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AFA E-Lines: Aug 14, 2018

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  • September 11 - 2018 Journey of Remembrance – Reservations Available
  • CCS Practice Environment Provides Practice Bid Packet
  • Clarification of Carry Over pairings (September overlaps) into October Bid Month
  • (pmUAL) Domestic Purser Qualification No Longer Required after October 1 - 2018
  • Reviewing the Attendance Point System – Accounting System and “Points are not discipline.”
  • International Purser Opt-Out Program Opens August 18 -2018
  • No COLAs or JobShares to be offered in September or October

September 11, 2018 Journey of Remembrance – Reservations Available

On September 11, 2001, this nation was struck with a devastating tragedy that will forever affect our lives. Each year, we stand strong in our pledge to Always Remember and Never Forget. On September 11, 2018, a Commemorative Memorial journey to the National Flight 93 Memorial Park will depart from the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA which is located adjacent to the Pittsburgh International Airport. This will be a one-day event. 

Please consider joining us, as we stand together, reverently remembering our Heroes of Flight 93. Always Remember, Never Forget!

Reservations for this one-day event can now be made. Please contact MEC Communications at Remembering911@unitedafa.org or call 847 292 7170 X542.

CCS Practice Environment Provides Practice Bid Packet

Starting in September, CCS will include redesigned screens and new functionality for all Flight Attendants. Whether you are familiar with the current version of CCS or not, we strongly encourage you to take the time to experience the new bidding environment so there are no surprises come October 1, 2018.

Additionally, we would like to remind Flight Attendants that this is a practice environment, therefore the bid packet provided for the practice area is designed “for practice purposes” and does not accurately reflect the content of any of our final bid packets for the October bid month or what it will contain in terms of the assignment of flying. In addition, areas of the bid packet remain under review and the final format has yet to be determined.

An example of the differences, the practice bid packet is currently one large bid packet, containing all the information in one format. Whether or not the bid packet will be presented as one large packet containing all the components of the bid packet or whether this will be reduced to specific components such as domestic, international, language, reserve, etc. is yet to be determined.

We recommend that everyone take full advantage of the extensive educational materials that are being made available to you. These will be distributed via email, posted on One United, in Content Locker on your Link and available on unitedafa.org by clicking on the blue Reference Guide Link. Hard copies are available in all the bases.

Clarification of Carry Over Pairings (September overlaps) into October Bid Month

Flight Attendants working a pairing originating in the September bid Month that overlaps into the Month of October, will continue to follow their originating pairing metal protection. If your pairing shows a deadheading segment on October 1st, on the other subsidiary’s metal, you cannot be converted to work that aircraft when working a pairing that started in September. Upon conclusion of any September pairing, Flight Attendants will all be scheduled on a common scheduling platform under the provisions of our JCBA.

For additional information see your Local Council Representatives.

pm(UAL) Domestic Purser Qualification No Longer Required after October 1, 2018

September 2018 will be the last month a domestic wide-body pairing will require a domestic purser qualification to work as the purser on the widebody aircraft. It is anticipated that all bases will have some flying requiring a purser qualification during the September 2018 schedule month.

Reviewing the Attendance Point System - Accounting System and "Points are not discipline."
Almost a year ago the attendance point system was implemented for all Flight Attendants.  Despite the time that has elapsed, there are still some Flight Attendants who's dependability records have been exemplary and they have had the good fortune of not having to call in sick.  Some have only recently called in sick and are requesting clarification of the Contract provision. 

Sections 22 and 23 of the JCBA covering Personnel Files and Investigations & Grievances was implemented for all Flight Attendants in September 2017. The new process is outlined in our JCBA whereby attendance and dependability are tracked using an attendance point system and recorded in an electronic work history.

Flight Attendants should understand that “points are not discipline.” Points accumulate for occurrences which creates an accounting system. As you accumulate points, at certain levels you are issued Attendance Warnings 1- 4.These warnings are the process through which discipline is issued based on the following schedule:

Point Accrual

Level of Discipline

Remains in Effect

Six (6) or more points in a rolling 12-month period

Attendance Warning 1

12 months of active service

Twelve (12) or more points

Attendance Warning 2

12 months of active service

Eighteen (18) or more points

Attendance Warning 3

18 months of active service

Twenty-four (24) or more points

Attendance Warning 4

24 months of active service

Thirty (30) or more points

Letter of Investigation issued for


Once an Attendance Warning has been issued it remains in effect for the period of time specified above at which time it will be cleared from the attendance record, unless the Flight Attendant progresses to the next level of discipline. Additionally, points that trigger each warning will count toward the next point threshold.

Months are counted by calendar day. For example, an Attendance Warning 1 issued on January 15, 2018, would expire at the end of the day on January 14, 2019, assuming all of that time was active. Additionally, when a Flight Attendant exits a step of discipline, they exit with zero points. In other words, points falls off after a year from each infraction, if you haven’t reached an Attendance Warning. If you have reached an Attendance Warning, then those points remain on your record for 12 months of active service for levels 1 and 2, 18 active months for level 3, and 24 active months for a level 4. Points fall off at the end of each designated period.

Additional information, including a copy of the Dispute Resolution, Attendance, and Performance Management Flight Attendant Guide with Q&A’s are available to download on unitedafa.org.

International Purser Opt-Out Program Opens August 18, 2018 

Beginning August 18, 2018 International Pursers may request to opt out of flying the International Purser position for a bid month as provided in Section 9.D.3.f. of the JCBA. For the October bid month, the Opt-Out window opens on August 18, 2018 at 0800 HDT and closes on Sept. 5, 2018 at 0800 HDT. Opt-Outs will be awarded no later than Sept. 10, 2018. Detailed information on the International Purser Opt-Out Program is linked here.

No COLAs or JobShares to be Offered in September or October

On August 13, 2018 the company announced that in preparation for the October 1, 2018 launch to a common scheduling platform, COLAs and JobShare opportunities are not anticipated for the months of September and October.  During the early part of September, the company anticipates day at a time opportunities may be available using daily ANP, DATs or personal drops on a case by case basis at each base and through other Contractual time off programs.



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