E-Lines: June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020
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. As a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of you were not able to celebrate your final journey and you have missed the opportunity to fly with your friends and to enjoy a memorable meal on your final layover. Viewing your retirement from that perspective helps all of us understand the magnitude of the choice you’ve made.
Today, we acknowledge that because of your hard work, and exceptional years of service, you have contributed significantly to our career and profession. Your example has forged an extraordinary path to follow for so many who will come after you.
Your AFA Leadership and Union Sisters and Brothers want to express our deepest gratitude to each of you for your dedication and commitment to our profession and our Union. We wish you well as you begin this next journey after a successful career.
Fidelity Offers Personalized Retirement Assistance
MEC Benefits Committee
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 (where available) to help you determine if you’re financially ready to retire. Flight Attendants interested in meeting with a Fidelity representative should be prepared to provide the following information:
- 401(k) statements from any former employers (if applicable)
- Statements from pension plans such as CARP, the IAM National Pension Plan, PBGC, etc.
- Statements or balances from brokerage accounts, IRAs, any mutual funds and other bank accounts
- Social Security Statements
We encourage all Flight Attendants interested in the VSP2 to refer to their Personal Retirement Statement for support resources and details on your current benefits.
It is important for Flight Attendants based at International domiciles and who are U.S. citizens to understand that their personalized VSP2 statements does not include a statement about these benefits. This information was purposely left off the Social Security section the retirement statements for International Flight Attendants, NOT to communicate ineligibility, but rather to avoid confusion.
Tell Congress: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program
MEC Government Affairs Committee
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. Our fast mobilization in March led to passage of the CARES Act, including the aviation Payroll Support Program (PSP) to stave off involuntary furloughs and “for the continuation of employee wages, salaries, and benefits” affecting 2.1 million workers across aviation. This critical legislation has kept our industry intact, Flight Attendants and other workers connected to our healthcare, and continued service to all of our communities.
The 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. Passenger travel is still only about 20% of what it was last year, while international travel is currently restricted and predicted to take years to recover. Without an extension of the Payroll Support Program there will be hundreds of thousands of aviation workers who lose our jobs on October 1.
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 of our communities. All of aviation labor is standing together to call on Congress to pass a clean extension of the Payroll Support Program before the summer recess at the end of July. Waiting until September for this action is too late because October planning will be done and hundreds of thousands of workers will already be told they are out of work. We need urgent action on this now.
Read Aviation Union Letters to Congressional Leadership and Take Action >
Some in management are attempting to use the threat of job loss to call for concessions from us. But the problem is demand, not labor costs. There is no amount of concessions that will save jobs. The only way to save jobs is to lock in protections against involuntary furloughs with an extension of the CARES Act Payroll Support Program. COVID-19 relief has been extended in other sectors and more relief is necessary to stave off a depression with millions of evictions and other financial devastation. Extending our aviation relief is an important part of the package Congress must get in place before the end of July to avoid massive layoffs and much greater harm to tens of millions of people across the country.
Tell Congress to keep our industry intact to ensure aviation can help fight the virus and contribute to economic recovery as opposed to adding to an economic depression.
Sara, Julie, Lyn
Sara Nelson, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President
Julie Hedrick, Association of Professional Flight Attendants President
Lyn Montgomery, Transport Workers Union Local 556 President
Reminder – Required Duty Items now Include Face Mask and Thermometer
MEC Safety Health and Security Committee
In response to the Covid-19 health crisis, United has issued two (2) additional Flight Attendant required duty items. As a reminder, any Flight Attendant on duty is now required to not only possess, but to also follow the company guidance as it pertains to the following required duty items:
Additional information regarding the addition of these required duty items can be found on unitedafa.org.
Maintaining your Group Universal Life Securian Policy Upon Retirement
MEC Benefits Committee
Flight Attendants planning to retire or who have recently retired may maintain their Group Universal Life Insurance Policy (GUL) issued by Securian and have the option to move their policy to a direct pay status once United notifies Securian of your retirement. As a retired employee, maintaining your GUL coverage is optional and you may elect to cancel at any time. Details regarding continuation of your policy are available on Unitedafa.org.
Flight Attendants needing additional information are encouraged to contact Securian directly:
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.
Reserve Review for the July Bid Month
MEC Reserve Committee
Our MEC Reserve Committee has complied the following information for any Flight Attendant needing a quick refresher regarding Reserve status.
Additional information can be found by referencing the Reserve Survival Guide and the Reserve Preferencing Videos, available on Unitedafa.org.
Get Connected - Sign-up for all Official Union Communications
MEC Communications Committee
The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic devastation will continue to be a challenge for our industry and United Airlines. We encourage everyone to sign up to receive our official Union communications. Information will be released as it becomes available and it is vitally important that everyone stay informed as the nature of the information is changing quickly:
- Signing up to receive official Union information is simple: Visit Unitedafa.org to SIGN UP FOR E- LINES and Contract2021.org to SIGN UP FOR NEGOTIATIONS NEWS
- Direct people to sign up and to provide us with their email address.
- If someone believes they have already provided us with their email address and have NOT received a current E-Lines/Negotiations News, encourage them to sign up again.
- Encourage Flight Attendants to sign up in the moment – do it now during the conversation.
- Bookmark the email sign up page on your personal electronic device to facilitate the collection of email addresses.
- Remember, we do not accept united.com e-mail addresses for official Union communications.
Additional information can be found in the April 29, 2020 E-lines Special edition.
July 4th– U.S. Independence
JCBA Sections 2.Q and 4.I
We remind everyone of the upcoming Contractual holiday as set forth in Section 2.Q of our Contract. Flight Attendants receive additional pay for flight assignments flown on designated holidays as outlined in Section 2.Q. While the Independence Day holiday is observed on July 3, 2020, the official date for which holiday pay applies is the actual date of the holiday.
Details about our contractually paid holidays can be found on unitedafa.org.