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E-Lines: August 14, 2020

Date: August 14, 2020

Contractual Voluntary Furlough Award Process Completed

The contractual Voluntary Furlough Award under Section 18.A. of our Contract is now complete.

Today, in conjunction with Crew Schedule Planning and Labor Relations, Voluntary Furloughs were awarded to eligible Flight Attendants senior to system seniority number 13,490 having a bid (Inflight Classification) seniority date of 4/17/1999 as it appears on the 6/23/2020 System Seniority list.

This is the first step in the awarding of the voluntary programs under the Contract.  Furlough Mitigation Partnership bidding will close on August 24, 2020 at 8:00AM CT.  Anyone senior to system seniority number 13,490 on the 6/23/2020 System Seniority List having a bid seniority date of 4/17/1999 is eligible to be awarded a Furlough Mitigation Partnership and should place her/his bid on file prior to this deadline.

With the exception of those on leave who have not received clearance to return to work or those individuals based in FRA, HKG & NRT who have not submitted documentation by the deadline supporting their ability to work in the United States, everyone above this line was awarded her/his first choice of the 8- or 13-month voluntary furlough duration period.

Awards will be available for viewing by individual Flight Attendants from their Work History screens which are accessible from CCS, sometime tomorrow morning.

Keep in mind, please, that this award does not contemplate any extension to the CARES Act or any supplemental agreements that may be reached.  We recognize that the initial information about this award is difficult and for some may be unexpected and disturbing.  Be assured, your Union continues to work on your behalf.

Additional details, including award lists, will be made available as soon as possible.

It is understandable that the uncertainty that is caused by this contractual process is creating any number of questions and we understand your personal concerns.  What we need to communicate to you tonight is that we are in a process that is not yet completed.   Additional work will be done over the course of the next several days as the remainder of the voluntary programs to reduce involuntary furlough continue.

We ask that you be patient and offer our reassurance that we are doing everything we can to avoid Involuntary Furloughs and to ensure protections for the greatest number of our Members.

Employee Assistance/Professional Standards

We want to remind you that our current day circumstances are creating a great deal of uncertainty and causing concern.  Keep in mind, your Local Council EAP/Professional Standards representatives are available if you need someone to talk to about your concerns. 

Additionally, resources are always just a phone call away at 800 424 2406.

Update on Our PSP Extension Fight

Flight Attendants and other aviation workers will not accept inaction from Congress. Even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has recessed the Senate, both he and Speaker Pelosi have stated they will bring Congress back to vote if an overall COVID-19 relief deal is reached. Congressional staff is still working and leadership is still able to meet.

We have to continue to demand a relief package now. "When you say Congress does nothing, you give them permission to do nothing and that’s not okay.”

Your calls, emails, and tweets have worked. We have built broad bipartisan support for our Payroll Support Program (PSP) Extension from the House of Representatives, to the Senate, and even the President.

But our PSP extension won’t happen unless an overall deal is reached. We must keep pushing on Plan A (PSP Extension), even as our MECs work on Plan B ("voluntary" programs to minimize the impact on our jobs). Regardless, we've got to get the extension locked in because it is the best way to protect our jobs, keep our airlines intact, continue serving all of our communities, and have the ability to recover once the virus is contained.

Flight Attendants have seen crises before and this time we know the importance of preventing bankruptcies and other fallout. That is why we will not stop. 


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"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.”

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