IAH Briefing
 IAH Council 42 Newsletter

November 18, 2016 

Inside this issue:     Local Council Elections
Vacation Bids
Crew Meals
Supplemental Insurance

Local Council Election Voting Process
The nomination process is now over and you will soon be receiving your ballots for upcoming elections here in Houston. Local Executive Council elections are important because you determine the representatives for your Local Council that will support you and every Member in the Council. Local Executive Council (LEC) Presidents are Members of AFA's governing Board of Directors (BOD). As such, elect International AFA-CWA Officers, determine the budget, oversee all Union activities and where necessary to accomplish the goals of the Union based on the priorities of the Membership take action to amend AFA-CWA's Constitution and Bylaws.

Now that the MEC’s have merged and we have a NEW JCBA, the next step is the elections for combined Councils where dual Local Councils exist.

During this process you will be electing several Local Council Officers; President, Vice President, Secretary and (2) Local Council Representatives here in Houston. Below you will find the time table for the elections being held at several Councils across the system.

In order to be eligible to vote, you must be:

  • Actively flying, or continuing to pay your dues each month while on a leave of absence
  • Member of AFA-CWA
  • In good standing as of day of the ballot count. (Your dues may not be more than 30 days in arrears. If you are in bad standing and wish to vote, please contact the AFA-CWA Membership Services Department at 800-424-2401.)
  • A member of the base where election will be held.

For detailed information regarding the voting process, eligibility to vote and step-by-step voting guides and videos visit the AFA election website.

If you have not received your voting instructions within the next week, then please call AFA-CWA Membership Services at 800-424-2401 ext. 707

2017 Vacation Bids
United Flight Attendant’s 2017 secondary (Phase II) vacation bidding is now open and will close on November 23, 2016. Click herefor more information on the 2016 Vacation Bidding process

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. 

Supplemental Insurance

We are in the process of finalizing the details for the open enrollment period for AFLAC/CAIC voluntary supplemental insurance benefits for United Flight Attendants (covered under the UAL contract). The sign up period will begin in December, stay tuned for more details.

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