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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Master Executive Council

E-Lines: November 03, 2017

Date: November 3, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, November 5 for U.S. & Canada - Fall Back One Hour!

On Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 AM, clocks are turned backward one hour from Daylight Saving Time (DST) to Standard Time (ST). Most areas of the United States observe daylight saving time (DST), the exceptions being Arizona (except for the Navajo, who do observe daylight saving time on tribal lands), Hawaii, and the overseas territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.


Three Month Special COLA Available January 2018 - March 2018 to pmCAL & pmUAL


A three-month Special COLA is being offered for January 2018 – March 2018.  Under this Special COLA which applies for pmCAL and pmUAL:(At the time of publication, it was not yet determined if Special COLAs will be awarded at pmCMI.)

  • Medical benefits at active employee rates are included in this three-month Special COLA. 
  • Flight Attendants will not earn vacation or sick pay during this Special COLA, however, pay and vacation longevity will not be impacted for step increases. 
  • Flight Attendants awarded this three-month COLA are required to fly any carry-over flight assignment starting on or before 12/29/2017 into the January month. 
  • This Special 3 Month COLA will take precedence and be awarded prior to any requests for January one-month leaves or Jobshares. 

Bidding Instructions:

pmCAL

Interested Flight Attendants should submit a request via CCS, select the bidding menu, then special COLA request, no later than November 28, 2017, 10 am (CT).

pmUAL

Submit your request in Unimatic using LOAREQ indicating “SP” using the following date range:   12-30-2017 to 3-31-2018.

For additional information on COLAs, reference JCBA Sections 15.B & 15.N. of our JCBA while Section 16 covers the provisions of the Jobshare program.


It’s TUMI Luggage Time – Order by December 15

The Tumi® site launched on October 31, 2017. Instructions and a link to order your 2 or 4-wheeled rollaboard, as well as any additional optional accessories, have been sent to your united.com Email account. Ordering is easy, click on the TUMI portal link, create an account that will generate an activation email and instructions. 

Note: Flight Attendants should be aware that due to intermittent technical complications, Tumi has suggested that orders be submitted using a desktop or laptop computer, utilizing Internet Explorer, FireFox or Google Chrome as the preferred browser.
 
We encourage you to place your luggage order by Dec. 15, 2017, in order to receive your new uniform luggage by the New Year. Additionally, a wheeled tote option will be available by March 2018. If you prefer the wheeled tote as your company issued bag option, please contact your base uniform coordinator to sign a form confirming your selection of this option in lieu of the two or four-wheel rollaboard options. Flight Attendants will have an opportunity to purchase one additional rollaboard at the program discount, beginning January 2018. Details will be released soon.

Refer to the FAQ for information and shipping details or contact your Local Council Office for additional information.


2017 CQ Program Concludes in November

November is the last month for the annual CQ 2017 program and December 2017 begins the 2018 CQ program. Those with a “must go” or “due” month in November who do not complete the CQ17 training by the end of November calendar month, you will not be qualified to fly in December and will be required to attend requalification training.   

For those Flight Attendants scheduled for CQ in December 2017, this will be the first month for CQ 2018 and you are required to complete your CQ qualifications in your ‘must go’ or ‘due’ month or no later than the last day of the January 2018 calendar month. The 2018 CQ Computer Based Training (CBT) must be completed prior to attending class and is available from the Take Off Learning website.

Scheduling for CQ 2018 will continue to be accomplished under the provisions of Contract under which Flight Attendant monthly schedules are governed until all Flight Attendants are on a common scheduling platform.  

Additional CQ information can be found on Flying together or see your Local Council Representatives.


Majority of Lawmakers Call on Trump to Crack Down on Gulf Carriers

A majority of lawmakers in Congress want President Trump to crack down on Gulf Airlines that receive billions of dollars in subsidies from their governments.

In a series of letters to the administration, a total of 300 members have now called on the White House to address what they see as violations in international Open Skies agreements by Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates. Tell President Trump to Enforce Our Open Skies Agreements >


Reminders and Quick Links


October 31          Tumi Luggage Ordering Opened

November 1         E-FAOM Revision #22 Due Date

November 5         Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2:00AM Sunday

November 8         Second Round Vacation Bidding Opens

November 16       Second Round Vacation Bidding Closes at 0800 (LDT)

November 20       Second Round Vacation Awards Posted

November 23       U.S. Thanksgiving Day Holiday

November 24       Vacation Allocations Published

November 30       Vacation Seniority Trading Opens

All news stories

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