to ensure you are aware of some very important information to avoid the tax consequences of a 401(k)-loan default. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

Benefits While on Special COLA – Important Upcoming Changes, Effective 10/1/2020

While on Special COLA, we have the ability to maintain health and welfare benefits coverage at active employee contribution rates for the duration of the Special COLA. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

16 Sep

Third (3rd) Trimester CBT Due by October 30th

The Third Trimester CBT is available and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2020 - 2359 Central Standard Time. Log into TakeOff Learning and select Continuing Qualifications (CQ) 2020 Trimester 3.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

CQ/RQ Training Required for Flight Attendants While on Special COLA

Effective October 1, 2020, Flight Attendants on Special Company Offered Leave of Absence (COLA) are required to attend CQ/RQ training as indicated in the most recent Special COLA packet published by the company.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

90 Day Freeze for Link iOS Updates

There’s a temporary 90-day freeze in place that began on September 10, for all iOS updates.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

GUM Flight Attendant Scheduling and Operation Transitions to Headquarters

Effective September 16th at 1500 CHST (September 15th at midnight CT), Crew Scheduling and Operations will transition to Headquarters and the Network Operation Center (NOC).
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

October Special COLA Awards

Crew Schedule Planning, in response to projections of reduced passenger demand, anticipates awarding Special COLAs at all bases.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Clarifying the Interaction of Special COLAs and NAL Schedules

There have been questions as to why No Activity Lines (NAL) were assigned to participants in the IVFMP program when there are still requests for Special COLAs that were not awarded. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Updating your Personal Information on Flying Together

Before leaving on your next pairing, given all of the events, both natural and otherwise that are taking place in the communities we serve, take a few minutes to review the Emergency Contact information you have on file in company records. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

PDX and GEG Layovers – Responding to Hazardous Air Quality Index

The number and extent of the fires in the Pacific Northwest have contributed to the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the cities we serve to reach a level designated as “Hazardous”.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Preliminary Benefits Open Enrollment Timelines

Human Resources and Labor Relations have noted that the Annual Open Enrollment process will have some minor changes this year. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Cabin Jumpseat (CJA) Authority Reminders

As a reminder, Section 3.A. of our Contract provides Flight Attendants with access to the Cabin Jumpseat on all United Aircraft which cannot be denied due to an aircraft weight restriction.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Restoring Reserve Availability Days to Reserve Lines having More Than 12 Days

While Section 8.I.1.j. provides the company with the ability to build Reserve schedules with up to sixteen (16) calendar days off in a schedule month, Section 8.I.1.l provides Reserve Flight Attendant[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

15 Sep

MEC Central Schedule Committee SWLOF Report

The Line Review (SWLOF) meeting for October 2020 line recommendations was held remotely due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as restrictions imposed by the governor[...]
  • Report
  • Sep 15, 2020

11 Sep

Remembering Our Heroes

Nineteen years after the unimaginably terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 many of us still feel the heart wrenching loss.We lost family, friends, flying partners.  We will never forget.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 11, 2020

10 Sep

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report

The System Scheduling (DSL) meeting to review the October 2020 flying assigned at each base/satellite was held on Monday, September 7th, 2020. CSC received both the International and Domestic DSLs on Saturday September 5th, 2020 for our review.
  • Report
  • Sep 10, 2020

09 Sep

Save Our Jobs & Join #ReliefNow Actions

Nothing and we do mean nothing, is more important to our livelihoods and the success of our airline than the extension of the CARES Act.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

9/11 Commemorative Memorial Remembrance Pin

For the month of September AFA will be providing the commemorative 9/11 Memorial Remembrance pins available at each domicile location.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

In Honor and Remembrance of September 11

Each year, as the anniversary of September 11 approaches remembrance ceremonies are being planned in our hero’s honor at locations across our nation.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 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 09, 2020

09 Sep

International Purser Opt Out Extended

The company has extended the October monthly opt-out window to close on Thursday, Sep 10 at 0800 CT. To request for an opt-out, please visit CCS > Schedule > FSL Opt-Out Request. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

1-2-& 3-month Special COLAs - Deadline extended to Friday, September 11, 2020

Flight Attendants interested in 1-, 2- or 3-month Special COLAs should place bids on file now. The bid period has been extended until Friday, September 11, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

Vacation 2021 Bidding Starts with Vacation Accrual Letters

Within a matter of weeks, the Vacation 2021 process will begin with the issuance of 2021 Vacation Accrual Letters which will be available no later than September 25, 2020. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

Call Wait Times for Benefits Service Center – Accolade Health & Fitness App

We’ve heard from many of you about the continuing problems you have reported in reaching a representative at United’s Benefits Service Center. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

MEC 6-20 – Closing of International Domiciles at FRA, HKG and NRT

The arbitration was presented before the System Board of Adjustment. We expect the final expect mid-September.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

05 Sep

October Advance Vacation Fly Through - Submit by September 5, 2020

Flight Attendants interested in electing to fly through their October vacations are encouraged to review the two types of Vacation Fly Through options,  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Involuntary Furlough Letters – Clarifying to Avoid Confusion

Involuntary Furlough letters have begun to arrive at the homes of our Members this past week. We are beginning to receive a number of questions in our Local Council and MEC Offices seeking clarification on the contents of the company’s communication.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

LHR-based Flight Attendants Return to the Skies in October

We are pleased to learn that our flying partners from London will return to the skies during the October schedule month after an evaluation of all factors by Crew Schedule Planning.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Save Our Jobs & Join #ReliefNow Actions

Nothing and we do mean nothing, is more important to our livelihoods and the success of our airline than the extension of the CARES Act.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

In Honor and Remembrance of September 11

Each year, as the anniversary of September 11 approaches remembrance ceremonies are being planned in our hero’s honor at locations across our nation.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Optional Eye and Face Protection Approved Beginning September 3

Flight Attendants requesting the ability to wear eye protection and face shields will now have the option to do so, beginning September 3, 2020. Inflight will offer two (2) types of anti-fog eye protection; one for Flight Attendants that wear glasses and another for those that do not wear glasses.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

1-2-& 3-month Special COLAs - Deadline extended to September 11, 2020

Flight Attendants interested in 1-, 2- or 3-month Special COLAs should place bids on file now. The bid period has been extended until Friday, September 11, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Third (3rd) Trimester CBT is Now Available

The CBT for the third trimester is now available for completion and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2020 - 2359 Central Standard Time. Log into TakeOff Learning and select Continuing Qualifications (CQ) 2020 Trimester 3.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Register to Vote! – It’s your Right.

Your right and privilege to vote are not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Labor Day Message

The first Monday in September is the day we set aside in the United States to honor the contributions of workers to the strength and prosperity of our country. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

02 Sep

Involuntary Furlough Letters – Clarifying to Avoid Confusion

Involuntary Furlough letters have begun to arrive at the homes of our Members today.  The following information is intended to clarify the information in the letter to avoid any confusion.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

Voluntary Furloughs awarded under IVFMP Letter of Agreement Posted

Thirteen-month voluntary furloughs awarded to Flight Attendants junior to the 5/18/1999 seniority point determined by the contractual voluntary programs (Voluntary Furlough and Furlough Mitigation Partnerships) is now available.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

IVFMP Participant List Posted

An updated IVFMP Participant list is now available.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

CARES Act Payroll Support Program Extension – It Matters for all of us.

Over the past several months, Flight Attendants and our industry have faced an unprecedented crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

Continuing Work on CARES Act Extension creates Uncertainty for October Schedules

The status of the CARES Act extension is uncertain beyond September 30th.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

Vacation Fly Through Deadline – September 5, 2020, at 10:00 AM HDT

As we have discussed, upon extension of the CARES Act, furloughs, partnerships, and IVFMP participation will be rescinded.  Depending upon the timing of when the extension is known, your status in October as a lineholder or Reserve is uncertain.  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

International Purser Surplus Process Completed

Today, the International Purser Surplus process was completed.  Should the CARES Act be extended, the International Purser surplus process will not beimplemented and everyone will return to the International Purser base. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

01 Sep

eFAOM Revision #33 is Now Available in Manuals App

eFAOM revision #33 is now available for download and becomes effective September 1, 2020.  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 01, 2020

01 Sep

United Extends Back to Front boarding & Front to back deplaning

In April, United implemented back-to-front boarding and front-to-back deplaning to ensure social distancing. United has extended this policy thru October 31, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 01, 2020

29 Aug

MEC President Video Message - August 27, 2020

Yesterday our United MEC President, Ken Diaz addressed the Membership to review the extraordinary efforts of the United MEC to mitigate the number of Flight Attendants subject to Involuntary Furlough [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

MEC Officer Letter – Furlough Notices Being Sent this Week

Furlough notices have been sent to Flight Attendants who will be placed on involuntary furlough status as of October 1st in the absence of a CARES Act extension
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

Special COLA Posting Clarified

Last evening, a notice advising Flight Attendants of the availability of varying length Special COLAs was posted on the company’s website.  
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

Update on Benefits Premium Arrears for those on Leaves of Absence

Over the past several months, we’ve heard from many of you about the challenges you have faced in keeping current with your health care premiums while on leave of absence. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

Company to Award Additional September Special COLA Awards from Waitlist

Flight Attendants still interested in the September Special Cola are encouraged to submit their request in CCS in order to take advantage of additional time off opportunities that are available. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

United Extends Revised Boarding Process

This past June the company announced back-to-front boarding and front-to-back deplaning process that promotes social distancing on board.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

In Honor and Remembrance of September 11

Each year, as the anniversary of September 11 approaches remembrance ceremonies are being planned in our hero’s honor at locations across our nation.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

Vacation Fly Through and Reserve Guarantee Review

Reserve Flight Attendants with September vacation period(s) who submitted a timely Advanced Vacation Fly Through or those planning to utilize Operational Fly Through in September are encouraged to review the January 30, 2020, E-lines publication;
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

28 Aug

Special COLA Posting Clarified

Last evening, a notice advising Flight Attendants of the availability of varying length Special COLAs was posted on the company’s website.  Today, following discussions with Inflight management, we have been told that the release of this information was in error. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2020

28 Aug

Gobsmacked by 1, 3, 8 & 13 Month Special COLA Offerings

Everyone was shocked when Inflight Services sent notice to Flight Attendants that Special COLAs in 1, 3, 8 and 13 month duration would be available starting with the October 2020 schedule month. Utterly astonishing!
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2020

27 Aug

MEC President Video Message - August 27, 2020

United MEC President Ken Diaz addresses the Membership
  • MEC President Letter
  • Aug 27, 2020

26 Aug

White House Signals It Feels Pressure to Save Airline Jobs But Congress Must Act

White House Signals It Feels Pressure to Save Airline Jobs But Congress Must Act
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 26, 2020

25 Aug

AFA Statement on Industry Furlough Announcements

WASHINGTON, DC (August 25, 2020) — Following the furlough announcements from United, American, Delta and other airlines over the last week, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson released following statement:
  • AFA Media Release
  • Aug 25, 2020

25 Aug

September 11, 2020, Memorial Services and Remembrance Pins

Each year as the anniversary of September 11 approaches Flight Attendants and Pilots across the system join together in remembrance and honor of our flying partners, friends, family, and colleagues that lost their lives that tragic day. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 25, 2020

25 Aug

Passport Renewal Procedure

Flight Attendants in need of passport services will no longer be allowed scheduled appointments with Passport Agencies and Centers unless they are traveling internationally within 72 hours and can submit proof of urgent travel (e.g., flight schedule).
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 25, 2020

20 Aug

Reserve Restoration of Days Now Available on CCS

Reserve Flight Attendants assigned a line having more than 12 days off can now request restoration of days quickly via CCS
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

20 Aug

September Special COLAs and Jobshares

light Attendants interested in a September COLA are encouraged to submit a request in CCS for the wait list.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

20 Aug

Furlough-Mitigation Partnership Awards will Reduce Involuntary Furlough

Participation in the Furlough Mitigations Partnership Program shall be awarded in System Seniority order among eligible Flight Attendants.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

20 Aug

Questions Regarding Involuntary Furlough Mitigation Program (IVFMP)

We understand many of you have questions and we are working to ensure answers to these questions are made available as quickly as possible.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

20 Aug

Closing of International Domiciles at FRA, HKG and NRT

August 18 & 19, the arbitration was presented before the System Board of Adjustment
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

19 Aug

System Reserve Meeting Report – July 2020

The System Reserve Meeting with United Airlines was held over two sessions on July 22 and 23, 2020 via Microsoft Teams
  • Report
  • Aug 19, 2020

15 Aug

Details about a new voluntary option for flight attendants subject to Involuntary Furlough

A Joint Message from John Slater and Ken Diaz, A MEC President Letter,  A Letter of Agreement,  AFA FAQ's, and United's FAQs, 

  • AFA Article
  • Aug 15, 2020

15 Aug

Involuntary Furlough Mitigation Program

Today, we’re pleased to announce that after considerable discussion, we’ve come up with an Involuntary Furlough Mitigation Program (IVFMP) for flight attendants. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 15, 2020

14 Aug

MEC Central Schedule Committee SWLOF Report

The Line Review (SWLOF) meeting for September 2020 line recommendations was held remotely due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as restrictions imposed by the govern[...]
  • Report
  • Aug 14, 2020

14 Aug

Update on Our PSP Extension Fight

We have to continue to demand a relief package now. Congressional staff is still working and leadership is still able to meet.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 14, 2020

14 Aug

Contractual Voluntary Furlough Award Process Completed

The contractual Voluntary Furlough Award under Section 18.A. of our Contract is now complete. This is the first step in the awarding of the voluntary programs under the Contract. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 14, 2020

12 Aug

Brazil Prohibits Personal Pillows

MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 12, 2020

12 Aug

9/11 Commemorative Memorial Remembrance Pin

This month 9/11 memorial AFA pins will arrive in your local domicile
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 12, 2020

12 Aug

12 Aug

Cabin Jumpseat (CJA) and Non-Rev Etiquette Applies for Blocked Seats

A policy review for blocking additional customer seats located in close proximity to our jumpseats
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 12, 2020

12 Aug

United CleanPlus Safety Measures Interaction with Quick Turns

Electrostatic sprayer (ESS) and quick turn tips for Flight Attendants
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 12, 2020

08 Aug

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report
  • Report
  • Aug 08, 2020

07 Aug

MEC President's Letter - August 7, 2020

Our fast mobilization in March led to the passage of the CARES Act, including the aviation Payroll Support Program (PSP) We need Congress to act quickly to avoid massive layoffs within our airline and the entire industry. We have to keep making calls!
  • MEC President Letter
  • Aug 07, 2020

06 Aug

Keep Calling! Tell the Senate: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

Tell Congress to extend the aviation Payroll Support Program through March 31, 2021, to protect our jobs, extend the restrictions on stock buybacks, dividends, and executive compensation, and maintain service to all of our communities.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 06, 2020

06 Aug

06 Aug

Passenger Consumption of Personal Alcohol while on the Aircraft is Prohibited

Information on passenger consumption of personal alcohol on board United Airlines flights.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 06, 2020

06 Aug

Work Positions on Operational Pairings

Flight attendant Position Bidding Supplement Guide, Established Staffing Guidelines, Staffing Sheets and the Bid/Work Position Matrices inside the Bid Packet Cover Letter.

  • AFA Article
  • Aug 06, 2020

06 Aug

Voluntary Furlough Bidding Closes on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8:00AM CT

United management agrees to delay voluntary furlough bidding window.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 06, 2020

01 Aug

United Announces Plans to Resume Service on (30) Intl Routes in September

Consistent with United management’s conservative approach to restore service in light of the ever present COVID-19 pandemic, 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

United Provides WARN Information to AFA

As we reported early in July, United provided AFA with required WARN notices covering all of our Members in states other than those where individual notice is required under state law. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Increase in Zero Value Lines due to Lack of CQ Presents Challenges to Crew Pay

As a follow-up to our communication on the increased number of Flight Attendant schedules that did not include any flying due to a lapse in qualification,
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

EAP Resources to Assist in Managing the Uncertainty of 2020

As we all know, life is filled with uncertainty. As the saying goes, “Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.”  So many things remain outside of our control and the recent [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

United WARN(s) Pilots of Potential Increase to Furlough Numbers

One day after United agreed to extend the Flight Attendants Voluntary Furlough submission deadline, management announced an increase in the number of Pilots potentially in jeopardy of furlough due to the effects of COVID-19 on the airline industry.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

It’s Not Over -> Tell the Senate: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

Keep up the pressure!  Phone calls are extremely important and have proven to be highly effective.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Voluntary Furlough Bid Deadline Extended to August 10, 2020

On Wednesday, United management agreed to delay the closing of the window to submit a bid for voluntary furlough until August 10 at 8:00 AM Central Time. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Final Notice - One Month Special COLAs for September 2020 Bids Close August 3rd

The Company will be offering a one-month Special COLA for the September 2020 schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

United Updates Social Distancing Policies in Collaborative Effort with AFA

United, in coordination with the AFA MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee, has updated the temporary social distancing policies regarding the blocking of jumpseats with the mandatory mask requirement and the locations and assignment of temporary crew rest locations, effective August 1, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Drug and Alcohol Random Testing Procedures and Compensation

On April 12, 2019 your AFA Employee Assistance Program / Professional Standards Committee published detailed information concerning the Department of Transportation (DOT) federally mand[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Advance Vacation Fly Through for September – August 5, 2020

Flight Attendants interested in electing to fly through their September vacations are encouraged to review the two types of Vacation Fly Through options,  
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Ensuring Proper Credit for Reserve Move-Up – Importance of the RM Code

Reserve Move-Up Lines for the August bid month are being built and awarded now through August 4th. We hear from Flight Attendants they are not always properly credited for days of Reserve availability served prior to the award of a Move-Up line.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

31 Jul

MEC Reserve Committee Report - June, 2020

The System Reserve Meeting with United Airlines was held on June 17, 2020.
  • Report
  • Jul 31, 2020

29 Jul

Voluntary Furlough Bid Closing Deadline Extended to August 10, 2020 -8:00AM CT

We write to share an important update resulting from our collective efforts to persuade Congress to act to pass a clean extension of the CARES Act. This legislation could include an extension to the Payroll Support Program.  
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Tell the Senate: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

Keep up the pressure!  Phone calls are extremely important and effective. Call both your Senators daily to make sure they support an extension of the Payroll Support Program through March 31, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Tell Congress: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

The COVID-19 virus continues to be a threat to our health, jobs, and industry. Domestic demand for air travel is not expected to return until well into 2021
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Voluntary Furlough and Furlough Partnership Mitigation

There continues to be some confusion about not only the timing of the award of Furlough Mitigation Partnerships as it relates to the award of Voluntary Furloughs but also about who is eligible to submit for both of these efforts to mitigate the need for Involuntary Furloughs (IVF.)
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

One Month Special COLAs for September 2020 - Bids Close August 3rd

The Company will be offering a one-month Special COLA for the September 2020 schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Door Operation App Changes – Required Viewing after 60 Days

Effective as of July 30, 2020 and despite the fact that the FAA views us as being qualified on all aircraft for up to a 13-month period, United will now require you to review a fleet specific door-arm[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Retiree Badge Availability

Flight Attendants who will be retiring under the Voluntary Separation Program (VSP2) are eligible to order a retiree badge by visiting Flying Together > employeeRes> Quick Links>Employee Profile>
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Register to Vote! – It’s your Right.

Your right and privilege to vote is not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

28 Jul

Flight Attendants Applaud Bipartisan Majority Push for Extension of Payroll Support Program

WASHINGTON, DC (July 27, 2020) — Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson, representing nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 19 airlines issued the following statement
  • AFA Media Release
  • Jul 28, 2020

27 Jul

OP-ED: To get air travel off the ground, we need federal action

JULY 27, 2020 — Thanks in part to airline pilots, flight attendants and other aviation workers, the U.S. airline industry has begun a fragile return to the skies — but the effort will be l[...]
  • AFA Media Release
  • Jul 27, 2020

24 Jul

Your Participation is Critical – Calls Needed to Support the CARES Act

We know that we’ve been repeatedly hammering home the message that we need you to make calls to your representatives in Congress and we understand the repetitive nature of our request.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

International Base Closure Grievance – Expedited Arbitration Dates Finalized

While we have made a concerted effort to share information regarding the recent announcement of the company’s planned closure of the bases in FRA, HKG and NRT first with the Flight Attendants at these[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

AFA Continues to Explore Alternatives to Involuntary Furlough

As part of AFA’s continuing commitment to explore solutions to the announced reduction in personnel, your MEC Officers will be in meetings with management next week to discuss potential ways to mitiga[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Accommodation for those on Extended Maternity Leave

Over the past couple of days, we’ve received a number of questions from Flight Attendants who have elected to extend the duration of their maternity leaves to twelve (12) consecutive months following [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Returning from Furlough – Where do I go?

Misinformation, perhaps as a result of confusion between the difference between voluntary and involuntary furlough, continues to be disseminated via the “jumpseat wireless.”
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Kirby Shares His View on Airfares and Future Demand

In an interview on July 23, 2020, with CNBC, Scott Kirby conjectured that airfares are likely to “slip as the pandemic continues to depress demand for flights”, at least for the short term.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

United Expands Mask Policy - No Mask, No Fly.

Today, July 23, 2020, United announced an expansion of the mandatory mask requirement to include gates and terminals, effective July 24, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits in the Event of Furlough

Since the announcement of the potential workforce reduction plan for October 1, 2020 concern about the potential loss of medical benefits has been expressed by Flight Attendants and we’ve received a number of questions seeking information about continued protections in the event of furlough.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Telephonic Support Groups for Flight Attendants - Join Us!

During this time of uncertainty in the aviation industry, each of us are dealing with a variety of issues in our personal and professional lives that may place us in a position where decision making under pressure is necessary and may require we employ new stress management techniques.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Reminder for Reserves Picking Up Flying on Scheduled Days Off

Flight Attendants awarded a Reserve line for the August bid month are reminded of the contractual provisions provided in Sections 8.L & 8.M. of our Contract. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

23 Jul

22 Jul

Kirby Shares His View on Airfares and Future Demand

In an interview earlier today, July 23, 2020, with CNBC, Scott Kirby conjectured that airfares are likely to “slip as the pandemic continues to depress demand for flights”, at least for the short term.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

United Expands Mask Policy - No Mask, No Fly.

Today, July 23, 2020, United announced an expansion of the mandatory mask requirement to include gates and terminals, effective July 24, 2020. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

United Airlines Reports a $1.63 Billion Second-Quarter 2020 Loss

United Airlines Holdings, referencing "the most difficult financial quarter in its 94-year history," reported a $1.63 billion second-quarter 2020 loss on 87% lower revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

Masks Required – No Kidding.

Earlier in the evening on July 21, 2020, Executive Vice President Kate Gebo sent an e-mail to all employees calling attention to the corporate policy requiring employees to wear masks. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

Involuntary Furlough and Balance of Basic Uniform Cost

Given the large number of new hires who are still in the process of paying off the cost of their first basic uniform, we understand there are an equal number of questions about what happens to any outstanding balance in the event of an involuntary furlough. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

Furlough-Mitigation Partnership– Reducing Involuntary Furloughs

In last week’s edition of E-lines we reviewed the timeline for submitting for Voluntary Furlough in response to the impending Flight Attendant reduction in force that has been declared for October 1, 2020. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

Advance Vacation Fly Through for September – August 5, 2020

Flight Attendants interested in electing to fly through their September vacations are encouraged to review the two types of Vacation Fly Through options, Advance Notice Fly Through & Operational Fly Through prior to selecting an request.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

One Month Special COLAs for September 2020 - Bids Close August 3rd

The Company will be offering a one-month Special COLA for the September 2020 schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

Restoration of Reserve Days of Availability - 16 Day Off Reserve Lines

Flight Attendants awarded a Reserve line for August having more than the minimum number of days off can request to restore one or more of the predesignated days, indicated by a “+” in the bid packet.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

Reserve Review for the August Bid Month

Our MEC Reserve Committee has complied the following information for any Flight Attendant needing a quick refresher regarding Reserve status.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

22 Jul

Register to Vote! – It’s your Right.

Your right and privilege to vote is not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2020

18 Jul

VSP2 Application Process Completed

As we know, the timeline to submit for VSP2 concluded on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 just before midnight CST.  
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

18 Jul

Update on FRA, HKG and NRT Base Closures

The Company and AFA have agreed that the dispute arising over the issue of what the Union believes is a requirement for the company to make locations available for International Flight Attendants to transfer to will be submitted to expedited arbitration.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

18 Jul

Voluntary Furlough – The Next Step in the Reduction in Force Process

Over the course of the next two weeks, many of us will be making similarly difficult decisions about whether to continue in the career we love or to step away from the profession for a brief time in o[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

18 Jul

Voluntary Furlough Rumors – Reality & Dispelling Some of the Urban Myths

To date, there have been a number of communications from the Union addressing both of the contractual voluntary and involuntary furlough provisions of our Contract.  In fact, we’ve developed[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

18 Jul

One Month Special COLAs for September 2020

The Company will be offering a one-month Special COLA for the September 2020 schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

18 Jul

August Schedules Awarded Today – Questions from those Non-Qualified in August

As we know, there have been interruptions in the company’s ability to conduct and schedule CQ classes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

18 Jul

Benefit Premiums while on Leave – A Continuing Source of Concern & Frustration

For those of you who have generously been taking the Special COLAs, we understand the concerns you are expressing regarding the continuation of your Benefits. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

18 Jul

Payroll Expands Access to Prior Year W2 (Year End Tax Statements) Information

We appreciate the work of United’s Payroll Department in the launch of the project making prior year W2 information available to employees on a self-service basis.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

18 Jul

Cares Act $600 Dollar Extended Unemployment Benefit Expires July 31, 2020

Flight Attendants currently receiving unemployment are reminded that the  $600 supplemental benefit under the CARES Act will expire on July 31, 2020 which will result in a reduction in their weekly benefit amount. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

18 Jul

Union Plus Free College Benefit - Fall Enrollment Is Now Open

The Union Plus Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn an associate’s degree completely online — for FREE. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2020

15 Jul

Voluntary Separation Program (VSP2): Deadline to Apply is July 15

The application window for United’s Voluntary Separation Program for frontline employees closes, July 15, 2020 at 23:59:59 US Central Time.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2020

15 Jul

Update on Status of Discussions on Closing of International Domiciles

For the past couple of weeks, talks between AFA and United management have been ongoing as we have tried to find an amicable solution in addressing the needs of the Members affected by the announcement of the base closures at FRA, HKG and NRT.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2020

15 Jul

What’s up with Using the 6/23/2020 System Seniority List for Voluntary Furlough

There have been some questions about why the company is using a System Seniority List dated June 23, 2020 when determining the reduction in force. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2020

15 Jul

Revised Air Transportation Health Guidelines by Government of New South Wales

Over the past couple of weeks, reports have been submitted by Flight Attendants laying over in Sydney indicating that information provided to crews by Health Officials at the Airport on arrival in Sydney was not consistent with their experience while at the assigned layover hotel in Sydney.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2020

15 Jul

Recall from Furlough – How’s it done?

We’re hearing there may be some inaccurate information circulating regarding recall from furlough status and how that is accomplished.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2020

15 Jul

Company to Award Additional August Special COLA Awards from Waitlist - July 16th

Flight Attendants still interested in the August one- and two-month Special COLAs are encouraged to submit their request in CCS in order to take advantage of additional time off opportunities that are available.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2020

15 Jul

One Month Special COLAs for September 2020

The Company will be offering a one-month Special COLA for the September 2020 schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2020

11 Jul

Company Announces Plans for a Reduction in Force

In response to the continuing economic crisis United Airlines is facing, the company has stated they need to reduce the Flight Attendant workforce by 15,100 Flight Attendants (active and inactive), effective October 1, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 11, 2020

11 Jul

Questions Regarding VSP Offering

Many of our Local Council Offices and our MEC Benefits Committee continue to receive questions about various aspects of insurance coverage in the event someone was to participate in the Voluntary Separation Program (VSP2).  
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 11, 2020

11 Jul

Benefits Premiums for those on Special COLAs

Over the past couple of months, literally thousands of Flight Attendants have taken time away from work, foregoing their salary during this period of incredible adversity for our industry and our Company. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 11, 2020

11 Jul

AFA Attains Temporary Modification to Section 28 - Commuter Program

The continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a reduction in flights that has resulted in a reduction in the options available for Flight Attendants who commute by air.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 11, 2020

11 Jul

Lineholders May Release Sick Leave Pairings in Advance of 8hrs to Departure

Flight Attendants are reminded that sick leave pairings from their monthly flight schedule may be released into open time earlier than eight (8) hours prior to scheduled departure. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 11, 2020

11 Jul

Build Your Resiliency – Telephonic Support Groups for Flight Attendants

Sponsored by your AFA EAP/FADAP, these telephonic sessions are facilitated by a confidential mental health professional. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 11, 2020

08 Jul

Flight Attendant Union Statement on United Airlines Furlough Projections

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International President Sara Nelson, representing nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 19 airlines including United, today released the following statement on United Airlines' furlough announcement: 
  • AFA Media Release
  • Jul 08, 2020

08 Jul

2020 COVID-19 Recovery Information

Today United management announced their need to reduce our Flight Attendant population by 15,100 people.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 08, 2020

08 Jul

MEC President's Letter - July 8, 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen: Today United management announced their need to reduce our Flight Attendant population by 15,100 people. First and foremost, let me say that we believe the number of reductions United is seeking to be overreaching, excessive and punitive.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 08, 2020

08 Jul

MEC President's Letter - July 8, 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen:Today United management announced their need to reduce our Flight Attendant population by 15,100 people. First and foremost, let me say that we believe the number of reductions United is seeking to be overreaching, excessive and punitive.
  • MEC President Letter
  • Jul 08, 2020

07 Jul

TAKE ACTION TODAY: Tell Congress to Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

We are calling for a six-month aviation Payroll Support Program extension through March 31, 2021, to protect our jobs, extend the restrictions on stock buybacks, dividends, and executive compensation, and maintain service to all our communities. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 07, 2020

07 Jul

A Review of Reserve Pool Minimum Levels

The “Minimum Level” (LVL) shown in the Reserve pool is defined as the minimum number of Reserves the company has determined to be necessary for each operational day at a given base or sub-base once all known open assignments have been covered. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 07, 2020

07 Jul

Voluntary Separation Program (VSP2) final extension: Apply by July 15

United’s Voluntary Separation Program (VSP2) provides an array of benefits for employees who may want to consider a voluntary exit from the company before the announcement of any potential furloughs or reductions in force.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 07, 2020

07 Jul

WARN Act Notices Defined and What they mean if received

As we are all aware, the impact of COVID-19 has created perhaps the most disruptive financial crisis in the history of commercial aviation. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 07, 2020

06 Jul

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report
  • Report
  • Jul 06, 2020

03 Jul

Extending the CARES Act Payroll Support Program – We have a vital interest.

Over the last four months, Flight Attendants and our industry have faced an unprecedented crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 03, 2020

03 Jul

How does Deadhead Deviation Impact Holiday Pay?

Section 3.I.. of our JCBA provides for deadheading as well as deviation from deadhead.  In particular, Section 3.I.13.provides us with the ability to Last Segment deadhead. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 03, 2020

03 Jul

United States Independence Day – This year, it’s different but just as important

This year, the United States Independence Day holiday is a two-day holiday but the traditions we may normally enjoy – going to the beach, enjoying hometown parades while lining the streets of our home[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 03, 2020

30 Jun

AFA Congratulates Retiring Flight Attendants

It is with much appreciation we recognize the many years of dedicated service from those Flight Attendants who are retiring today. Today is a bittersweet day for these Members.  For many, this was a difficult choice for which you may not have been completely ready. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 30, 2020

30 Jun

Fidelity Offers Personalized Retirement Assistance

Flight Attendants considering the company offered voluntary separation program VSP2 (Option A)are encouraged to connect with a Fidelity representative at 800-603-4015, or to schedule a virtual meeting
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 30, 2020

30 Jun

Tell Congress: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

Dear Flight Attendants, Friends and Family,Over the last four months, Flight Attendants and our industry have faced an unprecedented crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 30, 2020

30 Jun

Reminder – Required Duty Items now Include Face Mask and Thermometer

In response to the Covid-19 health crisis, United has issued two (2) additional Flight Attendant required duty items.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 30, 2020

30 Jun

Maintaining your Group Universal Life Securian Policy Upon Retirement

Flight Attendants planning to retire or who have recently retired may maintain their Group Universal Life Insurance Policy (GUL) issued by Securian 
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 30, 2020

30 Jun

Request August One- and Two-Month Special COLAs

Flight Attendants can now request August one- and two-month Special COLAs via CCS. Review the published information packets for additional specific information.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 30, 2020

30 Jun

Get Connected - Sign-up for all Official Union Communications

The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic devastation will continue to be a challenge for our industry and United Airlines.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 30, 2020

30 Jun

Reserve Review for the July Bid Month

Our MEC Reserve Committee has complied the following information for any Flight Attendant needing a quick refresher regarding Reserve status.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 30, 2020