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  • Local Meetings and Fall Regular MEC Meeting: October 27 – 29 2015
  • Vacation Bidding
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Flight Attendants Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Local Meetings and Fall Regular MEC Meeting: October 27 - 29, 2015
The Fall Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council will take place from October 27 to 29, 2015, at the Hyatt Rosemont. Your Local Council President, joined by the 13 other Local Council Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to you.

Elections will take place on the second day of the upcoming meeting as the first order of business for a position on the MEC Hotel and Transportation Committee

Candidates must be active Members in good standing, and should submit a signed “Willingness to Serve” statement and/or a resume to the MEC Secretary-Treasurer. Interested candidates are encouraged, but not required, to be available for an in-person interview at the 2015 Fall MEC meeting. Any candidate who wishes to appear for an interview must do so at their personal expense. For more information or to submit your Willingness to Serve statement and resume, please visit the MEC Committee Election section of our website.

All Members are encouraged to witness AFA’s democratic process by attending their Local Council Meetings.  Many councils currently have Local Meetings scheduled, and will be discussing the upcoming agenda of the Fall 2015 Regular United Master Executive Council (MEC) Meeting.

Scheduled Local Council Meetings Dates and Times:
Council 07 (LHR) October 05, 2015 at 11:30
Council 11 (SFO) October 14, 2015 at 10:00
Council 12 (LAX) October 08, 2015 at 13:00
October 09, 2015 at 14:00 (Teleconference)
October 13, 2015 at 13:00 (Teleconference)
Council 21 (DCA) October 16, 2015 at 13:00
Council 38 (NRT) October 16, 2015 at 14:00
Council 26 (HKG)  October 23, 2015 at 15:00

NOTE: Times and dates may change. Please check the MEC website for the most up to date information.

Please view the United MEC website for a listing of the scheduled Local Council Meetings.  If your council does not have a meeting scheduled, or you have missed your local meeting, please contact your Local Council Office for more information.

2016 Vacation Bidding
The 2016 Vacation bidding process will begin on October 29, 2015. In preparation for this process, United will begin clearing out the 2015 Vacation information and loading the initial data for 2016 vacations.

This process will cause any remaining 2015 vacation information to become inaccessible to Flight Attendants.  If you have vacation scheduled for the months of November and December and need a copy of your 2015 vacation dates for bidding your schedule, we recommend you go to your VACBID screen in Unimatic and print a copy of your 2015 vacation bid information before it is removed. Alternatively, you will need to contact the Flight Attendant Service Center (FASC), option 4/4, to request the information from one of United's Flight Attendant Service Center representatives to retrieve your November and/or December 2015 Vacation dates in the event you are unable to print a hard copy.

Section 18.E. of our Contract provides the timeline for annual Vacation bidding and establishes October 29 as the date on which the primary vacation bid period opens. Prior to the opening of bids, there are a number of steps to go through. The first step in the process is the development of the Reserve Letter List by which Flight Attendants are assigned reserve rotation letters. These lists are now available in all domiciles.

The number of vacation days accrued and your vacation bidding seniority are based on company seniority, which may be different from your Flight Attendant seniority. This is outlined in Section 18.B. of our Contract.

Once vacation accruals are finalized to include any adjustments provided for by Sections 18.B. & 18.C., the Reserve Letter and Vacation accrual information will be loaded into the Unimatic VACBID screens we use when bidding for vacation.  This information will be available no later than the opening of bids on October 29th. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Flight Attendants Support Breast Cancer AwarenessOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Beginning in 1985, and annually since then, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has strived in increase understanding through an International campaign, organized by the major breast cancer charities in October. The goal is to increase attention to this disease as well as to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.

As we have in the past, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all United Airlines employees are able to show our support for this important initiative by wearing company-approved pink Uniform accessories. These accessories can be worn while on duty from October 1 through October 31.

United’s Inflight Services has designated a pink scarf (females) and pink tie (males) as the approved uniform items for Flight Attendants. You may also wear approved items purchased in prior years to show your continuing support of breast cancer awareness.

United is offering a method for employees to purchase these approved uniform items online via a vendor website at tiemart.com/unitedpink.  Five dollars from each purchase will go directly to the American Cancer Society to support their ongoing research and prevention.

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