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AFA E-Lines: Jul 22, 2016

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  • Uniform Dress Vote
  • Events Today in Munich Highlight Need for Situational Awareness
  • Early Out Participants and CQ
  • We Continue to Strongly Encourage You To Use ASRS Instead of ISAP
  • Tentative Agreement Information
  • Show Your AFA-CWA Pride
  • Follow Us on Twitter @AFAUnitedMEC

Uniform Dress Vote
As part of the recent uniform enhancement wear test the company introduced the concept of a black dress – similar in style to today’s v-neck dress. 

Management has determined that having three dresses as part of the uniform program is not “feasible” so a vote among female Flight Attendants will be conducted to determine which two dresses each Flight Attendant would prefer to see in the program.  Female Flight Attendants will be asked to select two of the three possibilities.  That dress receiving the fewest number of votes will be discontinued. 

Voting in now open to all female Flight Attendants and will close on August 3, 2016 at 5:00pm Central Time. 

Events Today in Munich Highlight Need for Situational Awareness
Late in the day on Friday, gunman opened fire in a busy shopping mall in Munich killing eight people and sending other shoppers running to protect themselves. Munich, the third largest city in Germany, went on lockdown and authorities advised the public to get off the streets while sealing off highways and shutting down transportation.  As a result of these events, we offer the following safety reminders. 

While on layover and during events of this nature, United management is responsible to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees.  Immediate efforts will begin, according to a prescribed procedure, to locate crew members on layover.  This contact is essential especially if management makes a determination that crew member relocation is necessary.   If you are away from the layover location and become aware of the events, you are encouraged to contact OPBSK – Crew Scheduling, immediately, to advise of your whereabouts and to let management know you are safe or if you require assistance.

While we understand your friends and family are also concerned about your safety, we recommend against (as in never) using the “checking in” function on social media as a way to let people know you are safe.  Unknowingly, in a situation where violence is ongoing, you could inadvertently provide a tip on your location that could put you in danger. 

For those of us outside the situation who are concerned for those who may be in the conflict, we understand the need to obtain information on the status of friends and flying partners.  However, every effort should be made to keep telephone lines open so that management can reach those on layover to determine what, if any, immediate assistance is required.  Under no circumstances should we communicate the location of any crew member using social media for reasons similar to those stated in the previous paragraph.

Finally, when leaving the hotel for food, exercise, shopping or entertainment, it is always safest to travel in numbers. Ask the hotel concierge or front desk staff for safe areas and establishments to visit and ones to avoid. Always remain aware of your surroundings. It is important to remember some activities practiced at home might be crimes in other countries. Do not dress or wear expensive jewelry to draw attention to yourself. If you do go out by yourself, tell someone where you are going and what time you plan to return or leave a note of your intended plans in your room by the phone. You should also carry a personal ID in your pocket or purse. If you have a cell phone, take it with you. Other than obviously being able to call for help, some cell phones are equipped with Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Your FAOM provides telephone numbers for all UA stations, and OPB.

Early Out Participants and CQ
Early Out participants who have been assigned an August 30, 2016 exit date may have CQ assignments and IDs that overlap beyond their assigned exit date addressed in the following manner. 

Flight Attendants in the Early Out program will be expected to maintain their qualifications through their assigned exit date. Those Flight Attendants who have a July grace month will be expected to attend CQ in July in order to maintain qualifications through their final month of flying.

If August is your may go, must go (due) or grace month, you will not be required to attend CQ.  However, if you are assigned (in error), please contact Training Scheduling  to be removed from the CQ class.. 

Flight Attendants with IDs that overlap beyond the assigned exit date will be removed from the overlap IDs as of August 8,  2016.  That portion of the ID operating within the month will be pay protected and Flight Attendants will be subject to reassignment on the days originally scheduled to fly. 

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

We Continue to Strongly Encourage You To Use ASRS Instead of ISAP
AFA continues to work on a clear path forward with the FAA and United for an ISAP Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) renewal, however until then we continue to strongly encourage all Flight Attendants to submit safety concerns or events via NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) at the following link: http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/report/caveat.html?formType=cabin which is also available from the homepage of our AFA United MEC website.

AFA remains dedicated to a robust safety reporting program and safety culture. Our commitment has never wavered.  We do not take this action lightly, but rather, we act out of a dedicated commitment to our Membership to ensure you have all the information about how the company has unilaterally changed the program we have publicly supported since its inception as the first Part 121 Cabin Aviation Safety Action Program.

Tentative Agreement Information
This week, voting instructions and the Tentative Agreement Summary booklet began arriving at our homes. Voting is done electronically by Internet or telephone and will close on August 12, 2016 at Noon Eastern Time. Your voting instructions will provide you with your unique activation code and instructions to cast your ballot at the secure VoteNet site (a link can be accessed through  OurConract.org or unitedafa.org).

If you have not received your voting instructions, you may request a replacement activation code from the Ballot Helpline, online, by filling out this form. The Ballot Helpline is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. eastern, at 800-424-2401, press 1, and then ext. 706.

The following resources have been developed and are available to assist you in making an informed decision regarding the tentative agreement 

Comprehensive Summary

Full Tentative Agreement Language

Industry Comparison

JNC Information Sessions

Medical Plan Info

Dental Plan Info

Q&A (Updated 07-19-16)

Tentative Agreement Video

Voting Information

Webcast

This week, the JNC met with Members in Honolulu, Guam, Narita and Hong Kong. Next week, the JNC will travel to SFO, LAX, IAH, DEN, CLE, and LAS based on the following schedule: 

We have received feedback at every meeting that Members appreciate getting their questions answered directly from the JNC. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these meetings.

View the full JNC Information Roadshow Schedule and Local Council Meetings 

We ask that you continue to avoid rumor and speculation on the line and on social media. By getting information and answers from your Union Leadership or other official Union publications we can best ensure the accuracy of the information we consider in reaching our decision. 

As a reminder, all Joint Negotiation updates can be found on the JNC website at OurContract.org.  If you are not signed-up to receive the Our Contract Newsletter please do so on OurContract.org.

Show Your AFA-CWA Pride
Wear your official AFA-CWA pin every time you go to work or attend training. This is our most powerful way we can demonstrate our commitment to your Flying Partners and to management.  We must stand strong together and show how dedicated we are to achieving a Joint Contract. We are AFA-CWA!

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