United Airlines AFA MEC Website

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Master Executive Council

E-Lines: July 12, 2017

Date: July 11, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

Opportunity to Enter to Win a Free iPad Extended - StayLinked

We have learned that delivery of the supply of Got Link? bag tags were delayed in their delivery to at least two of our Local Councils.  In order to ensure equal participation by all of our Members, it has been determined that we will extend the deadline to enter until July 14, 2017.  All AFA Members in good standing, who sign up for AFA E-Lines and Local Council Newsletters through the 
Stay Linked page on our website, may participate in the drawing to win one of five iPad Tablets. Even if you’re already receiving E-Lines and Local Newsletters, you can participate, as long as you enter to win.  To register, click the “StayLinked” banner on our website and fill out the form by midnight, July 14, 2017, CST.  On July 19th, five names will be randomly drawn to determine the lucky iPad winners. Don’t forget to stop by your Local Union desk to pick-up your “Got Link?” bag tag, while supplies last.


(UAL) Galley Pay – Separate Item on Statement of Earnings as of July 16


Beginning with the July 14, 2017 pay advice, pmUAL Flight Attendants will be able to view Galey pay earnings as a separate line item on the Statement of Earnings.  This line item can be located under the earnings and premium pay sections on the Statement of Earnings.


As a reminder, when you work an eligible galley position on domestic and international flights or  premium galley positions on the 767C and 777W, you will see pay codes as part of the Monthly Statement of Earnings (MSOE), in your Monthly Flight Time Report (MFTR) and DFAP.


Contact your Local Council Office if you have additional questions.

Commuter Program - Review of JCBA Section 28


The provisions of the negotiated Commuter Policy were implemented on December 30, 2016 and established the standards for managing Flight Attendant attendance when certain unavoidable circumstances preclude you from reporting for scheduled assignments.


Both pre-merger CAL and CMI Flight Attendants had a similar program, commonly referred to as the “Oops” policy, in their pre-merger Contracts. This new Commuter Program provision of our JCBA, covers all Flight Attendants and introduces the program to pre-merger United Flight Attendants.


Details of this negotiated program are located on pages 219-222 of our JCBA and govern the following circumstances under which a Flight Attendant may be unable to report for a scheduling assignment:


1.     Unforecasted severe weather conditions or other natural disasters (i.e., blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other similar events), or

2.     Hazardous or impassable roads resulting from severe weather, accidents, or natural disasters, or

3.     Mechanical problems while on the way to work, or

4.     Unexpected airport disruption(s) or closures

In order for a Flight Attendant, commuting by air, to utilize the Commuter Program the following provisions must be met:


When commuting by automobile, bus, train, or public surface transportation (Section 28.B.4.a):
Flight Attendants who commute by automobile, bus, train, or public surface transportation must exercise good judgment and exert every reasonable effort to report for work.  By doing so, they will be afforded the same privileges contained in the Section for unforeseen events related to severe unforecasted weather conditions or natural disasters which render roads hazardous or impassable, or enroute mechanical problems, provided that they call their Inflight Duty Office as soon as the unforeseen event becomes known and it appears she/he will not make it to the airport to arrive at her/his domicile in time for their scheduled report (e.g., road accident, mechanical breakdown, severe weather).

When commuting by air (Section 28.B.4.b.):

Flight Attendants must exercise good judgment and exert every reasonable effort to report for work including having the reasonable potential to commute on either of at least two (2) flights listed through the Company’s employee reservations system.  

24 hours prior to the flight’s departure time, both flights must be under authorization (levels) as displayed on the Company’s employee reservations system, including accounting for non-revenue space available travelers who are listed and have either a higher boarding priority or greater seniority than the commuting Flight Attendant.

Both flights must be scheduled to arrive at the Flight Attendant’s domicile (or the point of her/his duty assignment) at least one hour prior to her/his report time.  Note: It is always a good idea to document, the listing and seating chart.

You may utilize two different airports when listing for your flights, however the airports must be in proximity of one another and you must be checked in and at the gate one hour prior to the original scheduled departure time. Example: EWR, LGA

When an unforeseen event takes place (e.g., no available seat, weight restriction, delay or cancellation due to unforeseen significant weather at the intended airport of departure or arrival, ATC or aircraft maintenance), affecting the Flight Attendant’s first commuting flight, she/he must immediately contact Crew Scheduling to notify that you will be utilizing your back-up flight.  Your back up flight is the second flight on which you listed 24 hours prior.  If you are unable to utilize your back-up flight, re-contact Crew Scheduling immediately.

In the case where a Flight Attendant is physically onboard your first flight or back-up flight and the flight diverts in route, the Flight Attendant must call Crew Scheduling as soon as you can make a phone call. Upon notification to Crew Scheduling, the Flight Attendant shall continue on to her/his base/domicile, if possible, unless released by Crew Scheduling/ Coordination. Upon arrival at her/his base/domicile, the Flight Attendant shall promptly contact Crew Scheduling/Coordination to advise of the arrival at the base/domicile.   Upon arrival, you are subject to assignment as provided for in Sections 28.E.1-5.

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

Flight Attendants Disgusted, but Not Surprised by Qatar Airways' Attack on Women   

Remarks by Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar Al Baker, posted online, exposed the airline's discriminatory practices and war on women as he called American carriers "crap," U.S. Flight Attendants "grandmothers," and boasted "his" Qatar cabin crew were an average age of 26.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) President Sara Nelson stated the following on behalf of the union's 50,000 Flight Attendant members at 20 airlines:  "Straight from Akbar Al Baker lips, he confirms what AFA has said all along: Qatar Airways thrives on misogyny and discrimination. Qatar is not only seeking to choke out U.S. Aviation, but also the 300,000 good jobs built through opportunity created on the principle of equality. There is no room for a separation of humanity in air travel or in an emergency. Flight Attendants are onboard to save lives and every life counts. If you prop up Qatar Airways you are supporting sexism, racism, and ageism. Period.

"When there's an emergency onboard, a Flight Attendant's gender, age, weight, height, race, or sexuality simply do not matter. What matters is effective safety and security training, along with experience on the job. The women of US Airways Flight 1549 who served as aviation's first responders with decades of seniority successfully contributed their part to every life saved on the Hudson. An experienced United Airlines crew of women and men delivered a baby over the Atlantic earlier this year. Flight Attendants serving as aviation's last line of defense battled and restrained aggressors on both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines in recent weeks to ensure the safety of every passenger in their care. There are hundreds of stories like these, and millions of examples every day where the heart of a Flight Attendant is what matters - not how she or he is judged by cheaters who think everyone is for sale.

"Aviation connects all of humanity, our customs, every creed and each of our communities. We condemn the comments of Akbar Al Baker that tear apart the industry we built. We call on all of aviation, every American business and anyone who believes in equality to stand with us."

Save US Aviation – Do Your Part and Sign the Petition!

Tell the President to stand up for American jobs and the safest aviation system in the world. When you sign the petition your representatives will get a copy and know you expect them to act. Do your part and sign the petition today!  We are in this together.

Save U.S. Aviation


Support the AFA Disaster Relief Fund through Amazon Smile

The AFA Disaster Relief Fund provides a means for AFA members to assist other members and retirees who have suffered significant damage to their primary residence and/or faced relocation as a result of a disaster.  Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, the AFA Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) has provided financial support in the aftermath of many large-scale disasters, including the September 11th terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and other natural and/or man-made disasters.  This is about Flight Attendants helping Flight Attendants.

AFA is committed to ensuring funds are available when the need arises.  To that end, we are raising funds so that we may help more Members in need.  AmazonSmile has been selected as a simple and automatic way to raise funds for our cause.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com – Amazon donates a portion of the sale to the AFA Disaster Relief Fund.

When shopping at Amazon, your next purchase could support the AFA Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) at no cost to you.  The exact same low prices and selections are available as at Amazon.com.  When you make your purchase through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase price will automatically be donated to the DRF each and every time you shop.

To begin helping other Flight Attendants through AmazonSmile:

1.     Go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2341209

2.     Use your same log- in information as you use for Amazon

3.     Shop

4.     Bookmark AmazonSmile so you use this instead of the regular Amazon website


New AFA Reminders and Quick Reference Links   


Your AFA MEC Communications Committee has debuted a new reminder feature as part of the weekly Friday E-Lines communication.  These reminders are intended to assist you in keeping track of important dates, events as well as quick links to pertinent information.

The "AFA MEC Reminders and Quick Reference Links" feature is planned as the last item to be listed in Friday E-Lines.  We’re interested in hearing from you on items/dates that you would like to see included as part of this weekly communication.   Please send your ideas to communications@unitedafa.org

All news stories

top of page