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AFA E-Lines: Aug 28, 2015

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  • Welcome Class 1526
  • Inflight Safety Action Program (ISAP) Update and Survey
  • Redeployment of Aircraft
  • Aflac Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Enrollment Closes August 31
  • Follow Us on Twitter

Welcome Class 1526
Today, we would like to welcome the 47 graduating Members of class 1526 to the line. They will be reporting to our JFK domicile for orientation on September 3, 2015, and available to fly on September 5, 2015.  Please help welcome these new Flight Attendants to our family.

Inflight Safety Action Program (ISAP) Update and Survey
AFA United Master Executive Council Safety, Health and Security Committee continue to address issues plaguing our once robust and healthy ISAP program. AFA believes it is time to bring to your attention, a disconcerting trend, with United Inflight management. This trend has the potential to place United Flight Attendants in harms way.

The ISAP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defines a non-sole-source report as a report where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had "prior" knowledge of the event outside of the ISAP program (e.g. a slide deployment.) United lnflight management continues to assert language found in the FAA's Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Advisory Circular (AC), allowing the company to use their knowledge of an event to make a report "non-sole source".

What does this mean? If one Flight Attendant from a crew files an Irregular Operations Report (IOR), mentions something to a supervisor, or places the information on any social media site, based on management’s assertion, the event would no longer be considered 'sole-source.' This would allow management to investigate and to take further action (discipline, additional training, discussions) against the crew.

AFA United MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee continues to challenge this view and believes that this is the wrong thing to do for the ISAP program and safety in general. This behavior undermines the premise of a "safety culture" and a “just culture” at United Airlines. It is important to note, that an ISAP report, sole-source or non-sole source, cannot be used in an investigation or discipline. However, the knowledge of the event, obtained outside of an ISAP report is what management implies allows an investigation to happen. 

Due to the continued conflicting challenges of the ISAP program, AFA has developed a survey to ensure the ISAP program is meeting the needs of Flight Attendants.  The survey will be available on our website until September 11, 2015.

Redeployment of Aircraft
As the company moves forward with changes to the aircraft schedule that are designed to place the right aircraft in the right markets to accommodate passenger demand, this afternoon the company announced plans for the deployment of wide body aircraft.  These changes will be effective with the Spring/Summer 2016 aircraft schedule and are expected to be loaded into Shares by the end of October.

787-900 aircraft will be redeployed in markets from Houston (IAH) to AMS, EZE, FRA, GIG, NRT and SCL to markets from Los Angeles to SYD and LHR and San Francisco to TPE, HND and SYD.  In addition, for the period from August 1 – October 21, 2016, 787-900 aircraft will be deployed in the market from San Francisco to Seoul (ICN).

As a result of the redeployment of these 787-900 aircraft, pre-merger United 777 aircraft currently flying the LAX & SFO segments will be redeployed to EWR, IAD and ORD.  In addition, pre-merger CAL 777 aircraft and pre-merger United 767-300 aircraft will be redeployed to IAH.

There will be no reduction in the number of aircraft flown by Flight Attendants at either subsidiary.   However, there is a possibility that the redeployment of aircraft will have an impact of staffing levels at bases for both pre-merger subsidiaries.  Management has told us they will be working to develop additional information in the coming weeks and expect a final network plan by the end of October and has made a commitment to share this information as soon as it becomes available. 

As always, we encourage you to check our website at unitedafa.org for updates and additional information and to avoid rumor and speculation.

Aflac Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Enrollment Closes August 31
Aflac Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Onsite Enrollment will close on August 31, 2015. Voluntary Supplemental Insurance plans include Short Term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness (including cancer coverage), and Hospital Indemnity.  Flight Attendants enrolling in this open enrollment will have an October 1, 2015, effective date for their policies.

For more information, including dates and times when an Aflac representative will be available in your domicile click on the Aflac banner on our website.  On the Aflac site you will find plan summaries, rates, and a Questions and Answers document.  Aflac is offering all United AFA Flight Attendants Guarantee Issue upgrades to their plans during this enrollment.  We have developed a Q&A in anticipation of any questions you may have and have made the Q&A available on the Aflac page on our website.

If you have any questions please either contact your dedicated local agent listed on our Aflac page or your Local Council.

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