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Council 20 - Frankfurt

About Council 20

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

Guten Tag Frankfurt (Sep 30, 2018)

Council Office

  •  +49 (0) 69 25617067
  • Council Roster
  •  CWA Local #21020
  • AFA-CWA Council 20
    Frankfurt Airport Center 1
    Post Box 44
    60549 F, Frankfurt
    (map and directions)
Michael Blake

Michael Blake

LEC President

Phone (US): 202-679-8890

Phone (Intl): +49 15772100000

E-Mail: mblake@unitedafa.org

Michael Warner

Michael Warner

LEC Vice President
Heather McKay

Heather McKay

LEC Secretary

Guten Tag Frankfurt (Sep 30, 2018)

Guten Tag Frankfurt,



Dear Council 20 Members,


Tomorrow, after eight long years our two subsidiary work groups will finally become one. It’s been a long journey up to this point in our careers, and I want to thank each of you for your amazing ability to exercise extreme patience and understanding during this exhausting eight year process. There is still a tremendous amount of work ahead of us, but we’ll be doing it as one big family instead of as a dysfunctional two headed serpent.


Tomorrow, will be the start of meeting new colleagues, making new friendships, and just an overall sense of ONE United. I’m looking forward to all this implementation has to offer and I invite each of you to do the same.


Tomorrow, and for the next five days, myself along with local management representative will be gate side to assist you in this transition with briefing and contractual issues. Please reach out to any of us with your concerns or questions, and we’ll do our best to assist you. Wear your AFA pin and remember your NEW report times.


Win as One United, together with AFA!!


Always in Solidarity,


Michael Blake

Your AFA President 



Need to Know


As we begin our first month of common metal and merged operations, we want to remind you of a few available resources.


The new staffing sheets for October 1 and beyond are found in the Content Locker of your Link. Please take time to familiarize yourself with this before briefing, as time will be much shorter than we are used to . 



Please remember that you will have to Positively Check In before the start of every pairing, even a first segment deadhead. You can check in up to three hours from the scheduled Check In time ,if you come in on an early commuter flight and do not want to stay in the base, this may be useful to you.


We are flying a few trips with mixed crews, please remember their check in ( and ours when on a layover) in Frankfurt is ONE hour before departure AT the gate.


Vacation Election Process is Open


The Vacation Election Process opened September 25, 2018, 0800(HDT). Flight Attendants can make their selections now through October 15, 2018, 0800 (HDT). During the Vacation Election Process Flight Attendants choose what they would like to do with their 2019 Vacation days as it pertains to:


1. FLEX – paid or unpaid vacation


2. Deferral of Vacation into your 401(k) – minimum 7/maximum 14 days deferral.


3. Vacation Buy Back with a 0.5% incentive before the annual vacation period


Note: Reserve Flight Attendants opting for unpaid Flex vacation option will have their Reserve guarantee reduced by 4:20 for each availability day in a 30-day month or 4:07 for each availability day in a 31-day month that is dropped as a result of apply unpaid Flex Vacation days to your Reserve schedule. 

As a reminder, Flight Attendants who defer any portion of their vacation into their 401(k) account should be aware these “vacation” contributions are not eligible for the company matching contribution.

Additionally, Vacation Buy Back is based on our Section 4.A. rates of pay and do not include premiums or overrides.

Additional information containing the details of each vacation election option can be found on our website or in the 2019 Vacation Guide. 


October Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Every October, in our ongoing collective effort to raise awareness of the importance of prevention, we pull together with other employees to show our collective support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing a pink ribbon behind your official AFA pin or wearing a company approved pink accessory purchased in previous years to show your continuing support for Breast Cancer Awareness..

Flight Attendants are encouraged to pick-up a Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon beginning Monday, October 1st, from your AFA Local Council Representatives. Pink support ribbons will be available throughout the month of October and can be worn while on duty from October 1 through October 31. 


Together we have a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of prevention in battling this disease. We encourage everyone to participate in this effort. Together, we can accomplish amazing things!




We now have some members of our base who may have not been on Reserve for years. Please review the Reserve guides in the Link to familiarize yourself with Reserve Preferencing. Please refer to your LEC Officer’s or our Reserve Chair, Lisa Savary with any questions you have about the new Reserve system. 


US Elections


For those members who have US passports, please remember that voting registration is closing soon for most states. Please ensure you are registered to vote and request an absentee ballot if you will not be in your district during the elections. If you currently have an address outside the US the website www.overseasvote.org can assist you to register as an overseas voter.


Always in unity,


Michael, Michael and Heather

Additional Council Information

The information below is maintained and updated by your Local Council.


Paul McCarter ( Chair )

Email: pmccarter@unitedafa.org
Cell US: 786-246-7285

Michael Warner

Heather McKay

Michael Blake


Employee Assistance / Professional Standards

(NOTE: Emails should indicate CONFIDENTIAL EAP in the subject line)

Yuko Dierkes ( Chair )
Email: yuko@dierkes.net
Cell Germany: +49-176-10338920

Burkhard Fleischer                                                                                          
Cell Germany: +49-163-1802528
Email: burkhardaf@aol.com

Stephan Bach                                                                                                                          
Cell Germany: +49-157-73233349
Email: stephanbach@aol.com

Bruno Prevost
Cell Germany: +49-152-07252219
Tel: +33-146-277996
Email: bpgrethen@hotmail.com

Hotels & Transportation

Dirk Schulz (Chair)       

Email: dschulz@unitedafa.org                                                                                   
Cell Germany: +49-176-70569657

Marian A. Drabosenik
Email: mdrabosenik@unitedafa.org
Cell Germany: +49-611-378943

Government Affairs

Kathryn Gill (Chair) 

Email: kathryngill@gmail.com


Michael Blake (Chair )

Marian Drabosenik 
Email: mdrabosenik@unitedafa.org
Cell Germany: +49-177-7379865
Cell US: +1-312-498-3175


Insurance, Retirement & Occupational

Denise De Chantal ( Chair )

Email: dechantald@gmail.com
Cell Germany: +49-611-5055919
Tel US: +1-703-7748177

Michael Warner



Membership Engagement

Heather McKay ( Chair )

 Michael Warner

Chris O'Brien

Michael Blake
Email: mblake@unitedafa.org


Michael Warner (Chair)
Email: michaelams@gmail.com

Beatrice Cristofari
Email: bcristofari@free.f

Maryse Budan (Reserve)
Email: marysebudan@aol.com

Safety, Health & Security 
Sylvia Thiel ( Chair )

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