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15 Mar

Flight Attendant Union Statement on U.S. Grounding of 737 MAX

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) President Sara Nelson released the following statement after the U.S. grounding of the 737 MAX fleet:
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

Welcome New Hire Class 1905!

On Friday, March 15, 2019 we welcomed the 50 graduating Members of class 1905 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their respective bases at DEN, EWR, IAD and SFO on March 22, 2019, for orientation and will be available to fly on March 24, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

Commuter Program Offers Protections for Air and Surface Commuters

With the recent spring snow storm event that inundated the Denver area this week, many DEN based Local Flight Attendants , who commute to the airport via automobile, bus, train, or public surface transportation were met with impassable roads, closed highways and cancelled public transportation.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

Revised India Sequences Adding Germany Stops – Section 7.Q. Applies

As we are aware, the company has been required to change the flight plan for the flights from India (DEL & BOM) as a result of restrictions to the airspace through which our flights are normally routed.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

Additional Vacation Fly Through Clarifications

Although there have already been several E-Lines articles published since October 1st  addressing the Vacation Fly Through provisions of our JCBA (11/06/18, 11/27/18, 01/30/19), we have con[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

Upcoming 47th Annual Board of Directors Meeting – March 20, 2019 in Denver, CO

Our 47th Annual Board of Directors (BOD) meeting will be held March 20th, 2019 in Denver Colorado. This is a one-day budget only meeting where our leadership is tasked with approving the annual AFA budget.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

Transfer Awards - Travel Time/ Settling Days to New Base

With the large number of Flight Attendants accepting base transfers throughout the system, many Flight Attendants have inquired about Travel Time and Settling Days associated with accepting a Transfer award.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

Central Schedule Committee (CSC) Report – April 2019

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent reports detailing their activities in the development of the April schedule has been published on unitedafa.org.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

MEC Reserve Committee Report – March, 2019

MEC Reserve Committee’s most recent report, March, 2019 detailing the activities of the Reserve Committee has been published on unitedafa.org.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

CAUSE® Foundation Holds Paid Trip Drop Raffle – It’s not too Late to Enter!

As previously communicated, The CAUSE Foundation is holding a "paid trip drop" raffle during the months of February and March.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

15 Mar

Scholarship Opportunity Reminders

Flight Attendants and their families are reminded of the following scholarship opportunities. Details concerning the individual scholarships, the application process and approaching deadlines are listed below
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 15, 2019

12 Mar

ET302 Update

Over the course of the past few days, your MEC Officers have been closely monitoring the accident involving ET302 as well as the responses from around the world.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 12, 2019

12 Mar

Contractual Paid Holidays during Easter for FA's Based in UK & Germany

Our Contract stipulates that Flight Attendants receive additional pay for flight assignments flown on designated holidays as outlined in Section 2.Q. Flight Attendants based in the United Kin[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 12, 2019

12 Mar

Spring Break and Increased Unaccompanied Minor UMNR Travel

March is the official kick-off of the spring break travel season and with that comes the challenges associated with increased passenger volumes, new destinations, family travelers and the added responsibility of caring for unaccompanied minors (UMNRs) who have been entrusted to our care.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 12, 2019

12 Mar

Talk About It, Don’t Write It Up – Call Professional Standards First

There has been an increase in the number of employees reporting personal conflicts with fellow employees to management rather than trying to resolve issues with the assistance of our Union EAP/Professional Standards Volunteers.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 12, 2019

12 Mar

COBUS Flight Attendants Performing Traditional Flight Attendant Work

The issue of COBUS Flight Attendants working on Company Business assignments performing Flight Attendant specific duties continues to be source of constant friction.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 12, 2019

12 Mar

Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements

Reciprocal Cabin Seats are AFA negotiated seating agreements with other airlines that allow United Flight Attendants to occupy an available cabin seat on that carrier free of any charge and, in exch[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 12, 2019

08 Mar

Special Qualification Pairings in Open Time (IP & LQ)

There continues to be some confusion about whether or not Flight Attendants [who are not International Pursers or Language Qualified] can pick up IP and/ or LQ pairings from open time.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 08, 2019

08 Mar

Taxes Withheld from Profit Sharing Deposits Made to Tax Deferred 401(k) Accounts

We have received a number of inquiries from Flight Attendants who elected to have their Profit-Sharing proceeds directed to a tax deferred 401(k) account and are noticing a variety of taxes, including Federal Income taxes, being withheld.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 08, 2019

08 Mar

47th Annual Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting March 20th Denver, CO.

Our 47th Annual Board of Directors (BOD) meeting will be held March 20th, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. This is a one-day budget only meeting where our leadership is tasked with approving the annual AFA budget.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 08, 2019

08 Mar

Spring 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council

April 16 - 17, 2019, your Local Council Leaders will attend the Spring 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC).
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 08, 2019

08 Mar

Solidarity and Unity – the Keys to our Collective Success

Solidarity and Unity are terms referred to often in a Union environment. In point of fact, the term solidarity is defined using the word unity.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 08, 2019

08 Mar

AFA-CWA – Our Union Structure

Our AFA structure is successful because the Flight Attendant Membership based at each location elects their Local Executive Council (LEC) leadership from among their peers. 
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 08, 2019

08 Mar

2019 MEC Grievance Training Concludes in Chicago

This week, the United Master Executive Council (MEC) Grievance Committee conducted their annual Grievance Training in Chicago.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 08, 2019

08 Mar

Seat Belt Compliance Checks – It’s part of the job!

The use of seatbelts for cabin occupants two years and older is required on all aircraft during surface movement, takeoff and landing, in accordance with FAR 121.311. The flight deck is responsible for illuminating the Fasten Seat Belt sign.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 08, 2019

08 Mar

Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019, today, is International Women’s Day.  This day in history can be traced to March 8, 1857 when textile workers on New York’s Lower East Side demonstrated and stood up for their rights.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 08, 2019

05 Mar

Vacation Relief Line Award (VRL) During Scheduled Vacation Month

There have been a number of questions from Flight Attendants who have been awarded a Vacation Relief Line Award during a month in which they have a scheduled vacation period. 
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 05, 2019

05 Mar

Incentive Pay – Paid Each Calendar Quarter

Flight Attendants will be paid an additional $5.00/hour (Incentive Pay Rates) for all block hours flown in excess of two hundred hours (200:00) per calendar quarter, including vacation and deadhead, t[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 05, 2019

05 Mar

Training (CQ) and Meeting Compensation

Section 11 of our JCBA provides for compensation when Flight Attendants attend training and meetings, including travel when training is conducted at a location away from our home base.  Spec[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 05, 2019

05 Mar

Language Training Opportunities

Section 9.G. of our JCBA provides opportunities for Flight Attendants to not only be trained to speak new languages but also to make additional compensation for each hour worked in a designated language position or as provided in Section 9.G.7 for Language Incentive Pay (LIP).
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 05, 2019

05 Mar

Daylight Saving Time - Spring Forward this Sunday, March 10, 2019

On Sunday March 10, 2019 we will “Spring Ahead” to the U.S. Daylight Savings Time at 2:00AM.  It is important to recognize that this is the day where we get one hour less sleep and, if on a flight assignment, a one hour shorter layover.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 05, 2019

01 Mar

Welcome New Hire Class 1903!

On Friday, March 1, 2019 we welcomed the 46 graduating Members of class 1903 to the line.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 01, 2019

01 Mar

April 2019 One Month Special COLA

Opportunities to award a One Month Special COLA for the April 2019 bid month are being made available by Crew Planning. Bids are
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 01, 2019

01 Mar

Distribution of Profit Sharing Checks for International Bases – March 1, 2019

Profit Sharing distribution for Flight Attendants at International domiciles was paid on the March 1, 2019 payroll checks.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 01, 2019

01 Mar

Vacation Quarterly Accrual / Sick and Occupational Injury Bank Quarterly Accrual

Flight Attendants accrue Vacation days and Sick and Occupational Injury Bank via the same quarterly method.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 01, 2019

01 Mar

Reserve Move-Up Line Notifications

There has been some recent confusion regarding the types of notification Flight Attendants will receive when they have been moved up into a line of flying from Reserve status.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 01, 2019

01 Mar

Association of Flight Attendants Scholarship Opportunities

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Scholarship Fund is intended to provide financial assistance to dependents of United Flight Attendants who will be attending a college or university.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 01, 2019

01 Mar

Reminder to Submit your Support for Tokyo to Haneda Route

United has applied to obtain six slot pairs at Haneda Airport in central Tokyo as part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) competitive route proceeding.
  • AFA Article
  • Mar 01, 2019

26 Feb

We Share in the Loss of those on Atlas Air Flight

All of us are saddened by the loss of those who perished as a result of the recent Atlas Air Crash near Houston, TX.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families of those affected. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 26, 2019

26 Feb

Hotel Gainsharing Provisions

Section 5.C.of our JCBA is a provision within our Collective Bargaining Agreement that provides Flight Attendants with the ability to be reimbursed a portion of the savings from cancelling hotel rooms in accordance with the provisions of the JCBA.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 26, 2019

26 Feb

Upcoming 47th Annual Board of Directors Meeting

Our 47th Annual Board of Directors (BOD) meeting will be held March 20th, 2019 in Denver Colorado. This is a one-day budget only meeting where our leadership is tasked with approving the annual AFA budget. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 26, 2019

26 Feb

United to Haneda Service

United has applied to secure new Haneda slot pairs as part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) competitive route proceeding. An award of slots to United depends on the U.S. and Japan formalizing an aviation agreement later this year as well as the DOT approving United’s proposal. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 26, 2019

26 Feb

CAUSE® Foundation Holds Paid Trip Drop Raffle – It’s not too Late to Enter!

As previously communicated, The CAUSE Foundation is holding a "paid trip drop" raffle during the months of February and March. You read that right.....you will be paid to stay home!!!
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 26, 2019

23 Feb

Welcome New Hire Class 1902!

On Friday, February 22, 2019 we welcomed the 76 graduating Members of class 1902 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their respective bases at DEN, EWR and SFO on March 1, 2019, for orientation and will be available to fly on March 3, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 23, 2019

23 Feb

Distribution of Profit Sharing Checks Begins Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Distribution of Profit Sharing will begin February 27, 2019 and will be disbursed by direct deposit or physical check depending upon the employees established payroll method. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 23, 2019

23 Feb

Section 15.M.1. - Jury Duty/Court Witness

As a reminder, our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) provides pay protections for Flight Attendants who are called upon to perform Jury Duty or to be a Court Witness
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 23, 2019

23 Feb

Base Transfers

As provided for in Section 17.A of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) a Flight Attendant desiring to transfer to a different Base may file a bid, through the Company’s automated sys[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 23, 2019

23 Feb

Assigning Reserves to Open Language Positions

There have been a number of questions regarding the process of assigning open Language Qualified (LQ) positions to Reserves when there is no Language Qualified Reserve who speaks the specific language associated with the open pairing and who is legal and available in the specific language sub-base.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 23, 2019

23 Feb

Social Media – Be Aware

The use of Facebook™ and other social media “networks” have become widespread in the last decade, helping us stay entertained, socially engaged and connected to the world. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 23, 2019

19 Feb

Welcome New Hire Class 1901!

On Friday, February 15, 2019 we welcomed the 73 graduating Members of class 1901 to the line.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

19 Feb

GUL Auto-Enrollment of Flight Attendants Returning from LOA/Furlough

Flight Attendants returning from Leaves of Absence are once again reminded that auto-enrollment in Group Universal Life Coverage (GUL), administered by Securian will occur for any Flight Attendants who did not elect to maintain coverage while on Leave or who had not previously elected this coverage.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

19 Feb

Bereavement Leave – Section 15.K.

Although previously communicated last year Flight Attendants have recently inquired about the bereavement policy and the contractual provisions on which it is based. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

19 Feb

Clarifying Deadhead Reschedule to Work

Earlier this year AFA and United reached an agreement as part of the Implementation Dispute Resolution process to address the contractual process by which a Flight Attendant may be re-assigned from deadhead to working status on the same flight. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

19 Feb

Assignment of Crew Rest Periods

The process by which Crew Rest is scheduled was implemented in July 2018. However, Flight Attendants have recently requested clarification pertaining to the crew break scheduling of the International Purser.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

19 Feb

CJA Authority on Weight Restricted Flights

Our JCBA, Section 3.A. of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) provides the language for Flight Attendants who wish to utilize the jumpseat for travel.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

19 Feb

Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Open Enrollment

Don't miss the opportunity to add or change Voluntary Benefit coverage for 2019. Enrollment is available on site at most hub domicile locations until February 22nd.  
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

19 Feb

Senior Opting by a Line Holder

Reserve Flight Attendants who have questions regarding the application of the language in Section 7.O. of our JCBA are encouraged to review the circumstances under which a Reserve can be senior opted from her/his position
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

19 Feb

Pairing Display and Trade Processing Enhancements

As published in the February 15, 2019 edition of One United, additional enhancements have been made to CCS and the [Enhanced] Electronic Bulletin board as it pertains to display of pairing information and the processing of trades.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

19 Feb

Revised Per Diem Reports Republished on Flying Together as of February 8, 2019

As of February 8, 2019, we’ve been advised that the revised per diem reports, detailing our 2018 flying activities are posted and available from the Employee Services Section of the company’s website, Flying Together. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 19, 2019

15 Feb

Clarification of Out of Base Pickup by International Based Flight Attendants

As outlined in Chapter 10 of the Trip Trades and Adjustment Guide, Section B details the circumstances under which Flight Attendants at International bases may pick up pairings from open time or as advertisements, subject to certain requirements.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 15, 2019

15 Feb

Keeping Your Address Current – A Fidelity Initiative

Recently the company has been working company-wide to enhance processes in order to locate 401(k) participants who do not have a current address on file with Fidelity.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 15, 2019

09 Feb

Continuing Problems with Reserve Time Accrued Order (TMAC) in CCS & COSMOS

During this past week, the company deployed a fix to the International Purser Reserve displays in CCS.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

09 Feb

Alcohol Testing Under European Aviation Safety Agency

As was recently published in the January 17, 2019 Safety Alert, the Members of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are permitted to perform alcohol testing of flight and cabin crew during ramp inspections in accordance with Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA).
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

09 Feb

Staffing and Service Issues – The Importance of Marginal Service Reports

As we know, United has recently revised the staffing on several aircraft types and on some they have eliminated the mid-galley position.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

09 Feb

MEC Central Schedule Committee (CSC) Conducts Training in ORD

This week our MEC Central Schedule Committee (CSC) conducted a special two (2) day training in Chicago, IL.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

09 Feb

MEC Government Affairs Committee Training

Our MEC Government Affairs Committee conducted their annual training at the Chicago Field Office. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

09 Feb

Semi-annual System Seniority List Review Deadline - February 16, 2019

The January 2019 System Seniority List has been published for review by Flight Attendants.   Flight Attendants are provided a period of thirty (30) days to protest any alleged error or omission affecting their seniority. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

09 Feb

FlightPAC – Provides Strong & Powerful Presence in Washington, D.C.

AFA’s FlightPAC was founded in 1982 to support bipartisan political candidates who are most likely to promote Flight Attendant issues.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

09 Feb

Manuals App 1.40 Update

Manuals app 1.40 will automatically download once your Link is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Flight Attendants may also manually download version 1.40 from the United Apps store. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

09 Feb

Verifying Reserve Assignments

Reserve Flight Attendants are strongly encouraged to directly access CCS using a web browser when checking their Master Schedule and/or when ascertaining their next-day assignment after 1930 HDT.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

09 Feb

CAUSE® Foundation Holds Paid Trip Drop Raffle

As previously communicated, The CAUSE Foundation will be holding a "paid trip drop" raffle during the months of February and March. You read that right.....you will be paid to stay home!!!
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 09, 2019

06 Feb

Celebrating the Accomplishments of Linda F. Farrow during Black History Month

February is African American History Month where we pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 06, 2019

06 Feb

A Review of Trip Trading Trade Rules

Open time trip trade occurs monthly utilizing a staggered window time chart available in the cover pages of our monthly bid packets
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 06, 2019

06 Feb

Reserves Assigned during Preferencing Window are Released to Check-in!

The Reserve Preferencing and clean-up process occurs each evening between 1700 and 1930 HDT for pairings with check-ins on the following day. Section 8.D.11. of our JCBA provides that Reserves assigne[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 06, 2019

06 Feb

Call to Action #LockoutNeverAgain

With the threat of Day 36 of the lockout looming on February 16, it is in our best interest to remain firmly committed to delivering our strong message to Congress and the White House:
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 06, 2019

06 Feb

Union Plus Valentine’s Day Discounts

Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14There is no better way to express your love this Valentine's Day, then with a fresh floral bouquet or gift basket.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 06, 2019

02 Feb

Satellite Bases Anticipated to Open in Second Quarter of 2019

Last November, United management announced the initial development of their plan to open satellite bases in MCO, PHX and SAN on a trial basis.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

It's too (2) Cold!

Record-breaking low temperatures have spread across the country this week, causing thousands of delays and flight cancellations. When it’s too cold, health effects range from cold stress to hypothermia.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

Revised Per Diem Reports Available on Flying Together

Revised Per Diem reports detailing our flying activities from 2018 are now available from the Employee Services Section of the company’s website, Flying Together.   Once on the Employee[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

Staffing and Work Position Changes Effective February 1, 2019

The updated bid packet matrices incorporating the Polaris galley packing and service flow changes became effective today, February 1, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Open Enrollment

Voluntary Supplemental Benefits Enrollment representatives from Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP) are now available in hub locations during the hours of 5AM – 8PM, now through February 22, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

Vacation Buy Back – Pay Check Issued February 1 – Missing 401(k) deduction

Flight Attendants electing to take part of their Annual Vacation allocation as Vacation Buy Back during the 2019 Vacation Election window can view their payout for these 2019 buy back hours in a special February 1, 2019 pay check. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

Super Bowl is Biggest Human Trafficking Event in the US - Report it!

As we have previously highlighted, Super Bowl is dubbed the biggest human trafficking event in the United States as millions of party going football fans will undoubtedly flock to the upcoming event this weekend, February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

Resumption of Dues Check off (DCO) for 2018 Annual Payers – February 1, 2019

Dues Check Off (DCO) was automatically reinstated on February 1, 2019 for those Members who elected to pay their annual 2018 dues in 2017.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

Effective Immediately - United to Offer FREE DirectTV™

As of January 30, 2019 United announced an additional commitment to the customer experience and will provide free access to DIRECTV™ for everyone.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

Jet fuel Tax Bill Passes NJ General Assembly – Potential Impact on UAL

As you may recall, earlier this year, MEC President Ken Diaz wrote a letter to the New Jersey General Assembly opposing New Jersey bill A4392, which sought to increase taxes on jet fuel purchased in the state.
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

02 Feb

We Cannot and Will Not Risk Another Lockout

The 35-day government shutdown ended last Friday, January 25, however the damage that was done to the aviation system is incalculable. 
  • AFA Article
  • Feb 02, 2019

30 Jan

Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Open Enrollment

Voluntary Supplemental Benefits Enrollment representatives from Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP) are available in hub locations during the hours of 5AM – 8PM, now through February 22, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 30, 2019

30 Jan

Voluntary Supplemental Benefits Enrollment Notice Being Sent in Error

We have received reports from a number of Members that they are receiving “alerts” related to the Voluntary Supplemental Benefits Profile indicating that “may require action on your part.”  In short, the alert indicates 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 30, 2019

30 Jan

Semi-annual System Seniority List – 30-day Notice period began January 17

The January 2019 System Seniority List has been published for review by Flight Attendants. If you believe that there is an error or omission that affects your seniority, you should contact your local AFA representative for instructions on how to proceed with processing your concerns.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 30, 2019

30 Jan

Drug and Alcohol Testing Pay

As a reminder, Section 4.F of our JCBA, outlines the contractual provision for Drug and Alcohol Testing compensation. Compensation for testing will be administered on a calendar month bases verses bid month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 30, 2019

30 Jan

Crewmember TSA - PreCk® Changes

Since July of 2017, all crewmembers eligible for Known Crewmember (KCM), were automatically eligible for TSA Preck®. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 30, 2019

30 Jan

Our Local Council Election Process

Our Local Council Elections are important because Members determine the representatives that will support every Member in their Local Council. Local Executive Council (LEC) Presidents are Members of AFA's governing Board of Directors (BOD). 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 30, 2019

30 Jan

CAUSE® Foundation Holds Paid Trip Drop Raffle

The CAUSE Foundation will be holding a "paid trip drop" raffle during the months of February and March. You read that right.....you will be paid to stay home!!!
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 30, 2019

30 Jan

Scholarship Opportunities – Union Plus Deadline January 31, 2019

Union Plus – More than 2,800 students in Union families have received financial awards for college through the Union Plus Scholarship. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 30, 2019

26 Jan

Flight Attendant Union Statement on Deal on End to Shutdown

In response to the announced deal to end the 35-day government shutdown, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson released the following statement: 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

Welcome Class 1818!

On January 23, 2019 we welcomed the last graduating class of 2018 to the line. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

Flight Attendants based at Intl' Domiciles may not be reassigned to domestic

Flight Attendants from International domiciles (NRT, LHR, FRA, & HKG) who have picked up out of base flying in North American domiciles, that is, departing the United States for other Internationa[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

Backstage 2019 Event Pairings- Pick Up Procedure/ Optional Pay Protection

Backstage 2019 Event pairings have been constructed and are available for pick up. Lineholders are expected to attend training on their days off. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

Open Enrollment for Voluntary Supplemental Insurance begins January 28, 2019.

The Open Enrollment period for Voluntary Supplemental Insurance benefits is upon us. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

Staffing Changes Drive Changes to Work Position Effective February 1, 2019

The updated bid matrices incorporating the Polaris galley packing and service flow changes are effective, February 1, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

Holiday Bonus Point Attendance Credit Now Visible in Work History

Flight Attendants who met the criteria to earn the holiday attendance point during the Christmas holiday period from December 13, 2018 through January 7, 2019 should now be able to view the one (1) Holiday Bonus Attendance point credit in her/his work history on CCS. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

2019 CINTAS Uniform Points Allocation Now Available

Section 25.D. provides for the replacement of all basic uniform items (utilizing annual point allotment) and one (1) of the following accessory items, when necessary due to normal wear at no cost to the Flight Attendant. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

Flight Attendant 2019 W2s Now Available – www.paperlessW2.ual.com

For those of us who signed up to receive our 2018 W2 form electronically via ADP, these forms are now available for us to download and print by accessing paperlessW2.ual.com.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

United has Launched an Enhanced Customer App

United has launched an enhanced app providing new customer service offerings.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

26 Jan

Revision #27 Effective Date February 1, 2019

Revision #27 is now available for download on your Link device.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 26, 2019

22 Jan

Profit Sharing 401(k) Contribution Election Deadline, February 4, 2019

The 2018 Profit Sharing percentage for Flight Attendants was announced last week for the period from 1/1/18 - 12/31/18.  Eligible earnings is 4.6115% based on $3,585 million adjusted pre-tax profit.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 22, 2019

22 Jan

End of Month Conflict (EOM)/ Month to Month Line Adjustment Process

End of month adjustments are necessary when a Flight Attendant’s new month schedule conflicts with the old month schedule. This happens either because trips physically overlap or the new month’s [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 22, 2019

22 Jan

Questions on Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements

Recently, we have received a number of questions seeking clarification as to which Flight Attendants are eligible to utilize reciprocal cabin seat agreements. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 22, 2019

22 Jan

Super Bowl - Biggest Human Trafficking Event in the US - Recognize it!

As previously communicated, each year when the Super Bowl, “dubbed the biggest human trafficking event in the United States” is played, millions of party going football fans will flock to the upcoming event on February 3, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 22, 2019

22 Jan

Keep Your Contract Close during Weather Irregularities

Our Contract includes reassignment parameters which allow the airline to respond to operational irregularities while ensuring certain pay and schedule protections for Flight Attendants.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 22, 2019

22 Jan

Reserve - Removing Your Name from Move-up List

The Company will build Reserve Move-Up Lines from the 1st through 5th day of the bid month (not the calendar month), to the extent adequate Reserve coverage can be maintained. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 22, 2019

22 Jan

Retirement Checklist

In recent months, there has been an influx of Flight Attendants contemplating retirement. The United AFA MEC Benefits Committee provides a wealth of resources and guidance for our members.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 22, 2019

22 Jan

2018 1095-C Health Insurance Document Now Available

Flight Attendants who signed -up for electronic notifications from United will receive an email containing a link to view their 2018, 1085-c Health Insurance Document. The document verifies your health insurance coverage for 2018 income tax reporting purposes.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 22, 2019

22 Jan

Stop the Government Shutdown

Our message is simple.  It’s time to Stop the Shutdown.  Our safety and security are in jeopardy as are our job and economy.   End the Shutdown.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 22, 2019

18 Jan

Reserve Preferencing TMAC Discrepancies Corrected

When Reserve Preferencing assignments began for the January bid month, we began receiving questions from Flight Attendants who believed they may have been assigned out of time accrued order.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Uniform Design – Now is the time to share your view.

Yesterday management released updated information on the company’s website and in the media introducing the new uniform that you will soon see in the field when wear testing begins.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

2018 Profit Sharing

This week the company reported its 4th Quarter and Full Year Financial information and announced employee eligibility for profit sharing payouts for 2018. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Winter Regular Scheduled MEC Meeting Concludes

The Winter 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) concluded on January 17, 2019, at the Hyatt Rosemont in Chicago.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Welcome Class 1817!

This past week, January 16, 2019, we welcomed the 63 graduating Members of class 1817 to the line. Our newest Flight Attendants will report to BOS and SFO on January 23, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on January 25, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Semi-annual System Seniority List Posted & Available for Review

The January 2019 System Seniority List has been published for review by Flight Attendants. If you believe that there is an error or omission that affects your seniority, you should contact your local AFA representative for instructions on how to proceed with processing your concerns.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Review Your Work History on CCS

As described in the language of Section 22 of our JCBA, our work performance and dependability are recorded and tracked as part of our electronic work history and are available on CCS for Flight Attendants to review.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Hotel & Transportation Reporting Form

The Hotel & Transportation Committee represents the United Master Executive Council and, in particular, is the designee of the MEC President.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

New Passport Requirement for Flight Attendants Traveling to Peru

Effective immediately, Crewmembers traveling to Peru must have at least six (6) months of validity left on their passport from the date of arrival in Lima (LIM).
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Flight Attendant W-2s Available no Later than January 31, 2019

2018 W-2s will be released no later than January 31, 2019 as required by law. Flight Attendants who signed up to receive electronic W-2s will receive an email notification from ADP or HR Communications when your tax forms are available.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

16 Jan

Overcharge for Travel Benefits Affects 658 Flight Attendants

We were advised tonight by United management that 658 of our Members “domestic Flight Attendants” had incorrect pass travel deductions taken from their January 16, 2019 paycheck due to a pricing error and were inadvertently overcharged for recent space available travel.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Celebrating Crew of US Airways Flight 1549

Today, January 15, 2019, on the tenth anniversary of the amazing water landing, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) cheers the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 for inspiring the world with a [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Day One 2019 Winter AFA United MEC Meeting

The Winter Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) began in Chicago today. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other presidents from around our system, addressed the business of our Union and the issues that are important to you.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Reviewing Language Qualified Flight Attendant (LQFA) Trip Trades

Language Qualified Flight Attendants (LQFAs) who are assigned language lines may pick up and trade for open LQFA and non-LQFA open time subject to the terms of Sections 7.I., 7.J. and 7.L.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment period for Voluntary Supplemental Insurance benefits is upon us. Flight Attendants will again this year have the option to secure Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits through one of two brokers, Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP). 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Central Schedule Committee (CSC) Reports – January 2019

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent reports detailing their activities in the development of the December schedule has been published on unitedafa.org
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

"Phishing" Scams – Protect Yourself

More than ever, it is extremely important Flight Attendants learn about phishing and the potentially catastrophic effects that could occur by following a link, or opening an attachment [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Staffing Changes Drive Changes to Work Position on February Bid Matrix

The updated bid matrices incorporating the Polaris galley packing and service flow changes are effective, February 1, 2019 however, Flight Attendants should be aware that the February schedule month b[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

CAUSE® Foundation Holds Paid Trip Drop Raffle

The CAUSE Foundation will be holding a "paid trip drop" raffle during the months of February and March. You read that right.....you will be paid to stay home!!!
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

11 Jan

Correcting an Inaccuracy & Setting the Record Straight

On January 7, 2019, regrettably and as well intended as it may have been, there was a document released by a Local Council that has created a number of questions from around the system.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Cintas Customer Service Affected by Planned Power Outage on January 12, 2019

We have been advised that the local power company is scheduling maintenance for this Saturday, January 12, 2019 beginning at 0900 CST.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Building Better Working Relationships in 2019 – It’s our Future.

We all know we have faced many challenges since October – from computer glitches to operational, scheduling and staffing issues we’ve run the gamut. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Transfer Awards

On January 10, 2019, base transfers were awarded to GUM and HNL and will be effective the March schedule month, March 2, 2019. Transfers were awarded as follows:
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Implementation of Section 15.I.6. – Making up Family Medical Leave (FML)

Effective January 10, 2019, Section 15.I.6. of the JCBA has been implemented. Section 15.I.6 details the ability for a Lineholder to pick up open time when they are able to return to work for a portion of a pairing dropped for FML use.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Ordering of Open Assignments on Electronic Bulletin Board

For consistency in how we see pairings in open time, effective on January 15, 2019, the list of open assignments in the Electronic Bulletin Board will be ordered differently. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Introducing a Revised Version of the EBB– January 15, 2019

Since October 1, 2018 when all Flight Attendants moved to a common scheduling platform, Flight Attendants have made suggestions to improve the functionality of the automation of the system.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Winter Regular MEC Meeting, January 15 – 17, 2019

The Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) will take place January 15 – 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont, IL.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

How Members Introduce Ideas for Discussion

Our AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws starts everything with the Member, and a single Member has the power to bring forward ideas to democratically change the course of our Union, to elect the leaders of our Union as well as to hold any position within our Union leadership.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Scheduling Backstage 2019 Engagement Events

Management recently communicated in the January 9, 2019 Inflight Services Weekly that there will be three event dates to choose from in February for those who were awarded the February Preference Month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Limited Discretionary Time Off – COLAs, Multi-Month Leaves Not Anticipated

The Company has indicated that Multiple Month leaves will not be available for February and discretionary time off, if any, will be given on a day to day basis in order to provide flexibility to the operation to support the scheduling of the Backstage 2019 Event.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Day at a Time Vacation (DATV)

As a reminder, Section 12.J. of the Contract provides that each Flight Attendant may take up to ten (10) days a year separate from their awarded vacation period(s). 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Review of Deadheading Crew Boarding Procedures

Although previously communicated, there continues to be confusion as to the standards to be applied to Flight Attendants for boarding when deadheading. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

New Uniform Update

Flight Attendants have been anticipating the release of the details of our uniform redesign. In recent days, a series of conference calls have been conducted with those who will serve as wear testers.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

08 Jan

December 13th Day of Action Updates

As we begin 2019, we write to you today to provide you with an update on any progress that has been made in addressing the issues we highlighted during our December 13, 2018 System-wide Day of Action. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Resumption of Dues Check off (DCO) for 2018 Annual Payers

As many of you will recall, 2017 was the last year where Union dues were able to be treated as a deductible business expense on Federal tax returns for those who itemized.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Holiday Bonus Point Attendance Credit – Visible in Work History on January 23

Flight Attendants who met the criteria holiday during the period of December 13, 2018, through January 7, 2019, will receive one (1) Holiday Bonus Attendance point credit.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Two Options for Voluntary Insurance Benefits

Flight Attendants will once again have the option to enroll in voluntary insurance programs through either of our current providers, Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP). 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Situational Awareness is Top Priority During Government Shutdown

The Government shutdown has now entered its 18th day, making it the third-longest recorded shutdown. Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officers are currently required to work without pay.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

NATCA Rally to End the Government Shutdown

NATCA Rally to End the Government Shutdown  AFA will be speaking at this rally.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Where to Direct Your Pay Related Questions?

Since the implementation of our JCBA, October, 2018 Flight Attendants have been dealing with a magnitude of errors and glitches, including issues concerning their pay.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

United Fourth Quarter Earnings Live Event, January 16, 2019

At this time of the year, employees being to anticipate receipt of profit sharing checks tied to the financial performance of the company over the past year.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Flight Attendants Receive Special Discount on Zappos Purchases

United employees now have the option to purchase uniform-approved shoes and accessories at Zappos, where they will receive a special 15% discount, (20% on some approved Clark’s brand selections).
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Enter Drawing to Participate in 2018 Spring Marathons

United employees are being offered a unique opportunity for a chance to participate in the following Spring Marathon Events; NYC Half, Rock 'n' Roll Washington DC Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, and Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, San Francisco.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

04 Jan

Reserve Christmas Wish List Statistics and Appreciation

We had another successful year in the granting of Christmas Wish List (CWL) requests for Reserves. It’s important we recognize a number of people behind the scenes who made the granting of these requests possible
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Sick Leave Procedures Reviewed

Given the volume and magnitude of the many changes that have occurred since October 1, 2018, we understand there are still questions on some of the new processes. Calling on and off sick leave is one such process where there are many moving parts.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Elimination of Positive Check-in

On January 1, 2019 the dedicated check-in location became the departure gate. Flight Attendants are reminded that their required check-in time for their pairing has not changed.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Transfer Awards – Action Required

On January 2, 2019, base transfers were awarded to DEN, EWR, GUM, HNL, IAD, LAS and SFO with an effective date of March 2, 2019, the first day of the March 2019 schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Policy Changes to Emotional Support and Service Animal Effective 1/7/19

Due to an increase in the number of on-board incidents involving animals boarded in the cabin, United Airlines announced the followingchanges to the Emotional Support (ESAN) and Service Animal (SVAN) policies, effective for all reservations made on or after Monday, January 7, 2019
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Vacation Buy Back & 401(k) Deferral Payments - First Quarter of 2019

Flight Attendants who elected to participate in the Annual Vacation Buy Back option during the 2019 election window can expect the payout for the 2019 buy back hours in the first quarter of the affected year, typically in the month of February. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Winter Regular MEC Meeting: January 15 – 17, 2019

The Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) will take place January 15 – 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont, IL.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Holding Pay – Requesting Pay

Recent correspondence suggests that Flight Attendants remain unclear as to procedure to “put in for” or filing a “pay claim” for holding time. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

GUL Auto-Enrollment of Flight Attendants Returning from LOA/Furlough

Dissemination of inaccurate information on the reasons for and the process by which Flight Attendants are auto-enrolled in Group Universal Life Coverage (GUL), administered by Securian, when returning[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Picking up CQ Training Pairings

2019 CQ is now available for Flight Attendants with a January due month. Lineholders can pick up training pairings from open time beginning at the start of open time window.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Scholarship Opportunities

Union Plus- Over 2,800 students in Union families have received financial awards for college through the Union Plus Scholarship. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

01 Jan

Crews Traveling to Paris – Use Caution and Avoid Protest Areas

Since November 17th, there have been ongoing “Yellow Vest” protests in Paris and they are expected to continue throughout the New Year’s Holiday. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 01, 2019

01 Jan

Implementation Dispute Resolutions

As outlined in the Implementation Letter of Agreement (LOA #18) in the JCBA, any disputes regarding the Implementation of provisions of the JCBA that are unable to be resolved by the Joint Implementat[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 01, 2019

01 Jan

Resolution of MEC 1-18 – Maternity Leave Dispute

The company and AFA have met to review and discuss the concerns of AFA that resulted in the filing of MEC Grievance 1-18. We are pleased to report that our discussions have resulted in a settlement of the Grievance that we believe is beneficial to the Flight Attendant membership.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 01, 2019

28 Dec

Welcome Class 1815

This past week, December 26, 2018, we welcomed the last class of 2018 to the line. The 73 graduating Members of class 1815 will report to BOS and SFO on January 2, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on January 4, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Transfers Awarded - Action Required

Recently, the company has awarded Flight Attendant transfers to HNL, GUM and LHR.   Flight Attendants are reminded, under the provisions of Section 17 of our JCBA, once awarded a transfer you must either accept or decline such transfer within seven (7) days of the award date.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Safety Demo Responsibilities for Through Flights and Diversions

Our MEC Safety Health and Security Committee has been asked to clarify when safety demonstrations are required. Safety demonstrations are required before “each takeoff” including on through fligh[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Clarifying White Flag Pay

Under the terms of our JCBA, in times when coverage is tight, the company may designate specific days as “White Flag” to improve Flight Attendant staffing.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

New Year’s Day – Shared Contractual Holiday (Except HKG)

Section 2.Q. of our JCBA stipulates that Flight Attendants receive additional pay for assignments on holidays designated for the country of their domicile.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Trial Period Eliminating Positive Check-in Begins January 1, 2019

Flight Attendants are reminded, beginning January 1, 2019, the requirement for positive check-in has been eliminated on a trial basis. As a result, we will no longer required to check-in at the base prior to our flight. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Year End Reminders

As the end of 2018 quickly approaches we would like to remind Flight Attendants of the following important upcoming deadlines. Additional information on each topic is available by clicking the highlighted link. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Winter Regular MEC Meeting: January 15 – 17, 2019

The Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) will take place January 15 – 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont, IL.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Subscribe or Update Your AFA E-Lines Subscription

AFA E-Lines is a twice-weekly publication for United Flight Attendants with the latest news and updates pertaining not only to our Contract implementation, but to our profession
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

21 Dec

Reserve Christmas Wish List Now Available

Reserve Christmas Wish List (CWL) is a Reserve assignment procedure that is provided for in Section 8.H.8.c. of the JCBA. At Christmas, for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday, Reserve Flight Attendants have the ability to preference up to four (4) layover stations.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Standby Pre-Boarding Assignment(s) Clarification

We have recently received questions regarding pre-boarding assignments from Standby, and how they relate to pairing assignments from Standby. In fact, they are treated in the same manner for assignment purposes. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Reserve Short Calls (8.G., 8.K.1 and 2.)

Section 8.K.1. of the JCBA provides a Reserve will be given 15 hours’ notice before departure time at the domicile with the exception that a lesser notice may be given when the need for a Reserve cannot be determined at least 15 hours in advance of the flight. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Welcome New Hire Class 1814!

This past Wednesday, December 18, 2018, we welcomed the 69 graduating Members of class 1814 to the line. Our newest flying partners will report to ORD and BOS on December 26, 2018 for orientation and will be available to fly on December 28, 2018.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Direct Deposit of First Pay Check of New Year is January 2, 2019

Consistent with the provisions of Section 3.BB.1., direct deposit funds for January 1st will be available the first business day after the holiday, that is, Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

De-Stress Your Holidays with Tips from your AFA EAP/Professional Standards

The holidays can be very joyous and fun-filled, but they also can be a source of great stress for different people, for different reasons.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

CINTAS Uniform Points – Final Days Place Orders Using Our 2018 Points

As a reminder, consistent with the terms of the JCBA, the balance of any uniform points do not roll over to the next year.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

EmployeeRES New Jumpseat Listing Procedure

The new employeeRes system launched on December 13, 2018 leading to changes in the Flight Attendant jumpseat listing procedure. Flight Attendants are encouraged to utilize the following steps when listing for jumpseat. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

2019 Pass Travel Enrollment Period Closes December 28, 2018

As we communicated on December 1, 2018, Flight Attendants who desire to change their 2018 Pass Travel preferences may do so now through December 28, 2018 (up to 7pm CT).
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Crew Meal Improvements Coming in 2019

This week the company released an article in Inflight Services Weekly addressing improvements to Crew Meals, some effective January 1, 2019 and others expected later in the year.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Transfers Affecting International Purser Qualification

As a result of recent transfer activity, there have been a number of questions as to how accepting a transfer affects the International Purser qualification of those who are “activated” International Pursers and those who are on the International Purser waitlist.   
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

International Purser Waitlist “Resignations”

As the company has begun activating additional International Pursers at base locations around the world, we’ve begun to receive some questions about the process of “resigning” for those who are curren[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Purser Override for 2019 Vacations

As the result of an agreement between United and AFA, Flight Attendants who are awarded a Purser line of flying shall be entitled to Purser Override Pay based on the Purser trips dropped due[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Common Metal Support Team

The “hotline” hours for the Common Metal Support Team have been extended until December 28, 2018.  Until further notice, the commonmetal@united.come-mail address will continue to be available in support of issues or questions resulting from implementation of the JCBA. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

19 Dec

Reserve Christmas Wish List Now Available

Reserve Christmas Wish List (CWL) is a Reserve assignment procedure that is provided for in Section 8.H.8.c. of the JCBA. At Christmas, for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday, Reserve Flight Attendants have the ability to preference up to four (4) layover stations.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 19, 2018

18 Dec

United Announces Sale of ExpressJet from SkyWest, Inc.

United announced today the sale of ExpressJet from SkyWest, Inc. to ManaAir, LLC, in which United will take a minority interest. We are currently reviewing the transaction to ensure it is in full compliance with all terms of the Flight Attendant Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Direct Deposit of First Pay Check of New Year is January 2, 2019

Consistent with the provisions of Section 3.BB.1., direct deposit funds for January 1st will be available the first day after the holiday, that is, Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Staffing Reductions and the Avoidance of Scope Violations

On December 13th, 2018 United Flight Attendants stood together around the globe to protest the proposed reduced staffing onboard our aircraft as United management succumbed to the pressure of Wall Street to match the reduced staffing levels at American and Delta.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Resumption of Dues Check off (DCO) for 2018 Annual Payers

As many of you will recall, 2017 was the last year where Union dues were able to be treated as a deductible business expense on Federal tax returns for those who itemized. Subsequent to the federal tax law change, a number of Members elected to pay their annual 2018 dues in 2017.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018