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AFA E-Lines: Apr 21, 2015

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  • Reserve Preference System Error
  • Automatic Opting Reminder and Ready Reserve Preferencing
  • Ring Your Rep Wednesday #NoFastTrack
  • Seniority Merge Integration Committee Webpage
  • United to Hold Live Webcast of First-Quarter 2015 Financial Results
  • FAOM revision #14 - Effective May 1st
  • Reciprocal Cabin Seat Listing Procedures Change For Virgin America
  • Joint Negotiations Continue in Houston

Reserve Preference System Error
Due to an unexpected issue with a company server associated with the Reserve Preferencing program, standing preferences for Flight Attendants based in JFK and BOS were inadvertently deleted.  It is not immediately clear if this affected the entire population at JFK and BOS or just those Flight Attendants on call for today, April 21, 2015.  We have been advised that United’s IT department has identified the source of the problem and has put a fix in place to ensure there is no recurrence of this incident. However, we do strongly encourage all Flight Attendants at JFK & BOS to double check their standing preferences remain on file to ensure they are available at some point in the future. 

Automatic Opting Reminder - Ready Reserve Preferencing & Reserve Trades
The increase in the May line averages is a clear indication that the busy summer travel season is upon us, and with higher line averages we can anticipate an increase in Reserve utilization.  For that reason we remind those Members who are on Reserve for the month of May about the automatic opting for the Ready Reserve Maximum Flying (High) preference.  If you are a Ready Reserve and preference the Maximum Flying (High) option, and are awarded an assignment, the company automatically opts you to unlimited flying as referenced in the Letter of Agreement, Reserve Preferencing, on page 310-316 of our Contract.  If you have a standing preference as Maximum Flying (High) as your preference and do not want to opt to unlimited for the month of May, please ensure you change your preference in Unimatic using the RSVPRF function. 

As negotiated in our 2012 Contract, a Reserve has the option to trade their reserve trip with another Flight Attendant.  As part of this trade process when a Reserve trades a trip with another Flight Attendant for a trip that increases their time, the company automatically opts you to unlimited flying as referenced in Section 10.D.5.a..

For more information on the Ready Reserve Preferencing System or trading a Reserve trip please visit our website or contact y our Local Council office.

Ring Your Rep Wednesday #NoFastTrack
This Wednesday, April 22, AFA will be asking our Members and their families and friends to call their two U.S. Senators to urge them to VOTE NO on Fast Track. 

Last week Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority bill (S. 995) that would grant Congress license to expedite massive secret trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  Both deals, which have been brokered by corporate lobbyists working on behalf of multibillion corporations, are vastly larger than NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and cover about two-thirds of the world’s economy. 

Fast Track means that Congress agrees to relinquish their constitutional responsibility to determine trade policy, review and amend trade pacts, and fix any problems that could seriously harm the U.S. economy.   Under Fast Track rules trade agreements only get a simple up or down vote. 

Grassroots opposition had delayed Fast Track legislation from being introduced but with last week’s introduction of a Fast Track bill the powerful forces that back Fast Track are doubling their efforts to rush this legislation through.  We can fight back and that means we need everyone calling their members of Congress to urge them to reject Fast Track and secret trade deals.  

Contact your Senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, the CWA toll free number (877) 795-7862 or your Senators directly.

Click here to look up your Senator.

Sample script:
“Hello my name is __________ and I am a constituent calling from _____ (city where you are registered to vote). As a constituent I am concerned that large-scale trade agreements are being negotiated in secret. I wouldn’t vote for my employment contract without seeing the details and Congress shouldn’t either. I urge the Senator to vote No on Fast Track for the TPP.”

Once you have made your phone calls tweet @AFAUnitedMEC with the hashtags #RingYourRep & #NoFastTrack.

For more information please visit the Government Affairs section of our website or contact your Local Council Government Affairs Committee Members. 

Seniority Merge Integration Committee Webpage
A webpage has been developed for the MEC website with pertinent information regarding the pre-merger United Seniority Integration process and important links pertaining to the process. 

Please visit the Seniority Merger Integration web page on our website.

United to Hold Live Webcast of First-Quarter 2015 Financial Results
On Thursday, April 23rd at 0930 CT United Airlines will hold a conference call to discuss the first-quarter 2015 financial results via a live, listen only webcast.  To listen to the webcast of the conference call please visit ir.united.com.  The webcast will be available for replay within 24 hours of the conference call and then archived on the website for a limited time.  

FAOM Revision #14 - Effective May 1st
FAOM Revision #14 is currently available at your local domicile and has an effective date of May 1, 2015.  Please be sure to take time to review, insert and record Revision 14 into your FAOM prior to the May 1, 2015 effective date.

Reciprocal Cabin Seat Listing Procedures Change For Virgin America
Virgin America has recently implemented a new listing procedure for the Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement.  The change, which is similar to that used for JetBlue and American Airlines now requires each Flight Attendant to make your listing via myidtravel.com/myidlisting

In addition, we have recently updated the Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements and information on our website.  The procedures and guidelines for the Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement and the instructions for listing can be found on our website.  Please take some time and review the procedures to identify any change.

Joint Negotiations Continue in Houston
Joint Negotiations continues this week in Houston. The Joint Negotiations Committee (JNC) is expected to provide an update through the OurUnited newsletter this Friday after this session.

As a reminder, all JNC updates can be found on the JNC website at ourunited.org.  If you are not signed-up to receive the OurUnited Newsletter please do so also on ourunited.org.

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