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AFA E-Lines: Aug 30, 2016

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  • CNA Long Term Care – Notice of Premium Due (August 2016)
  • 401(k) Direct and Company Matching Contributions – Process Changed in July 2016
  • One United - JCBA implementation Framework 

CNA Long Term Care – Notice of Premium Due (August 2016)
In the first part of August 2016, CNA insurance company mailed letters to approximately 900 United employees and retirees, some of whom are not Flight Attendants, who are enrolled in Long Term Care Insurance.  These letters stated that the employee or retiree owed premiums that had not been paid or payroll deducted.  Many employees and retirees found that they had not missed payments or deductions.  After researching the issue with United Human Resources and CNA, the United AFA MEC Benefits Committee has confirmed that the majority of the letters that were mailed to United employees and retirees were sent in error.  Some letters however, were correctly sent, and the employee or retiree has past premiums due.

If you have received a letter from CNA, you are strongly encourage to call CNA at 1-800-262-4580 to ensure that you do not owe any premiums. 

Note:  CNA is planning to send a follow up letter to those who received an incorrect premium due letter in error, and will be calling to reach out to employees or retirees who owe premiums. 

401(k) Direct and Company Matching Contributions – Process Changed in July 2016
In July of this year, changes were made to our 401(k) Retirement plans whereby Fidelity became responsible for calculating employer contributions to the plan.  As a result of this change, the company matching and direct contributions no longer appear as “current” amounts on our pay advices.  In order for you to track the amounts that are being contributed on your behalf, you must access the Fidelity website (401k.com) and review your transaction history.

For those Flight Attendants at international domiciles who are not eligible to participate in the company’s 401(k) Retirement Plan or the U.K. Stakeholder Plan, direct and matching contributions are paid to the employee in cash.  Because of this change and the processing time required for Fidelity to calculate the contributions and send the amounts back to United for inclusion in the employee paycheck, these cash amounts are paid out on the subsequent paycheck.  This change affects the timing of when you will receive these payments but will not impact the total amount that you receive.

For specific questions about these plan changes, please call the Fidelity Service Center for United Airlines at (800) 245-9034.

One United - JCBA implementation Framework
Now that Flight Attendants have voted to ratify a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) we are beginning the work needed to implement the new contract and finally bring all United Flight Attendants together into a single team. AFA and United will work closely on the JCBA implementation, and we will keep you informed as we do so.

The implementation will be overseen by a Joint Implementation Team (JIT) composed of three AFA members and three company members, who will be supported by subject matter experts from AFA and United. 

To make sure everyone is as prepared as possible, we will send you advance notification before implementing specific provisions of the JCBA. This is the first in a series of communications about the implementation of the new JCBA.

Implementation Framework
We will implement the new contract in phases:

  1. Date of Signing (DOS)
    Contract provisions being implemented as of the “Date of Signing” will include adopting new pay rates and most pay factors and overrides. We will also implement provisions from the new contract for those policies and business processes that are simpler to execute and don’t require technology enhancements. These “Date of Signing” changes, which are listed below, will go into effect with the first day of the September bid month.
  2. Date of Signing Plus (DOS+)
    Some provisions in the JCBA are a bit more complex, requiring moderate technology enhancements and more involved business processes. The Joint Implementation Team will prioritize these DOS+ items after taking into account United’s business needs, Flight Attendant priorities and the degree of complexity involved in implementing the various provisions.
  3. Common Crew Management System (CMS)
    Finally, the third phase of implementation will consist of the JCBA provisions that involve the most complex technology enhancements. All of these provisions are tied to migrating to a common Crew Management System, which will allow for all Flight Attendants to be scheduled as a single workforce.

Date of Signing changes going into effect
Listed below are the Date of Signing changes that will be effective with the start of the September bid month (August 29 for S-CO and CMI Flight Attendants, August 30 for S-UA Flight Attendants).

Contract Section Item Description of change
1 Recognition, Scope, Successorship and Mergers Entire section in effect
3.C.2 Seniority accrual and company business assignment See provision in JCBA
3.T. Parking Rate change from $30 to $35 for S-CO, CMI
Rate change from $25 to $35 for S-UA
3.V.5. Passports/Global Entry a. The Company shall bear the cost of any necessary passports, passport renewals, additional passport pages, visas, work permits required to be based/domiciled at that location, residency and the government’s expedited renewal fee. The Company shall also bear the costs for all necessary photos associated with obtaining the aforementioned documents; b. The Company shall reimburse Flight Attendants for the governmental fees associated with the Global Entry (U.S. Customs Border Protection) program or successor program
4.A Base pay rates See table in JCBA
4.B.1. Incentive pay rates No change for S-CO. S-UA and CMI Flight Attendants will have incentive calculated and paid for September for hours above 66:40 to 110:00. JCBA rules effective beginning in October for all Flight Attendants.
4.B.2. White Flag See table in JCBA
4.G.4 Galley Pay Harmonizing rates; paid based on existing definitions
4.I Holiday Pay Effective with DOS, but paid once programming is complete in 2nd quarter 2017
4.E. and 7.S.7.d. Drafting pay Rate change from 2.5 hours pay to 3 hours pay for S-UA
4.F. Drug/Alcohol Testing pay Rate change from $20 to $25 for S-CO, CMI
Change from 15 minutes pay to $25 for S-UA
4.J. International Override Harmonizing rates; paid based on existing definitions of international
4.K. Language (LQ) pay Rate change from $3.00/$5.00 to $2.50 per hour for CMI. Rate change from $1.54 to $2.50 per hour for S-UA. No change for S-CO.
4.M. Night pay Rate change from $0.35 to $0.50 per hour for S-UA. No change for S-CO and CMI.
5.A. Per Diem Rate change from $1.95-D/$2.50-I to $2.20-D/$2.70-I for s-CO, CMI and s-UA
5.B.1. Lodging - day rooms The Company shall furnish comfortable and adequate single occupancy hotel rooms in a suitable location for Flight Attendants as selected in accordance with the provisions of paragraph B.2, below, when: a. They are scheduled at a layover station in excess of four (4) hours; b. They are delayed at a layover station for four (4) hours or more from the time delay is known; or after reporting for duty at the home domicile there is a delay for four (4) or more hours from the time the delay is known; c. In accordance with Section 28.E.5.
5.B.5. Lodging - self help If a Flight Attendant arrives at a layover hotel and her/his room is not ready within thirty (30) minutes after arrival, she/he may obtain other accommodations and claim reasonable actual lodging expenses on a Company expense form supported by the hotel receipt
5.D.2. Transportation - $10 cab allowance A Flight Attendant will be allowed Ten Dollars ($10.00) for cab or limousine between airport or co-terminal and place of lodging at Domicile points whenever departure time of her/his flight assignment is between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. or when arrival time of the flight is between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
5.D.4.a Co-terminal transportation within pairing In the event a Flight Attendant’s pairing originates at one airport and terminates at another airport at her/his regular home Domicile, the Company shall furnish such Flight Attendant with transportation one-way between one airport and the other, at her/his option. A Flight Attendant assigned to a schedule involving this type of operation shall advise the Company prior to the start of the schedule, the one direction she/he desires such transportation during the period she/he is assigned to that schedule. When such transportation is requested at origination, limousine departure times will be in accordance with crosstown travel times as provided in Section 6.S.4.
6.Q.3. Whereabouts on days off A Flight Attendant shall not be required to keep the Company advised of her/his whereabouts on days off unless an emergency is declared by the Company.
7.V. Signing in for next flight 1. At the home domicile, a Flight Attendant shall not be required to sign in or call in for her/his next pairing. 2. Away from the home domicile, a Flight Attendant need not call in for her/his next scheduled flight unless she/he has not been assigned an outbound flight.
8.O.10. Passport qualification Reserve Flight Attendants are required to carry their passports during any pairing/Standby Reserve assignment.
9.G.2.a Language Training The Company shall make language training available through a program approved by the Company. Flight Attendants must obtain pre-approval from the Company in order to attend the language training program.
10.B.1 AMC Pay Rate AMC override increases to $4.00. Rate change only
11.B, 11.C Training Harmonizing rate of pay, subject to be paid retroactively in 4th quarter if programming is not complete sooner, and per diem effective DOS;
12.A.2 Vacation accrual seniority See provision in JCBA; increased accrual rates are in effect for sCO and CMI Flight Attendants for remaining 2017 vacation accrual periods (September through December 2016) and for all Flight Attendant’s 2018 Vacation accrual period (September 2016 – August 2017)
12.B.1 Vacation Pay Harmonizing daily rate effective DOS; subject to be paid retroactively in 4th quarter if programming is not complete sooner
12.L. Vacation pay upon termination See provision in JCBA
13.D.7. Kin care policy If a Flight Attendant’s spouse or minor child is injured or becomes ill so that the Flight Attendant is unable to report for work, she/he will be allowed to use sick time for up to three consecutive days, or the duration of the pairing, whichever is greater. The absence will be treated the same as the Flight Attendant’s sick time, and will count for attendance/disciplinary purposes. This is available for use once per calendar year.
13.F Workman’s Comp - governance rules See provision in JCBA
14 Seniority Entire section in effect in JCBA
15.E.1, 15.E.2, 15.E.3 Medical Leave Duration Effective for new leaves on or after DOS; for existing leaves company will communicate transition information within 30 days of DOS
15.F.1 Maternity Leave Duration Effective for new leaves on or after DOS; for existing leaves company will communicate transition information within 30 days of DOS
15.G.1 Parental Leave Duration Effective for new leaves on or after DOS; for existing leaves company will communicate transition information within 30 days of DOS
15.H.1 Adoption Leave Duration Effective for new leaves on or after DOS; for existing leaves company will communicate transition information within 30 days of DOS
15.I.5.b FML Unless a Flight Attendant has applied for FML for an absence, the Company shall not designate that absence as FML.
15.J.1., 15.J.2. Military Leave Effective for new leaves on or after DOS; for existing leaves company will communicate transition information within 30 days of DOS
15.K Bereavement Duration Effective for new leaves on or after DOS
15.L Union Leave Effective for new leaves on or after DOS
15.M Jury Duty/Court Witness Effective for new leaves on or after DOS
15.N Leaves of Absence Harmonizing Leave Durations
17.G Moving provisions See provision in JCBA
17.H Settling time and monthly guarantee See provision in JCBA
18 Reduction in personnel Entire section in effect in JCBA
19 Safety, Health and Security Entire section in effect in JCBA
20 Medical Examinations Entire section in effect in JCBA for all new Medical Examinations
21 Alcohol and drug testing Entire section in effect in JCBA
26 Moving expenses Entire section in effect in JCBA
27 Missing, Interned, Hostage or POW Entire section in effect in JCBA
29.F Retiree Medical See provision in JCBA
29.I.1. 401K Contributions See provision in JCBA
30.G Release for Union business The Company shall honor all requests of the Union for release of Flight Attendants for Union business consistent with the needs of the service. If a Union release will cause a Reserve to be unable to be assigned on her/his other days during that block of days of availability, the Reserve will be placed on Union release for the day(s) requested and for all other days in her/his reserve block.If the Reserve (i) is available for assignment on the availability days preceding/following the requested Union release and (ii) there is a trip operating on those days to which she/he could be assigned, (whether actually assigned or not), the Union may request to have the non-requested released days converted back to reserve availability days. Union releases may be made up in accordance with the provisions of Section 7.S. at any time in the two (2) subsequent schedule months.
31 UNION SECURITY AND CHECK-OFF Entire section in effect in JCBA
32 DURATION Entire section in effect in JCBA
The following Letters of Agreement are in effect in their entirety:
LOA 1, 20 Year Passes
LOA 2, 767 Crew Rest
LOA 4, AFA PAC Letter
LOA 5, AFA Staff Travel
LOA 6, CARP
LOA 8, CRAF
LOA 11, Expedited Arbitration
LOA 13, First Right of Hire
LOA 14, Foreign Currency
LOA 15, Foreign National
LOA 17, Hotel Selection Process and Guidelines
LOA 18, Implementation Agreement
LOA19, Implementation of New Technology
LOA 20, Jetway Trade Expansion
LOA 21, Medical Rate Setting
LOA 22, Recognition of International Issues
LOA 24, Satellite Bases

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