AFA Council 38 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - October 5, 2016

• Clarifications on Joint Contract
• Reserves, Preferencing and CQ
• 2017 Reserve Letters
• Benefits Open Enrollment

Clarifications on Joint Contract

There has been some confusion regarding how some of the new Contractual provisions work, when they become effective, etc.  As always we recommend you go to for the latest information as things are changing on a daily basis.

Incentive Pay

One of the provisions most talked about of course involves money.  Incentive pay is paid on a quarterly basis for the hours flown between 200:00 and 330:00 (including vacation and Deadhead), but will not be paid on block hours flown in excess of 110:00 hours in a bid month.  One misconception is that if you fly more than 110 in a month or 330 in a quarter, the hours flown above this will be subtracted from your incentive pay.  This is incorrect. 

To start, the incentive pay ‘quarter’ starts in January, i.e. January - March is one quarter, April – June in the second quarter, etc.  Since September 2016 is the ‘last month’ of the quarter, the Joint Implementation Team (JIT) designated hours between 66:40 to 110:00 as getting incentive pay, with the regular quarter schedule starting in October.

In its simplest form, incentive pay, should you fly 110 each month, or 330 hours in a quarter, it equals $650 (130 hours x $5).

Example 1:  If you were to fly the following hours in October 110:00, November 110:00 and December 110:00 (110:00/110:00/110:00).  Total hours flown is 330:00, of which 130:00 hours (200:00 thorough 330:00) qualify for incentive pay.  130 x $5 = $650 in incentive pay for the quarter.

Example 2:  If you were to fly the following hours in October 110:00, November 80:00 and December 100:00 (110:00/80:00/100:00).  Total hours flown is 290:00, of which 90:00 hours (200:00 through 330:00) qualify for incentive pay.  90 x $5 = $450 in incentive pay for the quarter.

Example 3:  If you were to fly the following hours in October 130:00, November 90:00, and December 120:00 (130:00/90:00/120:00).  While the total hours flown in 340:00, because of the 110:00 per month cap, only 310:00 hours (110:00/90:00/110:00) get incentive pay.  Total now for the quarter is 310:00, of which 110:00 (200:00 through 330:00) qualify for incentive pay.  110 x $5 = $550 in incentive pay for the quarter.

Galley Pay

The Company jumped the gun when announcing the implementation of Galley Pay ($1 for every galley on B757 aircraft and larger) creating a lot of confusion on what exactly was implemented.  Currently for pm-UA, Galley Pay only applies to galleys that already receive additional pay, which in our fleet it is the “G” position on the B767. 

The JIT is actively looking for solutions in order to get Galley pay implemented for all pm-UA B757 or larger galleys as soon as possible (i.e. before we go to the new Crew Management System (CMS) in 15 to 18 months).

The company has already expressed that they would not be retroactively applying galley pay.  That being said, with all of the changes going on in the next couple of years, and as a matter of personal record keeping, it is always a good idea to keep track of what you fly/work, just in case.

Training pay and trip drops

Training pay is another item that has caused some confusion, since it is a combination of our old and new Contract. 

Should you ‘drop’ a trip for training, then you will get paid for the trip drop per our pm-UA Contract.  Should you go to training on your days off, then you will be paid 3 hours of flight time pay, per training day, per our Joint Contract.  Pay for travel, per the Joint Contract, is not yet applicable, and will be implemented at CMS.

Reserves, Preferencing and CQ

There was an issue in Studio (the Reserve Preference System) when assigning Reserve Flight Attendants IDs in the International operation in conjunction with training, such as CQ, already assigned in the Reserve line of flying.

Studio was incorrectly assessing the time away of the training itself when evaluating which IDs could, or could not be assigned to a Reserve who had training scheduled later on in the block of Reserve availability days.

Working with Company representatives, we clarified our mutual understanding of the application of Section 12.M.2. of the 2012-2016 Flight Attendant Agreement as follows:

Rest after an International ID and before training:

In the International operation, Section 12.M.2. applies when considering the rest required after an ID.  Training is not an ID.  Therefore the portion of Section 12.M.2. that speaks to where the next IDs scheduled time away from home is up to XX:XX does not apply when training immediately follows a Flight Assignment. 

For a Reserve, before going to training, the rest required is based on the flight/deadhead time in the last duty period of an ID, as follows:

Up to 8:00 – 12 hours
8:01-10:00 – 24 hours
10:01 – 12:00 – 36 hours
Over 12:00 – 48 hours

Rest at home following training:

Section 15.J.3. speaks to the rest requirement after travel from training.  For flights exceeding 9 hours all Flight Attendants (Lineholders and Reserves) receive 12 hours rest at home.  But, Reserves receive a rest of 12 hours regardless of how long the flight from training is, and there is no assessment of time away in the next ID when being assigned an ID after training.

Last week the Company completed programming changes to Studio, and the Reserve Preference system is now correctly reflecting the above legal rest requirements.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

2017 Reserve Letters

The 2017 Reserve Letter Lists are now available and can be viewed on the MEC website.  The 2017 Reserve letters become effective with the February 2017 schedule month. 

Unlike previous years where trading Reserve Letters were done via Unimatic, this year Flight Attendants wishing to trade their 2017 Reserve Letter will need to do so via the Flying Together website.

Benefits Open Enrollment

With the new Joint Contract changes to our Benefits take place for 2017.  You can find an important article from our Benefits Committee on the MEC website

Also important to note for us based in Narita, if you have an address on file with United outside the United States you will be offered the Traditional PPO plan and Core PPO plan administered by Aetna International. 

If your address on file with United is in the United States, you will be offered all of the same plans offered to Flight Attendants based in the United States and any applicable plan offered in the zip code of the address they have on file with United.  The Traditional PPO plan and Core PPO plan will have either Aetna or Blue Cross Blue Shield as an administrator, based on the state of address on file with United. 

This is a change from 2016 for pre-merger United Flight Attendants, where all Flight Attendants based in Narita who participated in the Traditional PPO plan, had Aetna International as a plan administrator, regardless of address on file.

Open Enrollment for 2017 will begin on 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.

In solidarity,

Rick Gonzalez
Office: 0476.33.8182
Fax: 0476.33.8183

Marisa Deng
Council Representative
Cell: 080.5052.6306
Tony Wetterer
Vice President
Cell: 090 6025-4252
Cell: 415 216-3262

Nobu Masui
Council Representative
Cell: 090.7765.2065
Norman Morinaga
Cell: 090.8840.6475

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