AFA E-Lines: Jun 22, 2018
Choose a different E-Lines:
- One United Update – Common Scheduling Platform Educational Materials
- Welcome Class 1808!
- United's International On-board Leader Title Survey
- JCBA Section 5 – Hotel Rooms for Layovers and Sits in Excess of Four (4) Hours
- United MEC Summer Regular Meeting – July 10- 12 Rosemont IL
- System Scheduling Reports – SWLOF July 2018
- Join Our “Longest Day” Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Team
- Summer Flying - Carry Your Contract & Reserve Survival Guides
- 2Hot2Cold in Air Travel
- Separated Families Intersecting with Aviation AFA and US Airlines Respond
- Reminders and Quick Links
One United Update – Common Scheduling Platform Educational Materials
Joint Implementation Team (JIT)
In anticipation of our October 1, 2018 transition to a common scheduling platform, beginning September 12, 2018 all Flight Attendants will begin using new functionality in CCS to bid for their October schedules. To prepare for this transition, a practice environment will be available in July and is intended to provide Flight Attendants an opportunity to navigate and practice using the new bidding screens and become familiar with the new functionality.The CCS practice environment will be available July 9 through August 30, 2018.
The common scheduling platform will be referred to as CCS and will include redesigned screens and new functionality for everyone. Regardless of how familiar you may be with the current version of CCS, everyone is strongly encouraged to set aside the time to explore the practice environment.
In addition, we recommend that all Flight Attendants read and review the extensive array of education materials that will be made available in the coming weeks. These will be distributed via email, will be available on One United and in the Content Locker on Link. Printed information will be made available in all the bases. More details and instructions on how to access the practice environment will be shared in the July 5, 2018 One United message.
Welcome Class 1808!
Today we welcome the 81 graduating Members of class 1808 to the line. Our newest flying partners will report to their base at EWR on June 29, 2018, for orientation and will be available to fly on July 1, 2018. Please join us in welcoming the newest Members of our Flight Attendant community.
United's International On-board Leader Title Survey
On Friday, United’s ISM/Purser Team distributed an e-mail with a link to a survey that will provide ISMs and Pursers with an opportunity to participate in selecting the name of the qualified international on-board leader once we move to a common scheduling platform on Oct 1, 2018.
During the 73 ISM/Purser Recurrent classes, there were a number of items that were repeatedly discussed. One of the items most highly discussed was the title to which the onboard leader will be referred once we move to a common scheduling platform.
Beginning Friday, June 22 and concluding on Friday, June 29 at 1600 CT, ISMs & Pursers are encouraged to cast their preference on how we will refer to our new international on-board leader program.
A link to the survey was sent to each ISM/Purser via corporate e-mail. We encourage your participation in this survey.
JCBA Section 5 – Hotel Rooms for Layovers and Sits in Excess of Four (4) Hours
MEC Grievance Committee
Flight Attendants are provided hotel rooms under the following circumstances:
- Whenever scheduled at a layover station in excess of four (4) hours, or
- Whenever delayed at a layover station for fours (4) hours or more from the time the delay in known, or
- After reporting for duty at the home domicile, there is a delay of four (4) hours or more from the time the delay is known.
- Flight Attendants are provided hotel rooms in accordance with the provisions of Section 28.E.5, that is, to a lineholder Flight
Attendant who commutes by air and is in compliance with the Commuter Program provisions of the Contract and receives no immediate reassignment or who received an assignment more than five (5) hours at her/his base.
It is important to understand that the requirement for a hotel does not apply when there is a “creeping delay” nor does it apply when a layover of less than four (4) hours is pre-scheduled in a Flight Attendant’s pairing and later becomes a layover of four (4) hours or more as the result of an early arrival of one of the flights in the pairing.
If you have additional questions, contact your Local Council Office.
United MEC Summer Regular Meeting – July 10- 12, Rosemont, IL
Our Summer 2018 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place July 10 -12, 2018 at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other Local Council Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to the Membership.
We encourage each Member to witness the democratic process by attending your Local Council Meetings and join us for the MEC meeting if you are in the Chicago area while we are in session. Details and the MEC Summer Meeting agenda have been posted on our website. Scheduled times for your Local Council's meeting will be posted @unitedafa.org as they become available.
System Scheduling Reports – SWLOF July, 2018
MEC Central Schedule Committee
Central Schedule Committee’s most recent (SWLOF) report detailing their activities in the development of the schedule has been published on unitedafa.org.
Join Our “Longest Day” Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Team
United Flight Attendants are encouraged to Join Our Longest Day Team a day that’s all about love for those affected by Alzheimer's disease as well as those who care for them. Wear your purple ribbon to help raise awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and then sign-up to Join our Teamfor the Longest Day!
Additionally, Flight Attendants are encouraged to display purple ribbons with our AFA pin, an initiative developed that all of us can participate in to raise awareness for this important cause.
We also ask that you help spread awareness by taking a picture, selfie, or group photo wearing your AFA pin together with the purple ribbon and posting your photos on social media utilizing Twitter, Instagram and FaceBook with the hashtag #ENDALZ, #TheLongestDay or #AlzheimersAwareness. Flight Attendants that do not have social media accounts can still participate by texting their photos to 502-758-9961 or emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll make sure we get these posted on your behalf.
Ask your Local Council for a Purple Ribbon. For more information about AFA’s efforts to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness, visit our website.
Summer Flying - Carry Your Contract & Reserve Survival Guides
MEC Reserve Committee
Summer months, while filled with opportunities for outdoor and family activities, are also filled with summer thunderstorms that can result in delays and re-routes that can result in travel irregularities.
In order to protect ourselves during this time, we should all carry our Contract and know our contractual legalities. This is especially true for Reserve Flight Attendants who are more frequently subject to reassignments when these irregularities occur unexpectedly.
Reserve protections are included in all three pre-merger Contracts. In addition, we have created a number of articles and contract support materials to assist you while on Reserve. PDF versions of each pre-merger Contract and Reserve Survival Guides are available on our website. Each of these PDF versions can be downloaded to your personal electronic devices for quick access.
For more information please contact your Local Council Office.
2Hot2Cold in Air Travel
Today, the FAA has no operating requirements for cabin temperatures. As a result, in the summer, cabins can get too hot; in the winter, they can get too cold.
If it’s too hot, crew and passengers can experience symptoms ranging from the mild (fatigue, dizziness) to moderate (heat exhaustion) to catastrophic (heat stroke).
If it’s too cold, health effects range from cold stress to hypothermia.
Extreme temperatures also impact cabin operations, by degrading the crew’s awareness of possible security threats, increasing stress that can lead to air rage, medical emergencies, a return to the gate, and other operational disruptions.
Flight Attendants face these extreme conditions all too often. To make change, we need data to persuade regulators and legislators to establish airplane temperature standards. We define the problem with reports to get it fixed.
- From your smartphone or tablet, go to afacwa.org/2hot2cold, click on the appropriate link to download the app.
- Or, in the App or Play Store, search for "2Hot2Cold."
In addition, come back often and check the links on afacwa.org/2hot2cold for the latest 2Hot2Cold news, updates on temperature events reported by the 2Hot2Cold community, as well as ways to inform the government and industry of your dissatisfaction.
Working together, we will end the scourge of 2Hot2Cold in air travel!
Separated Families Intersecting with Aviation, AFA and US Airlines Respond
Flight Attendants are first responders. We take pride in the job we do to connect people, bring families together, and serve as ambassadors of freedom as we fly to every corner of the earth. When we see someone in distress, we want to help. AFA condemns any action to purposefully separate children from their parents.
Flight Attendants are often the first to experience the fallout from a controversial change in social policy as commercial aviation is a microcosm of our communities, bringing together every race, gender, culture and creed in a confined space. Today there is growing public outrage over the new immigration policy that separates children from their parents. This national discussion and response is being felt on our planes and discussed among the crews. Some are struggling with the question of participating in a process that they feel is deeply immoral.
Our Union is receiving significant communication from Flight Attendants, the media, and concerned citizens on the question of commercial airlines participating in transport of children to detention centers and away from their families. It is critical that we have accurate information in order to do our jobs. We have asked the airlines to communicate with Flight Attendants so that we know what to expect, whether these children could be on our flights, how we will be notified, what special instructions there may be for care of these children if they are on our flights, and how to respond to passengers asking us questions about the airline’s role, if any, in transporting these children to detention centers away from their parents.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz yesterday released the following statement:
“At United Airlines, we have been concerned about reports that commercial airlines have been used to transport immigrant children separated from their parents by a newly implemented immigration enforcement policy. Based on some research we have done internally and public reports, we have not seen evidence these children have been flown on United aircraft.
“Based on our serious concerns about this policy and how it’s in deep conflict with our company’s values, we have contacted federal officials to inform them that they should not transport immigrant children on United aircraft who have been separated from their parents. Our company’s mission is to connect people and unite the world. This policy and its impact on thousands of children is in deep conflict with that mission and we want no part of it.”
Alaska Airlines has also been responsive to AFA’s concerns and we expect to hear more from them soon.
American Airlines released this statement:
“The family separation process that has been widely publicized is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines — we bring families together, not apart. American, like many U.S. airlines, provides travel to the federal government through contracts; however, the government does not disclose information about the nature of the flights it takes or the passengers who are traveling. While we have carried refugees for non-profits and the government, many of whom are being reunited with family or friends, we have no knowledge that the federal government has used American to transport children who have been separated from their parents due to the recent immigration policy, but we would be extremely disappointed to learn that is the case.
"We have therefore requested the federal government to immediately refrain from using American for the purpose of transporting children who have been separated from their families due to the current immigration policy. We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it. We have every expectation the government will comply with our request and we thank them for doing so.”
We applaud the statements made by United and American.
We expect this issue could continue to escalate and tensions rise when passengers or crew experience even the appearance onboard of children separated from their families. This can become a safety and security issue, which makes it all the more important that airlines provide as much information as possible to crews in order to ensure a safe working environment for Flight Attendants and passengers.
Use Caution with Social Media; Submit Incident Report to AFA
This issue is being hotly debated on social media. If you experience an incident related to this issue on your flight please refrain from posting to social media. Send reports of the incident to email@example.com. The reports you send will allow us to follow up appropriately and address any issues.
Reminders and Quick Links
June 1 – June 30 Wear your Purple ribbon together with your AFA pin in Support of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
June 22 - Class 1808 Graduated
July 10 -12, 2018 - United MEC Summer Regular Meeting, Rosemont, IL
As a reminder, “Let your true Colors Fly ” Pride Parades are scheduled to take place on the following dates and cities:
June 23 - Mexico City
June 23 - Houston
June 24 - Chicago
June 24 - San Francisco
June 24 - New York
July 07 - London