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Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at DCA. Local CWA #22021

Happy Father's Day! (Jun 16, 2019)

Council Office

Todd Failla

Todd Failla

LEC President
Patrick Hodges

Patrick Hodges

LEC Vice President
Chelle Tennyson

Chelle Tennyson

LEC Secretary
Lois Breece

Lois Breece

Council Representative
Michelle Masterson

Michelle Masterson

Council Representative
Thom Vargas

Thom Vargas

Council Representative

Meeting Minutes





Happy Father's Day! (Jun 16, 2019)


Ladies and Gentlemen of Council 21,

Council 21, wishes our Flight Attendant Fathers a very Happy Father's Day! Today is a very special day for all of the fathers and families of Flight Attendants celebrating with their loved ones.  We would like to thank all of the Flying Partners who are flying, as they make it possible for others to be home with their families. 

We cannot stress enough, the importance of contacting AFA should a supervisor contact you regarding a meeting, or calls you to "talk" about something that may have occurred on your flight.. There have been several changes in Local Management, including several new additions. We are here for you, it is imperative that your contractual rights are protected, please don't go it alone.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, we will be in the IAD Rotunda distributing purple ribbons to show support for our Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness program, as well as AFA Pride Pins, which celebrates a strong voice against discrimination and shows strong support of LGBTQ rights. We encourage you to wear them together. 

We will continue to get New Hires into IAD through the end of June; each Friday we welcome New Hires to IAD. Next Friday, we will welcome another Thirty Two (32) from Class 1922.

We are also pleased to offer Reserve Education Seminars in June.

These sessions will help reserves understand Reserve Preferencing, how assignments are awarded, the Ready Reserve assignment process and how to preference while serving on Ready Reserve status, reserve legalities and how vacation works when awarded in a reserve month. 

We will host a morning and afternoon session on Wednesday, June 26.

These sessions are highly encouraged for both new and seasoned Reserve Flight Attendants. They will take places at Dulles Airport and you can find more information and RSVP here. A flyer is also attached at the bottom of this newsletter.

I also would like to take the opportunity to address the role of the Official Council 21 Facebook page. While this social media platform gives us the ability to quickly get out important and/or breaking factual news to the Membership, our page is not constantly monitored and is therefore not used as a forum to answer legality or reserve questions. As we remind you in closing each of our weekly newsletters, our 24/7 phone system is the fastest and most reliable way to get in touch with us directly.

We are available to you 24/7 by either stopping in the IAD Office, calling 703 260 0051 during normal business hours or by using the prompts after hours. Here is the prompt order. Call 703 260 0051, then

1 –  Non-immediate issues; calls will be returned next business day.

2 –  Reserve ONLY Issues (Immediate need)

3 – Urgent and Immediate Matters.

Contact your Reserve Committee by Text or Email:

In addition to being on call 24 hours a day for urgent and immediate Reserve issues, the Local Reserve Committee is now available by text message or email for non-urgent matters.  You can text message/email the Reserve Committee with any non-urgent concerns or questions.  The Reserve Committee will make every attempt to respond to your inquiry within 48 hours.

Council 21 Reserve Committee by Text Message - 571.420.1721

Council 21 Reserve Committee by Email - dcareserve@unitedafa.org

To email Council 21, please use afadca@unitedafa.org.

Note! We do not use or respond to united.com emails for union business.

Thank you for being informed and engaged Members. Please remember to fly safe, challenge rumors and to respect each other.

In Solidarity and with Respect,


Todd Failla

Local Executive Council President

AFA-CWA, IAD Council 21




Father’s Day Wishes:

This Sunday, June 16th is Father’s Day. It’s a day we honor the Fathers, Grandfathers and Father-figures in our lives in recognition of their love, support, commitment and contributions.

For those of us who are fortunate to share the day with our Fathers or that important Father -figure in our life, it’s the spending of time together that is the most meaningful.

For those of us who may have lost our Father, this can be a difficult time because the loss can feel amplified by all the events taking place honoring Fathers. In these circumstances, we can still honor our Fathers through sharing memories with friends and loved ones and through recognizing how our Fathers have shaped who we have become. This is how our late loved ones can live on through us.

Whether you are spending this Father’s Day with loved ones or if you are flying and making it possible for others to be with family, we hope this day will hold fond memories for you. On behalf of the United Master Executive Council, we express our best wishes to Fathers everywhere. Happy Father’s Day.



Absence Certificate Required for Absences July 1 – July 7:

As provided for in Section 13.C.4. of the JCBA
management has advised AFA that an Absence Certificate will be required for all sick calls that begin during the period starting July 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019. This requirement will also apply in those instances where sick leave is used to care for a spouse or minor child as set forth in Section 13.D.7.

Flight Attendants who place themselves on sick leave during the period starting July 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019 will be required under the terms of our JCBA to supply United Medical with an Absence Certificate (Section 13.C.4.). Flight Attendants using approved FMLA during these specified holiday dates are also required to provide the Absence Certificate for any sick leave during this same period. There is only one exception to this rule. Flight Attendants who have had no absences during the prior twelve (12) calendar months are not subject to the Absence Certificate requirement that applies during the holiday period.

IMPORTANT!– Absence Certificates are different from Physician’s Notes used for attendance point reductions.  Because Absence Certificates include medical information to which supervisors should not be privy, the Absence Certificate should only be provided to United Medical. Print out the Absence Certificate form (from Flying Together) and bring a copy with you to your physician's appointment.

As a reminder, July 1 & 4 are paid holidays for Flight Attendants in HKG and all U.S. domiciles, respectively.



Central Schedule Committee Report

MEC Central Schedule Committee

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent report detailing their activities in the development of the July schedule have been published on www.unitedafa.org We encourage you to take some time to review these reports to get a better understanding of the system by which monthly schedules are developed.


July Schedule Month Contractual Holidays – Bid Accordingly 

JCBA Section 2.Q.2

Bid packets for the month of July will be released this week.  Flight Attendants are reminded that the July schedule month includes the following two Holiday Pay opportunities.

Domicile Country




Independence Day

July 4th

Hong Kong

Handover Day

July 1st

Flight Attendants will be paid for the holidays specified for her/his domicile country. No Flight Attendant shall be eligible to be paid more than five (5) holidays in any calendar year. JCBA 2.Q.2

For more information concerning Holiday pay, review E-lines publication, Holiday Pay Parameters, our JCBA section 2.Q or contact your Local Council Representatives.

Transfer Awards- Accept or Decline:

Recently, the company has awarded 144 Flight 
Attendant transfers to BOS, CLE, DEN, EWR, GUM, IAD and SFO.  Flight Attendants are reminded, under the provisions of Section 17 of our JCBA, once awarded a transfer you must either accept or decline such transfer within seven (7) days of the award date.  Keep in mind, a non-response (failure to respond) will be considered to be the same as declining the transfer.

Note: When a Flight Attendant declines an awarded transfer, she/he will be inhibited from any further transfers for a period of three (3) months. There are incidents where Flight Attendants not intending to transfer, are placing themselves on a transfer request out of curiosity to see where they fall on the list and subsequently forgetting to withdraw the transfer request. A consequence of this is being awarded a transfer, declining it and being restricted from transfer for a period of three months.

If a Flight Attendant accepts a transfer award, she/he will be restricted from transferring for a period of six (6) months.


Flight Attendants are also reminded that the Satellite Bases transfer bid period will close on Monday, June 24 at 0800 CST.



Lineholder Pick-up OOB from Reserve Defect and Pay Claim Enhancement:

Defect and Workaround Solution for Lineholder Picking Up Out of Base from Reserve

AFA and the company have identified a defect that occurs when a Reserve Flight Attendant has advertised a pairing that has either been assigned by Crew Scheduling or picked up on their days off, and an Out of Base Lineholder Flight Attendant attempts to pick it up. Currently, CCS does not recognize this type of trade and the Flight Attendant will receive the error “319 Base Mismatch”.  As long as the trade meets all other Out of Base trade rules, as provided in Section 7.J. of the JCBA, it should not be rejected. 

Until this defect is fixed, a workaround solution has been developed to allow these types of trades to be processed. Should you receive this type of error message when attempting this type of trade, please contact Crew Scheduling directly at 1-800-FLT-LINE, option 1, option 2.  They will update your schedule so that you can resubmit the trade and allow it to be processed.   

**Remember, all other trade rules and legalities still apply**

New Pay Claim Enhancement on Pay Register

The company has announced we will have the ability to view details about paid pay claims on the Pay Register. This enhancement will be viewable on June 10, 2019 at 2200 CT. Any pay claims that were paid prior to June 1, 2019 will not be displayed. Only those pay claims that were paid after June 1, 2019 and thereafter will be viewable.  

The Pay Claim feature is found on the Pay Register, within the box titled “Total Month’s Pay”

The complete article with illustrations is found in the One United section on Flying Together.


UBid- Bid Packet Sorting & Bidding Program:

Recognizing there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to how Flight Attendants prefer lines of flying to be sorted, and recognizing that many Flight Attendants enjoy the option to electronically sort pairings and lines of flying, AFA has advocated for and worked with the company in creating UBid.

Beginning June 12 0800 Home Domicile Time, UBid will be available to Flight Attendants in all bases for the July 2019 bid period. 

To access the UBid screen from the CCS home page, select the BIDDING tab menu and then select UBid. A comprehensive UBid user guide is accessible on the UBid screen.

The recent UBid article on Flying Together has additional information, including contact information for Flight Attendants to be able to provide feedback, suggestions and questions.

July 2019 Local Council Meeting Notice #2:

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Time: 1245-1545
Location: IAD Meeting Rooms Across from Baggage Claim #1, Main Terminal

August MEC Meeting Preview & Agenda Item Review (If any).

Old Business

New Business

Open Discussion/Member Forum

(Agenda Subject to Change)

ALL Members in Good Standing Are Encouraged To Attend!

Light Refreshments will be served.


Welcome, New Hire Class 1922!

MEC Communications Committee 


On Thursday, June 13, 2019 we welcomed the 80 graduating Members of class 1922 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their respective bases at SFO and IAD on June 23, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on June 21, 2019. Please join us in welcoming the newest Members of our Flight Attendant community.





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