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Guam Council 65 - Guam

About Council 65

Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at GUM. Local CWA #29065

Council 65-December 15, 2019 (Dec 15, 2018)

Council Office

Jose Torres

Jose Torres

LEC President
Tammy Carrico Meigs

Tammy Carrico Meigs

LEC Vice President
LEC Secretary

Council 65-December 15, 2019 (Dec 15, 2018)

INSIDE THIS EDITION

  • United Flight Attendants Standing Together UNITED!
  • January 2018 Special COLA’s Awards
  • Paycheck Harmonization for pmCAL & pmCMI Effective Dec.14, 2018 Paycheck
  • Commuter Policy Clarification on Flight Listing When Commuting by Air
  • Transfers Awarded- Action Required
  • System Scheduling Reports – DSL Report January -2018
  • New Check-In Process January 1, 2019 (Goodbye Positive Check-In)
  • Engagement Events – Important Info
  • December Holiday Pay
  • Reminders & Quick Links

 

United Flight Attendants Standing Together UNITED 

Yesterday, Flight Attendants across the world showed up in unprecedented numbers to demonstrate in solidarity that we are against United’s announced plans to cut staffing. United AFA Flight Attendants are standing together with a unified message, and our solidarity spoke volumes to United management. Our passengers deserve better. Flight Attendants deserve better. We must continue to lead in this industry, giving our passengers the service they deserve instead of following others in a race to the bottom. 

We showed a unified front against United’s Wall Street driven corporate greed. We are no longer a fractured, pre-merger workforce. We are all AFA United Flight Attendants strong in numbers across the system and even stronger by standing together.  By speaking in one voice, we are unified in our message.   Until now, management has been hearing only one voice – that was the voice of Wall Street.  Management is now hearing our collective voice addressing our concerns for the comfort, safety and the quality of service delivered to our passengers.

Our experience on the picket line on Thursday gave us the opportunity to hear directly from you and we heard you echoing the very concerns that we have expressed to management.  Pre-plating food is not a replacement for a Flight Attendant.  Working the galley position is hard work and we’re confused about how to respond to our passengers who have come to expect better, to expect more.  Beyond that, the reduction in staffing leaves no room for error when we are called upon to respond to the unexpected with the stretched resources on the aircraft.  

What we accomplished yesterday, we could not have done alone.  Whether you attended a picket line or wore your red AFA pin proudly on your uniform, your individual efforts supported our collective cause.  We are United Flight Attendants.  We stand proudly together in providing the best onboard safety and service. It is by our example of showing pride in our work, care for the passengers with whom we fly that management will come to recognize the truth.  That is, by succumbing to the pressure of Wall Street to lower our historic standards to the reduced standards of Delta and American, they are ceding our corporate advantage of a highly trained, professional Flight Attendant group dedicated to the passengers on whom we all rely for our continued success. 

We are extremely proud to stand with each of you as we share our committed message of pride in our company and our profession as we ensure that management knows we’re watching what they are doing and that we expect more in their leadership.   

On behalf of the entire United Master Executive Council and all United Flight Attendants, we acknowledge the support from numerous Union groups including ALPA, Unite Here, CWA, International Association of Fire Fighters, Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), IBT, TWU 556, Teamsters, UMWA, SEIU-USWW and LAPPL and thank them for the commitment of their time and solidarity in standing with us. 

We are stronger together, better together!

In Solidarity,

Ken Diaz
United AFA MEC President


January 2018 Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLA’s) Awards 
MEC Communications Committee 

Special COLA awards for the January 2019 schedule month were posted yesterday, December 13, 2018. Flight Attendants may view the status of their request in CCS under the Special COLA Request page.

As a reminder:

  • Once awarded, Special COLAs cannot be rescinded.
  • This Special COLA will include Medical Benefits at active employee rates.
  • Pay and vacation longevity step increases are not impacted.
  • Flight Attendants awarded a January 2019 Special COLA will be required to complete any overlap assignment from December 2018 into January 2019. (Section 15.B.5. & 15.C.2.)


Paycheck Harmonization for pmCAL & pmCMI Effective Dec. 14, 2018 Paycheck 
MEC Communications Committee 

As we have previously communicated, there will be a significant change that will affect when pmCAL and pmCMI Flight Attendants receive their final paycheck for 2018, that is, December 14, 2018 as a result of having one less pay period in 2018.   In an effort to ensure Flight Attendants affected by this change are properly prepared, we encourage you to review the information regarding these changes, available on www.unitedafa.org.


Commuter Policy- Clarification on Flight Listing When Commuting by Air 
MEC Communications Committee

Flight Attendants have been requesting clarification on Section 28 – Commuter Program.  As a reminder, pass riders may not hold a confirmed reservation, positive-space or space-available booking for the same routing on the same date of travel

Section 28.B.4.b.- Commuter Program

A Flight Attendant commuting by air, must exercise good judgment and exert every reasonable effort to report for work, including having the legitimate reasonable potential to commute on either of at least two flights listed through the Company’s employee reservations systems (so long as such seats are controlled by the Company (i.e., 24 hours prior to the first flight’s departure time both flights must be under authorization as displayed on the Company’s employee reservations systems, including accounting for non-revenue space available travelers that are listed and have either a higher boarding priority or greater seniority than the Flight Attendant) that are scheduled to arrive at her/his domicile or the point of her/his duty assignment at least one hour (1:00) prior to her/his report time for such assignment.

Please read JCBA Section 28 (page 219-222) and our previous article for additional information.


Transfers Awarded- Action Required 
MEC Communications Committee 

The company reported in the December 12, 2018 Inflight Services Weekly that as a result from growth in our Airline and also from the benefits of our JCBA Common Metal-

New transfer opportunities became available to Flight Attendants.

  • 40 transfers to HNL will be effective for the February bid month.
  • 50 transfers to LHR will be effective for the March bid month.(allowing time to process work visa’s)
  • 25 transfers each to DEN, LAS, EWR and IAD will be effective for the February bid month.

Flight Attendants are reminded that under the provisions of our contractual transfer process, once awarded a transfer, you must either accept or decline such transfer within seven (7) days of the award date.  Keep in mind, a non-response is considered to be the same as declining the transfer. 

When a Flight Attendant declines an awarded transfer, she/he will be inhibited from any further transfers for a period of three (3) months. Whereas, if a Flight Attendant accepts a transfer award she/he will be restricted from transferring for a period of six (6) months.


System Scheduling Reports – DSL Report, January, 2018 
MEC Central Scheduling Committee

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent (DSL) re


New Check-In Process January 1, 2019 (Goodbye Positive Check-In)
MEC Communications Committee

Standing together with one voice while backing up and validating United AFA advocacy regarding the challenges we face with our current Positive Check-in process combined with Flight Attendant Aircraft Boarding times & Crew Briefing challenges, Inflight management announced details of our New Check-In Process in the December 12, 2018 Inflight Services Weekly.

Beginning January 1, 2019, we will no longer be required to go to the base prior to our flight. On a trial basis, whether at a base or non-base location, the dedicated check-in location is the departure gate. We must all be mindful that our full cooperation is necessary for the success of the trial period.  Reporting to the departure gate by the required check-in time will be big part of ensuring the success of the trial period.

More details including a Q&A about our new Check-In Process can be found in Flying Together.


Engagement Events 
MEC Communications Committee

As a reminder, bidding for the Engagement Event Preference Month and the International Purser Recurrent Training closes this Sunday, December 16, 2018 HDT. Flight Attendants who do not bid will be assigned the earliest Preference Month available.

Preference Month awards will be visible on CCS on Monday, December 17, 2018.

The company has newly updated FAQs detailing more info about the events:

Flight Attendant FAQ

International Purser FAQ

Note:  Beginning February 2019, CQ will be one 9 hour day of training.


 

Link Safety Alert
MEC Communications Committee

The company communicated that a newly issued sled was damaged due to the use of a non-approved adaptor to charge a Link.

  • Only use United/Apple approved cords and/or wall adaptors to charge your Link
  • Charge the link directly and not through the new sled

Contact Link Support with any questions.


December Holiday Pay

Christmas Day- December 25th- USA, FRA, HKG, LHR

Emperor’s Birthday- December 23rd- NRT

Please view this previous article for info about understanding Holiday Pay.


Reminders & Quick Links

Dec. 01- Dec. 16       Preference (Month) Bidding 2019 Engagement Events

December 17            January Bids Close 0800 HDT
Dec. 04- Dec. 29       Pass Travel Enrollment Opens
Dec. 13- Jan. 07       Holiday Bonus Point Incentive Program
Dec. 20- Jan. 04       Absence Certificate Requirement for Christmas Holiday Sick Calls


Additional Council Information

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

EAP & Professional Standards Representatives

 

Lisa Gutierrez 
671-483-9642

Betty Marquez
671-864-1277

 


Grievance & Contract Maintenance Representatives


Cynthia Iverson
671-688-1101
941-928-4817

 
Bessie Tabet
671-687-1688

Jose C Torres
671-858-0271

jtorres@unitedafa.org


Safety & Security Committee Representatives


Rsei Isim
671-734-1565
risim@unitedafa.org


Reserve Committee Representatives


Kristen Santos 
671-685-8090
reserve65@unitedafa.org
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