Greetings Council 26,
Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? Your Government Affairs Committee is working to ensure you have all the information necessary to cast your vote in the 2016 General Election. Election Day is November 8, but we encourage all Flight Attendants to vote early or absentee. Don’t let your schedule prohibit you from making sure your voice is heard. In addition, National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 27, and it's a great time to make sure you, your family and friends, are all set to go to the polls.
Our AFA bulletin board in the domicile has information regarding how to register to vote as well as help line numbers for other countries.
If you aren't sure if you are registered to vote at your current address, go to www.vote.org to check. You’ll also find useful information and websites on our MEC Website at www.unitedafa.org/vote. If you are not registered to vote you don't have to wait until Tuesday, register now! Let's make sure our voices are heard at the polls and we elect those who will promote aviation safety and our careers as safety professionals and aviation’s first responders.
Fall 2016 MEC Meeting
The Fall 2016 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) concluded on September 22, 2016, at the Hyatt Rosemont in Chicago. I was joined by the 20 other Local Presidents from around our system. The Central Scheduling Committee (CSC), Communication Committee, and the Government Affairs Committee presented their annual in person reports. The meeting also included an updated report from the Joint Implementation Team (JIT). The summary of the three day meeting can be found on unitedafa.org Home>AFA>MEC>Meetings>2016
Implementation of Galley Pay (4.G)
Galley Pay appears in the Agreement as a DOS + item because of the need to make system changes to pay the additional galley positions. However, at AFA’s request, United agreed to only make the new pay rate effective with the September bid month without modifying the existing sUA galley positions. The system changes are required to track and properly pay Galley Pay. We are currently working with IT to find a solution that will allow Galley Pay to be paid for galley positions on B-757 or wide-body (2 aisle) aircraft, however there will be no retroactive pay.
Currently each previous CBA designates which galley positions are paid Galley Pay. For S-CO that is all wide body and 757 galleys on international flights, and for S-UA it is only the “G” work position on the 767C. At this time the other galley positions are not being paid. The automation changes required to pay these additional positions may involve complicated automation changes; however, the Joint Implementation Team (JIT) is working to implement them as soon as possible.
United MEC Facebook Page
This page is currently active and the United MEC Communication Committee will continuously post articles and Union updates on this page. Please take a moment to like the AFA United MEC page @AFAUnitedMEC.
For those of you unfamiliar with the CAUSE Foundation, they are a 501c non-profit dedicated to helping Flight Attendants in financial need due to a medical condition. They are funded solely by your generous contributions, and giving just became even easier. You can now sign-up to have your monthly contribution through automatic payroll deduction.
To become a new donor to The CAUSE Foundation, follow these step by step instructions:
- Go to: www.unitedairlines.yourcause.com
- Sign in with your U# and Flying Together password
- Select language and privacy preference
- Check off the disclaimer box
- Click on "Make a Donation"
- Enter our Federal Tax # 36-399-3091 in the search box
- Click on "Donate Now" icon
- Select type in the drop down box; recurring, one time, etc
- Click continue and decide if you want to share this info with CAUSE (it would make our life easier if we knew)
- Confirm Donation
- Click continue
If you are having trouble, please call the CAUSE Foundation at 866-751-6031 for assistance.
Note: If you currently donate through payroll, you do not need to do anything further, your contribution will automatically rollover.
Thank you for supporting your co-workers through CAUSE!!!
Support Pink! Wear Pink!
The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To date, breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer among women living in the United States.There have been numerous studies done that have shown that Flight Attendants may have a higher increased risk of breast and other cancers due to work-place exposures.
This is something that affects all of us within our Flight Attendant community and the world. Use this month to encourage your mothers, spouse, sisters, and flying partners to get an exam.See the National Cancer Institute online booklet What You Need To Know About Breast Cancer to learn about breast cancer types, staging, treatment, and questions to ask the doctor.
Pink Ribbons to wear under your AFA pin are available the month of October . Just ask any AFA officer. You may also wear approved items purchased in previous years to show your continuing support of United’s Pink Program.
Breast Cancer Awareness items may be purchased at www.unitedpink.net where five dollars from each tie or scarf purchased will directly fund organizations that provide support for those battling breast cancer and their families.