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Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at CLE. Local CWA #26063

Council 63 Update (Feb 04, 2019)

Council 63 - CLE Meeting Information

Meeting Date: 03/05/2019
Time: 12 Noon
Location: Aloft Hotel
5550 Great Northern Blvd.
North Olmstead, Ohio44070
Agenda:

Council Office

  •  (216) 973-4187
  •  CWA Local #26063
Jayson Jarrell

Jayson Jarrell

LEC President
JoJo Herrernan

JoJo Herrernan

LEC Vice President
Melinda Beal

Melinda Beal

LEC Secretary

Council 63 Update (Feb 04, 2019)

Semi-annual System Seniority List – 30-day Notice period began January 17

JCBA Section 14.C.  

 

The January 2019 System Seniority List has been published for review by Flight Attendants. If you believe that there is an error or omission that affects your seniority, you should contact your local AFA representative for instructions on how to proceed with processing your concerns. Flight Attendants have a maximum of 30 calendar days from January 17, 2019 (the date notice of the list’s availability was provided) to dispute any alleged omission or error that affects your seniority. The only exception to the 30-day rule are stated below.

·      Flight Attendants on vacation at the time of the posting

·      Flight Attendants on Leave of Absence at the time of the posting

·      Flight Attendants on furlough at the time of posting

·      Flight Attendants on sick leave at the time of posting

In those situations, the Flight Attendant must report discrepancies no more than thirty (30) days after returning to flight duty.

Access the new list go to Flying Together > My Work > Crew Scheduling > Semi-Annual Seniority List.


 
401(k) Contribution Limit Increases for 2019 

 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased the 2019 contribution amounts for 401(k) participants. In 2019, you can contribute $19,000 up from $18,500. No change has been made for participants who are over 50 years old for the “Catch-Up” contribution allowance which remains at $6,000 for a total $24,500 individual annual allowance.

Flight Attendants can review their year-to-date contributions to your United 401(k) plan and change their deferral election at any time through Fidelity NetBenefits® by visiting Flying Together > Employee Services > Retirement Plans, or by going to www.401k.com.

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Vacation Fly Through and Reserve Guarantee

MEC Reserve Committee

There have recently been some changes regarding affecting how a Reserve’s monthly minimum guarantee is calculated when she/he elects to fly through a period of vacation. 

 

At the outset, whenever a Reserve elects to fly through a period of vacation, she/he has made a decision to take pay in lieu of the actual vacation period. The value of the vacation is placed in “Add Pay” and is paid in addition to the Reserve guarantee. However, depending on the timing of when the election is made (Advance or Operational Fly Through) and the number of Reserve days of availability encompassed by the vacation, there may also be a reduction to the minimum: 

 

Advance Fly Through requests are submitted no later than 1000 HDT on the 5th day of the calendar month prior to the month in which the vacation is scheduled to begin. When a Flight Attendant elects for the Advance fly through and is awarded a Reserve line, the line will be awarded with the originally scheduled days on and/or off as they appeared in the bid packet with no Vacation days. The value of the Vacation days will appear in Add Pay.  Because the Reserve will be fully available for assignment by the company for the full month, there will be no reduction to the Reserve minimum. Vacation is paid in lieu of vacation and the pay is placed in add pay.

 

Operational Fly Through requests are made by contacting Crew Scheduling any time before the Vacation period begins after lines have been awarded. When a Flight Attendant elects for operational fly through after having been awarded a Reserve line, the Vacation days will be removed and will become days free from availability, appearing as “OFF” in the line. (In other words, Reserve days of availability that were part of the originally awarded line will not are not restored.) The value of the Vacation days will appear in Add Pay, however in this case the Reserve minimum will be reduced by the number of Reserve days of availability that were part of the awarded line and were encompassed by the vacation.

 

For example, Jane is awarded Reserve line 6210. It is a 30-day month and the line was built with 12 days off. Jane has vacation from the 10th to the 16th. Here is an illustration of a portion of the line showing both the vacation and the originally scheduled Reserve (R) days and Days off:

 

09

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

 

OFF

VAC

R

VAC

R

VAC

R

VAC

R

VAC

OFF

VAC

OFF

VAC

R

 

R

 

R

 

R

 


Jane then elects to fly through her vacation. The value of the vacation days is moved to her Add Pay (22:45), and each of the vacation days become “OFF” days in her schedule. Here again is the illustration, now showing the fly through with the originally scheduled Reserve days on and off:

 

09

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

 

OFF

OFF

R

OFF

R

OFF

R

OFF

R

OFF

OFF

OFF

OFF

OFF

R

 

R

 

R

 

R

 


Since Jane elected to fly through her vacation operationally, the originally awarded Reserve days of availability are not returned to her schedule and are instead considered days off on which she may pick up flying from other Flight Attendants (or as otherwise permitted by the company) consistent with the provisions of Section 8.M. of our JCBA. She will be relieved of her Reserve obligation on her original Reserve days of availability encompassed by her vacation, her Reserve minimum guarantee will be reduced by the value of each of these days (4:20 x 5 = 21:40).

Therefore, her new Reserve minimum will be 56:20, and she will have 22:45 of Add Pay. (Any additional flying that is picked up on days off will then increase the amount in Add Pay and will be paid above the Reserve minimum.)

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council.

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Our Local Council Election Process

MEC Communications Committee

Our Local Council Elections are important because Members determine the representatives that will support every Member in their Local Council. Local Executive Council (LEC) Presidents are Members of AFA's governing Board of Directors (BOD). As such, these same leaders elect International AFA-CWA Officers, determine the budget and oversee all Union activities.

Each Local Council in AFA-CWA is assigned to an Election Category; airlines with more than one Local Council are assigned to one of three Election Categories as evenly as possible.

ELECTION CATEGORY I
Current Office:1/1/17 – 12/31/19

ELECTION CATEGORY II
Current Office:7/1/17– 6/30/20

ELECTION CATEGORY III
Current Office:7/1/16 – 6/30/19

EWR Council 6
LAX Council 12
LHR Council 7
HNL Council 14
FRA Council 20
DCA Council 21
BOS Council 27

LAS Council 25
NRT Council 38

ORD Council 8
DEN Council 9
SFO Council 11
HKG Council 26
IAH Council42
CLE Council 63
GUM Council 65


When do elections begin?

Local Council elections begin approximately six months prior to the end of the current office term and are completed three months before the new term begins in order to allow for an orderly transition period. Our next election category is category lll. AFA-CWA Members will receive nomination ballot information from the AFA International Office. Remember, only Flight Attendants who are AFA Members in good standing are eligible to participate in the process. The Local Council Officer positions open for the nomination process are: LEC President, LEC Vice-President, LEC Secretary and Council Representative(s).

Who can run for office?

Under our AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws, candidates for LEC office must be Members in good standing of the Council where the election is scheduled at the time of the nomination and election.  Candidates should also be committed to all their representational responsibilities, and must be able to volunteer off-duty hours to their elected post.  

How are officers elected?
Our AFA-CWA's Constitution and Bylaws provides for a two-step secret-ballot process, both accomplished by electronic ballot. The first step is distribution of a nomination ballot on which you indicate the name of your nominee. You are required to ensure that the person you nominate wishes to serve in the position. The second step in the process is the distribution of the election ballot which bears the names of all nominees who received at least two nomination votes and who have indicated their willingness to serve. The nomination process is somewhat like a primary election, while the election process is like a general election.

AFA is our Union and we rely on input from Members. If you are interested in becoming a Union leader, run for office. If not, you are encouraged to stay informed about the issues that affect your job, attend Union meetings and above all, we encourage you to vote!

Detailed information concerning the Local Council Election process is available on our website or by downloading the AFA Election Handbook.

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CLE March Line News

The lines for March have been completed. There are 151-line holder positions for March as opposed to 134 for February. The three-crew line average is 86:04 and the load line average is 77:47. Unfortunately, our high hour LAX and SFO turns are missing for next month. The trips that should be assigned to CLE have been built into trips out of ORD and LAX. We did get straight LAX redeye turns. I have put in complaints to the central schedule committee and have been assured that our displeasure at the loss of our normal flying will be expressed to management. –Melinda Beal LSC

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Reserve Training Assignments 
MEC Officers

During the last few days we’ve begun to receive reports from Flight Attendants being assigned to Backstage 2019 Training as a Reserve outside her/his preference month.  Social media is buzzing with claims that Reserves and Lineholders are being assigned to Backstage 2019 on dates they haven’t bid.  Further, there are assertions being made citing language in the agreement that has no applicability to the assignment of Reserves to attend a Backstage 2019 meeting.  We are clearly hearing from many of you that you are angered by management’s lack of transparency in advising that this assignment was a possibility and that the company had considered making these assignments to Reserves without advance notice.

 

As a follow-up and in response to the examples we were provided, the Union was advised of the following from Labor Relations:

 

All Flight Attendants were allowed the opportunity to preference for the month in which they would like to attend the Backstage event.  Reserve Flight Attendants, however, should be aware that you may be assigned to attend a Backstage event outside your awarded preference month if positions are available and the operation permits. Assignment of Backstage is treated the same way we would assign a Reserve to required training.  That is, the event is your assignment for those days of availability.  As there is no pre-requisite work that needs to be completed before Backstage, an assignment to the event can be made as late as the day before the Backstage pairing is scheduled to begin.  For this reason, [management] recommends packing appropriate business casual attire if you are a Reserve.

 

In addition, some Members are objecting to attendance citing the language in Section 11.D.2. placing a focus on the ten (10) day’s advance notice as a reason to object attending training. The language of the Contract follows: 

 

When possible, required training/meeting dates will be available during the general scheduled bid process. In no event, however, shall the Company announce dates for required in-person training or a general meeting with less than ten (10) days’ advance notice except in the case of training or general meetings necessitated by emergency or unforeseen regulatory requirements.

The ten-day notice language pertains to the company’s announcement of the dates of the training, not the assignment/scheduling to the training. Backstage 2019 Training dates were included in the February 2019 Bid Package and have been known

 

As one further clarification, it is also important for high time Reserves, that is, Reserves who are at or near their maximum for the month, to understand that while they may be out of time for a flight assignment, they may legally be scheduled to attend a training event as flight time credit for training and deadhead travel for training will not count toward flight time maximums.  These types of assignments typically occur at or near the end of the schedule month when training dates have been announced.

 

Lineholder Flight Attendants who do not schedule themselves by the required dates set in the bid packet cover letter will be assigned to training during their preference month or a month following the preference month if scheduling was not possible during the bid preference month.         

For those Reserves having availability patterns that permit assignment to one of the Backstage events, we are recommending that you are prepared to potentially be assigned to attend the training. The dates of these Backstage events are published in the bid package at the beginning of the bid period the month prior to the events. Assignment is possible when there are open seats in the class and the operation allows for you to be removed from the operation to attend the training.

 

While we certainly understand that this assignment process isn't something people may like and that it has, in fact, caught many by surprise, it is yet another scheduling lever that is legal for management to use. Fortunately, the circumstances under which Reserves can be assigned are limited only to the dates on which training has been announced and only in those instances where Reserves have the day of availability patterns that allow the company to make the assignment.

 

We have reminded management that while the assignment is permitted under the terms of the Agreement, that it wasn't highlighted in the monthly bid package that the company has the ability to make these assignments in this manner. This has created a situation where Flight Attendants are feeling surprised by the assignment process.  Management has an obligation to ensure all Flight Attendants are made aware of the possibility they may be assigned as Reserves on days of availability and they should have had this head's up before the company started making these assignments, not after. While it is a contractual reality, not having raised this assignment opportunity prior to using it, has resulted in those Flight Attendants affected feeling angry and disenfranchised. We have communicated that you are feeling this way to management. Clearly, management is well advised to avoid this happening in the future by continuing to ensure the transparency of their intentions.

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Satellite Bases Anticipated to Open in Second Quarter of 2019

Last November, United management announced the initial development of their plan to open satellite bases in MCO, PHX and SAN on a trial basis. Consistent with the terms of the Letter of Agreement in our JCBA on Satellite Bases, your AFA leadership remains committed to the establishment of these Satellite location.

We are in discussions with management on a variety of topics to ensure any and all contractual items that require resolution prior to opening these new locations are addressed before these satellite bases are opened.  We’re working to ensure you have all the information on the satellite operation before making any decisions and are aware of how these locations will be administered.

We remain optimistic that we’ll work through these issues/concerns successfully using all available contractual options.   As this work related to the opening of these satellite base locations continues, we encouraged management to communicate their updated expectations related to the opening of the satellite locations for your planning purposes.  It is now anticipated that the opening of these satellite bases will occur during the second quarter of 2019.

As we make additional progress in addressing the concerns of both the Company and AFA to ensure the success of this trial period, we’ll communicate additional information to you.

Additional Council Information

The information below is maintained and updated by your Local Council.

Council 63 Committee Chairs

EAP - Christy Mattey   330-705-589   christy86M@aol.com

Benefits/Occupational - Melinda Beal   440-7967941  Mbeal@unitedafa.org

Safety/Health/Security - Hope Cervantes   216-288-3294  Hcervantes@unitedafa.org

Grievance - Jayson Jarrell   216-973-4187  Jjarrell@unitedafa.org

Reserve - Kati Bernstein   757-472-4772  Reserve63@unitedafa.org

Hotel - Please direct all complaints/comments to Unitedafa.org website 

Communications - Jayson Jarrell   216-973-4187  Jjarrell@unitedafa.org

Scheduling 

Primary lines- Melinda Beal   440-796-7941  Mbeal@unitedafa.org

Reserve lines- Kati Bernstein   757-472-4772   Reserve63@unitedafa.org

Government Affairs - Position open

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