|Inside this issue: ||Dear Council 11 Members |
Letter from Ken Diaz:
Regarding MEC Grievance 1-16
Save the Date-March 17th Day of Action
Local Round Table Discussion-March 31st
Dear Council 11 Members:
Months ago, after I learned through a labor contact of discrepancies regarding some of the 787 aircraft deliveries I, along with another MEC colleague first reported the information to AFA MEC President, Ken Diaz. Ken, in turn, launched an investigation.
Ken’s announcement today confirms our belief that recent B787 deliveries should have been allocated to pre-merger United. I am hoping this will alter the future plans previously announced by management concerning the loss of SFO International flying.
MEC Grievance 1-16
Dear Flying Partners:
I would like to take a few minutes to talk with all United Flight Attendants about an issue that has been at the forefront of discussions at all pre- merger subsidiaries. As we communicated to you in January, AFA has been trying to fully understand how United Airlines management is taking delivery of their 787s and assigning them to the line, and whether or not they are in compliance with the Expedited Mediation Protocol and Related Agreements dated September 2, 2011. Beginning in August of last year, AFA has been asking for information from United regarding how it designates aircraft as being assigned to one pre-merger carrier or another. We have stated on more than one occasion that we believe the public statements being made by the Company regarding the newly received 787s do not comply with the Letter of Agreement.
United finally met with AFA in December and despite not providing any concrete evidence, continued to assert that all 787s being delivered were correctly being assigned to the line as pre-merger Continental aircraft. Shortly after that meeting AFA provided United management with documentation from Boeing’s website which clearly contradicted their explanation. However, they did not address the discrepancy. Then to further confuse the matter, on January 11th, Sam Risoli spoke to Flight Attendants in the IAD co-terminal, telling them that 787s # 26-30 would be designated as Continental aircraft.
On January 19, 2016, in response to United’s unwillingness to provide the requested data and documentation, to which we are entitled, AFA filed MEC Grievance 1-16, protesting the Company’s failure to identify and designate aircraft in accordance with the Letter of Agreement. The arbitration was scheduled for March 2nd and 3rd, with a decision due by March 19th.
Last week, United management asked that this week’s hearing be postponed. The Company stated that, while attempting to collect the documentation for AFA, it discovered the following: (A) one of the 787s currently in service is in fact from the original pre-merger United order of 25 787s; (B) two 787s that will be delivered by this Spring belong to pre-merger United; and (C) pre-merger United may be entitled to one other 787.
These admissions, after so many months, confirm AFA’s concerns. However, this does not resolve the dispute, or satisfy the MEC grievance. AFA believes there are still more unanswered questions regarding the allocation of the 787 fleet. In order to give United management more time to provide the data and documentation, which we have been asking for since last August, we agreed to a postponement of the hearing.
The time frame for this postponement is not unlimited. The resolution of this grievance based on the previously agreed upon manner in which aircraft are to be identified and assigned to the line, is an issue of critical importance to all United Flight Attendants and, in particular to all pre- merger United Flight Attendants. We have agreed to the Company’s request for a few more days to provide the documentation we have requested. The Company and AFA have scheduled meetings to continue discussions on resolution of this dispute. Our priority is to ensure aircraft are properly assigned to the line and that this is accomplished expeditiously. If this does not occur, we will continue with the arbitration. In either case – whether by agreement or arbitration - we are confident aircraft deliveries will conform to the requirements of our contract. This is about holding management accountable for the commitments that have been made to all of us.
Systemwide United Flight Attendant
Day of Action - March 17, 2016
United Flight Attendants
are NOT going to pay for this merger!
Date : Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time : 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Location : Departure level, United Terminal 3, SFO Airport
*Meet in front of Terminal 3 - Briefing at 10:00AM*
Please plan on attending this event in uniform!
We must continue to send a powerful message to United management: We are united in our resolve to reach a fair Contract, and Flight Attendants are NOT going to pay for this merger. It does not matter whether we come from pre-merger CAL, CMI, or UAL. We all must be recognized for our contributions to United Airlines’ success!
PUT ON YOUR AFA RED UNITY PIN!
It is our turn to share in the profits of United Airlines. It's Our Turn and It's Past Time!
Informal Round Table Discussion
Date : Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time : 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Location : Elephant Bar Restaurant
1600 Old Bayshore Hwy.
*Appetizers will be provided.
Agenda: There are many rumors and speculation out on the line right now. These gatherings will dispel the rumors and provide a safe place to discuss the matters that are most important to you.
* Please RSVP to Emily (Folmar) Pagano,
Membership Engagement at 541-499-2172