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E-Lines: May 19, 2017

Date: May 19, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

AT&T Workers Start 3-Day Strike in Contract Impasse

40,000 AT&T workers will go out on a three day strike starting Friday afternoon at 3 pm Eastern time.  There will be strike picket lines running in 36 states and Washington, DC. The strikers will return to work on Monday.  

Of the 40,000 on strike, 21,000 are wireless workers - both call center and retail in 36 states and DC - and landline members in California, Nevada, and Connecticut, and DIRECTV technicians across California and Nevada. 

This will be the very first time the wireless workers at AT&T have ever gone on strike and may be the biggest strikes of retail workers at a national company in U.S. history! 

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Picketing locations can be found at the following: list of picket locations. Let’s stand with our CWA brothers and sisters at a location near our homes and be part of making history!   We are all in this effort to protect good paying, Union jobs!  Stronger together!  Better together!

(CAL & CMI) Update on Holiday Pay – JCBA Section 4.I

Programming changes needed to implement the holiday pay provisions of Section 4.I. are on track for completion by the end of June. pmCAL and pmCMI Flight Attendants will be paid holiday pay retroactively through and including the September 2016 and June 2017 schedule months on the mid-July paycheck (July 14th).    Going forward, holiday pay will be included as part of the regular payroll process beginning with the July 2017 schedule month.  Stay tuned for additional information as we get closer to the actual pay date.

Reminder - Duty Free Commission Inquiries - Deadline June 1st

Following the discontinuation of Duty Free sales on all United flights at the end of March, the deadline for all Flight Attendant to reconcile commissions is fast approaching.  All inquiries must be sent to Duty Free World, Inc. through the online inquiry system at www.dfwinflight.com no later than June 1, 2017.  If you have further questions, please contact your Local Council Office. 

(CAL & CMI) Implementation of Section 17.E. – Transfer Eligibility 

Inquiries received at the MEC Office suggest there is some confusion regarding the implementation of the base (domicile) transfer provisions of Section 17.E. of the Contract.  As outlined in the April 28, 2017 edition of One United, the minimum eligibility for transfer language will be implemented for all Flight Attendants, without regard to pre-merger affiliation, with the June 2017 schedule month.   Effective as of June 1st, only those Flight Attendants who have completed their probationary period will be eligible to transfer to another base/domicile.  This is a new provision for pmCAL and pmCMI Flight Attendants.

Recognizing the implementation of this provision will have an impact on those new hires who have recently reported to their base assignments from training, the MEC Officers have had a discussion with management advocating for use of the “lesser restriction” outlined in this Contract language.  In response to our request, management explained a business need exists to maintain the current domicile populations based on the expected level of summer flying.  Domicile populations closely match the anticipated need for the summer at most base locations.  For this reason, management has said no lesser restriction will be provided, at least for the foreseeable future through the summer. 

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

"Phishing" Scams - “Protect Our Airline” and Yourself 

United’s IT Security team has launched a “Protect Our Airline” campaign, targeting cyber-crime committed via email phishing.  More than ever, it is extremely important Flight Attendants learn about phishing and the potentially catastrophic effects that could occur by following a link, or opening an attachment infected with a brand new cycle of viruses and computer worms (self-replicating programs which spread malicious code onto your computer system) that has been released into the World Wide Web. For additional information on phishing, visit our website. 

New Uniform Design Input Committee and Uniform Wear Tester Opportunities 

Plans for new uniforms for front line employees have been announced and we will soon be working on the next phase in the design process.  If you are interested in being involved with the development of the new uniform, keep an eye out for the release of details on opportunities to participate.

As in the past, our AFA MEC Uniform Committee will be involved throughout the planning and changeover process and will be afforded the opportunity to make recommendations.

Stop Gulf Carrier Expansion with Illegal Subsidies

Gulf States are injecting over $50 billion dollars of subsidies into Emirates, Etihad and Qatar in an effort to take over aviation world-wide. This violates the Open Skies Agreements between the Gulf States and the United States. Every time one of these carriers successfully chokes out competition from a U.S. Carrier flight, 1500 good U.S. jobs are lost. Not on our watch! We call on our government to enforce the Open Skies Agreements or cancel them!

On Wednesday, May 24th, Flight Attendants, Pilots and other aviation workers will hold a press conference at 11:00 am and visit every office on Capitol Hill. At the same time on Wednesday we can all participate from anywhere in the world through a social media "thunderclap" with all of our voices included. Visit this link to sign up now. Your voice will be added next Wednesday to make sure the White House and Congress here is loud and clear: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/55689-support-fairflights?

If you are in Washington, D.C. and would like to participate in person, send an email to press@afacwa.org  and we will get in touch with specific details.

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