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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Master Executive Council

E-Lines: May 26, 2017

Date: May 26, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

United Flight 1579 - Professional Dedication

On May 23, 2017, five of our dedicated safety professionals and fellow flying partners from our Local Councils in EWR and SFO who had been assigned to work flight 1579 from EWR to SFO used their professional skills and training to evacuate a full 757 aircraft due to an apparent engine fire.

We commend our flying partners for their quick action and for representing our work as safety professionals with skill and professional grace.  As with every critical incident, the events on flight 1579 will be thoroughly reviewed and may provide contributions to future safety training.

Distribution of 737-900 Settlement Fund 

This week the company and the Union reviewed the methodology by which proceeds from the Flight Attendant Settlement Fund, established in the amount of $711,000, will be distributed to those domestic and Spanish language based pmCAL Flight Attendants on the System Seniority list as of October 2016. 

  • The Settlement Fund will be divided among the eligible Flight Attendants in proportion to the amount of their earnings during the October through December 2016 bid months.
  • All settlement funds will be dispersed as qualifying wages for purposes of 401(k) and Profit Sharing.
  • Taxes and other required withholdings & deductions will be withheld from the payments made pursuant to this settlement.
  • Work is on target for these payments to be made on the mid-June 2017 paychecks.

UK Threat Level Increases - Ariana Grande Plans to Return to Support Manchester

On May 23, 2017, the U.K. government elevated the country’s threat level to “critical” from “severe” following the suicide bombing on May 22, 2017, at the Manchester Arena. According to Prime Minister Theresa May, the change in the threat level translates into making additional support available to police officers as they work to keep the public safe.

Subsequently, on May 24th the government announced that it deployed military forces to multiple sites around the country. Military forces are deployed to locations such as Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, embassies and the Palace of Westminster. Armed police officers will be conducting patrols. Additionally, police forces will employ the use vehicle checkpoints and “stop and search” tactics in their continuing efforts to ensure public safety.

Crews & passengers will notice a higher visibility of police patrolling land side and at airport perimeters. There have been random embarkation checks at GLA, EDI, MAN, BHX and LHR.

Considering all of these additional security precautions, there is no specific indication of a threat to United crews or passengers at this time. The United MEC Safety, Health and Security, in concert with United's Corporate Security Department, continues to monitor the situation and will provide appropriate updates as they become available. 

In an incredible expression of solidarity, Ariana Grande proclaimed in a communication of support to the families and fans in Manchester that “our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”   Putting her words into action, Ariana will be returning the city of Manchester to spend time with her fans, to have a benefit concert in honor of, and to raise money for the victims and their families.

LINK - Safeware® Election Reminder

Safeware® is the nation’s largest provider of specialized insurance plans and was selected by United management to offer coverage for the Link device against loss or theft through a recovery protection plan.  At an annual cost of $30, this coverage eliminates the $300 replacement fee in the event your Link is lost or stolen.  The current coverage plan expires on June 7, 2017.  Keep in mind the following:

  • If Link is broken or damaged, it will be replaced for you at no charge. However, if Link is lost or stolen, the replacement charge will be $300. This charge is waived for the first instance of theft with a police report
  • If you desire an option to reduce exposure to a $300 replacement fee, there is a recovery protection plan available

The enrollment window for the June 8, 2017 – June 7, 2018 coverage period is now open. You must make your election by June 7, 2017.  If you elect not to opt in, your coverage will default to “opt out” and you will have no protection should your Link become lost or stolen. The cost of the recovery protection is $30 dollars. Visit the Safeware website to enroll.

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

Equal Rest - It’s about Safety and Health

In the absence of Contract protections, Federal regulations allow for a reduction in Flight Attendant rest to a period of eight (8) hours. Passenger deplaning, preflight preparation and passenger boarding are included within the rest period, which means that the opportunity to actually sleep is closer to 4 or 5 hours before potentially working another 14 hour duty day.

Collectively we are calling on Congress to mandate a 10-hour, non-reducible, minimum rest rule and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan which will mirror what the FAA has established for pilots.  Flight Attendant rest should equal pilot rest. Through the FAA Reauthorization Bill, your Senators can make this happen.

Help bring the full force of our Union behind our goal to achieve equal rest for all Flight Attendants.  Rest now!  Fight for 10!

Call (855) 534-1774. Once connected to your Senator’s office, please tell them:

“I’m a constituent. I want my Senator’s support in aligning Flight Attendant minimum rest with the pilots and provide a Fatigue Risk Management Plan. Please urge the Commerce Committee to include 10-hour, non-reducible minimum rest in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Thank you.”

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