United Airlines AFA MEC Website

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Master Executive Council

AFA E-Lines: Oct 21, 2016

Choose a different E-Lines: (search archives)

  • 2016 Uniform Points Expire December 31
  • (UAL) Vacation Accrual while on Occupational Injury or Illness
  • Medical Verification Update
  • Open Enrollment Closes Oct 28th – Make Your Selections
  • 2016 Wings Over Wall Street - October 27
  • Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter @AFAUnitedMEC

2016 Uniform Points Expire December 31, 2016
As we approach the end of the calendar year and the busy holiday season, we want to remind you to confirm that you have used your entire uniform points balance before year end to obtain uniform items. 

While a new provision for some of us and an existing provision for others, uniform points will NOT carry over from year to year. In order to get full use of your annual uniform point, orders must be submitted before the following deadlines: 

  • Telephone Orders - Must be placed by 1500 Central Standard Time on Friday, December 30, 2016 

We encourage you to place these orders early to avoid running the risk of forgetting to do so during the busy holiday season.

(UAL) Vacation Accrual while on Occupational Injury or Illness
The Company and the Union have agreed to settle MEC 1-14 regarding vacation accrual while on Occupational Illness or Injury Leave.

Occupational Leave of Absence (L9 status)
Flight Attendants on Occupational Leave of Absence (L9 status) for any time during the 2016 vacation accrual period have previously been made whole when the vacations days to which they were entitled during this accrual period were manually added to their 2016 vacations.  These Flight Attendants did not experience a vacation reduction and were provided the opportunity to bid their Contractual vacation periods.

Flight Attendants who were on Occupational Leave of Absence (L9 status) at any time during the period from January 13, 2013 through August 28, 2014, which encompassed the vacation accrual periods for 2014 & 2015 vacations, will be made whole.  These individuals will receive a dollar amount payment equal to the dollar value of the vacation period plus, as a separate payment, the value that dollar amount would have contributed to Profit Sharing distributions.  The payment for vacation time will be considered as “qualifying earnings” for the purpose of contributions to the 401(k) account while the payment for the Profit Sharing will not be considered as qualifying earnings.

The dollar amount payment will be calculated by multiplying the number of hours of vacation due by the hourly rate of pay in effect as of December 31, 2015.  The settlement payment will be made prior to October 31, 2016 and will be identified on the pay advices of the affected Flight Attendants in two ways.  The value of the vacation will be identified as “Settlement Elig” and the value for the Profit Sharing will be identified as “Settlement Non Elig”.  Payment will be issued on an “off cycle” check (not a regular pay check.) prior to October 31, 2016.

Flight Attendants at International domiciles (FRA, HKG, LHR & NRT) who were impacted by the Settlement of the grievance received on their October mid-month paycheck an amount identified on the Pay Advice as “Retro”.  A correction will be made to convert this previous “Retro” payment to a “Settlement Elig” payment.  In addition, these same Flight Attendants at International domiciles will receive an additional payment equal to the value the dollar amount of the vacation payment would have contributed to the Profit Sharing distribution.  This payment will be reflected as “Settlement – Non Elig”.  Flight Attendants at International domiciles will see these entries on their November 1, 2016 Pay Advice.  

Extended Occupational Illness or Injury (S2 status)
Flight Attendants who had accepted Occupational illness or injury claims who elected to supplement their Total Temporary Disability (TTD) payment with hours from their sick leave bank and who did not accumulate 97:30 of paid activity in the vacation accrual quarter(s) while supplementing their TTD with sick leave, are not included in this settlement. (Section 18.B.2. of the 2012-2016 Contract)

Going Forward - Important Considerations when on an Occupational Illness
As a result of the Settlement of MEC 1-14, it is critical for Flight Attendants to understand the choices you will be required to make if you are not flying as a result of an injury or illness on the job.  The choices you make about your leave status and how you are paid may impact your vacation accrual.

If you are injured on the job and your occupational claim is accepted, our 2016 – 2021 Contract provides you with the following options:

  • You may remain on active status and supplement your TTD payment with hours from your sick leave bank.
  • You may begin an Occupational Leave of Absence (L9 status) where you agree to receive only the value of your TTD payment.

Option #1 - Supplementing your TTD Payment with Sick Leave Hours
When supplementing your TTD with hours from your sick leave bank, you have three (3) options:

  1. Bid a line of flying, or
  2. Select a 71-hour monthly minimum, or
  3. Select a 100-hour monthly maximum.

In either of these three options, the difference between the dollar value of the awarded line, or the 71-hour minimum, or 100-hour maximum and your TTD payment will be converted into hours, posted in your DFAP and paid from your sick leave bank.  When selecting this option, if you do not accumulate 120 hours or more of paid activity during the quarter in which you are supplementing from your sick leave bank, you will not receive a full accrual of vacation for that quarter.   (60 hours of paid activity for ½ vacation.)  In this instance, vacation lost will not be restored.   

Flight Attendants who elect to supplement their TTD with sick leave may have their vacation accrual reduced as provided in Section 12.A.2. of the Contract.

Option #2 - Occupational Leave of Absence Status
You may elect to begin an Occupational Leave of Absence – (L9 status).  This is a leave of absence status where you will receive full vacation accrual during the period of leave.  What must be clearly understood is that the Occupational Leave of Absence may not exceed three (3) years.  Flight Attendants who exhaust the three (3) year leave period and who are unable to return to active service will be administratively separated or, if eligible, retired.

All questions relative to this award are to be directed to the Union by e-mail at MEC114@unitedafa.orgThis is the exclusive method by which all inquiries will be processed.

Medical Verification Update
On Thursday, October 20th, management released a joint collective bargaining agreement implementation communication announcing a delay in the implementation of the provisions of Section 13.C. - Medical Verification. The delay, the result of the complexity of the process changes necessary to support all of the provisions of this section of the Contract, means all provisions will not be implemented in November.  

Of equal importance, because these new provisions will not be implemented in November Flight Attendants will continue operating under the provisions of their respective pre-merger airline agreement.  As an example, under the terms of pre-merger CAL and CMI agreements, the company may require medical verification of all sick calls originating during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Which includes the four (4) days before and the four (4) days after Thanksgiving as well as on Thanksgiving Day.

The company will first notify the Union and give Flight Attendants adequate notice as has been established by the Contract and practice at pre-merger CAL and CMI.  Flight Attendants without an absence in the prior 12 calendar months will not be subject to the medical verification requirement imposed during the holidays. 

If you have questions related to your pre-merger Contract medical verification requirements, please contact your Local Council Office

Open Enrollment Closes Oct 28th – Make Your Selections
You can now make your selection for healthcare during the 2017 Open enrollment which is currently ongoing for active employees now through next Friday, October 28th, 2016. Retirees open enrollment dates are October 31, 2016 through November 11, 2016. It is important to go online to United’s Your Benefits Resources (YBR) site during Open Enrollment to compare plan summaries, their benefit levels, and monthly premium costs. Keeping in mind that each benefit plan is available for all 24,000 United Airlines Flight Attendants regardless of your pre-merger airline. 

For additional information please visit our website. You may also contact the United Benefits Call Center for enrollment support, questions, benefit information, and plan summaries at (800) 651-1007.

2016 Wings Over Wall Street - October 27, 2016
AFA Members, Toni Diamond and Warren Schiffer, became founders of the extraordinary benefit, "Wings Over Wall Street" when Toni was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  They turned their greatest challenge into inspiring work to fight ALS through research funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  In 2004 we lost Toni, our flying partner, but her care-giver husband, Warren, continues to work in her memory. 

This year the benefit is scheduled for October 27, 2016 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm at The Lighthouse, Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City. 

A Note from Warren
To my fellow Flight Attendants,

As we embark on unifying our ranks and standing together as one group with shared aspirations for a professional, prosperous, and safety oriented future, I am really excited to see how great our combined efforts can positively impact our careers going forward.

Standing together as one, with passion and commitment, is what Wings has been focused on. I am humbled and so proud to have the opportunity to tell you about the upcoming 16 Annual MDA'S Wings Over Wall Street Gala event, which takes place October 27th, 2016 at The Lighthouse - Pier Sixty-One - Chelsea Piers in NYC. 

This year, our goal is to Unlock the Cure for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Why am I involved with ALS?  For those who don’t know, my late wife, and United Flight Attendant, Toni Diamond, was diagnosed and later died from this horrible disease.  She and I cofounded MDA'S Wings Over Wall Street in 2001 as a way to fund ALS research, which still remains underfunded today.  Over the last 15 years, with the support of our United family, Wings has raised almost $11 million for ALS research.  

Frankly, I never thought that 16 years later I would need to come back to you asking for help. The reality is that people are still dying every day from ALS, and, while significant progress has been made, we still have more work to do to Unlock The Cure for ALS. I am confident that with your support, we will achieve Toni’s dream of a world without ALS.  She knew that she wouldn’t be around to see it, but that she could count on me to continue her fight after she was gone.  I knew that her fellow Flight Attendants wouldn’t let her down either.

Please consider donating any amount that you can by going to our web site wingsoverwallstreet.org and clicking on the donate link, or go directly there now: http://www2.mda.org/site/TR?fr_id=20799&pg=entry  For more information on how you can help, please click here: http://wingsoverwallstreet.org/donate/ 

Finally, if you are going to be in NY on 10/27, but are unable to purchase a ticket, I invite you to become a Wings volunteer for the night. You'll need to be available from approximately 4 PM - 10 PM. It would be greatly appreciated and I know you'll have a great night. Please contact Alyssa Keenan akeenan@mdausa.org.

Thank you for considering this request, and fly safely.

Gratefully yours,
Warren Schiffer, EWRSW

Here's how you can help:

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter @AFAUnitedMEC
Don’t forget to like our Facebook page @AFAUnitedMEC and follow us on Twitter @AFAUnitedMEC.

top of page