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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Master Executive Council

E-Lines: January 26, 2018

Date: January 26, 2018
Type: Dear AFA

July CQ “Due” or “Must Go” Training Reassignments for those who Travel to CQ

Late last week, AFA reviewed the company’s plan to make some changes in the scheduling of CQ during the peak “July” schedule month for those Flight Attendants who are required to travel to a location other than their base to attend training.

In anticipation of the peak 2018 summer flying season, management identified an opportunity to improve productivity during the peak July flying month. This plan will only affect those Flight Attendants who travel from their base to another location to attend CQ.  Flight Attendants who travel from their base to another location for training will be required to re-bid their due (must go) CQ training month from July to a month earlier in the calendar year to ensure regulatory compliance. The options include March 2018, April 2018 & May 2018.   In addition to supporting corporate productivity objectives through the reduction in the length of training assignments, this decision will also provide the corporation with the ability to maximize revenue opportunities on the flights where seats would otherwise have been used to transport Flight Attendants to and from training.

It cannot be stressed enough that this change affects only those Flight Attendants who travel to attend training at a location other than their domicile/base.  Flight Attendants at LHR, DEN, SFO, ORD, EWR, IAH & GUM are not affected because training is conducted at the domicile/base and no travel is required.   CLE is not affected because Flight Attendants are not scheduled to attend training during July.

During bargaining for our JCBA, maintaining the ability for Flight Attendants to have a ninety (90) day window to complete CQ using a “May Go”, “Must Go” or  “(DUE)”, or “Grace month” approach during which training could be completed, was a priority for AFA and our Members.   Moving those with a MUST GO (DUE) month from July to an earlier month in the year is required.  If you have a July “must go” or “due” month and do not bid, you will be assigned in inverse order of seniority, starting with the earliest month.

In the months of June and August, we sought to ensure that Flight Attendants would have the option to move from those months if they so desired since no travel to training will be permitted in July.  The impact of the travel restriction is different for the June and August “must go” attendees.  For example, June ‘must go’ would not have a July ‘grace month’ in which to attend while August “must go” attendees would not have a July “may go” month. 

However, we insisted the company provide opportunities for Flight Attendants in these two months to make a change, at their option.

The following chart is designed to provide specific information for each of the pre-merger groups based on the respective “Must Go” or CQ Due month.  For example, starting from the left of the chart, if you are a pre-merger United Flight Attendant with a June Must Go or Due month, click on the JUNE schedule month box marked (a), to review your options.

Pre-merger Group

Must Go (DUE)

Must Go (DUE)

Must Go (DUE)









pmUAL Flight Attendants will use Unimatic to submit bids for new CQ must go months while pmCAL Flight Attendants will submit their preferences via e-mail.

Note: If you are on a Leave of Absence status at the time of the award, you will not be assigned a new due (must go) month.

Without regard to pre-merger affiliation, bidding will open, close and post based on the following schedule with all bids being awarded in base seniority order.

CQ due month Bids Open: Tuesday January 23, 2018 at 1200 CST
CQ due month Bid Close: Monday February 05, 2018 at 0700 CST
CQ due month Bids Posted:  No later than February 06, 2018 at 0700 CST.

We encourage those having a June, July or August must go or “due” month to review the information available from the links above.  If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.

Profit Sharing & Profit Sharing Election Window Now Open

 This week the company reported the 4th Quarter and Full Year Financial information and announced the issuance of profit sharing payouts for 2017. In addition, having achieved top-tier status for 8 out of 9 metrics in the fourth quarter, earning eligible employees the highest performance bonus of 2017.  All of these accomplishments reflect the commitment and ongoing hard work of employees in delivering to customers the service they expect in all areas of our operation.

As a result of employees’ hard work and dedication, we overcame enormous challenges throughout the year.   As a result of United’s 2017 financial performance, employees earned

$3,597 million in Profit Sharing for the full year.  Employees in participating workgroups share a portion of United's profits when the Company earns more than $10 million in adjusted pre-tax earnings for the year. The percentage of profits set aside for Profit Sharing varies by workgroup, and depends on your contract or company policy.  For 2017, for Flight Attendants the Profit Sharing percentage of 1/1/17 - 12/31/17 eligible earnings is 4.7969%. 

The adjusted pre-tax profit for 2017 is $3,597 million which, as compared to 2016, is less and reflects the challenges of the past year.  Profit sharing payments are based on two components:

  • 10% of pre-tax earnings that are not in excess of the Pre-tax earnings for the previous calendar year, and
  •  20% of pre-tax earnings that are in excess of the Pre-tax earnings for the previous calendar year.  This is an amount for which we were not eligible this year.

Flight Attendants are now able to access our individual Profit Sharing statements in Flying Together > My Info > Mangers Tool Box > Profit Sharing Payout Details.  Keep in mind these are personalized statements that are not available other than through the company’s payroll system.

In addition, the Special Election Window for deferral of Profit Sharing to your 401(k) account is now open through February 11, 2018 at 2359 CT which will provide employees the ability to defer a portion of our Profit Sharing to any combination of the following:

  1. Pre-tax 401(k)
  2.  Post-tax 401(k)
  3.  Roth 401(k) which is also post tax.

The amount deferred need not total 100% but cannot exceed 100%. Any remaining percentage will be paid to the employee as part of their normal paycheck (direct deposit or paper check) on February 27, 2018.

Note: Internationally domiciled Flight Attendants in FRA, HKG, LHR or NRT will not receive a separate paycheck but will instead receive the Profit Sharing payment on their regular paycheck closest to the distribution date due to taxation and other regulation issues net of any deferrals to any eligible retirement plan account. Members outside the U.S. who are enrolled in the floor rate program receive appropriate floor exchange rates when Profit Sharing payments are received through the normal payroll process.

For more information, the company has published a Q&A for the Profit Sharing on their website.

Who Can Purchase Benefits from Which Broker?
MEC Benefits Committee 

We’ve received a number of questions in the MEC & LEC offices seeking a better understanding of who can buy which voluntary supplemental benefits from which broker.  The answer is fairly straightforward. That is, all U.S. based Flight Attendants, including GUM, are able to purchase voluntary supplemental benefits from either broker. In fact, you may purchase voluntary supplemental insurance from both brokers - Design Benefits & National Group Protection (NGP).

Flight Attendants based in NRT, LHR, FRA and HKG may purchase this coverage only from Design Benefits.              

Open enrollment is currently underway.  You are able to enroll with one or both brokers in the following three (3) ways:

1.     In the domicile

2.     On-line via the broker’s online enrollment portal

3.     Via telephone with the broker’s representative.

Flight Attendants needing additional information should contact the brokers individually or your MEC Benefits Committee.

FlightPAC - A Contribution to Our Future
MEC Government Affairs Committee

Political Action Committees (PACs) are organizations created by corporations, business, labor and trade organizations to raise money and make financial contributions to federal political candidates that support their legislative agenda.

AFA’s FlightPAC was founded in 1982 to support bipartisan political candidates who are most likely to promote Flight Attendant issues. Governed by federal election laws, FlightPAC is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of AFA members. Membership dues are never contributed to political campaigns. Without our contributions to FlightPAC, we would not be as successful in promoting aviation safety and our careers as safety professionals and aviation’s first responders.

Laws that protect Flight Attendants and improve our quality of life, including eliminating smoking in the cabin, FMLA, OSHA protections, Known Crew Member, the Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP), and more, are in place today because Senators and Representatives who support issues of importance to Flight Attendants voted to support legislation urged by our Union. FlightPAC affords our Government Affairs Committee and activists a greater voice on Capitol Hill.

In today’s political atmosphere, it’s more important than ever that we have a strong and powerful presence in Washington D.C. We must stand together to protect our industry and make the positive changes necessary to protect our jobs and our economy.

Donate to FlightPAC today by filing out payroll deduction form and dropping it off at your Local Council Office or by mailing it to:

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
501 Third Street, NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Designated Quarters for Sick Leave & Vacation Accrual

A recent inaccuracy in a One United publication is raising questions.  In an effort to clarify the information in advance of the release of the corrected article, the designated quarters for sick leave and vacation accrual are the same, that is:

Type of Accrual






Sep - Nov

Dec - Feb

Mar - May

Jun - Aug

Sick Leave

Sep - Nov

Dec - Feb

Mar - May

Jun - Aug

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

(pmCAL & CMI) - Reduced Flying Check Box

Effective January 25, 2018 and in anticipation of implementation of the JCBA Pay Methodology, the requirement for pmCAL and CMI Flight Attendants to provide advance notice of their intent to “Reduce Flying” is no longer applicable.  In fact, the “reduced flying” indicator no longer has a function.

While this indicator is still visible to Flight Attendants, whether or not pmCAL or CMI Flight Attendants check the “Reduced Flying” box on the monthly CCS bid screen during the bid process, they are be able to reduce their schedule below 40:00 hours in a bid month. Reductions may be accomplished by trades, personal drops, etc.  The company is currently working to ensure that all scheduling personnel are aware of this change.

Reminders and Quick Links

Supplemental Insurance Reps in Domiciles - See Schedule
January 31      Deadline to Apply for Union Plus Scholarship
February 1      Revision #23 Due
February 5      CQ Training Reassignments Close
February 6      CQ Training Reassignments Posted
February 11    Profit Sharing 401(k) Special Election Closes
February 27    Profit Sharing Payment

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