AFA Council 21 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - October 2, 2016

• New Reserve Letter Trade Process for 2017
• Special Local Council Officer Election Process Begins October 3, 2016
• Flight Attendant Benefits and Changes for 2017
• Flight Attendant Union Endorses Hillary Clinton for President of the United States
• Breast Cancer Awareness; Think PINK Wear PINK!
• New Hire Corner: Congratulations!

Ladies and Gentlemen of Council 21,

In the coming days, I will be putting out the "November Bidding Information". Knowing that there is much anticipation in what we will be flying in DCA, I am including a preview of what to expect.

DCA will have International flying consisting of 484 positions (includes language). LHR,NRT,MUC,BRU,FRA,PEK,SFO/PEK,EWR/GVA,IAH/MUC,CUN,DEN,SJU,MEX 

DCA will have Domestic flying consisting of 479 positions. You will see more widebody domestic flying, including 767, 787, and 777 in some ID's.

DCA will have 30 Reserve Lines. This represents less Reserve lines with more positions, as opposed to more Reserve Lines with less positions.

We encourage you to review any transfers requests you may have on file and delete those for which you no longer have an interest. Transfers awarded and not subsequently accepted will restrict additional transfer opportunities for individual Flight Attendants for a period of (3) months as provided in Section 22.A.2. in the CBA.

Regarding transfers remaining for the 2016 year, please keep in mind that their remains only one (1) more week available to process transfers, before the traditional lock down before the holiday season and new year. Due to placement of new hires, the company will be processing transfers next Thursday, 10/06/16. We cannot stress enough that this will be the last opportunity to transfer for several more months, and that the company will have to clear the list at a location before the placement of new hires. 

As always, we have a Volunteer from the Reserve Committee and either an Officer or Volunteer available 24/7.  Please call us @ 703 260 0051, and follow the prompts: After Hours - Press 1 for Reserve, 2 for immediate issues, 3 to leave a message (calls returned next business day).

Thank you all for being informed and engaged Members. Please remember to fly safe, challenge rumor and to respect each other.


 In Solidarity & with Respect,

Todd Failla

Local Executive Council President

AFA-CWA DCA, Council 21


2017 Reserve Letter Lists Now Available:

2017 Reserve Letter Lists are now posted and available for viewing. These lists are available from the non-public area of our website as well as on the company’s website.

The 2017 Reserve letters become effective with the February 2017 schedule month, which begins on January 30, 2017. 

New Reserve Letter Trade Process for 2017:

In previous years, Reserve Letter trades were submitted using a Unimatic DIS page. This year, Flight Attendants who wish to trade their 2017 Reserve letter will do so via the Flying Together website. The new Reserve letter trade request form is located on the Crew Scheduling page on Flying Together and replaces the old Unimatic request page which is no longer operational.

Reserve Letter trades must be made with another Flight Attendant in your same domicile. Only one Reserve Letter trade is permitted each year. Reserve Letter trade requests may be submitted at any time, however must be submitted prior to the first schedule day of the month preceding the requested effective schedule bid month. Reserve letter trades effective for the February 2017 schedule month must be received for processing no later than December 29, 2016. 

Reserve Letter trades are not recorded in the computer until the Reserve Letters are loaded into the VACBID screens, closer to the end of October. There is no seniority restriction for Reserve Letter Trades between Flight Attendant.  

Consistent with the requirements of Section 18.E. of the pre-merger United Contract, 2017 Vacation bidding will open on October 29, 2016 and will follow the schedule published in the Contract.

Special Local Council Officer Election Process  Begins  October 3, 2016:

Now that the merging of the MEC’s is complete the next step is to hold Local Council elections for representation in bases where duel Councils exist. As per Section X.E. of  the AFA Constitution  Bylawsnominations and elections will be conducted where there are duplicate United Airlines Local Councils. The Category I term of office begins on January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2019. 

Nominations will open on October 5, 2016 for the following Officers LEC President, LEC Vice President, LEC Secretary and Council Representatives. The following local Councils will be conducting elections: 


In order to participate in the nomination and election process a Flight Attendant must be an Active Member in Good Standing

For detailed information regarding the voting process, eligibility to vote and step-by-step guides and videos visit the AFA election website.

Flight Attendant Benefits and Changes for 2017:

The ratification of a joint Contract for United Flight Attendants means change. No matter which pre-merger airline you were affiliated with, there are new options and changes to benefits. Benefits, in Section 29 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), are effective January 1, 2017. The United AFA MEC Benefits Committee has written a detailed description of the 2017 Benefit options to familiarize you with some of the benefit provisions of our new Contract.

2017 Open Enrollment Dates:
United’s annual benefits Open Enrollment for 2017 benefit plans will begin October 10, 2016, and will close on October 28, 2016, for active employees. For Retirees the dates are October 31, 2016 through November 11, 2016. 

2017 Benefits Highlights of our New Contract:

  • Benefits Guide and Resources
  • Benefits protected by Our Contract
  • Domestic Partnership Expansion
  • Medical Plans
  • Medical Plans Monthly Premiums
  • Tobacco Wellness Credit and Spousal Surcharge
  • Dental Plans
  • Dental Plans Monthly Premiums
  • Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Personal accident Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • United Benefits Center
  • Your Benefits Resources

We stress the importance of going online to the Your Benefits Resources (YBR) site from Flying Together during Open Enrollment to compare plan summaries, their benefit levels, and monthly premium costs. A review of this information is essential in as you make decisions and choose the right plans for you and your family. 

Please visit our website to review the entire report.

Flight Attendant Union Endorses Hillary Clinton for President of the United States:

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) Board of Directors endorses the election of Secretary Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States. AFA said in a statement: "We work in one of the most heavily regulated industries and with the stroke of a pen, the U.S. President can create havoc within our industry and cause irreparable damage to our careers and to the airlines where we work.

“We have experience with Hillary Clinton as a champion for Flight Attendants, especially as the leading voice for the technical correction to FMLA and the relentless advocate for 9/11 first responders. Recognizing the importance of this election and our experience with Secretary Clinton, the AFA-CWA Board of Directors endorses Hillary Clinton for the next President of the United States. 

After receiving the endorsement of the Association of Flight Attendants, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:


Breast Cancer Awareness; Think PINK Wear PINK!

 Every October, in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of prevention, all United Airlines employees are able to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing company approved pink uniform accessories such as a pink ribbon behind your official AFA pin or wearing an approved pink accessory.

These accessories can be worn while on duty from October 1 through October 31. United’s Inflight Services Department has designated a pink scarf for females and a pink tie for males as the approved uniform items for Flight Attendants. You may also wear approved items purchased in previous years to show your continuing support of United’s Pink Program.

These items may be purchased at where five dollars from each tie or scarf purchased will directly fund organizations that provide support for those battling breast cancer and their families. In addition to ties and scarves, you may purchase baseball caps as part of the Pink Program; however, these are not approved to be worn by Flight Attendants while in uniform.

Together, we have this unique opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of prevention in battling this disease. We encourage everyone to participate in this effort. Together, we can accomplish great things!


New Hire Corner: Congratulations!

Most of you will see the end of your probationary period in October. The first group will be off of probation on Tuesday, October 04, 2016. We are so proud of you! As always, we are available to continue to support you, as well as all Members of Council 21.

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