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Council 8 - Chicago

About Council 8

Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at ORD. Local CWA #24008

Council 08 - Chicago Loop (Oct 14, 2018)

Council Office

  • (773) 601-5041
  • (773) 601-5047 (Grievances)
  • Council Roster
  • (773) 601-5045 (fax)
  • CWA Local #24008
  • AFA-CWA Council 8
    6250 N. River Road, Suite 4020
    Rosemont, IL 60018
    (map and directions)

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Erica Levy

Erica Levy

LEC President
Scott Prejas

Scott Pejas

LEC Vice President
Jake Fisher

Jake Fisher

LEC Secretary
Maria Alpogianis

Maria Alpogianis

Council Representative
Thor Erickson

Thor Erickson

Council Representative
Ian Kompel

Ian Kompel

Council Representative
Heidi Spinner

Heidi Spinner

Council Representative

Council 08 - Chicago Loop (Oct 14, 2018)


  • Vacation Election Process Make Your Selections by Monday, October 15
  • Correction:  Vacation 401(k) Deferrals and Vacation Buy Back Count as Paid Activity for 401(k) Match
  • 2019 Vacation Team Contact Information Update
  • Updated October JCBA Support Availability
  • Open Enrollment for our 2019 Benefits - Make your Selections Now through October 26, 2018
  • November International Bid Position Matrix Updates
  • Keeping Up with the Safety Changes
  • Vote in the Midterm Elections

Vacation Election Process Make Your Selections by Monday, October 15

Flight Attendants can make their vacation election selections now through Monday, October 15, 2018, 0800 (HDT). During the Vacation Election Process Flight Attendants choose what they would like to do with their 2019 Vacation days as it pertains to:

1.     FLEX – paid or unpaid vacation

2.     Deferral of Vacation into your 401(k) – minimum 7/maximum 14 days deferral.

3.     Vacation Buy Back with a 0.5% incentive before the annual vacation period

To locate your Vacation Award Letter and make your selections, login in to CCS, go to the Vacation tab ->myvacation, select “To view Optional Election, Click here. “   Be sure to select 2019 in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

Additional information containing the details of each vacation election option can be found on our website or in the 2019 Vacation Guide.

Correction: Vacation 401(k) Deferrals and Vacation Buy Back Count as Paid Activity for 401(k) Match

We need to correct information previously published following the initial opening of the Vacation Election period. Both Vacation 401(k) deferrals and Vacation Buy Back are considered wages and are subject to 401(k) Company Matches and Company direct contributions pursuant to the terms of Section 29.I of the JCBA.

2019 Vacation Team Contact Information Update

After the 2019 Vacation Bidding guide was published, there were some changes to the access options.  For the sake of clarity, we’re republishing the numbers and appropriate FLTLINE options:

Vacation Team Contact Numbers



Hong Kong

0800 – 96 – 5483


0800 – 89 – 6516


00531 -12 - 4066

United States



Options 4, 9, 1

Updated October JCBA Support Availability

Due to the real time trading for ORD scheduled at 10:00am - 12:00 noon on the 23rd, the availability of the AFA Representatives in the base is being modified in order to assist during the trading process.  The highlighted days in the chart below represents a change to the original schedule.

Open Enrollment for our 2019 Benefits - Make your Selections Now through October 26, 2018

Details of this year’s benefit options can be accessed through Your Benefits Resource (YBR) which is accessible from the Employee Services section of the company’s website. Enrollment may be completed via the internet or over the phone now through October 26, 2018.

Absent your participation in the open enrollment process, your current 2018 elections will carry over for 2019 with the exception of your health care and dependent care flexible-spending account (FSA) contributions and the $30/$60 co-pay Build Your Own (BYO) plan options. Even if you plan to keep the same coverage you currently have, you’ll still need to make spending account elections for 2019.

Your Local Council Benefits Committee volunteers will be available throughout the annual open enrollment process to assist you with any questions you may have.

November International Bid Position Matrix Updates

Flight Attendants should be alerted to recent changes the company has made to the November International bid position matrix. We encourage you to review these changes prior to submitting November bids. Please refer to the November bid packet cover letter and staffing sheets for detailed information on the November matrix changes and position responsibilities. 

Note: There are no changes to the domestic position matrix at this time.

Keeping Up with the Safety Changes 
MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

With the full implementation of a common scheduling platforn, we continue to see efforts by Inflight to further harmonize safety procedures for all Flight Attendants. Among these, the Common Metal bulletin that became effective October 1st included many significant safety changes. These include but are not limited to:

1.    changes in jumpseat assignments, 

2.    demo location and 

3.    demo and cabin coverage requirements. 

 As we all know, the bulletin, released in the midst of new scheduling information, was not only large, it contained significant changes. With this in mind and based on the timing of the release, it would have been easy to miss some of these significant changes when you reviewed the bulletin. 

To ensure are familiar with the most up-to-date information, we encourage you to make time for a second  thorough review of the summary of changes section of every bulletin. Take note of these changes and address any questions you may have with your Local Council Safety, Health and Security Committee.

More importantly, we encourage you to use your on eFAOM on each and every flight. It is always a good idea to use your eFAOM to review your jumpseat assignment and demo position, as well as to complete a thorough preflight check of your door, and surrounding emergency equipment. Additional information is available on Flying Together in the aircraft specific pages and in your Link’s Content Locker. Whether you are flying a new airplane, or one that you’ve flown for years, recognize that change is “in the air”.  Use all available resources in fulfilling your safety responsibilities.

Vote in the Midterm Elections
MEC Government Affairs Committee

The November 6, 2018 midterm election will determine what we can achieve for working families and for our profession. We are counting on every AFA-CWA member to vote.  

We've been getting reports from Flight Attendants who have voted in the past and thought they were registered. But they discovered their name had been removed from the registered voter list. In some states the deadline has already passed to register, but we still encourage every member to make sure you double, triple check that you are registered to vote!

Don't assume you'll be able to cast your vote on Election Day. In our profession, we never know! Cast your vote through Early Voting or get an Absentee Ballot to submit your vote. Talk with your flying partners about doing the same.

Voting is key to our credibility with Congress. Turning out in large numbers to vote in November 2018, is critically important to ensure that our voice is heard.

We need a government that supports our work. Your vote on November 6 may be the one that makes the difference in helping to put in place a pro-Flight Attendant environment in Washington, D.C. Visit afacwa.org/vote to register to vote, check your registration, and your voting rights.

Additional Council Information

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 AFA Local Council 8 Office is located in Hangar 5 (TK Building)

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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

(773) 601-5041
(773) 601-5047 Grievance
(773) 601-5045 fax


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