AFA E-Lines: Feb 05, 2016
Choose a different E-Lines:
- Welcome to our Union Family Class 1522
- A Conversation with AFA United MEC President Ken Diaz
- Profit Sharing 401(k) Election Window Closes Monday February 8th
- 2015 Per Diem Reports Available
- Reminder: FAOM & eFAOM Bulletin #16 Effective Tuesday February 9
- Be Cautious – Get the facts. Don’t Sign Anything
- Protect KCM – Compliance with the TSA Prohibited Items List
- Joint Negotiations Continue in Denver Next Week
- Follow Us on Twitter @AFAUnitedMEC
Welcome to our Union Family Class 1522
This week we congratulate the Flight Attendants from Class 1522 on completion of their 180 day probationary period with United Airlines. You have now joined the world’s largest Union of Flight Attendants!
A Conversation with AFA United MEC President Ken Diaz
Last night we sent out a Special AFA E-Lines which included a unscripted video conversation with our AFA United Master Executive Council President Ken Diaz. This video included many current issues of importance to our Flight Attendant profession and to United Airlines Flight Attendants. Ken reviewed our ongoing Joint Contract Negotiations, addressed rumors around the system and spoke to the importance of Solidarity in achieving our collective goals. We encourage you to view this video from which is available from our website.
Profit Sharing 401(k) Election Window Closes Monday, February 8th
As a reminder, the Profit Sharing 401 (k) election window will close on Monday, February 8, 2016 at midnight Central Time. Flight Attendants may designate their Profit Sharing be paid as cash, into a 401(k) account (including the Roth 401(k) account) or some combination thereof. To designate the percentage of our Profit Sharing to be deferred into your 401(k) account, access the My Info section of the company’s website.. For more information about our 2015 Profit Sharing please visit our website.
2015 Per Diem Reports Available
Our personal 2015 Per Diem reports are now available from the corporate website. Per diem reports can be obtained from the My Info section of the company’s website for active employees. For those employees who have retired or resigned, the company will be mailing these Per Diem reports to the last address United has on file.
Reminder: FAOM & eFAOM Bulletin #16 Effective Tuesday, February 9
FAOM Bulletin #16 is available in the domicile and has an effective date of Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Please be sure to take time to review, insert and record Bulletin #16 into your FAOM prior to the February 9, 2015 effective date.
The eFAOM has been available since January 11th through the Manuals app, and once installed will update your eFAOM with the current bulletin #16. For more information please visit the company’s website.
Be Cautious – Get the Facts - Don’t Sign Anything
There have been reports that there have been a number of misrepresentations to Flight Attendants by those distributing Union authorization cards. Examples include, “Just sign so you’ll get more information.” Or, “Just sign to show you care about that issue [whatever issue you mention].” Flight Attendants who have later learned the real truth about this campaign, have changed their minds after signing. While there’s no requirement they let you withdraw your card or cancel it for you, it’s certainly reasonable to expect they will honor your request. Failure to follow your request is proof that this is not about seeking to improve your representation or promote work place democracy. Remember, a Union authorization card is a legal document that will be used in evidence at the National Mediation Board (NMB) to determine if there is enough support to call for a decertification election. It takes 50% of the entire combined Flight Attendant work force. The best way to stop any attempt to divide us is to simply refuse to sign a card.
A request of revocation of UFAA authorization card can be done by sending the following request by mail to UFAA. You should make three copies, one for AFA, one for the NMB, and one for your records. We ask that you please send both the AFA copy and NMB copy to:
Association of Flight Attendants
Attention: Ed Gilmartin - AFA Legal
501 3rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
We will collect the letters and present them to the NMB in the event it is necessary.
One other word of caution: if a decertification election is called, the ballot would include spots to vote for AFA, for UFAA and for “No Union.” It’s not as simple as switching unions, or even “sending a message” with your vote. The ultimate risk of a decertification election is that we may all wind up with no union. You may not think that’s likely, but management will be pushing very hard to get the Flight Attendants to vote the union out altogether. None of us wants to end up without a union, without a contract and without a voice. Be smart. Get the facts. Don’t sign anything.
Protect KCM – Compliance with the TSA Prohibited Items List
The government-approved Known Crewmember (KCM) program allows Flight Attendants and Pilots at many airlines to enjoy the convenience of expedited security screening. AFA worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure Flight Attendants could be included in the program which provides participating crew members access to sterile areas of the airport through a separate crew portal. It is up to each air carrier to determine whether they will participate in KCM.
The success of the program is dependent upon crewmembers demonstrating that they can be trusted to comply with all related requirements. However, there have been circumstances where the TSA has found egregious violations of the KCM requirements related to prohibited items. Such conduct flies in the face of all that our Flight Attendants do to ensure the safety and security of every person on every flight.
TSA has served notice that any crew member who violates the KCM requirements may lose their right to participate in the program. It also has warned that such violations could jeopardize the entire Known Crew Member program.
To protect our ability to continue to participate in the Known Crewmember program, you must abide by the following rules:
- Crewmembers may not transit the KCM portal with any TSA prohibited items.
- Carriage of another individual’s property through the KCM portal to circumvent screening is prohibited.
- All crew members transiting a KCM portal are subject to random screening.
Expedited screening is an earned privilege - not a right. While a majority of our AFA airline employers have chosen to participate, a few have not yet done so. Any breaches of the KCM requirements could jeopardize our standing in the program and the ability to expand it.
Joint Negotiations Continue in Denver Next Week
Joint Negotiations continue next week in Denver. As a reminder, all JNC updates can be found on the JNC website at OurContract.org. If you are not signed-up to receive the OurContract Newsletter please do so on OurContract.org. Also don’t forget to mark your calendars for our February 18th Day of Action.
Follow Us on Twitter @AFAUnitedMEC
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @AFAUnitedMEC.