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  • Negotiations Update Teleconference: Monday July 6 at 6:00 PM Central - Register Now
  • Happy Independence Day
  • Holiday Pay Calculations
  • Semi Annual System Seniority List Posted
  • Pre-merger United - Limited Critical Coverage Declarations - July 3 (LHR/FRA) and July 5 (all mainland U.S. domiciles)

Negotiations Update Teleconference: Monday, July 6 at 6:00 PM Central - Register Now
Join AFA International President Sara Nelson and members of the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) on Monday, July 6 at 6:00 PM Central to hear important information about the status of bargaining for a Joint Contract for all United Flight Attendants and how you can help to achieve an industry leading agreement. To listen to this teleconference you must register by Monday, July 6 at 8:00 AM Central by visiting the ourcontract.org website.

As a reminder, to receive the most up-to-date information regarding our Joint Negotiations, sign up for the OurUnited Newsletter at OurUnited.org. 

Happy Independence Day
Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States. The founding principals of our nation committed to give us the tools to build the vision of equality for all set forth in the Declaration of Independence. It has been a persistent battle to continue to refine those principals and defend them throughout our country's history and it will continue to require brave, devoted individuals to maintain our centuries old success.

As we celebrate Independence Day in the United States, take a moment to reflect upon the freedom that we celebrate which has been won at the cost of hard work, perseverance and a dedication to what is right. Like our great country, we have and always will work to do what is right for the betterment of those entrusted to our care. 

Wherever you may be this Independence Day – working and earning Holiday Pay, spending time with family and friends in celebration or simply enjoying your days off; we wish you a very happy Independence Day.

Holiday Pay Calculations
Our Contract provides for additional pay for Flight Attendants on flight assignments during holidays. Holidays are defined by domicile location, and also each Flight Attendant's birthday. Section 2.Q. of our Contract specifies that each Flight Attendant is eligible to be paid for up to 5 holidays per year and Section 5.L. outlines the formula for holiday pay. Friday being Independence Day, this is a designated holiday for 11 out of our 15 domiciles.

Holiday pay is calculated using a formula that takes into account the number of credited hours flown during the holiday ID and how long you are away from your home during the ID. Review our Contract Education piece on our website for all the Contractual parameters and examples on this negotiated pay provision.

Semi Annual System Seniority List Posted
The company has posted our semi-annual Flight Attendant System Seniority List consistent with Section 17.C. of our Contract. This list is available in all domiciles and can be found on United's Flying Together website by going to Inflight Services Department Page > Crew Scheduling > Semi-Annual Seniority List.

Our Contract provides for a review period of a maximum of thirty (30) days from, July 1, 2015 for Flight Attendants examination in which to protest any alleged omission or error affecting your seniority. The review period for Flight Attendants who are on vacation, leave of absence, voluntary furlough or sick leave must be completed within thirty (30) days of returning to flight duty.

If you have any questions please contact your Local Council.

Pre-merger United - Limited Critical Coverage Declarations - July 3 (LHR/FRA) and July 5 (all mainland U.S. domiciles)
Management has advised that as we approach the July 4th Independence Day holiday weekend in the United States, there is an increase in the number of open IDs.  Despite the fact that at U.S. domiciles, those IDs that begin on or prior to July 4th and fly into July 4 will include Contractual holiday pay as required by Section 5.L. of our Contract and the restriction of trip trades with open flying for July 5th at JFK, SFO and ORD, open flying is at greater levels than desired by management.   

To supplement coverage during the busy holiday flying weekend, including international staffing levels, management is declaring two distinct periods of Limited Critical Coverage on July 3 at FRA and LHR, and July 5 at all mainland USA domiciles.  Our Contract allows for Limited Critical Coverage (Section 9.J.3).  The process is different from Critical Coverage in that lineholders are not required to be available for the two hour standby period normally associated with a declaration of Critical Coverage.  Limited Critical Coverage provides for compensation, at a higher rate of pay, to those pre-merger United Flight Attendants who pick up IDs that check-in during the identified period(s) after the announcement is made.

Lineholders are not required to be available for any two hour standby period. IDs picked up from open flying will be paid at 1.5 times her/his applicable rate of pay during Limited Critical Coverage (after the announcement of Limited Critical Coverage) and commencing during the periods specified in the announcement. You must fly the ID to be paid the incentive. 

As of 1600 Central Time on July 1, 2015 Limited Critical Coverage was declared as follows:


IDs originating on July 3, 2015


BOS, ORD, DEN, IAH, LAS, LAX, SFO, JFK (including the LGA & EWR co-terminals) and DCA (including the IAD and BWI co-terminals)

IDs originating on July 5, 2015


The regular open flying processes will run each day at 1200 awarding IDs for the remainder of the schedule month.   The open flying run at 1500 will only award IDs starting the next day.  Once Limited Critical Coverage is announced, Flight Attendants who are awarded open flying that checks in on July 3rd at FRA & LHR or on July 5th at BOS, ORD, DEN, IAH, LAS, LAX, SFO, JFK (including the LGA & EWR co-terminals) and DCA (including the IAD and BWI co-terminals) in the 1200 and 1500 Open Flying runs will be paid at 1.5 times rate of pay during the period specified in this announcement.   

After 1200 and before Reserve preferencing begins at 1800, Lineholders at any of the specified locations wishing to pick up an ID departing the next day in the identified critical coverage time period, should submit an Open Flying request. Crew Scheduling will process open flying and Flight Attendants will be notified by Crew Scheduling following the normal notification process. Reserve Preferencing will still run at 1800 local time. Lineholders wishing to pick up trips after the 1800 Reserve Preferencing run may still do so, and will also be compensated at the 1.5 times rate of pay if the trip departs during the designated Limited Critical Coverage time period at the specified locations.  Contact Crew Scheduling to submit an open flying request after 1800 for IDs departing the next day. 

Reserves may only pick up an ID on their days off provided the ID is scheduled to return to the home domicile in time for a legal rest prior to 0700 of the next scheduled Reserve day as set forth in Section 10.F.2.  At the company’s option, this requirement may be waived.  When a Reserve picks up an open ID on scheduled days off, there will be no restoration of minimum days off under any circumstances.

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

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