AFA Council 8 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - October 21, 2016

• Free Flu Shot Options
• Open Enrollment Closes Oct 28th – Make Your Selections
• Vacation Bidding
• Combined Council 8 and Council 36 Election
• AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund for Those Affected by Hurricane Matthew

Free Flu Shot Options

United Airlines Health Clinic in Terminal 2

All United Flight Attendants are eligible for a free flu shot at the ORD clinic, located on the baggage claim level in terminal 2.  The process takes less than 15 minutes and you only need to present your crew badge. The clinic is open every day, excluding major holidays, from 0600-2000 local time. Their phone number is 773.601.2525 and appointments are not necessary.

CVS Pharmacies

You may print your free flu shot voucher and present it along with your employee ID at any CVS pharmacy location. You can also find the flu shot voucher by going to Flying Together>Employee Services>Benefits>Flu Shot Voucher.  You must redeem your voucher by Dec. 31, 2016.


Open Enrollment Closes Oct 28th – Make Your Selections

Open enrollment is currently ongoing for active employees and will close on October 28th, 2016. Retirees enrollment dates are October 31, 2016 through November 11, 2016.

We stress the importance of going online to the Your Benefits Resources (YBR) site from the company’s website 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: The TRICARE Supplemental Plan is a plan that is uniquely designed for those who are military or dependents of military personnel.  What’s unique about this plan is that those who are eligible to participate in the plan know they are eligible.  This plan is not available as a medical plan option unless you are military or the dependent of military personnel.

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.

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.

For additional information visit our website. You may also contact the United Benefits Call Center for enrollment support, questions, benefit information, and plan summaries at (800) 651-1007.

Vacation Bidding

Bidding for 2017 vacations will following Section 18.E of the 2012-2016 Collective Bargaining Agreements.  The dates are as follows:

Primary Vacation Bid Period

  • Begins                                               0830       October 29
  • Closes                                               0830       November 7
  • Post primary vacation awards          0830       November 12

Secondary Vacation Bid Period

  • Begins                                              0830       November 16
  • Closes                                              0830       November 23
  • Post secondary vacation awards    0830       November 28

Tertiary Vacation Bid Period

  • Begins                                              0830       December 1
  • Closes                                              0830       December 7
  • Post tertiary vacation awards          0830       December 11

Combined Council 8 and Council 36 Election


Nominations are currently open to combine Councils 8 and 36.  The following is the remainder of the nomination and election schedule for ORD:


Nominations Close       10-26-2016


Ballots Mailed               11-14-2016

Elections Open            11-17-2016

Elections Close            12-14-2016


AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund for Those Affected by Hurricane Matthew

Flight Attendant who suffered damage and/or dislocation may be eligible for $200 from the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund.  Click here to see if you are eligible and download the application.


President:           Erica Levy

Vice President:   Scott Pejas

Secretary:          Thor Erickson

Council Reps:    Maria Alpogianis

                           Jason Kandel

                           Ian Kompel

                           Heidi Spinner


Main Office Number:      773-601-5041

Grievance Number:        773-601-5047

Fax Number:                  773-601-5045


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