AFA Council 8 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - January 6, 2017

• Sign the Petition: Save U.S. Aviation Jobs
• ALPA’s Open Invitation to Peter Visclosky’s Congressional Town Hall Meeting January 9, 2017
• MEC Meeting to be Held January 17-19 in Houston
• JCBA Section 28 – Commuter Program Details
• Semi Annual System Seniority List Posted
• Effects of Secondhand Smoke Exposure Prior to Ban Research Study


Sign the Petition: Save U.S. Aviation Jobs

The U.S. Department of Transportation wrongly approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI). The decision sets aside the labor protections that were central to the U.S.- EU Open Skies Agreement.

This affects our jobs and our nation's ability to move millions of people and connect with the rest of the world.

Now is the time to turn up the heat Flight Attendants! Spread this petition to your family, friends and neighbors, saveusaviationjobs.org, and stop the business model that will lead to outsourcing of our jobs! Sign the petition and tell President Obama to stand up for American jobs and the safest aviation system in the world. He still has time to reverse this decision. Don’t delay, SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!


ALPA’s Open Invitation to Peter Visclosky’s Congressional Town Hall Meeting January 9, 2017

Peter Visclosky represents Indiana’s 1st District (northwest Indiana) in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He has been a strong supporter of protecting jobs in the U.S. Aviation industry, including signing the ME3 House Letter and signing a letter, along with 107 other members of Congress, urging President-Elect Trump to DenyNAI.  He will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. at the Lake County Public Library in Merrillville, Indiana.  Pilots from United, American, and Southwest will be present to publicly thank Representative Visclosky for his support.  ALPA has extended an open invitation to all Flight Attendants to join them.  The meeting will be held at the address below.  Please show up :15 early in full uniform. 

Lake County Public Library
1919 West 81st Avenue
Merrillville, Indiana 46410


MEC Meeting to be Held January 17-19 in Houston 

The 2017 Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place January 17-19, 2017 each day at 9:00 AM local time at the Hyatt Regency North Houston, 425 North Sam Houston Parkway East in Houston, Texas. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other Local Council Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to the Membership. 

We encourage each Member to witness the democratic process by joining us for the MEC meeting if you are in the Houston area.  The MEC Meeting Agenda and Advance Agenda Items are posted on our website. To view the agenda you will need to login to your secure Members only area on our website.


JCBA Section 28 – Commuter Program Details

When unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances prevent us from reporting as scheduled Section 28 of our JCBA, the Commuter Program establishes the process. On December 30, 2016, Section 28 of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) became effective.

The program covers Flight Attendants that commute to their base by automobile, bus, train, public surface transportation and United and United Express flights. When circumstances occur, such as unforeseen weather conditions/natural disasters, hazardous/impassable roads, mechanical failures, or unexpected airport disruption/closure, the Commuter Program sets the protocol and procedure for actions to be taken by the Flight Attendant, Crew Scheduling and the Flight Attendant’s Base. 

Both pre-merger CAL and CMI had a similar program available in their Contract, most commonly referred to as the “Oops” policy. However, this new Commuter program outlined in the JCBA introduces the program to pre-merger United Flight Attendants new provisions for all Flight Attendants versus current practices or policies in place pre-merger. 

Additionally, you should be familiar with Section 28.E which address how Flight Attendants who are delayed in reporting and instructed to continue to their base may be reassigned. 

Visit our website to review the details of the Section 28 -Commuter Program in its entirety.


Semi Annual System Seniority List Posted

United posted our semi-annual Flight Attendant System Seniority List on Thursday, January 5, 2017, consistent with Section 14.C. of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA). This list is available at each base and can be accessed through United’s Flying Together website via the Inflight Services homepage, Crew Scheduling > All Flight Attendants and click on the Semi-annual seniority list – January 2017 link.  

As stated in Section 14.C. of our JCBA, Flight Attendants have a period of 30 days from January 5, 2017, to protest any alleged omission or error affecting their seniority. Flight Attendants on vacation, leaves of absence, furlough, or sick list have a period of 30 days after returning to flight duty to protest. 

If you have any questions or you believe that there is an error or omission, affecting your seniority please, contact your AFA Local Council Office for assistance.


Effects of Secondhand Smoke Exposure Prior to Ban Research Study

AFA Members, active and retired, are invited to participate in a University of Colorado health study that is intended to assess the health effects of Flight Attendants’ onboard exposures to second-hand smoke. The University’s Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) in Denver, Colorado is looking for individuals to participate in their research study “Effects of Secondhand Smoke Exposure on Pre-ban Flight Attendants.

The Research Institute is conducting research screenings to increase understanding of how exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke by pre-ban Flight Attendants has affected their quality of life, use of healthcare resources, decline in lung function and development of cardiovascular and sinus disease over time. While part of the study involves completing questionnaires, a primary aspect of their study includes visiting their clinic in Denver to perform a full lung function test and EKG.

To be eligible for this study you must be a current and/or former non-smoking Flight Attendant, 50 years of age or older, and must have flown any length of time before the smoking ban.

If you are interested in the study or would like more information, please call (303) 724-6066.


President:           Erica Levy
Vice President:  Scott Pejas
Secretary:          Jake Fisher
Council Reps:    Maria Alpogianis
                            Thor Erickson
                             Ian Kompel
                             Heidi Spinner

Main Office Number:                      773-601-5041
Grievance Office Number:             773-601-5047
Base Grievance Desk Number:     773-601-2550
Fax Number:                                  773-601-5045

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