Council 63 - Cleveland
About Council 63
Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at CLE. Local CWA #26063
The Report - April (Apr 05, 2020)
LEC Vice President
The Report - April (Apr 05, 2020)
This month has proven to be challenging on so many levels. The threat of this virus is foremost in our minds. The desire to keep ourselves safe, and the people around us is paramount. It has been a lifestyle change when the people who are closest to us move away because of our exposure to the general population. But it's not just COVID-19. Many of you are experiencing payroll issues. There is uncertainty about our schedules going forward. The town hall meeting where Scott Kirby nonchalantly said there's no point having min crew flight Attendants onboard. We are being asked to remain professional in an atmosphere of uncertainty. Yes, we are being pushed to our limit.
Your Local Executive Council has been working around the clock troubleshooting issues as they come up. Conference calls are conducted daily to try to keep abreast of the changes. Many of the changes you are seeing have been spearheaded by your MEC, the onboard service changes, and the social distancing of customers and crew, for example. The payroll errors are slowly being corrected. Many issues are not corrected, and I appreciate the patience you have shown during this process.
There has been a lot of talk about next month's schedule construction. I do not have accurate information on what the flight hours are going to be for Cleveland. I do know they will be less than April. Section 7, A,3 states that lines of Flying shall be constructed so that the average of all lines at each base is not less than 69 hours. The company was given a waiver for April because the cancellations came upon us so suddenly. Management has had the time to evaluate what flights will be operating for May, but I would be remiss if I didn't admit we will still see continued cancelations. Management is pressuring the MEC to make concessions and side letters to our contract. In my professional opinion, I believe this is a dangerous path to take. The grant money being offered by the Government will sustain us for a minimal period. Now is not the time to "negotiate" and be pressured to make further concessions from our contract. Many of you who fly over 71 hours, or rely on per diem, have already made concessions which are going unrecognized by this management team. I will relay information as I get it.
Inflight Scheduling is offering a Special COLA for the following months starting in May: One Month (May), Two Month (May-June), Three Month (May-July), and Five Month (May-September). If you are interested in more than one duration, please preference the length you prefer as they will be awarded at the same time. The awards will be published before the May bidding window opens. The deadline to submit your request in CCS for the May Special COLA options has been extended to Monday, April 13, at 12:00 pm Central Time. Special COLAs will be reviewed and awarded before any Job Share Awards are considered for May. Flight Attendants currently on an overlapping Special COLA into May (March three-Month and April two-Month) can elect to extend their Special COLA by bidding for the two, three, and five-month options starting in May. Flight attendants interested in these Special COLAs should submit their request via CCS under the "Leaves" drop-down menu. Select - Special COLA. For more information on how to apply for a Special COLA in CCS, please review the Special COLA Overview section in the "COLA, Jobshare and Multiple Month Partnership Overview" located on Flying Together > Inflight Services > Crew Scheduling. For further details regarding this Special COLA, please refer to the Special COLA Program Information documents found on Flying Together > Inflight Services > Crew Scheduling. Please review Section 15.C and 15.N of the Agreement for further details associated with a Special COLA. These Special COLAs will include medical benefits at active employee rates. Additionally, pay and vacation longevity are not impacted for step increases. Flight attendants awarded the May Special COLAs will be required to complete any overlapping assignments into the May bid month. Please refer to 15.C.2 (paragraph 15.B.5) of the JCBA. If you do not wish to fly an overlapping trip, you may adjust your schedule through the normal process if you have a special COLA request on file, it will be considered for an award at any time before the May bid month starts if slots are still available. Once the special COLA is awarded, it cannot be rescinded.
CQ CBT Trimester Training Effective December 1, 2019, and for the entire 2020 training year, CQ Computer Based Training (CBT) will be completed on a Trimester schedule throughout the training year. CQ CBTs will no longer be required to be completed before attending CQ; instead, they will need to be completed during three designated periods. All Flight Attendants on a COLA are expected to complete the trimester CBTs by the established deadlines
United Offers Enhanced Voluntary Separation Package
Extraordinary steps have been taken, to date, to avoid the need to reduce employees through an involuntary furlough, and many of us have made the sacrifice to take unpaid time away from work. In contrast, those of us remaining have seen reduced line averages and changes to the development of our monthly flying schedule. All of this is presenting each of us with new challenges.
New restrictions are further reducing, even eliminating the demand for travel, all of which suggest additional action may be required to reduce the employee population.
Through April 10, 2020, any employee in the U.S., Guam, or Puerto Rico can request a voluntary separation from the company and receive enhanced medical benefits and travel privileges through a program known as the 2020 Voluntary Separation Program.
Additional Information www.unitedafa.org.
Interaction of Guarantee and 71-Hour Minimum (Section 4.C.)
Reminder for Temporary Measures Regarding Trip Cancellation Notifications
Resources for Reserve Flight Attendants
The most important resources for you as a Reserve Flight Attendant are available on the AFA MEC website and our JCBA Education Materials section of Flying Together. You will find many answers to your commonly asked questions about Reserve status as a United Flight Attendant, and we encourage you to become familiar with them.
Visit the Reserve Resources section of the MEC Reserve Committee site: https://unitedafa.org/schedule/reserve/
Flight Attendant COVID-19 Exposure Self-Reporting
AFA Employee Assistance/Professional Standards is Here to Help
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