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E-Lines: April 18, 2017

Date: April 18, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

Welcome New Hire Class 1704

Today we welcome the 54 graduating Members of class 1704 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to DEN, DCA/IAD, EWR, and SFO.  They will report to their respective base(s) April 25, 2017 for orientation and will be available to fly on April 27, 2017. Please help us welcome these new Flight Attendants to our family.

(CAL, CMI) Reminder - CCS Schedule Sharing

Effective May 3, 2017, Pre-Merger CAL and CMI Flight Attendants will have the ability to view (share) each other’s schedules in CCS. Flight Attendants will be opted-in by default for the sharing of schedules in CCS.  If a Flight Attendant prefers not to share her/his schedule, beginning April 15, 2017 she/he will be able opt out of schedule sharing, with the change taking effect with the first day of the May bid month. The deadline to make changes to the schedule sharing preference for the May bid month is May 2 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Changes to opt-in and opt-out preferences made after this deadline will take effect with the first day of the bid month following the date the change is requested. 

Opting out is not a monthly process.  Any decision to opt out will remain in effect into the future unless and until you elect to make changes later.  

Flight Attendants who chose not to share their schedule will not be able to view the schedules of other Flight Attendants. Those who have elected to share their schedules will be able to see the schedules of Flight Attendants who have also opted to share their schedules. 

To opt in or out:  In CCS, hover your mouse over “Other” in the CCS Main Menu.   Click on “My Preferences” from the pull down menu.  Select “opt in” or “opt out” for the next month schedule. Always be certain to “Save” your selection.  Modifications cannot be made for the current bid month.

Additional information on how to change schedule sharing preferences can be found in the CCS Schedule Share User Guide available on the company’s website from the One United page.

AFA Listening Tour Stops in Chicago Thursday, April 20, 2017

We want to hear from you! The AFA Listening Tour this winter and spring includes Local, MEC and International Officers. 

Our Union is not an institution. It's you and me and all of aviation's first responders. To ensure our Union is reflecting the needs and hopes of Flight Attendants today, these meetings seek to gather your questions, concerns and ideas.  All Flight Attendants are welcome!

Chicago (ORD) Listening Tour
April 20, 2017   11 am - 2 pm


Hyatt Rosemont
6350 N. River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Coleman Ballroom – A

AFA Officers Scheduled to Attend:
Shane Spillman, AFA Envoy Council 51 President
Robert Barrow, AFA Envoy MEC President
Colleen Fulton, AFA Frontier Council 86 President
Jenn Sala, AFA Frontier MEC President
Kathryn Ayala, AFA Spirit Council 77 President
Nicole Prince, AFA Spirit MEC President
Erica Levy, AFA United Council 8 President
Ken Diaz, AFA United MEC President
Sara Nelson, AFA International President

Details for Listening Tour Meetings in Miami and Detroit coming soon. 

Join us for a Day of Action to Support Mesa Airlines Flight Attendants – April 25th

On Tuesday, April 25th, a Day of Action to support our Sisters and Brothers at Mesa Airlines will take place between 12:00-1:00pm Local Time at the following airports:

  • Chicago (ORD) - Elbow area between Terminals 1 & 2 - Upper Level Departures
  • Dallas (DFW) – Terminal B Between Entrance 30 and 43 – Upper Level Departures
  • Phoenix (PHX) – TBD

After five years of contract negotiations, Mesa Flight Attendants voted on March 29th 99.56% to authorize a strike. Mesa Airlines Flight Attendants operate flights for American Airlines (as American Eagle) and United Airlines (as United Express) and work under a contract borne out of bankruptcy. 

When compared to other airlines operating under the American Eagle and United Express brands, Mesa Flight Attendants are not only among the lowest paid, they are 10-20% behind other Regional Airlines operating flights under the same brands.

In addition to compensation below industry standard, Mesa Flight Attendants lack basic scheduling protections taken for granted by other Flight Attendants, and have extraordinarily high healthcare costs for below average coverage.

The low wages and substandard work rules at Mesa set the bar low. Our ability to achieve improvements to our contract are directly and negatively impacted as long as Mesa Flight Attendants are without contract improvements. Their fight is our fight! 

Since Mesa Flight Attendants are prohibited from engaging in informational picketing, Flight Attendants from around AFA-CWA will stand in solidarity on April 25th, along with other Union Members to send a strong message that Enough is Enough!  The current working conditions at Mesa must improve and poverty level wages just won’t fly.

Join us April 25th, in uniform, to stand in solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers at Mesa.

United Announces 2017 First Quarter Financial Results

On Monday April 17, 2017 the company announced its first-quarter 2017 financial results.

  • A first-quarter net income of $96 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.31, pre-tax earnings of $145 million and pre-tax margin of 1.7 percent.
  • Excluding special items, UAL reported first-quarter net income of $129 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.41, pre-tax earnings of $196 million and pre-tax margin of 2.3 percent.

Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines, said, “In the first quarter of 2017, our financial and operational performance gives us a lot of confidence about the foundation we are building.”

All the details on the First-Quarter Revenue, First-Quarter Costs, Liquidity and Capital Allocation, the First-Quarter Highlights, and United’s webcast. The webcast (will be archived on the website for a limited time) and the official media release can be accessed on United's Investor Relations website at ir.united.com.

Industry Update - Virgin America Flight Attendants Join AFA in Merger with Alaska Airlines

Today, April 18, 2017, the National Mediation Board (NMB) certified the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA as the sole bargaining representative of the combined Flight Attendant group at Alaska Airlines. 

“We are so excited to welcome Virgin America Flight Attendants to AFA,” said Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. “Virgin America Flight Attendants will have their own local council and elected representatives to serve in AFA leadership. Our entire union stands with the Virgin America and Alaska Flight Attendant representatives to ensure they achieve the full benefits of the merger.”

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