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  • CALL NOW: Flood Congress With Our Calls! It’s About Our Jobs!
  • Good Jobs Nation Rally in Washington
  • DC - Tomorrow
  • (UAL) Phase III Vacation Bidding Closes Tomorrow
  • (UAL) Reserve Holiday Wish List - Submit Your Requests Now
  • (UAL) Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Enrollment
  • Industry Update: United Mechanics Ratify Contract

CALL NOW: Flood Congress With Our Calls! It’s About Our Jobs!
With no warning on Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) wrongly approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI). This decision sets aside the labor protections that were central to the U.S.- EU Open Skies Agreement. We know; we were there! We had a seat at the table when this administration negotiated the Agreement, and now as with any labor contract, the administration needs to make good on this aviation trade deal. This is about our jobs and our nation's ability to move millions of people and connect with the rest of the world.

Norwegian can fly to the U.S. today. We are allies with the U.S. based and Norwegian-based crews who fly today under U.S. and Norwegian labor law. But NAI, flagged in Ireland, sets up a 'flag of convenience' model in aviation - the same business model that destroyed U.S. shipping back in 1919. NAI will use this 'flag of convenience' model to hire crews from countries with the lowest labor and safety standards, such as Malaysia or Thailand.

In consultation with the best legal & regulatory minds and working with the TTD, AFL, our affiliated Unions and our Congressional allies, efforts immediately begun to review the order. In a statement issued on Friday, AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson emphasized “This decision must be reversed immediately by the Obama administration. It is a betrayal to hundreds of thousands of aviation workers. The DOT decision overrides carefully negotiated workers’ rights and designs a new playbook that rolls out the red carpet for foreign corporations by trampling workers’ rights.”

Call Congress Now 

Connect directly to your Senate offices: 1-855-980-2338

Connect directly to your Representative's office: 1-855-980-2306 

"Hello, my name is _________ and I am a constituent. I'm a Flight Attendant calling to urge my Representative/Senator to take action to STOP Norwegian Air International from flying to the U.S. under a completely new set of rules. The DOT NAI approval opens the door to a flag of convenience model that will lead to outsourcing 300,000 U.S. aviation jobs, just like it decimated the U.S. shipping industry. This is about good U.S. aviation jobs and enforcing our trade deals."

We will not and cannot accept this. We will stand together and act. We will never stop. We will never accept abrogation of our rights.

Visit our website at unitedafa.org/denynai for how you and your family and friends can help stop this and more information. Every Flight Attendant needs to call every day this week!

Good Jobs Nation Rally in Washington, DC - Tomorrow
#DenyNAI is all about making sure we are a Good Jobs Nation - show up in uniform with your union pin and RSVP at info@afacwa.org

This Wednesday, December 7, Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison and Danny Glover are coming to speak at a rally in Washington, D.C. held by Good Jobs Nation. We need to raise awareness on the dangers of NAI every way we can and this is the perfect opportunity.

TIME: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 1000-1100 EST
LOCATION:   Freedom Plaza (Washington, DC)
                      13th St and Pennsylvania Ave NW
                       Washington, DC 20004

(UAL) Phase III Vacation Bidding Closes Tomorrow
Pre-merger United Phase III (tertiary) Vacation Bidding close tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 0830 local domicile time. Awards will be posted no later than December 11, 2016 at 0830 local domicile time.  

For more information on the 2017 Vacation Bidding process visit our website.

(UAL) Reserve Holiday Wish List - Submit Your Requests Now
Pre-merger United Flight Attendants on Reserve for the month of December, have an opportunity to preference where they would like to layover for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following Christmas.  Section 10.C.13.c. of the pre-merger United Contract provides for the Reserve Christmas Wish List and for these assignments to be made in seniority order. When submitting your requests, you will be asked for your Reserve LOF number as well as your Reserve status (CLLR/RSV).  Requests may be submitted for up to four locations. 

You may submit your holiday layover requests through the link available on our AFA website.  We encourage you to put an initial request on file early and modify your request if your circumstances change later in the month to take full advantage of the flexibility of our programming.  The last request on file will be the request that will be considered at the time of assignment.  The submission page will detail the dates of your request and must be finalized to be considered. If you submitted a request prior to December 5, 2016 you will need to resubmit your layover request.

For a full list of deadline dates for the holiday period, as well as more detailed information please visit unitedafa.org/wishlist.  United Crew Scheduling will make every attempt to accommodate the Reserve Christmas Wish List layover requests to the best of their ability. 

(UAL) Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Enrollment
The AFA United MEC Benefits Committee is happy to announce an upcoming Open Enrollment for Aflac/CAIC voluntary supplemental insurance benefits for United Flight Attendants working under the pre-merger United Contract. Enrollment is currently open and will run through January 15, 2017. During this enrollment period, you are able to enroll a number of ways; onsite (using the skills of licensed benefits educators), by telephone and, in days to come, via a self-service enrollment site. 

For more information about available plans and a schedule of onsite enrollment opportunities visit unitedafa.org/Aflac. Additional questions please contact your Local Council office.

Industry Update: United Mechanics Ratify Contract
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) announced this week that approximately 9,000 mechanics at United Airlines ratified a six-year Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA). 

This six-year Contract provides marked improvements in leave, unique industry rest and industry leading wages which will put the mechanics two percent above the highest compensation in the industry every two years. Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. We congratulate our Sisters and Brothers at IBT on their collective accomplishment.

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