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Council 20 - Frankfurt

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Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at FRA. Local CWA #21020

Extension (Sep 30, 2020)

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    Frankfurt Airport Center 1
    Post Box 44
    60549 F, Frankfurt
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Michael Warner

Michael Warner

LEC President
Merv Gordon

Merv Gordon

LEC Vice President
Lisa Savary

Lisa Savary

LEC Secretary
Harris Poulis-Leinberger

Harris Poulis-Leinberger

Council Representative

Extension (Sep 30, 2020)

International Base Closure Update

September 30, 2020 12:20PM CT


Ladies and Gentlemen:

We are pleased to inform you that moments ago we reached the following understanding with United Airlines that will provide those of us at the International domiciles of FRA, HKG and NRT additional time to evaluate any decision to resign or retire from United Airlines.  The following is a summary of our understanding, none of which changes any of the provisions of our Contract.


  1. Flight Attendants from FRA, HKG and NRT who are not eligible to be based in the United States will be separated, effective October 1, 2020.
  2. Flight Attendants separated pursuant to the above, will be permitted to notify the Company of their desire to have their separation converted to a voluntary retirement from the company under the following terms:
    1. Notification of an individual’s desire to have their separation converted to a voluntary retirement must be sent to FAST-Inflight-Admin@united.com by 4:00 PM CT on October 30, 2020,
    2. Notifications received after the 4:00PM CT October 30, 2020 deadline will not be processed,
    3. As of October 1, 2020, the individual must qualify under Section 29.F.3 . or 29.F.5. of the JCBA to be eligible to be covered by a Retiree Medical Program and will be responsible for applicable retiree contributions,
    4. As of October 1, 2020, the individual must qualify under the Company’s Retiree Travel Program to be eligible for retiree travel,
    5. Individuals who do not qualify for retirement under either paragraph c. or d., above, will continue to be shown as separated.
  3. In the event Congress passes another CARES Act prior to October 30, 2020 that provides payroll support to the airline industry:
    1. Flight Attendants separated under paragraph 1, above, will be reinstated retroactive to October 1, 2020 and be paid their monthly minimum subject to the terms of the payroll support provided by Congress;
    2. Flight Attendants who are not eligible to be based in the United States who submitted their request to either resign or retire between September 25, 2020 and September 30, 2020 will be permitted to rescind their resignation/retirement. 

On a separate note, those of you who may have submitted a request to resign or retire prior to September 25, 2020 and who desire to participate in these options, must rescind that request by 2359 CT today.  You will be required to resubmit your request at a later date consistent with this understanding.

We view this agreement as a very positive development for all of our Members affected by the international base closures who are not eligible to be based in the United States.  We understand there are a number of significant decisions with which you are faced and believe this additional time will assist by providing you with a period of time to review your options prior to reaching your decisions.

We also believe the added flexibility being afforded to those who have submitted requests to resign/retire between September 25 and September 30 to rescind these requests in the event the U.S. Congress passes another CARES Act is a very positive development. 

Additional Council Information

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Michael Warner

LEC President & Scheduling Chair


Merv Gordon

LEC Vice President & Grievance Chair



+ 49-(0)1766-1325633

Lisa Savary

LEC Secretary & Reserve Chair


+33-(0)663-755264 (also whatsapp)

Harris Poulis-Leineberger 

LEC Council Rep & Negotiations support



Yuko Dierkes

EAP/Professional Standards Chair


+49-176-1033-8920 (also whatsapp)

+1(202)-288-8128 (when stateside)

Denise DeChantal

Benefits, Insurance, Occupational & Retirements Chair


+49-151-59087329 (also whatsapp)

Sylvia Thiel

Health and Safety Chair


+49-(0)160-97725904 (also whatsapp)

Raphael Lesourd

Communications Chair


+33 642 056110 (also Imessage & Whatsapp)

Claudia McClure 

Hotel and Transportation Chair


+49-(0)177-6702116 (also Whatsapp)

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