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October 13, 2016

Inside this issue:2017 Open Enrollment
"Pass Travel Review" Phishing E-mails Are Fraudulent
Cabin Jumpseat Authority (CJA) Clarification
Beltway Ramp Near Airport to Close for Work This Weekend

2017 Open Enrollment

United’s annual benefits Open Enrollment for 2017 benefit plans is now open.

  • Active Employees - Opens October 10, 2016, and closes on October 28, 2016
  • Retirees - Opens October 31, 2016, and closes 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, keeping in mind that each benefit plan is available for all 24,000 United Airlines Flight Attendants regardless of your pre-merger airline.

Note: For 2017, you may see s-UA or s-CO designations for some Kaiser HMO plans.  The reason for the two plans is that there were two different plan designs for these HMO plans before the UA/CO merger.  The plan group number is different with not all co-pays being the same.  Due to contractual requirements for some employee groups, United will continue to offer separate pre-merger UA and pre-merger CAL Kaiser plans until no longer required to do so.   All Flight Attendants, regardless of previous pre-merger airline can take advantage of these reduced rates for these plans. 

A review of this information is essential as you make decisions and choose the right plans for you and your family. Please visit our website to review the entire report.


"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



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.

Beltway Ramp Near Airport to Close for Work This Weekend



Motorists should expect delays getting to and from McCarran International this weekend due to intermittent closures on the ramp linking the eastbound 215 Beltway and the Airport Connector, Clark County officials said. The Airport Connector off-ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct 17, county spokesman Dan Kulin said. After that, the ramp will close nightly until Oct. 21.

Airport officials advised drivers to be aware of road restrictions and closures already in place around McCarran International, including the ongoing closure of the ramp connecting Sunset Road to the southbound Airport
Connector, along with lane reductions on southbound Airport Connector. Access to the northbound Airport Connector from George Crockett Road remains closed, while the ramp linking westbound Warm Springs Road to the westbound 215 Beltway is also closed.

Drivers headed to McCarran from the eastbound Beltway will be detoured to Windmill Lane, and then to westbound 215, Kulin said. Motorists could also use Russell Road or Tropicana Avenue at the north end of the airport as an alternate route.

The closures are part of a larger $52.5 million project that calls for building a new flyover ramp and bridge connecting the southbound Airport Connector to the eastbound Beltway and widening the off-ramp from the eastbound Beltway to Warm Springs Road, Kulin said.

Construction is expected to finish by fall 2017. The project also calls for building a new bridge at the Warm.

Also, we got More info from Steve Pais about more delays:

McCarran Airport & Las Vegas Metropolitan Police are anticipating road closures on October 19, 2016 to accommodate the Presidential debate. The closures will ultimately impede employee and customer arriving/departing to the airport. I anticipate periodic So. Tunnel closures to be included in road closures. I suspect the closures may be fluid, so I encourage everyone to monitor traffic reports and plan alternate routes when appropriate. I am working with Willis for customer notification.

Please plan accordingly.

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