AFA Council 21 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - October 9, 2016

• "Pass Travel Review" Phishing E-mails Are Fraudulent
• Cabin Jumpseat Authority (CJA) Clarification
• Annual Benefits Open Enrollment 2017 Dates
• 30 Day ANP Available for the November Schedule Month
• Our Vote. Our Power. Our Voice.
• New Hire Corner - Notice of Assignment / Order of Assignments / Early Call-Out

Ladies and Gentlemen of Council 21,

Last week, all eyes were focused on Hurricane Matthew. We all worried about our friends, family and flying partners that were placed in harms way. Please continue to send positive thoughts to those residents in Central and Northern Florida, Georgia and The Carolinas, and across the Caribbean.

Currently there are resources available to Members who may need assistance during a disaster.  One of those resources is the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund.  This fund provides a means for AFA Members to assist other Members and retirees who have suffered significant damage and/or require relocation as a result of a disaster.  If you would like to donate to assist other Members, you can do so by visiting the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund donation webpage, or you can mail a donation to:

AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund
Attn: Kevin Creighan
501 Third Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

100% of the donations to the fund go directly to impacted Flight Attendants in form of cash assistance. For more information about the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund please visit their website.

The DisasterAssistance.gov website provides information on immediate local assistance to Members from 17 federal partner agencies such as FEMA and Red Cross offers assistance by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.

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 and with Respect,

Todd Failla

Local Executive Council President

AFA-CWA, DCA Council 21

AFL-CIO


"Pass Travel Review" Phishing E-mails Are Fraudulent:

We have been made aware that some employees are receiving e-mails with the subject of Pass Travel Review.  These e-mails advise employees that a review is being conducted of employee travel and alerts the employee to a “potential error” in their pass travel account.  The email includes a link requesting the employee confirm the pass travel information.

We have confirmed with United Pass Travel Department that these e-mails are fraudulent and have not been issued by anyone in United’s Pass Travel Department. If you receive such an e-mail, please report this to phishing messages at phishing.abuse@united.com.

 

Cabin Jumpseat Authority (CJA) Clarification:
The recent update on Cabin Jumpseat Authority (CJA) that was released as part of our October 4, 2016 AFA E-Lines has raised a number of questions and has caused some unintended confusion.  The following is intended to clarify the various actions that have been taken as it relates to our contractual CJA.

Currently, our joint Contract has an implementation timeline within which both the company and Union have agreed to work.  In cooperation with Airport Operations and the company IT Department there are a number of steps that still must be taken to fully implement all of the CJA procedures.  At this point, however, the Joint Implementation Team (JIT) have been able to successfully implement the lifting of any weight restriction for Flight Attendants from all three pre-merger airlines, effective October 4th.  Airport Operations has updated their jumpseat boarding procedure to be consistent with Section 3.A.1.  to ensure that no Flight Attendant is denied access to a Cabin Jumpseat as a result of a weight restriction.

Another area of confusion appears to be related to the “metal protections” tying each aircraft to a specific group of pre-merger airline Flight Attendants.  Our respective scope provisions remain in full force and effect until all Flight Attendants are on a common scheduling platform. At present, jumpseats will continue to be awarded based on the Jumpseat Cross Utilization Agreement which gives each pre-merger Flight Attendant group priority access to the jumpseats on their respective pre-merger aircraft.

If you have additional questions on the procedures for the awarding of the cabin jumpseat, please contact your Local Council Office.

 

Open Enrollment Begins October 10 - Benefits 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 for:
Active Employees - October 10, 2016, and close on October 28, 2016
Retirees - October 31, 2016, and close on November 11, 2016

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.

 

30 Day ANP Available for the November Schedule Month:

The company has announced that 30-day ANP will be offered for the November Schedule month (10/30/16 – 11/29/16). The amount and locations to be awarded have not yet been determined.  If you are interested in 30-day ANP for the November schedule month, you must have your request on file through Unimatic DSPFAI by 0800 Central Time (CT) on Friday, October 13, 2016.  November 30-day ANP awards will be posted by 1730 CT the same day.

Keep in mind, if you are awarded 30-day ANP directly touching (immediately adjoining) another period of 30-day ANP or single day of ANP without at least one day off in between the periods of ANP, your benefits may be affected.   We encourage you to review and remove any requests for which you no long have an interest.  Following the initial award, the company reviews manpower requirements and may award additional 30-day ANP before the start of the schedule month.

When requesting any time off, we encourage you to fully review all available information and ask questions about anything that is unclear.  Should you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council office.

 

Our Vote. Our Power. Our Voice.:

America is just months away from electing a new President. On November 8th each of us will cast ballots for President and one-third of the United States Senate, 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, 5 Delegates (American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and one Resident Commissioner (Puerto Rico). Those who are elected will shape our laws and influence our families’ future. http://unitedafa.org/news/gov/elections/

 

New Hire Corner - Notice of Assignment / Order of Assignments / Early Call-Out:

Our Contract provides for protections while on Reserve.

Notice of Assignment (Section 10.E.)

A Reserve may provide one (1) alternate contact at a time. Personal beepers will be considered as an alternate contact (Section 10.E.2.).

  • Once given an initial assignment by Crew Scheduling at the home domicile, a Reserve need not remain available for contact.
  • If an ID is assigned to a Reserve and then subsequently reassigned to a Lineholder, the Crew Scheduler will attempt to contact the Reserve before she/he leaves for the airport.
  • If a Reserve is required to report to the airport for a flight assignment and that assignment cancels and she/he is required to remain for a later assignment, she/he shall be covered by the standby Reserve provisions of Paragraph G. of Section 10 of our Contract.

Also, an available Reserve may be released from contact for a period of time with the approval of the Crew Scheduler. 

Order of Assignment (Sections 9.I. and 12.Q.)

Our Contract outlines the specific protocol on how open IDs will be assigned.  Understanding the Order of Assignment provisions of our Contract is fundamental in having a comprehensive knowledge of other key issues such as Reserve Assignments, Lineholder Reassignment and Drafting.  Section 9.I. outlines this process for assignment of domestic IDs while Section 12 provides similar information for the assignment of international IDs.

In both cases, assignment for all open flying shall be in the following order:

  • Converted Flight Attendant
  • Home Flight Attendant
  • Visiting Flight Attendant
  • A Home Lineholder
  • A Home Reserve Flight Attendant
  • Drafting

When assigning open IDs under the provisions of Paragraph 2 (Home Flight Attendants) and 3 (Visiting Flight Attendant) of this Section, a Flight Attendant who, due to an irregularity, is projected the greatest number of hours beneath her/his line guarantee is assigned first.

In the application of Paragraph 4 of this Section (a Home lineholder), the Flight Attendant with the lowest line guarantee is assigned first.

In the application of Paragraph 6 of this Section (Reserve picking up open flying), the Reserve with the lowest projection will be assigned first.

In the application of Paragraphs 2, 3, 4 & 6, in a circumstance where the number of hours is equal for two (2) or more Flight Attendants, the assignment will be according to seniority.

Early Call-out (Section 10.E.)

If the Crew Scheduling calls a Ready Reserve for an assignment less than four hours before ***departure time*** (as opposed to check-in time), it is considered to be a "short call."  There is no contractual prohibition against the crew desk making a short call.  However, a Reserve should not be penalized if she/he has made a reasonable effort to make the flight, shows up at the airport, and has missed the flight anyway (Settlement, ORD 7-95).





AFA Council 21 office: 703-260-0051
Email Address: afadca@unitedafa.org
AFA Master Executive Council Website: www.unitedafa.org
The Council 21 Website: www.afadca21.org


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