Council 27 - Boston
LEC Vice President
Craig MacInnes, Jr.
Just like the snow, December is upon us. (Dec 02, 2019)
Just like the snow, December is upon us.
The Holidays are here, and like it or not, so is the winter weather. Now that we can carry our contract in paperback or on our phone, be sure to have it tag along on your next venture into the Friendly Skies. We all love when our trips go like like clockwork, and when they don't, getting that contractually guaranteed restoration day or the ca-ching we hear when we look at our reassignment pay can take the sting out of not getting home in time. Having our contract available when we speak to the crew desk can give us a leg up in questioning any assignments that just don't seem quite right. When in doubt, check it out. Your local Council 27 volunteers are easily reached.
Okay, so we are in Newark on a 3:59 delay, and we decide to have a cup of coffee because we know how this day is headed. So we take our coffee to a quiet spot, (which could not be found these last two days) and think about how we will spend time until our plane comes in from Chicago so we can go to our next destination. As you are all Boston Based Flight Attendants, it is just a given that you have already completed CBT 1 for CQ, and have that out of the way long before your tree even drops a needle. Why bother waiting for the rush, right?! Plus, you get paid to do it and money is money, You have seen all the latest in cat videos, and are sick of the political debates on social media, so now what?
Well, why not spend a little time looking at your Pay Register? So many Eagle Eyed Council 27 members have found more than a few dollars in mistakes during their weekly glance into the mess we call a pay register. I hear you already, and yes you are right, we shouldn't have to double check everything, and a company of this size should be able to get it right. However, it is YOUR $$$$!! So take a few minutes each week, and you might find enough to pay for that cup of coffee. If you have questions, call one of us for clarification. If you spot something you think is wrong, give payroll and call and do an audit together. Payroll doesn't have to be a dirty word, but until that day we can be assured we are getting what we have earned, be your own CPA and make sure your dollars stay in your bank account where it belongs.
Here are a few things that should be on your mind in the coming weeks.
Reserve Christmas Wish List
Reserve Christmas Wish List (CWL) is a Reserve assignment procedure that is provided for in Section 8.H.8.c. of our Contract. At Christmas, for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday, Reserve Flight Attendants may indicate their choice of up to four (4) layover stations where they wish to be on the holiday. If legal and available, requests will be awarded in Inflight seniority order. Access Reserve Christmas Wish List in one of three ways:
1. Via www.unitedafa.org/wishlist,
2. Via CCS under the Reserve tab or
3. Via the Quick Links section of Inflight Services webpage.
For additional details on the Reserve Christmas Wish List assignment process, please review the RCWL Article on our website.
Holiday Period Attendance Reminders
MEC Grievance Committee
Absence Certificate Required during December 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020 period
As required under the provisions of Section 13.C.4. of our Contract, management has notified the Union the company intends to require an Absence Certificate for sick calls occurring during the December 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020 Christmas Holiday period. Flight Attendants who have had no absences in the prior twelve (12) calendar months shall not be subject to the Absence Certificate requirement imposed during this holiday period.
Holiday Bonus Point Requires No Point Generating Attendance December 12, 2019 – January 6, 2020
By mutual agreement with AFA to supplement the language in Section 23.F. of our Contract, Flight Attendants can earn a one-point credit during the holiday season provided the following conditions are satisfied:
- Must be on active status the entire designated holiday period, and
- Must work a flight segment and/or stand Reserve during the period covering December 12, 2019 – January 6, 2020, local domicile/base time, and
- Generates zero attendance points as defined in Section 23.F. of our Contract during this same December 12, 2019 – January 6, 2020 time period, and
- The Flight Attendant has no family leave related absences (with the exception of vacation taken as FML) during the period covering December 12, 2019 – January 6, 2020.
The one-point bonus will be added to your work history and will be used to offset your first point(s) generating occurrence after January 6, 2020.
Uniform Points Expiration & Discounted Item Availability
MEC Uniform Committee
As a reminder, 2019 uniform points expire on December 31, 2019 and will not roll over for use in the next calendar year. Uniform orders using 2019 points must be made as follows:
- Telephone orders- Must be placed by 3:00 PM (CST) on December 31, 2019
- Online Orders- Must be placed by 11:59 (CST) on December 31, 2019 via the Cintas Website.
Avoid the year end rush and eliminate an item from your “to do” list by placing your orders early to avoid shipping delays and potential product shortage.
As an additional incentive to place your orders, consider the following Flight Attendant items are available on sale, starting yesterday through the end of the year:
Available at 40% Discount
Available at 30% Discount
Men’s Check Shirt – SS & LS
If you have questions, Call Cintas at 1-800-889-0331 (U.S.), 0800-0515-929 (LHR), 0800-180-8448 (FRA), 800-905-372 (HKG) and 00531-13-1519 (NRT) Monday through Friday from 0700 to 1800 Central Time. Email: email@example.com
Commuter Program Clarification
MEC Grievance Committee - Section 28
As we approach the start of the Winter travel season, if you are a commuter we recommend that you review the following information on our Negotiated Commuter Program.
Revenue Tickets and the Commuter Program
Commuter Program Review
Commuter Policy Clarification
If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.
Additional Council Information
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local Council meeting will take place on
September 26th, at 11am. We will
meet at Stephanie's adjacent to the base.
RSVP if you will be attending so we know
how many to plan for. Non-Alcoholic
beverages and light snacks will be