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Council 38 - Narita

About Council 38

Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at NRT. Local CWA #29038

Miso Scoop - Vacation Relief Lines, FABS, Elections, Roadshow (Feb 20, 2020)

Council Office

  •  011-81-476-33-8182
  • Committee Roster
  •  011-81-476-33-8183 (fax)
  •  CWA Local #29038
  • AFA-CWA Council 38
    New Tokyo Intl Airport
    Terminal 1 - Central Building
    P.O. Box 168
    Narita-shi, Chiba-ken
    282-0011 Japan
    (map and directions)

Connect with Council 38

Tony Wetterer

Tony Wetterer


E-Mail: tony@afanrt.org

Sato Matsuhiro

Sato Matsuhiro

Vice President and LEC Secretary

E-Mail: sato@afanrt.org

Nobu Masui

Nobu Masui

Council Representative

E-Mail: nobu@afanrt.org

Miso Scoop - Vacation Relief Lines, FABS, Elections, Roadshow (Feb 20, 2020)

In this edition:

  • Vacation Relief Lines
  • Vacation Relief Lines Bidding System
  • Narita Nomination Information
  • Narita Roadshow - 2/26/20

Vacation Relief Lines

We discovered that the published Narita Vacation Relief Lines (what we used to call Relief Lines) bid packets for March contain duplicate pairings on several days. The Company is in the process of revising the bid packet, and we expect a corrected version to be uploaded within the next few hours. In the meantime, the Company has temporarily closed bid screens and removed the original bid packets.  They will be posting a CCS message to the 28 VRL Flight Attendants advising them of the issue, and the need to bid from the revised packet when available. The Company also has the means to reach out via other comm vehicles to ensure everyone gets the message. If you are one of the 28 VRL Flight Attendants and have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Tony, Sato, Nobu or any of the Local Scheduling Committee. Thanks.

Vacation Relief Lines Bidding System

As was communicated last week a Flight Attendant Bidding System (FABS) for the bidding and awarding of Vacation Relief Lines (VRL) is being developed and implementation is for the last quarter of 2020.  

When FABS is implemented Flight Attendants who are awarded VRLs in the primary bid will no longer bid for pre-constructed Relief lines of flying in the secondary bid; but, will instead use FABS to input preferences for what they would like to fly. Preferences may include the type of flying (domestic, international, language), layover locations, high or low line value, work position, weekends off, to name a few. FABS will then create a Vacation Relief Line for each Flight Attendant based on their preferences and the pool of pairings available.


An important component of the FABS development is testing and while bidding preferences can be based on historical data it is very important to have an up to date picture of the Flight Attendants who actually bid for VRLs and their preferences. 


If you have a Relief line in March, once the lines are awarded on February 22nd a survey will be available for you to identify the priorities and preferences you used while bidding for your VRL. Survey results will be used to create bid preferences that will be used in preliminary FABS testing this spring.  


Your participation will greatly improve FABS development.


Narita Nomination Information

A Voting Notice and Voting Guide, including the Activation Code in order to nominate candidates for our upcoming AFA Council 38 elections have already been mailed, and you should have all received it by now.  If you have not, please contact AFA International Membership Services at 1 800 424-2401, ext. 7, in order to get a replacement Activation Code.

Nomination dates are as follows: 

Polls Open:  2-21-20 at 12:00pm EST

Polls Close:  3-20-20 at 12:00pm EST

Election dates are as follows:

Mail Date:  4-06-20 Voting Notice and Voting Guide are mailed containing your personal 16-digit activation code.

Polls Open:  4-23-20 at 12:00pm EST

Polls Close:  5-28-20 at 12:00pm EST

Please note:  Department of Labor regulations prohibit the changing of votes once they are cast. 

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