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21 Jan

United’s 4th Quarter Financial Information

JAN 21 - This week the company reported its 4th Quarter Financial information.  The company stated the surge in COVID-19 infections has hurt bookings in recent weeks and will further delay its recovery from the pandemic.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 21, 2022

21 Jan

Hawaii Pre-clearance Options for Crewmembers

JAN 21 - Travelers to Hawaii can avoid a mandatory quarantine by uploading documentation to the Hawaii Safe Travels website. Crewmembers are required to complete this new process and have this documentation reviewed upon arrival by state officials.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 21, 2022

21 Jan

Hotel & Transportation Report

JAN 21 - The United MEC Hotel & Transportation Committee’s most recent report detailing their activities has been published in the Hotel & Transportations Resources Page on www.unitedafa.org.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 21, 2022

21 Jan

January 2022 Semi-Annual System Seniority List Published

JAN 21 - You will have a maximum of thirty (30) calendar days from January 26, 2022, to dispute any alleged omission or error that affects your seniority. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 21, 2022

21 Jan

United Airlines Flight To Israel Diverts Due To Self-Upgraders

JAN 21 - According to reports, two passengers tried to self-upgrade to business class, thinking that because the cabin wasn’t full, they should be allowed to sit there.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 21, 2022

21 Jan

United MEC Hotel & Transportation Report - January 2022

United MEC Hotel & Transportation Report - January 2022
  • Report
  • Jan 21, 2022

21 Jan

‘Solidarity Works': Flight Attendants Who Back Strike Move Closer to Pay Raises

Jan 21 - Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, announced a tentative agreement Thursday that includes “substantial wage increases, no cuts to their high-quality healthcare programs and meaningful work rule improvements.”
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 21, 2022

20 Jan

Flight Attendant Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Piedmont Airlines

Jan 20 - AFA and Piedmont announce deal after Flight Attendants turn out 100% strike vote authorization.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 20, 2022

19 Jan

United Airlines Will Be Smaller In 2022 Despite Boeing 777 Return

JAN 19 - United Airlines released details for its plans for 2022. One of the key tenets of United’s big plans for the year includes the return of Pratt & Whitney Boeing 777s. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 19, 2022

19 Jan

United warns omicron will delay travel recovery, drive up costs

JAN 19 - United posted a narrower fourth-quarter loss and higher revenue than expected thanks to strong year-end bookings.  The airline warned that the omicron variant has dented bookings and will delay its recovery from the pandemic.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 19, 2022

19 Jan

The 5G-airline snafu: Everything we know

JAN 19 - Here's everything we do — and don't — know about the snafu.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 19, 2022

19 Jan

Qantas raises stakes in battle over long-haul cabin crew contract

JAN 19 - Qantas Airways Ltd said on Thursday it would seek to terminate its contract terms with long-haul flight attendants, in a move that would lead to large pay cuts, after union members voted against more flexible rostering.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 19, 2022

18 Jan

New United Airlines Pilot Union Leader Has A Tough Act To Follow

JAN 18 - Mike Hamilton will take over March 1 as chairman of the United Airlines chapter of the Air Lines Pilots Association, following his election by chapter’s 19-member executive council.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

5G Disruptions Due to Safety Concerns

JAN 18 - You’ve likely heard about the potential of disruptions to air travel in late December as AT&T and Verizon were cleared by FCC to turn on their 5G spectrum networks on January 5th.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

Making up/Picking up PTO from Open Time during Operational Vacation Fly Through

JAN 18 - During periods when coverage is tight, Crew Scheduling has at its disposal a number of contractual alternatives to increase availability of Flight Attendants that they can use at their discretion. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

FAA Numbers Confirm it -- 2021 was Terrible for Bad Behavior in the Skies

JAN 18 - Last year was the worst on record for unruly airplane passenger behavior in the United States, according to Federal Aviation Administration data.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

Flight Attendant W-2s Available no Later than January 31, 2022

JAN 18 - As we indicated in our December 10, 2021 edition of Debrief, December 31, 2021 was the last day to elect to receive 2021 W-2 forms electronically.  The forms will be released no later than January 31, 2022, as required by law.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

Reserve Timeline for the February 2022 Bidding Month

JAN 18 - If awarded or assigned a Reserve line for the February bid month, there are various scheduling request deadlines and processes that occur during the period between bid awards and through the first week of the new month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

First Trimester CBT Completion - Due January 29, 2022

JAN 18 - As a reminder, the first Trimester CQ CBT is due no later than January 29, 2022, at 2359 CT.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

Base Transfers Awarded Effective March 1, 2022

JAN 18 - Base transfers effective for the March 2022 schedule month were awarded to six bases: DEN, EWR, IAD, IAH, LAX, ORD.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council – January 25-27, 2022

JAN 18 - The Winter 2022 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 25-27, 2022, at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N. River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

$1,000 Special Award Payment Checks for those Active on 12/31/2021

JAN 18 - Flight Attendants who were not active as of November 10, 2021, but returned to active service as of December 31, 2021 become eligible for the special award payment.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

18 Jan

Advance Vacation Fly Through - January Vacations Overlapping into February

JAN 18 - As a reminder, Advance Vacation Fly Through Requests must be received by the fifth (5th day of the calendar month prior to the month in which vacation is scheduled. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2022

17 Jan

Major U.S. airline CEOs warn 5G could ground some planes, wreak havoc

JAN 17 - Major U.S. airline CEOs warned of an impending “catastrophic” aviation crisis on Wednesday when AT&T and Verizon are set to deploy new 5G service.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 17, 2022

16 Jan

FAA’s zero-tolerance policy is working – unruly passenger incidents down 50%

JAN 16 - We’re three weeks into 2022 and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already tallied 76 unruly passenger reports, 43 of which were related to masks.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2022

15 Jan

Three women charged for allegedly assaulting Delta Airlines employees

JAN 15 - Three women from Long Island, New York, are facing federal charges for allegedly kicking and punching Delta Airlines employees after they weren't allowed to board a flight.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 15, 2022

14 Jan

Post-Duty Contractual Legal Rest vs FAR Clarification

JAN 14 - We want to be clear that legal rest is “free from duty” and not just the time between the arrival of one flight and the departure of the next.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 14, 2022

14 Jan

Updating Access & Listing Procedures Using Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements

JAN 14 - In addition to the Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements, United has negotiated a number of agreements with other airlines that provide pass travel opportunities beyond those available to us in our United travel network.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 14, 2022

14 Jan

Link Update Now in Effect

JAN 14 - As a reminder, the Link update to iOS 15.1 became effective today, January 14, 2022.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 14, 2022

14 Jan

Link Protection Plan Available Outside Annual Enrollment Period

JAN 14 - As a reminder, Link Protection outside enrollment is now available for active Flight Attendants.  In order to opt-in should you have missed the annual enrollment period, using Help Hub you are able to opt-in to coverage.  
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 14, 2022

14 Jan

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

JAN 14 - January 17, 2022 is the day we set aside annually to remember and pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose remarkable legacy has touched the lives of so many and that will live on for eternity.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 14, 2022

14 Jan

The Power of Our AFA PIN

JAN 14 - Together, we stand in unity and display the power that comes from solidarity and from wearing our AFA pin.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 14, 2022

14 Jan

AFA Welcomes Class 2108

JAN 14 - Class 2108 will begin their careers at our Chicago, Denver, and Houston domiciles and will be available to start flying at the beginning of January. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 14, 2022

14 Jan

FAA Numbers Confirm It -- 2021 Was terrible For Bad Behavior In The Skies

JAN 14 - Last year was the worst on record for unruly airplane passenger behavior in the United States, according to Federal Aviation Administration data.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 14, 2022

13 Jan

United brings back airport vaccines for employee boosters as omicron spreads

JAN 13 - United Airlines started offering staff vaccines again at some of its busiest airports this week as the omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and within its own employee ranks
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 13, 2022

13 Jan

Kroger Employees in Colorado Have Had Enough — Thousands Are Now on Strike

JAN 13 - More than 8,000 workers at Kroger-owned King Soopers and City Market stores are on strike in Colorado. Their fight highlights the company’s long history of atrocious treatment of its workforce.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 13, 2022

13 Jan

AA Flight Attendants Have Been Caught Illicitly Selling Sought After Trip, Again

JAN 13 - Flight attendants at American Airlines have once again been accused of “illicitly” trading or dropping trips from their schedule. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 13, 2022

13 Jan

Earnings Reports Begin To Shed Light On Health of Airline Industry

JAN 13 - While holiday cancellations may prove costly, airlines predict improvement in 2022 as Delta Air Lines is first to report earnings.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 13, 2022

12 Jan

Flight Cancellations Start to Slow as Airlines Reset

JAN 12 - Carriers are paring back schedules to recover from weather disruptions and Omicron-related staffing shortages
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 12, 2022

12 Jan

David Neeleman’s Startup Breeze Rankles Pilots Union With Australia Workaround

JAN 12 - Breeze is recruiting Pilots in Australia through a unique visa program that allows pilots to receive work authorization to join U.S airlines.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 12, 2022

12 Jan

Why 5G Is Threatening To Cause Flight Delays

JAN 12 - The FAA says it’s worried that C-band could interfere with some radio altimeters, aircraft safety tools that rely on nearby airwaves.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 12, 2022

12 Jan

American Airlines passenger enters cockpit, damages controls

JAN 12 - American said the incident happened on the ground at Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport in Honduras.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 12, 2022

11 Jan

American Wants To Speed Up Contract Talks With Pilots in "Super Negotiations"

JAN 11 - The negotiations will focus on scheduling and compensation in hopes of quickly reaching a contract of two years or less duration.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2022

11 Jan

Deadhead Deviation Reminder

JAN 11 - With the recent increase in flight cancellations and changes to our schedule, there have also been greater pairings containing deadhead segments as the company repositions Flight Attendants due to the changes in the company aircraft schedule.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2022

11 Jan

Long Hold Times for Calling on Sick Leave

JAN 11 - We know, first hand, that many of us are experiencing long call wait times when calling on Sick Leave to the same extent as when trying to get through to Crew Scheduling to get our concerns addressed.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2022

11 Jan

A Thoughtful Approach to Service During Omicron

JAN 11 - In response to the advocacy of AFA, Alaska Airlines management will reduce some of its scheduled inflight services through the end of January.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2022

11 Jan

Southwest Airlines suspends employee contact tracing amid COVID-19 surge

JAN 11 - Southwest Airlines has suspended its workplace contact tracing program when employees test positive for COVID-19
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2022

11 Jan

Alaska Airlines Is Getting Rid of This on Flights, Effective Immediately

JAN 11 - THE LATEST ROUND OF CHANGES WILL AFFECT PASSENGERS FOR THE REST OF JANUARY.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2022

10 Jan

The Airline Passenger Rights Everyone Should Know

JAN 10 - You should know what you're entitled to the next time you're bumped, delayed, or trapped on the tarmac.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 10, 2022

10 Jan

United Airlines details Omicron’s toll: 3,000 workers have the coronavirus.

JAN 10 - In a single day over the holidays, nearly one in three United Airlines employees called in sick at Newark Liberty International Airport, a major hub for the airline, the company’s chief executive said on Tuesday.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 10, 2022

09 Jan

Alaska Cuts Inflight Service Through End of January After FA's Backlash

JAN 09 - Alaska Airlines will offer just one beverage service in the main cabin no matter the length of the flight and axe fresh meals on medium-haul flights through the end of J[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 09, 2022

09 Jan

Airlines Are Going to Need Big Data to Recover From Covid

JAN 09 - For those of us who aren’t professional traders, the closest we ever get to a real-time commodities market is an airline booking site.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 09, 2022

08 Jan

After Two Weeks of Flight Cancellations, Airlines Assess What Went Wrong

JAN 08 - Omicron decimates airlines’ already-stretched workforces, but not travelers’ appetite to fly.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2022

07 Jan

Releasing Sick Leave Pairing for 10-Day COVID Period

JAN 07 - Given the recent increase in the number of COVID+ test results keeping many of us away from work, we strongly recommend that each of us evaluate our schedules and, where possible, release any affected pairing.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 07, 2022

07 Jan

Layover Safety Considerations

JAN 07 - We often consider activity onboard the aircraft when reviewing safety and security procedures, but personal safety at layover locations should also be at the forefront o[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 07, 2022

07 Jan

AFA Disaster Relief Fund - Colorado Wildfires & Straight-Line Winds

JAN 07 - While we can’t stop destructive events from happening, we can, as a Union, assist our members with their recovery especially those in the Colorado Wildfires & Straight-Line Winds event.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 07, 2022

07 Jan

AFA Welcomes Class 2107

JAN 07 - Class 2107 will begin their careers at our Chicago, Denver, and Houston domiciles and will be available to start flying at the beginning of January.  We look forward to welcoming our flying partners to the line as they begin their new careers!
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 07, 2022

06 Jan

Partying passengers stuck in Mexico after airlines decline to fly them home

JAN 06 - Some members of a rowdy group shown dancing, drinking and vaping maskless aboard a flight to Cancun find themselves stranded in Mexico after their return flight to Canada was scrubbed and other airlines have declined to fly them home.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 06, 2022

05 Jan

What Is United Airlines Global Services Status?

JAN 05 - Ben Schlappig of One Mile at a Time takes a look at United's Global Service Program.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 05, 2022

05 Jan

Why do airlines set weird departure and arrival times?

JAN 05 - How do airlines set the departure times for their flights? 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 05, 2022

04 Jan

More than 3,000 flights canceled Monday as airlines...

More than 3,000 flights canceled Monday as airlines grapple with wintry weather, omicron variant.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2022

04 Jan

The Rollout of 5G in the US Will Be Delayed Until At Least January 19...

The rollout of 5G in the US will be delayed until at least January 19 after AT&T and Verizon backed down in a fight over aircraft safety.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2022

04 Jan

Union Plus Scholarship Program

As a yearly reminder, the Union Plus Scholarship Program application must be received on or before 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Eastern Standard Time on January 31st of the scholarship year. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2022

04 Jan

Vacation Buy Back & 401(k) Deferral Payments - First Quarter of 2022

As set forth in the language of Section 12.D. of our Contract, Vacation Buy Back  requires the company to offer an option for Flight Attendants to take pay in lieu of accrued vacation that would otherwise be used in the next Scheduled Vacation year.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2022

04 Jan

First Trimester CBT Completion - Due January 29, 2022

As a reminder, the first Trimester CQ CBT is due no later than January 29, 2022 at 2359 CT.   This CBT session is anticipated to take approximately three (3) hours to complete.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2022

04 Jan

Group Universal Life (GUL) Auto Enrollment

For Flight Attendants returning from Leaves of Absence (LOA), including those returning from Special COLAs, auto-enrollment in Group Universal Life Coverage (GUL), administered by Securian, will o[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2022

01 Jan

A Nation on Hold Wants to Speak With a Manager

JAN 01 - The meanness of the public has forced many public-facing industries to rethink what used to be an article of faith: that the customer is always right. If employees are n[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 01, 2022

31 Dec

MEC Officer Letter - Looking Forward With Optimism and Renewal in 2022!

DEC 31 - As 2021 ends, we can’t help but look back at the past year and be proud of all that we have accomplished together.  As part of every New Year’s celebrat[...]
  • MEC President Letter
  • Dec 31, 2021

30 Dec

Positive Space Travel For DEN and ORD Beginning December 30 – January 2

DEC 30 - Inflight Services has implemented a positive space (PS) travel program for flight attendants commuting to/from DEN and ORD in order to be in position to operate trips starting December 30 – January 2.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 30, 2021

29 Dec

Flight attendants fume as CDC gives airlines what they want on quarantine change

DEC 29 - Just days before the CDC announced the change, the airline industry united to press for a shortened quarantine timeframe.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 29, 2021

29 Dec

Jet Stream Causing More Issues For Airlines

DEC 29 - The jet stream winds have been unusually strong for several days, affecting transcontinental flights. Those going eastbound on Wednesday were arriving up to an hour earlier than scheduled, while westbound flights were slowed down, some delayed by as much as 45 minutes.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 29, 2021

28 Dec

Direct Deposit of First Paycheck of New Year is January 3, 2022

DEC 28 - Because January 1, 2022, the New Year’s Day holiday, falls on a Saturday, the funds from our first paycheck of the new year will be made available on the first business day following the holiday or Monday, January 3, 2022.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2021

28 Dec

CDC Shortens Isolation for Non-symptomatic Test Positive – AFA Response

DEC 28 - Citing a growing body of evidence of when people are most infectious, the Center for Disease Control today shortened the recommended time Americans infected with the coronavirus should isolate from ten to five days if they are asymptomatic.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2021

28 Dec

2021 Reserve Christmas Wish List Wrap Up

DEC 28 - A total of 738 Reserve Christmas Wish List (RCWL) requests were awarded to Reserves during the designated 2021 Christmas Wish List period.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2021

28 Dec

Reserve Timeline for January 2022 Bid Month

DEC 28 - If awarded or assigned a Reserve line for the January 2022 bid month, there are various scheduling request deadlines and processes that occur during the period between bid awards and through the first week of the new month.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2021

28 Dec

Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing – Pay & Duty Time

DEC 28 - As a reminder, last March, AFA entered into a Letter of Agreement with management to ensure United Flight Attendants are compensated when reporting early to su[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2021

28 Dec

Special COLA for February 2022

DEC 28 - Crew Schedule Planning has announced Special COLAs will be offered for the February 2022 bid month and bids will close on January 6, 2022, at 0800 CT.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2021

28 Dec

AFA Welcomes Class 2106

DEC 28 - Class 2106 will begin their careers at our Chicago, Denver and Newark domiciles and will be available to start flying at the beginning of January.  We look forward to welcoming our flying partners to the line as they begin their new careers!
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2021

28 Dec

Chicago Flight Attendant Wins Paid Sick Leave Battle for Aviation Workers

DEC 28 - Chicago flight attendant who lost husband to illness wins paid sick leave battle for aviation workers: ‘It is an incredible gift to be able to give back, despite my grief’
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2021

28 Dec

Winter Holiday Sick Call Notification 2021 – COVID Revision

DEC 28 - In Section 13.C.4., Flight Attendants are required to provide an Absence Certificate for all sick calls, whether paid or unpaid, originating on or after December 20, 202[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2021

27 Dec

Increased processing time in the Employee Service Center (ESC)

DEC 27 - United management reports, due to the recent, nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as a result of the Omicron variant, there is a greater-than-normal processing time for COVID-related inquires to the Employee Service Center.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 27, 2021

26 Dec

What's 'Next' For United Airlines Stock Heading Into 2022

DEC 26 - United is only ~$3 billion cheaper than at the end of 2019 despite a ~50% drop in stock price. United Next is a risky but necessary plan that could be a huge boon to domestic[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 26, 2021

26 Dec

Flight Disruptions Continue with More Cancellations as Omicron Thins Crews

DEC 26 - At least 2,600 more flights were canceled Monday, including about 1,000 U.S. flights, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus is sending daily cas[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 26, 2021

25 Dec

A Season of Hope and Peace

DEC 24 - As we reflect on this season of hope and peace where gatherings with friends and family are more meaningful than ever, I can’t help but be reminded of the importance of the work we[...]
  • MEC President Letter
  • Dec 25, 2021

24 Dec

American Airlines, Saddled With Debt and Growing Pains, Turns to New CEO

DEC 24 - Robert Isom, a longtime American executive, will face heavy debt and pandemic-related challenges when he takes over in March.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 24, 2021

23 Dec

More Starbucks Shops Are Unionizing After the First Historic Win in New York

DEC 23 - Two stores in Massachusetts have filed for union elections.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 23, 2021

23 Dec

Warehouse Workers Walk Off the Job in Illinois

DEC 23 - For the first time, Amazon is experiencing a multi-site U.S. work stoppage. It comes at the end of a year marked by union organizing and labor militancy at the retail giant.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 23, 2021

22 Dec

Woman Pleads Guilty to Interfering with a Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant

DEC 22 - During the flight’s final descent, Quinonez was not wearing her facemask properly, unbuckled her seat belt, and pulled down her tray table—all in violation of federal rules and regulations.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 22, 2021

22 Dec

A Perfect Storm of Problems - Bracing For a Hellish Holiday Travel Season

DEC 22 -  A Perfect Storm of Problems Has Airline Employees Bracing For an Especially Hellish Holiday Travel Season.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 22, 2021

22 Dec

Omicron is spreading. Biden needs to give airline travelers a vaccine mandate...

DEC 22 - Each time President Biden takes off on Air Force One, everyone on board has been fully vaccinated and tested negative for the coronavirus. So why should it be any different for you and me when we’re headed to Pocatello or West Palm Beach.

  • AFA Article
  • Dec 22, 2021

22 Dec

Airplane Passengers At Least Twice As Likely To Catch Omicron

Dec 22 - The omicron variant of the coronavirus raises the risk of infection on board a passenger plane by two or even three-fold, according to the airline industry’s biggest tra[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 22, 2021

21 Dec

Sick, in a Pandemic, Happens

DEC 21 - We’ve heard from many of you that while you understand the reasoning behind management’s message, you were highly offended by the manner in which the entire Flight Atten[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2021

21 Dec

Reminder: Missing or Stolen Badge Protocol

DEC 21 - This past February (2020) United updated their protocol for working Flight Attendants in cases where their crew badge is lost, stolen or otherwise unavailable. The updated policy better aligns with TSA and other international requirements
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2021

21 Dec

Uniform Update, Manufacturing Issues and Delays

DEC 21 - As a result, our existing contract with Cintas as our inflight uniform provider was extended until such time as it becomes financially responsible to resume production on the new line.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2021

21 Dec

Sick Calls Related to COVID-19

DEC 21 - As a reminder, Flight Attendants who call out sick due to a positive Covid-19 test are protected under our Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the company.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2021

21 Dec

Unruly Passengers to Lose Access to TSA Precheck®

DEC 21 - It was announced today, under a new partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration, that unruly passengers may face additional consequences for bad behavior.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2021

19 Dec

Airlines Brace for Flight Restrictions in 5G Standoff

DEC 19 - Carriers are taking steps to prepare for potential FAA flight limits when a new 5G wireless service goes live Jan. 5.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 19, 2021

18 Dec

United MEC Hotel & Transportation Report - December 2021

United MEC Hotel & Transportation Report - December 2021
  • Report
  • Dec 18, 2021

18 Dec

What Happened To Boeing’s Proposed Supersonic Jet?

DEC 18 - With US companies leading the way for the next supersonic revival, you may wonder where they were the first time around. There was a plan for a US-built supersonic jet – the Boeing 2707 – but it was canceled before any were built.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2021

17 Dec

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly tests positive for coronavirus after Senate hearing

DEC 17 - Kelly sat beside senior executives from competing airlines and a top labor leader, none of whom wore masks.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 17, 2021

17 Dec

Clarifying FML Use and Absence Certificate Requirements

DEC 17 - It is important to note, when using sick leave without approved family leave, Flight Attendants, whether paid or unpaid, must provide an Absence Certificate in ever[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 17, 2021

17 Dec

Holiday Bonus Point Agreement

DEC 17 - As has been done in prior years, Flight Attendants are eligible to be awarded one attendance point credit during the designated winter holiday period, which takes place December 17, 2021, through January 6, 2022, provided all of the following conditions have been met.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 17, 2021

17 Dec

Deadline to Update 2022 Pass Travel Enrollment is TONIGHT!

DEC 17 - It is your last chance to update your 2022 pass travel enrollment elections before the window closes tonight, December 17 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 17, 2021

17 Dec

Reserve Christmas Wish List

DEC 17 - It is the season for Reserve Flight Attendants to indicate their layover choices around the Christmas holiday.  Reserves may indicate their layover choices for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following December 25.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 17, 2021

17 Dec

Reserve Vacation and Sacred Days

DEC 17 - It is important to stress that understanding all of the provisions available to use under our contract enables us to exercise some level of control of our schedule and this is especially true when it comes to the time off associated with Vacation awards.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 17, 2021

17 Dec

Take Action: Protecting Flight Attendants' Voting Rights!

DEC 17 - The freedom to vote is under attack by extremist state lawmakers across the country who want to put up deliberate barriers to make it harder to vote.  At the same t[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 17, 2021

17 Dec

Transfers Effective for February 2022 Awarded

DEC 17 - This week, the company awarded transfers, effective 1/30/2022.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 17, 2021

17 Dec

Welcome Class 2105

DEC 17 - AFA welcomed the fifth graduating class of 2021.  Class 2105 will begin their careers at our Chicago, Denver and Newark domiciles and will be available to fly starting at the end of December.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 17, 2021

16 Dec

United Airlines CEO Defends Vaccine Mandate at Senate Hearing

DEC 16 - United Airlines Chief Executive Scott Kirby on Wednesday defended a decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for workers amid criticism from some Republican senators.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 16, 2021

15 Dec

"You Should Be Ashamed" - AA Flight Attendant Calls Out CEO!

DEC 15 - A woman who says she was sexually assaulted as a flight attendant for American Airlines sent a letter to the airline’s CEO Wednesday in which she urged him to “protect t[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 15, 2021

14 Dec

Union Busting at Kellogg

DEC 14 - While it may feel like an entirely different industry away, and not something that we may see that affects us, we should talk about Kellogg. The company’s response has b[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2021

14 Dec

COVID-19 Booster Update Vaccine Records Now Available

DEC 14 - Recently, United announced that their system was ready to accept COVID-19 booster shot information. It is important to maintain company records especially as international entry requirements are subject to change with each country’s individual COVID-19 precautions.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2021

14 Dec

Scope: Protect Yourself and Your Contract

DEC 14 - We should never take other workgroups duties upon ourselves, regardless of how well-meaning the intentions may be. It is important for Flight Attendants not to perform work that is the responsibility of other work groups.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2021

14 Dec

Special COLAs Awarded for January

DEC 14 - United processed requests for Special COLAs for the month of January 2022 and awarded COLAs only at the following base locations.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2021

14 Dec

EWR International Bid Package Revised

DEC 14 - The deadline to submit bids for January 2022 at EWR only has been extended by six hours and EWR bids will close on December 17, 2021, at 1400 Eastern Time. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2021

14 Dec

Questions About Dues Statements – An Appeal for your Assistance

DEC 14 - Our staff at the AFA International Office is a very dedicated group of individuals who have expressed concern about their ability to give a timely response to your inquiries.  They are, however, encountering some problems and are requesting our assistance. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2021

14 Dec

Welcome Class 2104

DEC 14 - AFA welcomed the fourth graduating class of 2021. Class 2104 will begin their careers at our Chicago, Denver, and Newark base and will be available to fly starting at the end of December. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2021

14 Dec

White Flag Days in EWR, IAD, IAH, LAX, ORD and SFO for December 16, 2021

DEC 14 - December 16, 2021, is designated White Flag Days in EWR, IAD, IAH, LAX, ORD and SFO effective 13:30 CST December 14, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2021

13 Dec

White Flag Days in EWR, IAD, IAH, LAX, ORD and SFO

Dec 13 - December 15, 2021 is designated White Flag Days in EWR, IAD, IAH, LAX, ORD and SFO effective 14:00 CST December 13, 2021. Flight attendants straight picking up a pairing[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 13, 2021

12 Dec

Did the industry hold up its end of the deal for taxpayer bailout?

DEC 12 - Taxpayers spent billions bailing out airlines. Did the industry hold up its end of the deal?  Questions have emerged about what worked, and what didn’t, after one of Washington’s most powerful industries was propped up by federal money.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 12, 2021

12 Dec

American Airlines plans to hire 18,000 people next year for travel rebound

DEC 12 - American and other airlines are aggressively hiring after urging thousands to take buyouts during the Covid pandemic.  American’s CEO plans to tell a Senate committ[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 12, 2021

11 Dec

After increase in assaults, flight attendants are saying enough is enough

DEC 11 - Airline crews brace for holidays facing more unruly passengers than ever before.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 11, 2021

10 Dec

Vaccination Cards are Required Duty Items

DEC 10 - Check out this week’s Inflight Services Safety Alert which updates the November 3, 2021 communication on vaccination cards and the requirement for us to carry these as a required duty item for all flight assignments. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 10, 2021

10 Dec

2022 Benefits: Certify Tobacco Free Wellness Credit & Avoid Spousal Surcharge

DEC 10 - If you did not elect benefits or certify for the wellness credit or to avoid the spousal surcharge, it must be understood that the wellness credit will cease and, if married or having a domestic partner, the spousal surcharge will be automatically applied.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 10, 2021

10 Dec

Consider Your Own Needs First During the Holiday Season

DEC 10 - From time to time, everyone experiences personal, family, or work-related problems. And it is not unusual for the stress and demands of the holiday season to increase the probability that these issues will arise
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 10, 2021

10 Dec

Approved Holiday Uniform Adornments

DEC 10 - In the month of December to celebrate the holiday season, Flight Attendants may wear a festive accessory that is in good taste and does not detract from our professional image as Safety Professionals. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 10, 2021

10 Dec

Weight and Balance Planning Changes Coming to B-757

DEC 10 - In accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) directive, new safety guidelines in the operation of 757 aircraft are anticipated to be implemented in the n[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 10, 2021

10 Dec

Availability of Funds from First Paycheck in the New Year – January 3, 2022

DEC 10 - Because January 1, 2022, the New Year’s Day holiday, falls on a Saturday, the funds from our first paycheck of the new year will be made available on Monday, January 3, 2022.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 10, 2021

10 Dec

Cintas Uniform Points Expire on December 31, 2021

DEC 10 - As a reminder, 2021 uniform points expire on December 31, 2021 and do not roll over for use in the next calendar year.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 10, 2021

10 Dec

Year End Reminder – 2021 Tax Forms

DEC 10 - As hard as it may be to believe, the end of 2021 is just around the corner.  December 31, 2021 is the deadline for employees who receive W-2 tax-related forms to choose electronic/paperless delivery through the company’s vendor, ADP.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 10, 2021

10 Dec

Welcome New Hire Class 2103

DEC 10 - Last week, we welcomed the 70-graduating new AFA Members of class 2103 to the line.  Our new flying partners will be reporting to DEN, EWR and ORD to begin flying on December 11, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 10, 2021

09 Dec

Airlines Face Holiday Test As Demand Surges

DEC 9 - The airline industry’s recovery is being tested this holiday season as passengers return in near pre-pandemic numbers.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 09, 2021

08 Dec

Lawmakers Want Airline CEOs to Explain What Happened to Stimulus Aid

DEC 8 - $54 billion. 28,000 fewer jobs. Lawmakers want airline CEOs to explain what happened to stimulus aid.  Airlines took in $54 billion in grants during the pandemic but are now blaming staffing issues on widespread cancellations and delays.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2021

07 Dec

AFA Welcomes Class 2102!

AFA welcomed the second graduating class of 2021. Class 2102 will begin their careers at our Chicago, Denver, and Newark base and will be available to fly starting December 2021. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 07, 2021

07 Dec

Absence Certificate Requirement for Holiday Sick Calls Includes Paid FMLA Absences

As announced earlier this week, the company advised United Flight Attendants of the requirement to submit an Absence Certificate for all paid or unpaid sick calls which includes paid FMLA qualifying absences originating on or after December 20, 2021, through January 4, 2022.

  • AFA Article
  • Dec 07, 2021

07 Dec

Special COLA for January 2022

To avoid any disruption to your ability to be awarded a Special COLA or a schedule, you should complete training before your qualifications lapse. If you fail to maintain your qualification, you will not be eligible to be awarded future Special COLAs.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 07, 2021

07 Dec

Reserve Christmas Wishlist – No Layovers at Home Base

Effective December 1, 2021, the portal use to enter Reserve Christmas Wishlist requests became available to enter your RCWL requests for layover stations for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 07, 2021

07 Dec

Starbucks Bid to Halt Union Vote Count Is Rejected by Labor Board

Dec 7 - National Labor Relations Board decides to allow ballot tally in Buffalo, N.Y., to proceed on Thursday
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 07, 2021

07 Dec

TSA extends face mask requirement through March 18, 2022

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 07, 2021

07 Dec

Vacation Trade Exception when Trading January Vacation Days

January vacation days may be traded as late as December 9.  These trades will be awarded in the order received.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 07, 2021

07 Dec

2022 Benefits – Certify Non-Smoker Wellness Credit & Avoid Spousal Surcharge

You still have time to ensure the wellness credit is applied and to avoid the application of the spousal surcharge.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 07, 2021

06 Dec

U.S. Airlines Are in Tough Spot, But Its "Too Early" To Tell Omicron Impact

DEC 6 - U.S. travelers have booked fewer flights the last few weeks, but it remains to be seen whether that is due to concerns about the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 06, 2021

03 Dec

United Air to Move Operations Staff to Suburb in Blow to Chicago

DEC 3 - United Airlines Holdings Inc. plans to move the network operations center that coordinates its flights globally to a Chicago suburb next year, slashing headcount at the carrier’s world headquarters at Blackstone Inc.’s Willis Tower.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 03, 2021

03 Dec

United Cites Benefits Of Moving Operations To Arlington Heights From Chicago

DEC 3 - United Airlines Holdings Inc. plans to move the network operations center that coordinates its flights globally to Arlington Heights next year, slashing headcount at the carrier’s world headquarters at Blackstone Inc.’s Willis Tower.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 03, 2021

03 Dec

Pan Am: The trailblazing airline that changed international travel

DEC 3 - It was 30 years ago on December 4, 1991, when Pan Am flew its final flight, after close to 65 years of globe-spanning operations.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 03, 2021

03 Dec

Tentative Contract Reached Between Kellogg And Union

DEC 3 - The Kellogg strike could come to an end if workers approve a tentative contract reached between management and the union.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 03, 2021

02 Dec

Pre-Travel Testing To The US Is About To Get Harder Than Ever

DEC 2 - Starting on Monday, Dec. 6, travelers will have even less time to arrange for COVID-19 testing to fly back to the U.S. — regardless of vaccination status.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 02, 2021

01 Dec

The U.S. tells airlines to identify travelers from southern Africa.

DEC 1 - Federal health officials have directed airlines to provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the names and contact information of all passengers who boarded [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2021

30 Nov

AFA welcomed the second graduating class of 2021

NOV 30 - AFA welcomed the second graduating class of 2021. Class 2102 will begin their careers at our Chicago, Denver, and Newark base and will be available to fly starting December 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 30, 2021

30 Nov

Omicron Variant

NOV 30 - Amid the celebrations of this past Holiday weekend, reports began to surface about a new Covid-19 Variant, Omicron. Cases have been seen coming out of South Africa and h[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 30, 2021

30 Nov

Tis the Season, Reserve Christmas Wish List

NOV 30 - The Reserve Wish List will open midnight of December 1st. If members have placed a request on file prior to this opening it will be deleted.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 30, 2021

30 Nov

United Responds to Florida’s New Covid-19 vaccination requirement

NOV 30 - Members living and based in Florida may be aware of a recent law passed by the state regarding exemptions for vaccination requirement. This has opened up a number of que[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 30, 2021

30 Nov

International Purser Recall Opportunity Announced

NOV 30 - In keeping with the continuing growth in United’s international schedule, the International Purser team in conjunction with Crew Schedule Planning has identified opportu[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 30, 2021

30 Nov

Company Announces Absence Certificate Requirement for Holiday Sick Calls

NOV 30 - The company advised the Union today, November 30, 2021, as set forth in Section 13.C.4. of our Contract all Flight Attendants will be required to submit an Absence Certificat[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 30, 2021

29 Nov

Woman attacks Spirit Airlines flight attendants, gets zip-tied by passenger

NOV 29 - A woman reportedly attacked two flight attendants on a Spirit Airlines flight to Nashville on Saturday night, was restrained by a fellow passenger, and then yelled at police officers to "shoot me" when they arrested her, an arrest affidavit showed.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 29, 2021

25 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 25 - As we gather in the comfort of our homes with our friends and family to celebrate the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, our minds naturally turn to thoughts of family and gratitude.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 25, 2021

23 Nov

Base Transfers Awarded and Effective for January Bid Month

Yesterday United awarded transfer to CLE, DEN, EWR, HNL, IAD, IAH, LAX and ORD.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2021

23 Nov

Volunteer Boarding

Flight Attendants who are not on duty, should not be completing any pre-departure duties, which include boarding.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2021

23 Nov

The Return of Milestone Anniversaries

This past week, United management announced a revised version of the Milestone Anniversaries Program.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2021

23 Nov

Vacation Team Out of Contact for U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday

As a reminder, the Vacation Team assisting with questions about the 2022 Vacation trading and awards will be unavailable November 25 and 26 in observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2021

23 Nov

Senior Option Applies when Picking up Domestic Purser Position

At briefing, a more senior Flight Attendant may, at their option, senior opt the Flight Attendant who picked up the pairing.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2021

23 Nov

Questions About Dues Statements

We know that there are many questions arising as a result of the issuance of these statements and many of these questions are explainable.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2021

22 Nov

United MEC Hotel & Transportation Report - November 2021

United MEC Hotel & Transportation Report - November 2021
  • Report
  • Nov 22, 2021

19 Nov

United Moves Forward Returning Welcome Beverage Service Over AFA Objections

NOV 19 - Lest our objection to the return of this service become mischaracterized, we want to say upfront, this is not about Flight Attendants not wanting to offer this service to passengers on the aircraft.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 19, 2021

19 Nov

Trading Vacations

NOV 19 - The Second Round 2022 Vacation awards are now available in CCS. Beginning November 24th, the vacation trading period starts. Flight Attendants will have the ability to trade days based on different criteria.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 19, 2021

19 Nov

Thanksgiving Holiday Pay

NOV 19 - Our Contract provides that Flight Attendants receive additional pay for flight assignments flown on designated holidays as outlined in Section 2.Q. in our Contract.  
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 19, 2021

19 Nov

Reserve Schedule December 2021 Timeline

NOV 19 - If awarded or assigned a Reserve schedule for the December 2021 bid month, there are various deadlines that must be met as part of the schedule development timeline.  Of importance, unique to the December schedule month is the Reserve Christmas Wish List.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 19, 2021

19 Nov

Working Crew Members & Thanksgiving Holiday Buddy Pass Travelers

NOV 19 - As we approach the upcoming holidays, we have recently started to receive some questions about the use of the “traveling with working crew” option in employeeRes™.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 19, 2021

19 Nov

Welcome our Newest Members - Class 2101

NOV 19 - On November 18, 2021, AFA welcomed the first graduating class of 2021. Class 2101 will begin their careers at our Denver base and will be available to fly starting December 1, 2021. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 19, 2021

19 Nov

Safety and Security While on Layover – Let’s Look at the Full Picture

NOV 19 - None of us are exempt from the numerous scams that proliferate around the world at any number of hotels but knowledge is power.  Knowing about these scams creates awareness and provides us with a layer of protection we might not otherwise have. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 19, 2021

18 Nov

Airline Industry Union Leaders Call For No-Fly List For Unruly Passengers

NOV 18 - Airline worker advocates are encouraging the creation of government and private no-fly lists for unruly passengers amid an increase in violence against flight crew and staff.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 18, 2021

17 Nov

John Deere Workers Vote Yes On Third Contract Offer And End Strike

NOV 17 - After a third try, workers at John Deere finally got a contract that is acceptable to them.  “Deere & Co. workers approved a new contract Wednesday that will deliver 10% raises immediately and end a monthlong strike for more than 10,000 employees.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 17, 2021

17 Nov

John Oliver Discusses The Mechanics Of Union Busting

NOV 17 - John Oliver discusses the mechanics of union busting, why the companies who do it face so few consequences, and what it really means when your manager wants to talk to you about “your attendance.”
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 17, 2021

16 Nov

Amid Rise In Airline Violence, Flight Attendants Seek Relief

NOV 16 - Amid rise in airline violence, flight attendants plead for mercy ahead of holiday travel crush: ‘It's sometimes terrifying'
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2021

16 Nov

Why Airlines Struggle To Stay Profitable

NOV 16 - Airline stocks have been on a wild ride since the beginning of the pandemic, which shows just how volatile the sector can be.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2021

16 Nov

Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Closes on November 19, 2021

NOV 16 - Annual Benefits Enrollment is ongoing through Friday, November 19, 2021.  We encourage everyone to use the comparison tool available from the Your Benefits Resources (YBR) website to evaluate available options.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2021

16 Nov

Second Round Vacation Bidding Closes; Next up: Vacation Trades by Seniority

NOV 16 - Today, the second-round vacation bidding period closed today.  Under our Contract, awards will be posted by November 20.  One posted, the next step in the annual process is Open Time Trades by Seniority.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2021

16 Nov

Preparations for Christmas Wish List Now Underway

NOV 16 - Flight Attendants assigned to Reserve for the month of December, have an opportunity to preference where they would prefer to layover for the holiday. Section 8.H.8.c. o[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2021

16 Nov

Mailing Union Dues Statements Resumes

NOV 16 - As part of the normal business process of the Union, we regularly send statements to our members when they have an outstanding dues balance.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2021

16 Nov

$1,000 Special Award Payment to be Made on Special Check November 19, 2021

NOV 16 - As a reminder, the $1,000 Special Award payment from United Airlines in recognition of our work and dedication during the pandemic will be made on a special paycheck dated November 19, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2021

16 Nov

Support American Eagle Piedmont Flight Attendants on the Picket Line at CLT!

NOV 16 - AFA leadership from Piedmont Airlines is at the table with management this week for Piedmont Negotiations. The Piedmont MEC is holding a picket directly after negotiations this week in Charlotte.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2021

16 Nov

UMWA Day of Action - This Thursday, November 18

NOV 16 - The United Mine Workers of America is holding a National Day of Action on Thursday, Nov 18 at 10am local time. They really need help turning out people in Newport Beach, CA, but also, we encourage attendance at any of the locations listed.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2021

15 Nov

Airlines Are Gearing Up For A Busier & Costlier Holiday Season As Fuel Increases

NOV 15 - Demand for air travel is on the rise ahead of the holidays. So are the costs.  Jet fuel hasn’t been this expensive since 2014.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 15, 2021

15 Nov

Round two of vacation bidding will close at 0800 HDT on November 16, 2021.

NOV 15 - We strongly recommend that you bid to cover yourself in this final round of vacation bidding.  Take a few minutes to look at the overview of the vacation process, b[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 15, 2021

14 Nov

Southwest employee hospitalized after being assaulted by female passenger

NOV 14 - A Southwest Airlines employee was taken to a Dallas hospital Saturday after being assaulted by a passenger at Love Field Airport, according to the airline and the Dallas Police Department.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 14, 2021

13 Nov

Airlines offer staff holiday incentives after operational meltdowns

NOV 13 - Southwest Airlines is the latest carrier to offer new incentives to its employees during the holidays, as airlines gear up to avoid operational delays during a peak travel season.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 13, 2021

12 Nov

Scheduling Action Addressing Medical & Religious Reasonable Accommodation Grants

NOV 12 - As we reported earlier this week, today (November 12, 2021) United management will be acting on the schedules of Flight Attendants who were granted a Reasonable Accommod[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 12, 2021

12 Nov

Annual Enrollment - Wellness Credit & Spousal Surcharge Certification

NOV 12 - Credits and surcharges on YBR will reset if you do not actively pick a plan during the Annual Enrollment even if you had previously adjusted them.  This year, you must certify eligibility for the wellness credit and to avoid the spousal surcharge.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 12, 2021

12 Nov

Bad Day / Worse Day Trades

NOV 12 - Whether Lineholders or Reserves, the pool numbers set by management, are impacting our ability to make changes to our schedule and based on questions we[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 12, 2021

12 Nov

Group Universal Life (GUL) Auto Enrollment

NOV 12 - Group Universal Life Insurance (GUL) is the voluntary life insurance product for all Flight Attendants negotiated by AFA and agreed to by the company for the benefit of Flight Attendants.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 12, 2021

12 Nov

Annual Pass Travel Enrollment

NOV 12 - Pass travel open enrollment begins on November 15 and closes December 17, 2021 at 2359 CST.   All eligible employees with more than six (6) months of service can update their 2022 pass travel enrollment elections during this period
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 12, 2021

12 Nov

Holiday Buddy Pass Travelers for Working Crew Members

NOV 12 - During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the company announced that United Flight Attendant working crew members will be able to travel with up to two individuals using buddy passes at the crew member’s personal boarding priority of SA1P.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 12, 2021

12 Nov

Keeping Layover Hotel Information Confidential

NOV 12 - We remind all Flight Attendants of the importance of keeping our layover hotel and transportation service information confidential. Do not “check-in” or post layove[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 12, 2021

12 Nov

IRS Raises 401(k) Contribution Limits For 2022

NOV 12 - In an ongoing effort to provide workers with the opportunity to save more for retirement, individual workers will be able to contribute up to $20,500 to their 401(k) retirement accounts in 2022, up from $19,500 in 2021 and 2020, the IRS announced this month.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 12, 2021

11 Nov

America’s Judges Are Putting My Life on the Line

NOV 11 - Even as workers build power and wield it, we are thwarted by laws and judges who reliably side with corporations over workers.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 11, 2021

11 Nov

275 Minutes on Hold: Why Airline Customer Service Still Can’t Keep Up

Nov 11 - It’s been a familiar and infuriating story during the pandemic: Hours waiting for an agent only to have the call dropped. The ordeal of rescheduling canceled flights. Delayed refunds. What gives?
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 11, 2021

10 Nov

American Airlines squares off with aircrew before holiday travel season

NOV 10 - In an effort to stave off flight cancellations during peak travel times, Fort Worth-based American Airlines offered flight attendants and pilots extra pay for working flights during the holidays. But the pilots union voted to reject the offer.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 10, 2021

10 Nov

It Used To Be Illegal For An Airline To Cancel Routes The Way United Just Took

NOV 10 - It used to be illegal for an airline to cancel routes the way United just took 11 cities off its flight list
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 10, 2021

09 Nov

Reasonable Accommodation (RAP) into Temporary Personal or Medical LOA

NOV 9 - Citing concern for the safety of customers and employees who Flight Attendants are around every day, United has advised those employees who have been granted a Reasonable[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 09, 2021

09 Nov

With Tears, Hugs and Balloons, U.S. Allows Vaccinated Foreign Travelers to Enter

NOV 8 - On Monday, after more than 18 months, restrictions that kept families separated and cost the global travel industry hundreds of billions of dollars were lifted.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 09, 2021