Council 63 - Cleveland
About Council 63
Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at CLE. Local CWA #24063
The Report July 27th (Jul 27, 2020)
LEC Vice President
The Report July 27th (Jul 27, 2020)
Hello Council 63,
As we work our way through the summer months, we have several upcoming deadlines:
· Voluntary Furlough Bids close July 30, 2020, at 0800 CT
· One-month special COLA for September closes on August 3, 2020, at 0800 CT.
· September vacation fly-through requests due on August 5, 2020, at 1000 HDT
· Furlough mitigation partnership closes August 19 at 0800 CT.
August brings more flying back to Cleveland, so we will have to remind ourselves about the changes that are in place. A thermometer and a mask are required duty items. Thermometers are available in the duty office and the temp check room on the concourse. If you find no one in the temperature check room on the concourse, call Ops at (216) 501-6830 to meet you for your test. You may also proceed to your gate and inform the gate agent that no one was in the office, and you need a temperature check.
Please educate yourself on the mask policy, as non-compliance could bring swift discipline, which could lead to termination. Although we have no dispute on the need to adhere to CDC mask directives, the penalties for not wearing the mask are extreme. If you see a fellow employee who is not compliant, please speak to them directly. If you feel uncomfortable doing so, contact your AFA EAP & Professional Standards or a local Union Officer. Never post a picture of an employee improperly or not wearing a mask to social media. I apologize for saying that, but it has already happened. ? For more information, reference the July 21, 2020 Elines, and your company email.
Management will be periodically updating the numbers of Flight Attendants applying for the voluntary furlough. This number can be found in flying together>my work>changes impacting flight attendants>furlough numbers based on voluntary program bids. This location in flying together has a lot amount of information relative to the current situation. If you have a question, check there first.
As part of AFA’s continuing commitment to exploring solutions to the announced reduction in personnel, your MEC Officers will be in meetings with management this week to discuss potential ways to mitigate the need for any involuntary furlough and to keep employees connected with their benefits and pay. We will share the details of these discussions as they become available.
Returning from Furlough – Where do I go?
Misinformation, perhaps because of confusion between voluntary and involuntary furlough, continues to be disseminated via the “jumpseat wireless.” Regrettably, this information is misleading and has become a source of anxiety for many, considering the voluntary furlough. We want to clear up the confusion. Section 18.A.3.e. provides that Flight Attendants who accept a voluntary furlough will return to the base from which voluntarily furloughed provided that while away, her/his status at the base has not been affected by the Surplus Provisions outlined in Section 17.J. It is important to understand that not taking the voluntary furlough will not insulate anyone from the Surplus Provisions if the company were to adjust the size of any base, including the International Purser bases.
Perhaps the source of confusion is coming from what happens if recalled from an involuntary furlough. In such an instance, as provided for in Sections 18.B. and 18.C., Flight Attendants may be recalled from involuntary furlough to a different base than the one from which furloughed and will be eligible for Moving Expenses as outlined in Section 26 of the Contract. (Elines, July 24, 2020)
Stay safe, stay cool,
President | AFA CLE Local 63
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