AFA E-Lines: May 22, 2015
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- Sick Leave Accrual Balance Error in April Monthly Statement of Earnings
- New Service Standards & Marginal Service Reports
- The US House Overwhelmingly Passes the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
- iPhone 6 Plus CBT Review
- Restricting Trip Trading with Open Flying Allotments below Contractual Levels
- Memorial Day Holiday
- Joint Negotiations Update
Sick Leave Accrual Balance Error in April Monthly Statement of Earnings
We are receiving a number of calls from Members seeking an understanding of information that was distributed to employees by the Payroll Department late this afternoon. This information was distributed without advance notice or discussion with the Union and was sent to employees via e-mail.
We have learned, due to a process and timing issue, the starting sick leave balance for pre-merger United Flight Attendants as shown on the April 2015 Monthly Statement of Earnings (MSOE) is overinflated and includes an additional four (4) hours of sick leave accrual. This additional four (4) hours represents the Contractual credit for the May accrual, which was apparently posted early.
As a result, the starting sick leave balance on the May 2015 MSOE will carry over the April 2015 figure and you will not see an increase in your accrued sick leave balance from April to May. We have additional questions that we will be addressing with Payroll next week. In the meantime, please contact your Local Council with any concerns you may have.
New Service Standards & Marginal Service Reports
Starting June 1st the company will implement a new “enhanced” international economy service consisting of a three-course meal. The meal service, along with the changes to the assigned work position of the Purser on the 767MI aircraft, may interrupt service flow and have the potential to create a marginal service condition for our customers in multiple cabins. For this reason we are asking that you continue your efforts to write-up the service issues each and every time a situation presents itself.
The United MEC website has a Reports and Feedback Forms section where you will find the Marginal Service Report. This report should be filed any time you encounter a situation where the service presented to passengers is below standard or where we are unable to complete the service according to established service guidelines within published time standards. Include in your report specifics about the situation and how it affected your ability to meet the company’s service standards as well as any adverse impact it had on the passengers.
The Reports and Feedback Forms section of the website is located in the Members only area of the website (a non public area). To access this area you will need to use your login and password. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it by accessing the Login Problems section of the MEC Website. Note: only active pre-merger United Flight Attendants can access the Members only section of the website.
For more information on the Marginal Service Report please visit our website or contact your Local Council.
The US House Overwhelmingly Passes the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
On Tuesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) and sent the bill to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The act passed with a 420-3 vote. The JVTA cleared the U.S. Senate last month with a 99-0 vote.
The JVTA is a start in combating modern slavery not only in the United States but around the world. As Safety Professionals and Flight Attendants we are in a unique position to identify and stop human trafficking and, because of our abilities as skilled observers, we are in a position to help these victims escape a world of unimaginable horror. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS), the Blue Campaign, and AFA-CWA, is planning on rolling out a training program tailored for Flight Attendants who fly U.S. bound International flights. Once the training has been developed AFA and DHS will solicit and encourage all commercial airlines to participate in the fight against human trafficking.
To learn more about human trafficking, how to identify victims, and report suspect cases of human trafficking please visit the Blue Campaign section of our website.
iPhone 6 Plus CBT Review
Last week, United MEC Vice President, Andreas Curlee, Continental MEC Vice President, Sheryl Kee, and the United MEC Safety, Health, & Security Chairperson, Vicki Jurgens, traveled to Houston to meet with company representatives to review the iPhone 6 Plus CBT in advance of the initial distribution plans for the device. The company provided a preview of the CBT that all Flight Attendants, regardless of pre-merger airline affiliation, will be required to complete in the comings months. The Union will continue to ensure that the company meets all of their obligations relative to the language in our 2012-2016 Contract prior to implementation of any new communication methodology and continue to advocate for protections for our Members as we enter a new phase in technology.
Restricting Trip Trading with Open Flying Allotments below Contractual Levels
We have received a number of questions from Flight Attendants at BOS, DCA, DEN, & ORD about the restrictions that have been placed on trip trading with open flying allocations for some combination of May 23 & 24. This has effectively reduced the trip trading allocation below the Contractual 5% level set forth in Section 9.G.4.b. of our Contract. This is causing Flight Attendants at these locations to question if this is a violation of the Contract in advance of the upcoming holiday weekend.
In the settlement of MEC 13-87, the company and Union reached an understanding that trip trading with open flying allocations may be only be reduced under a very limited set of circumstances as outlined below:
- A specific shortage on a given day(s) resulting from either known open flying exceeding reserve availability, or a potential work stoppage; and
- A high time month and reserve coverage problem resulting from an unplanned event (e.g. work stoppage, sustained weather irregularity, fare war).
Under the operation of paragraph 1, any reduced allocation will be reviewed on a daily basis and will be increased in the event reserve availability improves sufficiently.
The company is required to notify the Local Council President of any reduction in the trip trading with open flying allocation. In addition, the company has historically provided the leadership with specific information on reserve availability and known open flying to assist in understanding and explaining the reserve shortage.
Our United MEC Reserve Committee continues to monitor this developing situation and will ensure that any reduced allocation will be reviewed on a daily basis to see if there is an opportunity to increase the allocation in the event reserve availability improves sufficiently.
Memorial Day Holiday
This Memorial Day, it is important that we take time out of our busy schedule to reflect, honor, and remember the men and women who have sacrificed so much in the service of our country. It is because of the sacrifices of these brave men and women that we have the ability to vote freely, debate freely, and enjoy the independence that so many others in the world strive to attain.
We can never lose sight of the fact that many of our heroes who have served our nation so well, with honor and dignity are not only our family members but those with whom we fly. While Memorial Day is often viewed as a “long holiday weekend” where we enjoy time with our families at parades and barbeques, it is the weekend where we remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. Through participation in any of these acts, we honor the remarkable men and women who have served in each of the military branches of service and who have given their lives to protect and advance our American way of life. Our thoughtful remembrance of their dedication and commitment add meaning to the work of our service men and women and comfort the families who have lost so much.
While we encourage you to keep the men and women who serve our country in our hearts and prayers daily, we remind you this weekend is our opportunity to remember those who have perished.
On behalf of the United Master Executive Council, we wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Joint Negotiations Update
The most recent session of Joint Negotiations concluded in Houston today. The JNC has provided an update on the OurUnited website and through the OurUnited newsletter.
As a reminder, all JNC updates can be found on the JNC website at ourunited.org. If you are not signed-up to receive the OurUnited Newsletter please do so also on ourunited.org.