AFA Council 8 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - November 17, 2016

• Clarifying Accrual Quarters in the Joint Contract
• 2017 Benefits Guide - Error in Tax Savings Account Section
• Secondary Vacation Bidding is Now Open
• Combined Council 8 and Council 36 Election
• Legality Review – Open-Ended Reserve Assignments (Section 10.K)


Clarifying Accrual Quarters in the Joint Contract

Vacation Accrual (Section 12.A)

The vacation accrual year is from the September schedule month through the August schedule month.  Flight Attendants need a minimum of 120 hours of paid activity in a quarter to accrue the full vacation for that quarter.  If a Flight Attendant has between 60 and 120 hours of paid activity in a quarter, they will receive 50% of the vacation accrual for that quarter.  If a Flight Attendant has less than 60 hours of paid activity in a quarter, they will not accrue any vacation for that quarter.  The vacation accrual quarters are as follows:

September – November

December – February

March – May

June – August


Sick and Occupational Injury Bank Accrual (Section 13.A)*

Flight Attendants accrue 4 hours of sick leave credit in both their sick bank and occupational injury bank each month, based on a quarterly accrual system.  Flight Attendants need a minimum of 120 hours of paid activity in a quarter to receive the full accrual for that quarter.  If a Flight Attendant has between 60 and 120 hours of paid activity in a quarter, they will receive 50% of the accrual for that quarter.  If a Flight Attendant has less than 60 hours of paid activity in a quarter, they will not receive any time in their sick leave or occupational banks for that quarter.  The sick and occupational bank accrual quarters are as follows:

September – November

December – February

March – May

June – August

*The occupational injury bank is a DOS+ item for pre-merger United Flight Attendants.

 

Incentive Pay (Section 4.B)

Flight Attendants are paid incentive pay for block hours flown in excess of 200 hours per quarter (including vacation and deadheading), but not more than 110 hours per month.  The incentive pay quarters are as follows:

January – March

April – June

July – September

October – December

 


2017 Benefits Guide - Error in Tax Savings Account Section


United management has identified an error in the Tax Saving Account Section of the 2017 Benefits Guides - pages 34-35 of the domestic guide and page 26 of the international guide.  On these pages of the guide, examples of eligible and ineligible expenses for Flexible Spending & Health Savings Accounts were provided.

 

In these examples, some of the expenses listed as eligible for reimbursement were in fact, ineligible.

 

 

When calculating your 2017 contribution amount to any of the Tax Savings Accounts, you made a decision based on the incorrect information printed in the guide, you can make a change for the 2017 plan year prior to December 31, 2016.  To do so, contact the United Airlines Benefits Service Center at 1-800-651-1007, Monday - Friday during the hours of 7:00A - 7:00P Central time.

 


Secondary Vacation Bidding is Now Open 

Bidding for 2017 vacations will follow Section 18.E of the 2012-2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The remainder of the bidding dates are as follows:

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


The election to combine AFA Councils 8 and 36 is now open.  The following is the election schedule for ORD:

 

Ballots Mailed             11-14-2016

Elections Open          11-17-2016

Elections Close          12-14-2016

 


Legality Review – Open-Ended Reserve Assignments (Section 10.K)

Section 10.K of the 2012-2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement says that "...any Reserve who arrives at a layover and has not been given a return assignment will be notified of their return assignment within fifteen (15) hours of arrival at a Domestic layover location and twenty-four (24) hours of their arrival at an International layover location."  This legality is referring to the layover point where the Reserve is open-ended.  When closing out the trip, the assigned flight does not have to depart within these time limitations.

 


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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