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AFA E-Lines: May 23, 2017

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  • Welcome New Hire Class 1709
  • Manchester Arena Explosion
  • Stay Linked: E-Lines and Local Council Newsletters
  • Chase Mileage Plus Card Program Launches July 1
  • Basic Economy: Employee Travel Q & A
  • Major Runway Rehabilitation Construction Project Scheduled for SFO    

Welcome New Hire Class 1709

Today we welcome the 63 graduating Members of class 1709 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their respective bases of DEN, IAD, and SFO on May 30, 2017, for orientation and will be available to fly on June 2, 2017. Please join us in welcoming these new Flight Attendants to our family.

 


Manchester Arena Explosion 

On Thursday, May 22, 2017, in Manchester, UK there was an explosion in the arena where Ariana Grande had performed that resulted in the death of 22 people and injury of 59 others. Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Expect that security worldwide will be on high alert. 

It was confirmed last evening that all crew members on layover are safe. As a reminder, your best defense is a good offense.  If you see something out of the ordinary, do not hesitate to involve those responsible for security – the captain on the aircraft, the Ground Security Coordinator (GSC) at the airport or local police authorities when away from work.  Adhere to the following recommendations: 

  • Remain vigilant when in public places or using transportation
  • Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds
  • Exercise caution when attending holiday festivals/markets/events
  • Monitor local media
  • Always follow the advice of local authorities and respect all security controls. 

Remain vigilant in your surroundings and always be aware that a spontaneous event intended to be peaceful, in fact entertaining, can turn violent quickly.  Always exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gathering.  We encourage you to review our Layover Safety Information and never refer to specific layover locations by hotel name in social media, onboard the aircraft or in other public areas.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the United Kingdom and in particular the people of Manchester. We offer our condolences and continued support.


Galley Pay Exception Processing

We received a number of questions about the processing of certain galley pay exceptions.  As outlined in the Galley Pay App on Link publication, when a Flight Attendant assigned a closed galley position assumes an open Purser position, she/he should contact Crew Scheduling prior to departure and provide the names and employee (file) numbers of the Flight Attendants assuming the Purser position and the bid galley position.   Flight Attendants working all other galley positions should request galley pay through the app. 

If circumstances prevent you from notifying the crew desk, the Purser should file a DSPFAC indicating who worked the Purser position and bid galley position by submitting names and employee (file) numbers in the remarks field.

Keep in mind there is an exception to this process when the Purser or designated Language Qualified Flight Attendant works a galley position.  In these cases, the affected Flight Attendant(s) must complete a DSPFAC by submitting the names and employee (file) numbers in the remarks field. 

While perhaps slightly confusing, as provided in Section 12.C.7.h., Flight Attendants assigned to Language Qualified positions work non-premium positions.  Said another way, language qualified Flight Attendants cannot work bid (C & D) positions but may work non-premium galley positions. 

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.


Stay Linked: E-Lines and Local Council Newsletters 

Beginning June 1, 2017, all Members who sign-up for AFA E-Lines will be entered into a drawing to win one of five iPad Air tablets. All Members in good standing, whether currently receiving E-Lines or not, are eligible to participate. However, everyone must enter to win by completing the form by clicking the banner on the front page of unitedafa.org beginning June 1, 2017. However, elected Leaders, including Officers and Council Representatives are not eligible to win the iPad. On July 5th, five names will be randomly drawn from the pool of names to determine the lucky iPad winners.

Points to Remember: 

  • Sign-up for E-Lines & Local Council Newsletters and enter to win one of five iPad Air tablets beginning June 1, 2017.
  • Sign-up by visiting unitedafa.org/staylinked.
  • Deadline to enter is June 30th


Chase Mileage Plus Card Program Launches July 1, 2017 

United has a robust marketing program in place to actively promote the MileagePlus Explorer Card to customers.  However, the company is looking to expand its reach to all potential prospects.  By distributing MileagePlus Explorer Card applications to customers in flight, there is a view that Flight Attendants can increase the number of Mileage Plus Explorer Cardmembers while, at the same time, earning an incentive.

Effective July 1st, you’ll be able to earn an incentive when you distribute applications inflight to promote the MileagePlus Explorer Card.  The following are some of the highlights of the new program:

  1. This is an optional program.  It will be known as the Inflight Bonus Bucks Program.
  2. Participation requires completion of a 30-minute, online training module that will be available on TakeOff E-Learning in the near future and outlines the details of the program and how it works.
  3. In addition to the hour of paid training time, the first 1,000 Flight Attendants to complete this training will also receive a $50* commission bonus.
  4. Flight attendants who complete the training will be eligible to pass out MileagePlus Explorer Card applications on select United flights effective July 1st, 2017
  5. A $50* commission, pre-tax, for every approved Explorer Card application submitted with your unique ID.
  6. Stay linked for additional details! 

*Commission is paid on a pre-tax basis subject to applicable taxes and withholding and is not subject to deferral to 401(k) or defined contribution plans or eligible for company matching contribution nor is it treated as “considered earnings” for purposes of the defined benefit plan, profit sharing or other retirement or bonus plans offered under the terms of the CBA. 


Basic Economy: Employee Travel Q & A 

United announcement on November 16, 2016, that they would be adding “Basic Economy” to their products available for purchase. We have made available on our website their Q & A in which it answers many Employee Travel questions regarding the Basic Economy product.


Major Runway Rehabilitation Construction Project Scheduled for SFO

Please be advised of major runway construction that could impact flights with lengthy delays and possible cancelations.  Runway closures are scheduled from May 26th through the 29th, and from June 2nd through the 5th.  Additional information and updates are available on the SFO Airport website.

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