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Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at LHR. Local CWA #21007

Council 7 eNewsletter, February 10, 2019 (Feb 10, 2019)

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Anthony King

Anthony King

LEC President
Christian Bowie

Christian Bowie

LEC Vice President
Angela Fletcher

Angela Fletcher

LEC Secretary
Jenny Adam

Jenny Adam

Council Representative
Minita Mada

Minita Mada

Council Representative

Council 7 eNewsletter, February 10, 2019 (Feb 10, 2019)

Council 7 eNewsletter, February 10, 2019


Webcast – Possible U.S. Government Shut Down on February 15

Please join Sara Nelson, AFA-CWA International President, on Monday, February 11, from 10 – 11 PM UK time (5 – 6 PM EST), in a Webcast discussing the possibility of another U.S. Government shut down which may happen on February 15 and how this affects our work as Flight Attendants.

If federal workers can't do their jobs, we can't do ours. It's as simple as that.

On Monday, February 11, please join AFA President Sara Nelson for a webcast with AFA members to review the threats to our safety, security, and jobs due to a continued federal lockout, and the steps we are taking to prevent the shutdown from continuing on February 16th. It is vitally important for our work that we understand fully what is at stake for Flight Attendants, all of the people on our planes, and every community that depends on aviation.

Flight Attendants know how important federal workers like air traffic controllers, TSA officers, FAA safety inspectors and all federal workers are to our security, safety, and our livelihoods. During the unprecedented 35-day federal government shutdown, federal workers were stretched to a breaking point and had to stop work on safety and security initiatives, putting all of us in danger. Our activism and solidarity with federal workers helped end the shutdown, but if Washington can't reach a deal, the shutdown will continue into a 36th day on February 16th. Our lives and our jobs are on the line. We have to act.

Watch: "Why the Shutdown affects Flight Attendants"

Interruptions to the aviation system have already had real-world cost for flight attendants, including lost trips and increased stress. A continued shutdown will threaten the stability of our work and our safety.

Many of the systems that were interrupted during the shutdown have not yet come back online. Our federal partners may have gotten a brief reprieve, but the uncertainty about a continued shutdown creates more stress. We cannot afford one more day, and our union is preparing actions to fight to prevent it.

Please join us Monday, February 11 at 5 PM Eastern at this link to review what's at stake and how Flight Attendants can protect ourselves, our passengers, and our jobs.


Reserves on Backstage

Council 7 has become aware that Reserves are being assigned to attend Backstage on days of availability in the current month, as opposed to the month that was preference bid. To date, the Council is only aware of one Flight Attendant who has been affected in February. However, should this happen to you, please advise your Local Officers at AFALHR@unitedafa.org. AFA has already advised management that Reserves needed to be made aware of the possibility of being assigned, and – while this doesn’t fix the issue – AFA hopes that the overall number of Reserves affected will be very low. An excerpt from management’s response to AFA is enclosed below:

“As we move forward, we’ll make every effort possible to fill open spots using other options and will only assign Reserves outside of their preference month as a very last resort. In the event we do need to assign Reserves outside of their preference month, our goal is to do so 4 days before the start of the pairing so they have as much advance notice as possible and can plan their schedules accordingly. While there may be certain circumstances where we may have to assign Reserves as late as 48 hours based on operational needs, we will do our best to keep those to a minimum.” [citation needed - date and author]


Marginal Service Reports – Dealing with Staffing and Service Issues

In order for AFA to effectively challenge inappropriate staffing cuts and service changes, we need to be able to document the effect it has on your ability to perform your roles as safety and service professionals. Especially now, with the elimination of the mid-galley Flight Attendant position, our collective ability to chronicle the impact of staffing reductions has become especially important. Please help us by providing as much information as possible through the AFA’s online Marginal Service Report tool. 


Save the Date: Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment till Feb 22

LHR based Flight Attendants have the option to secure Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits through Design Benefits whose representatives will be available to answer your questions and help you with enrollment at our EWR, DEN, IAD, IAH, LAX, ORD and SFO hubs from 5 AM to 8 PM daily until February 22. Voluntary Supplemental Insurance plans are available for:

  • Short Term Disability Income,
  • Critical Illness with Cancer,
  • Voluntary Accident Insurance,
  • Hospital Indemnity Coverage, and
  • Life Insurance.

For Flight Attendants without a U.S. postal address, the following Post Office box address has been established has been established by AFA to use as a common address:

P.O. Box 502, Rosemont, IL 60018


In solidarity and Fly safe!

The Officers and Representatives, AFA-CWA Council 7

Additional Council Information

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

AFA Council 7 – Contact Info

c/o 32 Wingford Rd, 
London, England
 0208 935 5613 

Email: AFALHR@unitedafa.org





Anthony King

+44 7891 182 947


Vice President

Christian Bowie

+44 7837 581 188



Angie Fletcher

+44 7891 183 129


Council Representative

Minita Mada

+44 7891 183 376


Council Representative

Jenny Adam

+44 0208 935 5613


COMMITTEES * = Chairperson

EAP/Professional Standards

*Sandra Rowland +44 7545 489750

Ron Garza

+44 208 876 8348

+44 7809 885 287

Chuck Einloth

+44 20 7207 1833

+44 7748 152 219

Sheina Robertson

+34 93 268 3516.

Safety, Health & Security

* Christian Bowie

As Above


Jennifer Rivera


Darryl Da Gama

+44 78021 55713


Communication & Education

* Anthony King 

 As Above



*Angie Fletcher

+44 789 113 3129


Joe Baber

+44 741587 9018



*Kurt Rutan

+44 7503 774018 kurtwrutan@aol.com

Benito Calvar-Fernandez

+44 7810 302561 b.calvar@yahoo.co.uk

Jennifer Rivera

+44 7532 755840 jrivera@unitedafa.org

Helen Seear

+44 7946 382262



* Marti Reeves

+ 44 20 8276 6723

Jo Aerts


Nicky Sabharwal  afanicky@hotmail.com
Luis Pattarelli +44 750654 1979 luisop@yahoo.com

Insurance, Retirement and Occupational Benefits

Mags Healy

+44 7792000 663 (mobile)

Chuck Einloth

As above


Government Affairs

* Chuck Einloth

 As Above


Joe Baber

 +44 741587 9018


Lesbian, Gay , Bi & Transsexual Issues

* Chuck Einloth

As Above


Membership & Dues

* Angie Fletcher

As Above


Uniform Committee

David Sharp


Lulu Riedstra


CAUSE Foundation (www.thecausefondation.org)



Membership Engagement

*Christian Bowie 

 As Above


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