AFA E-Lines: Feb 17, 2017
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- Spring 2017 Regular Meeting - Master Executive Council Elections April 11-13
- Long Term Disability Premium Calculation Error
- United Supports No Calls on Planes
- Scholarship Deadlines
- Presidents’ Day 2017
Spring 2017 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council and Master Executive Council Officer and Committee Elections - April 11-13
April 11 through April 13, 2017, your Local Council Leaders will attend the Spring 2017 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC). This meeting will be held in Chicago at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N. River Road Rosemont, IL 60018. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to you.
At this upcoming United MEC Meeting, the United AFA MEC Officers will provide updates on issues they have been working on since our last regular meeting. During this same meeting, elections for MEC Officers and MEC Committee positions will be conducted. Election information, including qualifications and responsibilities of each position, is available on the MEC Election Page of our website.
All active Members in good standing who choose to run for one of the positions listed on the MEC Elections page should submit a resume and/or a signed “Willingness to Serve” statement. This should be done preferably fifteen days prior to the election date and sent to the United MEC Secretary/Treasurer at email@example.com. Willingness to Serve Statements should not include personal information or employment history, as they will be posted on the United MEC website for viewing by the Membership. Resume information, if desired, should be in a separate document and will be shared with the Members of the MEC for their consideration and review. Interested candidates are encouraged, but not required, to give an in-person interview at the MEC meeting where the elections will be conducted. Any candidate who wishes to appear for an interview must do so at their own personal expense.
We encourage Members to see our democratic process in action by attending your Local Council meetings and, if you are in the Chicago area, the MEC Meeting. Scheduled dates and times for your Local Council meeting and the MEC Meeting agenda will be posted on our website.
Long Term Disability Premium Calculation Error
Earlier this year, a technical error was discovered which affected the calculation of the Long-Term Disability (LTD) coverage premiums which are based on our individual salary amounts. In some cases, the premium confirmation given at the time of enrollment may not have reflected the correct premium amount. The company has notified the affected Flight Attendants of the discrepancies and has corrected the technical issues that resulted in these errors.
Please be aware that your first premium deduction from your first January paycheck may have been an incorrect premium rate. If this was the case, the premium payment taken from your January 16, 2017 paycheck would reflect not only the adjusted premium but also any amount underpaid on the first paycheck in January. As a result, this amount corrected the original error.
Your February 1, 2017 paycheck reflects the correct deduction amount for the LTD premium rate and this will be your rate for the balance of 2017. Long Term Disability premiums are based on the coverage option selected. Next year, however, as pay rates increase, the amount of coverage and subsequent premiums will also increase.
For additional information regarding your benefits, please contact the United Airlines Benefits Center toll-free at 1-800-651-1007. Representatives are available between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday to assist you. You can also visit Your Benefits Resources (YBR) website, located on Flying Together, under the 'Health and Insurance' tab.
United Supports No Calls on Planes
As we are aware, United Airlines has long prohibited all forms of voice calls while in flight for the comfort of our passengers. On February 13th, United issued its first ever formal statement in response to the DOT’s December proposal. United has clearly communicated, based on feedback from customers and employees, inflight voice calls will continue to be prohibited on all aircraft even in the event the FCC’s regulations are changed.
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Scholarship Fund
AFA-CWA: The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Scholarship Fund is intended to provide financial assistance to dependents of United Flight Attendants who will be attending a college or university. The deadline for applications is April 10, 2017. For more information please visit http://www.afacwa.org/scholarships
Joe Beirne Scholarship
CWA: The CWA Joe Beirne Scholarship awards fifteen partial scholarships of $3,000 each to CWA Members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased Members. These scholarships apply to the 2017- 2018 school year. The deadline for applications is April 29, 2017. Details on this scholarship can be found on the CWA website at http://www.cwa-union.org/pages/beirne.
United Scholarship Fund
Employees and their dependents may apply for college scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year through the United Airlines Scholarship Fund (USF). The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. For more information on eligibility requirements visit the United Scholarship Fund page.
Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund
To learn about the opportunities associated with this scholarship click here. This scholarship is for individuals majoring in aviation, with an emphasis in pilot-related studies. The fund was established in memory of Captain Jason Dahl, who served as the Captain of United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.
Credit Union Scholarship
Members of Alliant Credit Union are eligible to apply for scholarships the Credit Union makes available to its members. Visit the Alliant Members Scholarship Program to learn more about the details of their program. In general, scholarship applications are due in June. More details about the Alliant Credit Union are available here.
Presidents’ Day, 2017
Presidents’ Day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. Traditionally celebrated on February 22, Washington’s actual day of birth, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day when it moved to the third Monday in February as part of 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act. At this time, the change incorporated Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday of February 12th.