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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Master Executive Council

E-Lines: August 08, 2017

Date: August 8, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

Registration Deadline, August 12 – Journey of Remembrance from EWR to Flight 93 Memorial Park

On September 10, 2017, a journey of remembrance to the National Flight 93 Memorial Park will depart from Newark Liberty International Airport. This will be a two-day event intended to “Always Remember, Never Forget”. On the first day of our journey, participating Flight Attendants will attend the “Sound Breaking Ceremony” for the Tower of Voices, which will be built as part of the final construction phase of the Flight 93 Memorial. Later that evening a memorial “Luminaria” service, where forty candled lanterns will be carried to the Wall of Names and placed under the name of each of our Flying Partners, Pilots, Customer Service Representative, and passengers of Flight 93, will take place. The next morning, we will attend the September 11th Memorial Observance Ceremony, where the names of those who lost their lives that day, will be read as the Bells of Remembrance echo through the silence of the final resting place of Flight 93. 

Flight Attendants will have ample time in the Visitor Center, to walk the final flight path of Flight 93, or to pay silent respect to those who perished that fateful day. We strongly encourage you to consider joining us as we stand together to remember the Heroes of Flight 93.

To participate in this two-day Memorial event, please fill out the on-line reservation form on our website. Registration deadline is Saturday, August 12, 2017.

For additional questions or information contact: communications@unitedafa.org.

Complete Safety Checks Prior to Door Closure  

As we know, oversold flights, severe weather, and mechanical issues can adversely affect our daily operations and on-time performance creating the potential for “Quick Turn” situations.  As a result, we may find gate agents rush us to board passengers and attempt to hasten our departures as they work to make up for lost time. Although, we share the common goal of expediting the process to get the flight in the air as quickly as possible, we must never forget that safety and security out-weigh every other concern. We are Safety Professionals first and safety is our number one priority.

As Flight Attendants, to the extent we are given the opportunity to concentrate diligently on our responsibilities while safely securing the aircraft, we can assist in expediting departure. We must recognize that stressful and hurried circumstances, combined with unfamiliarity with new products and procedures, create the need for us to sharpen our focus, as we tend to every detail of our important safety responsibilities as outlined in our eFAOM. 

We should endeavor to complete our boarding responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner. However, if circumstances exist that impede our progress in doing so timely and result in our being unable to perform all safety and security checks we are obligated to inform the Purser prior to door closure. In addition, we should file a (NASA) Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), a detailed report of the events if they led to any violations. You can find the link to the ASRS reports on our homepage and in the Safety section of our website. We ask that you provide us with copies of any report you submit to ASRS, by dropping them in the Local Council mailbox in your domicile. We thank you for your dedication to safety and appreciate your cooperation in providing us with specific information in those circumstances where violations have occurred to enable to work to ensure these are avoided in the future.

Vacation Election Process Begins September 25, 2017

The Vacation Election period opens on September 25, 2017, and closes on October 15, 2017.

There will be plenty of new features for all Flight Attendants regardless of pre-merger airline affiliation. Over the course of the next several weeks we will being addressing specific topics as part of a robust educational campaign intended to improve everyone’s understanding.

The 2018 Vacation Bidding Booklet was published August 4, 2017 and contains information intended to guide Flight Attendants through the contractual vacation bidding process based on recommendations from the Joint Implementation Team (JIT).

In addition, work is underway creating a vacation bidding reference webpage on unitedafa.org which will provide a centralized reference source from your Union to which you can turn for information and assistance.

Everyone will have the ability for hands on experience with the new vacation bidding platform that will be available via CCS.  This “practice” environment is expected to be available by the end of August and will remain available until a few days prior to the opening of vacation bidding.

For additional information please, contact your Local Council representatives.

Storm the Airwaves on Thursday,  August 10,  2017  8 -10

To keep the momentum going for 10 hours irreducible rest and protecting good U.S. aviation jobs, AFA is calling for an on-line Day of Action on August 10 (our minimum rest needs to move from 8 è10). We are asking every Flight Attendant to contact your Representative, two Senators and to join in our social media (Twitter) messaging campaign.

The challenge is to get as many AFA members as possible to sign-up for a Twitter account. Twitter is extremely effective for contacting members of Congress and getting the attention of corporations and media. We will make it easy for you! Just take a few minutes now to set up your Twitter account (if not already signed up) and make sure you keep your user name and password. On August 10 (8/10), we will provide a click through list to targeted members of Congress.

Getting active on Twitter has never been easier. Please help make sure your flying partners, family and friends have Twitter accounts and follow AFA (@afa_cwa)

To create a Twitter account:

1.) Go to http://twitter.com and locate the sign-up box or go directly to http://twitter.com/signup
2.) Enter your full name, phone number and a password
3.) Click Sign up for Twitter
4.) Twitter will verify your phone number by sending you a SMS text message with a verification code. Enter the verification code in the box provided. 
5.) Once you've clicked Sign Up for Twitter, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter). Enter your own or choose a name suggested by Twitter. Twitter will tell you if the user name you want is available. 
6.) Double-check your name, phone number, password and username.
7.) Click Create my account. You may be asked to complete a Captcha to let Twitter know that you are human.
8.) Follow @afa_cwa on Twitter. 

August 10 Day of Action!

1.) Know you members of Congress

To find your Representative click here.
Enter your zip code in the top right corner of the webpage.

To find your Senators click here.
Select your state in the top left corner dropdown menu of the webpage.

2.) Create a Twitter account
3.) Like AFA on Facebook and follow AFA on Twitter.
4.) Schedule 15 minutes on your calendar during August to make a difference.

Flight Attendants Engage Flying Public at Airports Across the Country in Mesa Airlines Flight Attendant Contract Fight

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) this week will urge the flying public to tell American and United regional carrier Mesa Airlines to bargain for a fair contract with Mesa Flight Attendants. Mesa Flight Attendants authorized a strike in March, with a 99.56 percent vote.

“Passengers need to know Mesa Flight Attendants often must choose between paying utility bills or buying food,” said Sara Nelson, AFA International President. “Major airlines like American and United profit by paying Flight Attendants at regional airlines substandard wages for doing the same work as mainline carriers and pocketing the difference. That’s just not fair. Enough! Fair contract at Mesa now!”

Mesa Airlines is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and provides 600 daily departures to 117 cities, 39 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico including Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Phoenix, AZ; and Washington, DC.

For a schedule of leafleting activities, visit OurContract.org.




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