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AFA E-Lines: Sep 01, 2015

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  • Safety Reporting System Questionnaire
  • Dear Sam Messages Begin to Pile Up
  • 14th Remembrance of September 11

Safety Reporting System Questionnaire
As we stated in Friday’s AFA E-Lines due to the continued conflicting challenges of the ISAP program, we have developed a survey to ensure the ISAP program is meeting the needs of Flight Attendants.  We have had an overwhelming response and ask that if you have not already done so, please take a moment and fill out our Safety Reporting System Questionnaire available on our website. 

Why a Safety Reporting System Questionnaire?
AFA United Master Executive Council Safety, Health and Security Committee continue to address issues plaguing our once robust and healthy ISAP program. AFA believes it is time to bring to your attention, a disconcerting trend, with United Inflight management. This trend has the potential to place United Flight Attendants in harms way. 

The ISAP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defines a non-sole-source report as a report where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had "prior" knowledge of the event outside of the ISAP program (e.g. a slide deployment.) United lnflight management continues to assert language found in the FAA's Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Advisory Circular (AC), allowing the company to use their knowledge of an event to make a report "non-sole source".

What does this mean? If one Flight Attendant from a crew files an Irregular Operations Report (IOR), mentions something to a supervisor, or places the information on any social media site, based on management’s assertion, the event would no longer be considered 'sole-source.' This would allow management to investigate and to take further action (discipline, additional training, discussions) against the crew.

AFA United MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee continues to challenge this view and believes that this is the wrong thing to do for the ISAP program and safety in general. This behavior undermines the premise of a "safety culture" and a “just culture” at United Airlines. It is important to note, that an ISAP report, sole-source or non-sole source, cannot be used in an investigation or discipline. However, the knowledge of the event, obtained outside of an ISAP report is what management implies allows an investigation to happen. 

If you have questions please contact your local Safety Committee Member or Local Council Office

Dear Sam Messages Begin to Pile Up
Dear Sam messages are coming in faster than we can add them to our website, keep them coming! Don’t forget it is easy for you to get involved, all you need to do is email or mail your brief handwritten Dear Sam message to us.  Your brief Dear Sam message should be handwritten on a piece of plain white paper. With your Dear Sam message, please provide us with your name, file number, and domicile keeping in mind your information will be confidential and only used to verify you are a current United Flight Attendant.

You can send a scanned image or photo of your Dear Sam message to us at dearsam@unitedafa.org or you can send it by mail to:

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
Attention: Dear Sam
6250 North River Road 
Suite 4020
Rosemont, IL 60018 

If you have any questions about the Dear Sam campaign, please contact your Local Council or send us an email at dearsam@unitedafa.org.

14th Remembrance of September 11, 2001
As we approach the fourteenth remembrance of September 11th, many of us will begin to plan how we’ll recognize this day.  How each of us honors the memory of that day may differ, but our care and commitment to one another is unwavering.  Each year on the anniversary of September 11th we publish a list of events taking place across the world on our MEC website.  We encourage you to review the events that we have currently available on our website. If you know of an event not currently on the list please send us a quick email with the details to remembering911@unitedafa.org. 

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