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E-Lines: August 11, 2020

Date: August 11, 2020

CARES Act Extension is Still Possible – CALL Now!

The Executive Orders announced over the weekend interrupted negotiations for a COVID-19 relief bill and that puts our jobs in jeopardy. We need Congress to act. It’s not too late. We are so close, but we need everyone to keep up the calls through this week.

Make three calls (both Senators and your Representative) every day. Due to the volume of calls, expect to leave a voicemail and plan to call again the next day. You can also look up the local contact info for your representatives at house.gov and senate.gov. Tell your Senators and Representative that we need a COVID-19 relief bill now!  We need to keep the calls coming to our known supporters as well as those who have not yet weighed in for us. Because we don’t just need supporters, we need champions who will fight for us.     

SENATE: 888-848-4824

HOUSE: 888-907-9365

Sample Script:

"Hello, I am a constituent calling to ask my Senator/Representative to save my job as an essential worker and airline employee. An overwhelming majority of Congress supports an extension to the Payroll Support Program for aviation workers to avoid massive job loss in October and also to ensure there's no cancellation of service to small communities. We need a COVID-19 relief package with our payroll support passed TODAY. Our jobs are on the line right now and millions are hurting without this relief! Keep us connected to our jobs, paychecks, & healthcare. We are counting on you. Thank you.”

After you call,sign this letter to your Representative and Senators >

Make sure you stay informed on this very important issue by reading August 8, 2020 MEC President’s message  and the latest information from AFA International.

United CleanPlus Safety Measures Interaction with Quick Turns
MEC Safety Health and Security Committee

Flight Attendants working a quick turn pairing are reminded of the company’s safety guidance issued on August 5, 2020, regarding United’s Clean Plus electrostatic sprayer (ESS) and tips for Flight Attendants. The ESS is a highly effective disinfectant that helps prevent the spread of germs onboard the aircraft. Understandably, neither Flight Attendants or passengers should ever be onboard the aircraft during the ESS disbursement process, including designated quick turn flights. If you are working a flight and the cleaners want to start spraying prior to the completion of the deplaning process, take a moment to remind the cleaning crew that no personal are to be onboard the aircraft during the ESS process and that deplaning may take a few additional minutes due to the COVID-19 5 rows at a time safety precautions, then file an IOR, and immediately report the instance to AFA.

Additional information concerning this very important safety issue can be found in the ISW dated August 5, 2020. Questions can be directed to your Local Council Safety, Health and Security Committee.

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

JCBA Section 3.A.

On July 30, 2020 the company, in collaboration with AFA, updated information regarding the blocking of passenger seats located near jumpseats, in support of social distancing. The updated policy allows the blocking of additional customer seats located in close proximity to our jumpseats when the seats are not required for revenue or non-revenue passengers.

Commuting Flight Attendants should review the changes and keep the flight loads, non-revenue list and any necessary blocked seats in mind when planning their commute. Knowing how to determine the number of available open jumpseats helps us plan our travel accordingly.

Section 3.A. of our Contract provides Flight Attendants with the privilege of using the cabin jumpseat (CJA) as negotiated. In fact, we’ve negotiated the ability to list for both non-revenue standby and jumpseat authority at the same time. However, the use of CJA is subject to company regulations, policies and procedures.   Additional information regarding our contractual cabin jumpseat (CJA) privileges can be found in Section 3.A of our JCBA.


Known Crew Member (KCM) is Accessible Only for "Active" Crewmembers

If you've been inactive, on a Special COLA, another leave or if you have been temporarily removed from service, you will find your access via KCM has been restricted. Also keep in mind that when returning to active status there will be a delay in updating your status to “active” which may result in your inability to use KCM access. In most instances you will need to fly your first trip to trigger the return of your status to active and to once again become KCM eligible.

MEC Central Schedule Committee (CSC) DSL Report

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent report detailing their activities in the development of the September schedule have been published on unitedafa.org. We encourage you to take some time to review these reports to gain a better understanding of how system schedules are developed

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. Wear the pin as a remembrance of our flying partners, family and friends as a reminder that We Will Never Forget!

Look for memorial AFA pins to arrive in your local domicile late August and contact your Local Executive Council representatives to request one. 

Brazil Prohibits Personal Pillows
MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee 

Flight Attendants flying to Brazil should be aware that the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) has issued an regulation prohibiting the use of United Polaris pillows, including the cooling gel pillows, economy pillows and the use of personal pillows on all operational segments, including passenger and cargo flights. Flight Attendants that bring your own pillow are being asked to leave their personal pillow at the base to avoid any issues when entering Brazil.

The company will temporarily provide a crew rest pack until an alternative solution can be provided. The pack will include the following:

  • 2 linen sheets
  • 2 United Polaris duvets instead of the normal 2 linen sheets
  • 1 duvet
  • 1 large cased pillow

Questions can be directed to your Local Safety Health and Security Committee.

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.

Voter registration deadlines vary by state but can be as early as 30 days prior to an election. Click here to continue reading the details on completing your voter registration.

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