evening, Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to Dear AFA, a democratic, Member
driven Union of Flight Attendants for Flight Attendants. Today is Friday, May 10, 2013 and this Allen
Ward, Denver Council 9 Volunteer, reporting.
Staff Not SAFA
brought to your attention concerns with United’s poorly conceived “Service
Instructor” SAFA position. United
maintains these SAFAs are being placed on our aircraft to “lend a hand” to
working crew and to provide “consistency.”
Initial reports indicate that the presence of these SAFAs in the
“Service Instructor” role is very closely matching the result we predicted.
clear on the consistency United hopes to achieve through this program:
circumventing the need to properly staff our aircraft.
to remember that these SAFAs are not part of the working crew. They sit in a passenger seat, and while they
are Flight Attendants, their role does not include any Flight Attendant
responsibilities as a crewmember. If you
are understaffed, this SAFA does not satisfy the staffing requirements, and you
should request understaffing pay as appropriate. Pursers should not be assigning these SAFAs
to specific cabin work positions, as these SAFAs are not members of the working
wish for these SAFAs to “lend a hand” during the service, but this does
absolutely nothing to address the inadequate staffing United provides, which continues
to fall far short of enabling a scheduled crew to provide adequate service
consistently. Once these SAFAs are gone,
then what’s the plan?
If you have
a SAFA onboard your flight who offers to help, consider whether you wish for
them to “lend a hand.” Or on the other hand, if their assistance is not
desired, tell them so politely and decline their offer of help. Encourage the SAFA to report to management
that the real issue with the lack of consistency is the lack of adequate
staffing resources to complete the job.
received reports management did not provide a clear job description. Our Flying Partners with a genuine desire to
address the service issues may not have realized the end result of their
decision to participate. Now that there
is a better understanding on what this position entails, we recommend that they reconsider their participation in a program that ultimately serves management’s
agenda and fails to address our legitimate staffing concerns.
circumstance where a SAFA is assuming a working position on a flight, you
should submit a marginal service report and identify that Flight Attendant
work was performed by a “nonworking” Flight Attendant.
This week, lawyers
for nine organizations representing 400,000 aviation professionals, passengers
and law enforcement officers filed a legal petition with
Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) John Pistole and copied to Homeland
Security Secretary Janet Napolitano seeking to rescind plans to allow knives in
the aircraft cabins for the first time since 9/11.
Ed Markey (D-MA) and Michael Grimm (R-NY) circulated a new sign-on letter to
John Pistole urging the TSA not to move forward with their “dangerous,
unnecessary and irresponsible policy” that puts Flight Attendants and
passengers at risk. Markey and Grimm are
asking their House colleagues to sign on to this new letter by close of
business Wednesday, May 15 and they need our help.
Administrator Pistole could implement the policy changes as early as Memorial
Day weekend according to the Washington Post: The TSA’s April 22 announcement
to delay implementation of the changes is merely a brief procedural delay. Make
a call today to urge your Representative to sign on to the No Knives Act, HR
1093, and the letter currently circulating by Congressmen Ed Markey (D-MA) and
Michael Grimm (R-NY).
following script should be used today through May 15, 2013 only.
224-3121 and ask the Capitol switchboard operator to connect you with your
Representative. Or, go here to look up
your Congressional representative on-line.
call your Representative state:
“My name is _______ and I’m a Flight
Attendant and constituent. The Washington Post says knives could be allowed on
planes as early as Memorial Day weekend, which could also mean delays at
airport security. I am calling to urge my Representative to sign on to a new
letter to TSA Administrator Pistole being circulated by Congressmen Markey and
Grimm that urges TSA not to keep the rule simple: No Knives on Planes. I also
urge you to co-sponsor the No Knives Act, HR-1093, if you haven’t yet. (If they
have, thank them.) Flight Attendants and passengers are counting on you to keep
us safe. Sign on to the letter by contacting Dr. Chris Schaffer in Congressman
Markey’s office or Aaron Ringel in Congressman Grimm’s office. Thank you.”
We have to
fight to keep knives out of the cabin in every way possible. Your action today
could make the difference. Call your Representative today.
Reserve “Z” Days
2012-2016 Contract provides for the ability to construct Reserve Lines with
more than 12 days off, up to a maximum of 16 (Section 10.D.2.). This ability provides flexibility for those
who wish to bid for greater days off, along with a reduced MIN for the
month. This change has spurred some
questions, however, for those who did not bid for these lines, but were awarded
them. Specifically, how can these lines
be identified? If awarded a line without having bid for it, can the “extra”
days off be restored?
simplest way to recognize such lines is by the “Z” indicator on the days off,
over and above the 12 guaranteed minimum days off. Local Schedule Committees have recommended
that these lines be the last lines in the Reserve package and in the header for
each line, the increased number of days off will be reflected. Our Central Schedule Committee has been
working with the company to make these Reserve lines more easily identifiable
within the bid package. Remember more
days off means a lower Reserve minimum, so be careful when you bid. If you bid these lines, you are not entitled
to restore Reserve days of availability and the corresponding Reserve Minimum.
If you are
awarded a Line with more than 12 days off for which you did not bid, you can have
all, or some of those days off restored.
You should call the crew desk at least 3 days prior to the start of your
Reserve month, and our Contract requires that they consider your preference as
to which day(s) of availability to restore.
The company will also include this information on the Cover Letter of our
upcoming Bid Packages.
Known Crewmember Reminder
November of last year, all uniformed United Flight Attendants were able to take
advantage of the Known Crew Member (KCM) Program. At inception, KCM
check-points were located at 31 airports around the country and the program
provided expedited access to the airport while in uniform and in possession of
a valid United Crew ID badge. Since that time, further improvements
have taken place with the issuance of KCM ID cards which have been made
available to Flight Attendants to further expedite processing at the KCM
processing at these checkpoints has improved and we’ve benefited from this
expedited screening through passenger check-points, we have received some
questions from Members who have been randomly selected for full
screenings. We remind everyone that all Crew Members are subject to
random full screenings. If you are directed by the TSA KCM Officer to a
standard screening checkpoint, you should proceed through the standard
to these random screenings, should the KCM TSA Officer be unable to verify your
employment status, you should proceed through the standard screening process
and notify your supervisor.
United Annual Stockholder Meeting –
June 12 in Virginia
annual meeting of stockholders will be held on June 12, 2013, at 9:00 EST.
by Hilton Hotel – Crystal City
for registration and admittance at 8:30 for those accompanied by an admission
ticket (stockholders) and a picture ID.
If you are a stockholder, you should have received your Annual Meeting
Notice and Admission Ticket in the mail, with information regarding Proxy
Materials. For those of you unable to
attend United’s stockholder meeting to cast your ballot in person, you may vote
proposals to be voted on at United’s Annual Meeting are as follows:
of Directors – AFA recommends “Withhold” your vote.
of the Appointment of Ernst & Young – AFA recommends a vote “For.”
Resolution approving compensation of the named executive officers – AFA
recommends a vote “Against.”
of the performance measures under the 2008 Incentive Compensation plan – AFA
recommends a vote “Against.”
of the amended performance measures under the 2010 Incentive Plan – AFA
recommends a vote “Against.”
of an amendment to the company’s amended and restated bylaws to provide
stockholders with the right to call a special meeting of stockholders – AFA
recommends a vote “For.”
we encourage you to read through the material and make an educated and informed
decision. Your meeting notice contains
instructions on how and where to vote your shares.
for this evening! Thank you for
calling. Remember: One Airline. One
Contract. Building Our Future Together!