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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Master Executive Council

E-Lines: September 12, 2017

Date: September 12, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

LINK - Do Not Update to iOS 11

Apple recently announced they will soon release a software update, iOS 11.

As a reminder, never update or accept a new version of iOS on Link unless instructed to do so by United Inflight Services as this may interfere with other app functionality.

Management is in the process of conducting internal testing on this update and will notify us when testing is complete and we’ve been cleared to update our LINK devices with the most current version of iOS.  In the interim, please ignore any prompts you may receive to update the operating system from the device.

9-11 Tribute & Memorial Remembrances

Yesterday, remembrance events of September 11, 2001 were observed at locations across our country.  Your MEC Officers along with many United Flight Attendants attended these events around the system.  MEC President, Ken Diaz, attended the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA.  Ken spoke at the Flight 93 Memorial and we have included a video of his remarks on the MEC website.   Adam Novish, MEC Vice-President was in New York City at the World Trade Center Memorial, and Jeff Heisey, MEC Secretary/Treasurer attended the memorial services on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, CA.

Sara Nelson, Our AFA International President attended a number of services and was part of the Memorial services at the 9-11 Memorial and Museum in New York.  International Vice President, Deb Sutor, was part of the Memorial Services in Shanksville, PA and International Secretary Treasurer, Kevin Creighan was part of the Memorial services at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

As we gather pictures and videos of the events, we will post these on our MEC website. 

Flight Attendants Call for Swift Passage of Bill to Ban Knives on Planes 

 Yesterday marked the 16 year remembrance of the September 11th terrorist attacks, in which knives led to the deaths of thousands of Americans.  Today, our nation’s Flight Attendants urged swift passage of bipartisan legislation introduced to permanently prohibit passengers from carrying knives into the secure areas of airports and onto the aircraft.

"As we honor the lives lost 16 years ago today, it is shocking that there is no law preventing knives aboard commercial aircraft,” said Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA).  “Flight Attendants are on the front lines of protecting airline passengers, and this bill is vital to securing our aircraft cabins as we remain ever vigilant in preventing another tragedy from occurring.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposed four years ago, but never implemented, a policy change that would have allowed passengers to carry certain small knives onto planes.  The bicameral legislation introduced today – by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) – would ban TSA from changing the list of items prohibited from being brought onto planes to permit passengers to carry small, non-locking knives.  AFA has led the fight to prohibit knives from being allowed on planes, in carry-on bags, and past security checkpoints in airports.

"Never Forget is not just a thought; it is a promise of action," said Nelson. “Sixteen years is far too long to wait for passage of common sense legislation to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin. Four flights, our friends, our family, our nation's security – all taken in a moment by those with evil in their hearts and small knives in their hands. Never again.  We thank Senator Markey and Congressmen Joyce and Lipinski for taking action to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin for good.”

Disaster Relief Information

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 following these difficult circumstances. AFA established the Disaster Relief Fund after September 11th to assist our members whose lives were placed in harm’s way. Following a declaration of a federal disaster area by the President of the United States, AFA members and retirees whose primary residence is in the counties listed below and who have suffered damage and/or dislocation, are eligible for $200.00 from the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund.  This act of support is made possible by the generosity of your fellow union sisters and brothers with AFA.

Affected Texas Counties include:  Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton

Affected Florida Counties include: Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Johns

To apply for AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Funds, visit www.afacwa.org/drf and download the Disaster Relief Fund Application, FAX it to the International AFA EAP Department at 202-434-1411 or mail it to AFA-CWA EAP Department, 6th Floor, 501 Third Street NW, Washington D.C.  20001-2797.   You can also e-mail this requested information to lfoster@afanet.org.  Alternatively, you may phone in the necessary information to 1-800-424-2406.

If you wish to make a contribution either by check or electronic payment, please visit www.afacwa.org/drf for more information on donating.

Deadline to Complete Inflight Service App Sept 18

In light of the impact of Hurricane Harvey and in response to AFA advocacy, the deadline to complete the Inflight Service App CBT has been extended to September 18, 2017.

The CBT introduces the features of the Sales and Customer Issue Resolution app and must be completed on a laptop or desktop computer.  If you have difficulty accessing the CBT, contact the Help Desk Support Team in one of two ways:  By telephone at 1-877-825-3729, opt. 7 or by e-mail at TOL-Help@united.com.  For additional information, please contact your Local Council Representative.

Vacation Timeline

In anticipation of the start of the annual vacation process outlined in Section 12 of our JCBA, we highlight the following key components of the vacation timeline.  Special thanks to the Officers and Committee Members of Council 11 SFO for their assistance in creating this publication.

Practice for Vacation Bidding

To assist Flight Attendants in becoming familiar in navigating the vacation bidding process, a simulated vacation bidding environment has been created and is now available for your use.   Through October 20, 2017, Flight Attendants will have the opportunity to practice vacation bidding using the following hands-on bidding scenarios which have been specifically designed to highlight specific vacation bidding principles:

  • Bidding with a partial day off
  •  Bidding with less than 12 days
  •  Accrual of Maximum Days (40 Base + 7 Flex)
  •  Adjusted Accrual
  •  Adjusted Accrual + Flex Vacation
  •  Less than one (1) year of service
  •  Unpaid Flex Vacation
  •  Various Seniority Levels for Bidding

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