AFA Council 21 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - January 8, 2017

• Remain Vigilant!
• Hotel Gainsharing Section 5.C Now in Effect
• (UA) Reserve Preferencing Reminder
• Semi Annual System Seniority List Now Posted
• Local Council Meeting Reminder Notice
• Upcoming MEC Meeting in Houston 1/17/17 thru 1/19/17

Ladies and Gentlemen of Council 21,

Welcome to the Newsletter Sending System of Council 21. Recent updates have been made to the Newsletter Sending System, which now contains email addresses from each of the pre-merger Local Councils. We realize that some of the email addresses are those of Members who are now in Council 6 (EWR). Recognizing that our Newsletters are crafted to address local events and issues, If you would prefer not to receive the Council 21 Newsletters, simply hit unsubscribe at the bottom of the email, and we will make sure that your information is deleted.

The Council 21 Newsletter is sent out weekly, and on occasion, contains information that may be specific to one or the other pre-merger subsidiaries. Going forward, we will include both general and subsidiary specific information, as needed. We trust that you find this information useful.

We also want to let you know that our 24/7 On Call System prompts will be changing as of today. As always, we are available to you 24/7 by either stopping in the Iad Office, calling 703 260 0051 during normal business hours or by using the prompts after hours. Here is the new prompt order. Call 703 260 0051, then

1. For leaving a message (Calls returned next business day) Non Immediate

2. pmCal Specific issues ( Legality, Grievance) Immediate need.

3. pm United Reserve Issues (Immediate need)

4. pm United Specific Issues (Immediate need)

This week some of your Local Officers will be attended United MEC LEC 101 Officer training in Chicago, as well as training from AFA International. Patrick, Chelle, Thom and Michelle will be traveling to the training today.

We thank you for being Informed and engaged Members. Please remember to fly safe, challenge rumor and to respect each other.


In Solidarity and with Respect,

Todd Failla

Local Executive Council President

AFA-CWA, DCA Council 21



Remain Vigilant!

We are all painfully aware of the events on Friday in Fort Lauderdale.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families. Following an event of this nature, it’s not unexpected that many of us may feel a mixture of contradictory emotions – anger at the senseless loss of life, relief that none of our flying partners were caught up in the actual events and sadness at the misguided efforts to curtail our individual freedoms and our way of life. While we aren’t able to control the actions of others, we are able to act in a way that minimizes our potential exposure to these senseless acts of violence.

As First Responders and Safety Professionals, our highly specialized training causes each of us to be more situationally aware – not only in our role onboard the aircraft, but in every situation.   Given recent world events, we should continue to be observant while on personal time as well as while we are on duty.  Keep in mind, the best defense is a good offense.  If you see something out of the ordinary, say something. Our training in CRM provides us with the best resource to advocate for ourselves and to advance any concerns we may have through the captain on the aircraft, the GSC on the ground and local authorities when we are away from the workplace.

AFA, through the efforts of our United MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee, continues to advocate in your best interest during any irregular safety or security event.  Working in conjunction with United’s Corporate Security as well as with other resources, there is a continuing evaluation of worldwide events for potential threats that can affect Flight Attendants and/or United’s operation.

While on layover, we strongly urge you to be cautious.  Remain vigilant in your surroundings, always aware that a spontaneous event intended to be peaceful, in fact entertaining, can turn violent quickly.  Always exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gathering.  We encourage you to review our Layover Safety Information. Never refer to specific layover locations by hotel name in social media, onboard the aircraft or in other public areas. 

Addressing our safety and security is one of AFA’s number one priorities.  One of the best ways for AFA to do this is for you to ensure your Union is aware of any unusual circumstances.   If you encounter a threat or something that feels unsafe, on or off the aircraft, it is important that you report it to United’s Corporate Security, your AFA Local Council, and/or the local police, if necessary.    When appropriate, submit an IOR and ensure that you check the box to include a copy of your report to AFA.

If you have any safety concerns, as always, please contact your Local Council.



(ALL) Hotel Gainsharing Section 5.C Now in Effect:

Good news! Section 5.C – Hotel Gainsharing, of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) has now been implemented for all United Flight Attendants.

Hotel Gainsharing (Section 5.C.) occurs when a Flight Attendants cancels her/his hotel room no more than seventy-two (72:00) and no less than twenty-four hours (24:00 Domestic) or forty-eight (48:00 International) prior to the original check-in time for the trip. If a Flight Attendants cancels their hotel room in accordance with the provisions of our Contract, she/he will receive no less than twenty dollars ($20.00) for each cancelled hotel room.  

Reimbursement will be provided in accordance with Section 5.C of the JCBA and will be processed by Crew Pay. This will usually show up on your paycheck one month after making your gainsharing request.

All Flight Attendants: will use CCS in order to make their hotel gainsharing request. You can log in to United’s CCS platform via or the quick link found on our homepage. United has also provided a CCS user guide that can be found on our website.

A Hotel Gainsharing user guide can be accessed under Help in the upper right hand menu of your CCS home screen.

(UA) Reserve Preferencing Reminder:

The  Council 21 Reserve Committee has received numerous inquiries over the past several days regarding assignments made during the CLLR process, in addition to assignments made after the CLLR process has been completed for Ready/Converted Reserves.

Seeing that we have a number of Flight Attendants back on Reserve, the Reserve Committee would like to remind you of important information that pertains to Reserve Preferencing and where to locate the information.

Additionally, the Reserve Committee would like to emphasize that the REQCOT (co terminal request) function in Unimatic is only taken into consideration for assignments out of BWI and only for assignments given to a ready/converted Reserve.  The co terminal request function is only used in the CLLR process when the Preferencing System is down.



(All) Semi Annual System Seniority List Now 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.



(All) Local Council Meeting Reminder Notice:
Date: Friday,January 13th 2017
Time: 1245 -1600
Location: MWAA Meeting Room A/B across from Baggage Claim #1

Introduction of New Officers

Old Business

New Business

Review of Agenda & Agenda Items for the January 17-19 United MEC Meeting.

Members Forum

(Agenda subject to change)

All Members in Good Standing are Encouraged to Attend.

(All) Upcoming MEC Meeting in Houston 1/17/17 thru 1/19/17:

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 attending your Local Council meetings and join us for the MEC meeting if you are in the Houston area.  Scheduled times for your Local Council's meeting and 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.




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