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Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at HKG. Local CWA #29026

Local Council Meeting January 11,2019 (Jan 06, 2019)

Council 26 - HKG Meeting Information

Meeting Date: 01/11/2019
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Agenda: TBA

Council Office

  •  011-852-2377-3162
  •  011-852-2109-1217
  •  CWA Local #29026
  • AFA Council 26
    Level 20, Infinitus Plaza
    199 Des Voeux Road Central
    Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
    (map and directions)

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Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson

LEC President
Robert Lutsch

Robert Lutsch

LEC Vice President
Sheela Pragasam

Sheela Pragasam

LEC Secretary
Ruby Arcalas

Ruby Arcalas

Council Representative
Mei Char

Mei Char

Council Representative

Local Council Meeting January 11,2019 (Jan 06, 2019)

Reminder : Local Council Meeting January 11, 2019 (Friday)

Location: Cicada Soho

Address: 47 A Elgin St,Soho, Central , Hong Kong

Time: 3-5pm

Tel: 852 2662 3882



Winter Regular MEC Meeting: January 15 – 17, 2019 

The Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) will take place January 15 – 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont, IL. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other Local Council Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to you. The agenda for the 2019 Winter Regular Meeting has been posted on the MEC website.


Linda F. Farrow AFA Memorial Service:

We must sadly inform you that longtime Flight Attendant advocate and former MEC President, Linda Farrow passed away toward the end of last year. Private family services were held in Lakewood, WA.


All of us are indebted to Linda for her many years of dedicated work on behalf of United Flight Attendants, the Flight Attendant profession and our Union.



We are planning our AFA Memorial Service to celebrate Linda’s life, her pivotal role in the accomplishments of our Union and her lifelong contributions to our career on January 31, 2019, in Los Angeles.  


Additional information on these services will be made available within the next few days.




Implementation Dispute Resolutions

As outlined in the Implementation Letter of Agreement (LOA #18) in the JCBA, any disputes regarding the Implementation of provisions of the JCBA that are unable to be resolved by the Joint Implementation Team are to be referred to the MEC President and the Senior Vice President of Inflight Services. If the issues remain unresolved, the items are to be process through the resolution procedure provided for in LOA #18.

In the most recent Mediation Arbitration Process provided for in paragraph C of LOA #18, the parties engaged in negotiations mediated by the neutral (arbitrator). The specific items that were in dispute included the following:

  • Rescheduling of Deadhead Flight Attendants to working status
  • International Reassignments
  • Report Time – Section 6.R. 
  • Personal Drops

Deadhead Reschedule to Work

United and AFA agreed to clarify the JCBA terms regarding the rescheduling of deadheading Flight Attendants to working status on the flight they were scheduled to deadhead as follows:

1.    United may reschedule deadheading Flight Attendants to work the flight in order to:

a.     Maintain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required number of Inflight Crew, including any required augmentation, and

b.     Reschedule Flight Attendants up to United’s Established Staffing Guidelines (“ESG”) to prevent understaffing.

2.    Nothing in this settlement limits United’s right to supplement additional staffing above the ESG through the creation of additional open positions.


Paragraph 1.a (Domestic). – North American flight CUN to EWR – a 777Q requires eight (8) Flight Attendants. For some reason a Flight Attendant who was scheduled to work the flight becomes unavailable leaving the scheduled number of crew at seven (7).  In this circumstance, the company may reschedule a deadheading Flight Attendant, if available, in inverse order of seniority, to cover the open position and to return the staffing to the FAA requirement of eight (8).

Paragraph 1.a (International). – International Flight from SFO to SYD on 777Q requires eight (8) Flight Attendants plus augmented staffing of two for the duty period of 15:45. The ESG requires 11 Flight Attendants for a full flight. The company may reschedule deadheading Flight Attendants to the ESG of 11 Flight Attendants to meet the FAA staffing or the ESG. (It is understood that no flight may depart with less than the number of Flight Attendants required by the FAA for the aircraft type and/or duty period.)

Paragraph 2– Supplemental staffing. In a situation where the company were to determine that additional staffing above the ESG is warranted for any flight, the company may not reschedule a Flight Attendant from deadhead to working status. They may, however, create additional pairings that are to be placed in open time and made available for trade or pick up. In the event those positions are not filled by trades or pick up, the company may not reassign a Flight Attendant from deadhead to working status to fill the position that is above the ESG.

International Reassignment – Section 7.Q.4.c.

The company and AFA have agreed that a reassignment pursuant to Section 7.Q.4.c. may interfere with the next scheduled trip in the Flight Attendant’s line. That trip will be pay protected (Guaranteed) and the Flight Attendant will:

1.    Be subject to further reassignment if that next trip was on the Flight Attendant’s line as the result of a trip trade that required a waiver of the home domicile rest (reduced rest).  If this is the case, any reassignment may also interfere with the next scheduled trip on the Flight Attendant’s line for which she/he will be pay guaranteed and not subject to further reassignment, or

2.    Be guaranteed for the next trip, but not be subject to further reassignment if that next trip was on the Flight Attendant’s original line or was the result of a trip trade that did not require a waiver of home domicile rest (reduced rest).  


Report Time – Section 6.R.

The company and AFA have agreed that Section 6.R. of the Agreement is to be applied as follows based on a reissue of the December 16, 2016 Letter of Agreement:

1.    Where the word “layover” is used in the Letter of Agreement, it is limited to layovers at Flight Attendant bases.

2.    Upon request, the Senior Vice President of Inflight and the MEC President will meet to discuss operational issues warranting an extension of the report time (consistent with the Letter of Agreement) at a layover city that is not a Flight Attendant base, which request AFA will not unreasonably deny.

Personal Drops

In lieu of processing MEC 7-18, the company and AFA have agreed that the issue of Personal Drops will be addressed through the Implementation Dispute Resolution Process.


Scheduling Update For February 2019

February 2019 is a 31 day month: January  30th through March 1st.

Reserve Letter: (B)

Holiday: Chinese New Year , February 5,,2019

Language: HKG will fly 1CTN and 1 MAN on FLT 180/179 and EWR will fly 1CTN

** Irregular flying: EWR will be a 4 day trip on FEB. 4th, 5th and 6th. ORD will be a 5 day trip on FEB.3rd and 8th and a 7day trip of FEB 4th and 5th.

CTN Lines:50

MAN Lines:30


Total Line Holders for February: 267

****** Please be advised that these numbers are always subject to change*******



January 7                 Emotional Support and Service Animal Updated Policy effective

 January 11               Local Council meeting

January 15 – 17       Winter 2019 Regular Meeting of the United MEC

January 31               Union Plus Scholarship Deadline

Safe flying to all! In Solidarity,

Council 26 Officers

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