Council 8 - Chicago
About Council 8
Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at ORD. Local CWA #24008
Council 08 - Chicago Loop (Sep 22, 2018)
LEC Vice President
Council 08 - Chicago Loop (Sep 22, 2018)
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
MEC President's Letter - September 21, 2018
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Without warning, a company communication on Established Staffing Guidelines announced “new” procedures that violate our contract within just days of its full implementation. Let me be clear: We do not agree with these changes to “enhance staffing.” If the company attempts to move forward with implementing this, we have a dispute and we will fight it through the implementation dispute process. In order to preserve the strength of a potential case, I will not detail the negotiating history here. But, I know this company communication does not reflect what the union and the company agreed to, nor what you voted to approve.
This has been a difficult week. United management did not deliver what was promised. Flight Attendants have had to face incredible change, clumsy or dysfunctional IT interfaces, and errors in the bid award. We are still sifting through the fallout and working to resolve issues. Contract violations are never ok, but especially in this moment it is an outrage that this staffing communication was released this week. I have had enough and I know you have too. I expect the management of this airline to immediately retract this communication on staffing and apologize to Flight Attendants.
If management wants to talk about the realities of staffing, we can certainly do that. We know that the concept of converting us from deadhead to work for so-called ‘enhanced staffing’ has nothing to do with providing better service for passengers or respecting the work we do on the frontlines of our airline. If they truly want “enhanced staffing” they should plan for it and put it in our bids. Flight Attendants should not have to make their poor planning work. We need proper staffing and tools to do our jobs now!
One member wrote to me last night, “I’d like to stand with my union and protect the rights of my fellow flight attendants who have shared their frustrations with the disrespect and disregard we have received from our company. I'm beyond frustrated. I've been doing my absolute best to be patient and positive but it's not working anymore. I just want what's FAIR...nothing more nothing less. If they promised us one thing, they should keep their end of the bargain.”
I could not agree more. Management should keep their end of the bargain. We have a grievance process to hold them accountable, but solidarity like that shown by the teachers of West Virginia this year is what we need now. We can make change in an instant when we speak out together. Look at how quickly you put the bonus incentive program change in the trash! This company needs to hear you! Speak up to the leaders of this airline and express your outrage with this attempt to circumvent your contract. We need everyone writing to company leadership and speaking up when checking in for your trips. Enough is enough.
There is so much we have to fix and make better. We want this merger to succeed and we want a new United Airlines that we can all be proud of. We can do it when this management knows we are one. No matter the content of the contract violation, this management needs to know we won’t stand for it. Taking a stand on this issue will strengthen our voice in every challenge we face.
Speak up, speak out and stay united, AFA.
Ken Diaz, President
United Master Executive Council
Flight Attendant Union's Top Safety Priority for Improved Rest Included in FAA Reauthorization Bill
Washington, DC (September 22, 2018) — The 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines represented by the Association of Flight Attendants–CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), today cheered the announcement of a bicameral FAA Reauthorization Bill ready for approval prior to the September 30, 2018 deadline. The bill includes the union’s top safety priority for 10 hours minimum rest, equal with the flight deck, among other AFA safety priorities. AFA International President Sara Nelson issued the following statement:
"The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA enthusiastically endorses a vote for the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 with a provision to combat Flight Attendant fatigue by increasing minimum rest from 8 hours to 10 hours. Congressional fatigue studies have confirmed this is a safety issue and with an affirmative vote by lawmakers next week we can close this safety loophole. It’s about safety, health, and equality as we harmonize minimum rest with our flight deck counterparts."
“We applaud Chairman Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman LoBiondo (R-NJ), and Ranking Member Larsen (D-WA), and Representative Capuano (D-MA) in the House for their leadership in shaping this bill that will improve our rest. Senator Hirono (D-HI) who originally introduced the language when she was in the House. Senator Cantwell (D-WA), Senator Nelson (D-FL), Senator Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Markey (D-MA), and Senator Schatz (D-HI) have all since worked hard to ensure the rest language would be included in a final FAA bill. We are grateful for the leadership of all of these lawmakers and their focus on aviation safety.
"We especially thank Flight Attendants around the country for making calls, signing postcards, rallying, repeatedly visiting congressional offices and taking other actions to achieve this outcome today. There are several other key safety provisions in the bill that AFA has promoted. We urge Congress to vote for safety, health, and equality! Vote for the FAA Reauthorization Bill."
The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 73 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media, and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits, and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.
Contact Information for Problem Resolution
Line Award Questions / Bid Disputes:
For questions about your October 2018 line awards, please contact the Common Metal Support Team at CommonMetal@united.com or 1-800-FLT-LINE (option 7)
For questions regarding October 2018 vacation slides, please contact Crew Schedule Planning at 1-800-FLT-LINE (option 5, then option 2).
Vacation Fly Through, Operation Scheduling Issues, Reserve Short Block Resolution
For questions regarding October 2018 operational vacation fly through, please contact Crew Scheduling
pmUAL Flight Attendants: 1-800-FLT-LINE (option 3, then option 2)
pmCAL Flight Attendants: 1-800-338-2739 (option 2)
CCS Error Message Reporting
For questions or to report instances of CCS error messages or if you experience difficulty accessing CCS screens, contact the United Service Desk at 1-800-255-5801, option 9.
Picking up Training Pairings
One United – September 14, 2018
Lineholders will be able to pick up training pairings from open time starting on September 23, 2018 when the Real-time trading window opens for the October 2018 bid month.
As a reminder, the Real-time trading window opens in two-hour staggered brackets in CCS and Mobile CCS according to the table above.
Lineholders are responsible for adding a training pairing to your schedule during your due or grace month. If you are unable to fit a training pairing in your schedule, please contact the Flight Attendant Support Team (FAST) at 1-800-FLT-LINE (option 4, then option 2) during the Real-time trading window so they can review your specific schedule and class availability. FAST will review your originally awarded schedule and the training classes available for that bid month to determine when you can be scheduled for training. If you are unable to fit a training pairing in your schedule and do not call FAST to resolve the issue of scheduling training, beginning on the 6th of each month, the training team will identify and assign training pairings for you.
Reserves should contact FAST at 1-800-FLT-LINE (option 4, then option 2) during the Real-time trading windows to have a training pairing added to your schedule at the beginning or end of your Reserve block. If you do not call FAST, beginning on the 6th of each month, the training team will identify and assign training pairings for you.
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AFA Local Council 8 Office is located in Hangar 5 (TK Building)
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COUNCIL 8 COMMITTEES
Dispute Resolution Worksheet - Enforce our Contract
If you experience a Contract violation that you are not able to resolve, document the issue by filing a Dispute Resolution Worksheet accessible through the homepage of www.unitedafa.org. Documenting the issue provides our Local Council Grievance Committee with the information necessary to address the issue with management and reach a resolution. Your report may result in a correction to your pay or help us educate a scheduler so our Contract is enforced and all of us experience the Contractual protections we fought so hard to achieve over the years. Each of us plays a role on our AFA Grievance Committee every time we fly. Doing your part to enforce our Contract is one of the most important ways we can support our negotiations.
For more information, please contact us at Local Council 8 - Chicago:
Association of Flight Attendant-CWA
Local Council 8 - Chicago
6250 N. River Road, Suite 4020
Chicago, IL 60018
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