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November 17, 2016

Inside this issue:Vacation Bid Periods (Section 18.E.)
Road Closed for the Weekend
Crew Meals
2017 Benefits Guide - Error in Tax Savings Account Section
Discounted Uniform Pieces
AFLAC Supplemental Insurance

Vacation Bid Periods (Section 18.E.)

Vacation Related Item Contractual Date
Generation of Reserve Letter Lists for 2016 September 29, 2015
Primary Vacation Bids Open October 29, 2016
Primary Vacation Bids Close November 7, 2016
Primary Vacation Bids Posted November 12, 2016
Secondary Vacation Bids Open November 16, 2016
Secondary Vacation Bids Close November 23, 2016
Secondary Vacation Bids Posted November 28, 2016
Tertiary Vacation Bids Opens December 1, 2016
Tertiary Vacation Bids Close December 7, 2016
Tertiary Vacation Bids Posted December 11, 2016


Road Closed for the Weekend



Crew Meals

The crew meal section of our NEW Joint Collective Bargaining agreement will be in effect on December 1, 2016. This Date of signing + item was originally scheduled for implementation effective on the third bid month of 2016, November. With the rollout of Polaris scheduled for December 1, 2016 and a delay with some programming, it was necessary to postpone the crew meal implementation item.

JCBA Section 5.A.3.

a. Meals appropriate to the time of day will be boarded for Flight Attendants at Company expense whenever they are scheduled for a period of duty of 8 hours or more without an intervening stop of at least 2 hours. Whenever possible such meals will be boarded during the first 6 hours of this period of duty.

b. If meals are boarded for passengers, crew meals shall be boarded on all segments originating or terminating in an international city which are scheduled for 3 hours or more flight time.

c. On charter flights, the Company shall provide a meal for each Flight Attendant if a meal service is provided to the passengers.

d. All food components of the crew meals referenced in this paragraph shall be business class quality or better.

NOTE: For the purposes of crew meal entitlements, an international city is defined as any city outside of the 50 United States and St. Thomas, St. Croix, San Juan.

NOTE: Meal availability changes:

  • (UAL) Special meals will be eliminated
  • (CAL) Crew meals will no longer be dependent upon the availability of passenger fresh food for sale.
  • Elimination of requirement to provide a crew meal based upon report times between 0001 and 0715

Important points about the transition period: Crew meals scheduled for flights on November 30th, 2016 will be boarded under existing pre-merger contracts, not as shown in the bid package. Pre-merger CAL pairings that start in the November bid month and carry-over into the December bid month will receive crew meals under their pre-merger CBA for the duration of that pairing. However, the remainder of the December bid package, and going forward, the bid packet reflects the flights scheduled to receive crew meals under the JCBA (except for November 30).

Please contact your Local Council Office for more information.

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.


Discounted Uniform Pieces

 Cintas currently has discounted uniform pieces available in anticipation of the arrival of the enhanced uniform pieces scheduled to arrive in 2017. You can view a list of the discounted items and the reduced prices by visiting the Cintas site. These prices will be available until December 30, 2016, 5pm. As a reminder uniform points do not roll over into the next year. This is a great way to use up any remaining balance you may have.


The United AFA MEC Benefits Committee and Design Benefits are pleased to announce Open Enrollment for Aflac/CAIC voluntary supplemental insurance benefits for United Flight Attendants (covered under the UAL contract).  This enrollment will be a hybrid enrollment, allowing for onsite enrollment in the domicile, over the phone enrollment (including the ability to set up a call back time), or web enrollment.  Product offerings will continue to include Short Term Disability, Critical Illness (including Cancer), Accident, and Hospital Indemnity policies.  These plans are the same plan designs and premiums since the inception of these offerings.  Premiums are payroll deducted.    

Enrollment in these supplemental plans will take place from December 5, 2016 – January 15, 2017.  We will have onsite enrollment in the domicile (U.S. locations only) from December 5-16, 2016.  The phone and web enrollment will be available throughout the enrollment period through January 15, 2017. Policies signed up for during this enrollment period will become effective February 1, 2017.  We will be advertising this enrollment via E-lines and on our website.  Access to online enrollment and information will be from a landing page on

More Information on the Local LAS enrollment dates TBA.


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