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Partnership Program Announced

Date: November 8, 2012
Type: AFA Article

The Partnership Flying Program was negotiated by AFA in an effort to further reduce the need for involuntary furloughs.  In our recent past, many of our flying partners have taken advantage of the flexibility of the program and, in doing so, helped save the jobs of others who might have been impacted by an involuntary furlough.

AFA and United have agreed to offer a new Partnership Program for a 3-month period, based on domicile need and cost effectiveness of the program in the aggregate.  A new bid of partnerships will commence on November 12, 2012 for the period of March 2, 2013 through May 31, 2013.

You must find a partner with whom you will bid in order to participate in the program.  If you are looking for a partner, you may use the POSTRD option in Unimatic, and likewise if you are looking for a partner, you may search via TRDBRD.

Summary of the Partnership Program

  • Partners must be based at the same domicile.
  • Partnerships will be awarded based on the seniority of the senior partner.
  • Line awards will be based on the seniority of the junior partner.
  • Participants must possess the same aircraft qualifications.
  • Purser and non-purser qualified Flight Attendants can partner, however, they cannot bid a purser line.
  • Language qualified Flight Attendants can partner with a non-language or another language, however, they cannot bid a language line.  Partnerships may be formed between Flight Attendants with the same language qualification.
  • Domestic and IST qualified Flight Attendants may partner, however they must bid a domestic line.
  • Partners will be compensated at their own rate of pay.  Sick leave and vacation will accrue at one half of the Contractual rates.

Partnership Program Bidding & Award

November 12, 2012 Partnership Program bid period opens at 0800 Central Time.
December 20, 2012 Partnership Program bid closes at 0800 Central Time.
December 20, 2012 Partnership Program awarded by 1700 Central Time.
March 2, 2013 Three-Month Partnership Program begins.

Refer to the Partnership #8 Program (.pdf) for Flight Attendants package for complete details about the program including bidding information.

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