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18 Jan

Reserve Preferencing TMAC Discrepancies Corrected

When Reserve Preferencing assignments began for the January bid month, we began receiving questions from Flight Attendants who believed they may have been assigned out of time accrued order.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Join Us in Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019

On Monday, January 21, 2019, our nation celebrates and honors a great leader. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pioneer for diversity, equal rights and a powerful advocate for labor unions.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Uniform Design – Now is the time to share your view.

Yesterday management released updated information on the company’s website and in the media introducing the new uniform that you will soon see in the field when wear testing begins.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

2018 Profit Sharing

This week the company reported its 4th Quarter and Full Year Financial information and announced employee eligibility for profit sharing payouts for 2018. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Winter Regular Scheduled MEC Meeting Concludes

The Winter 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) concluded on January 17, 2019, at the Hyatt Rosemont in Chicago.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Welcome Class 1817!

This past week, January 16, 2019, we welcomed the 63 graduating Members of class 1817 to the line. Our newest Flight Attendants will report to BOS and SFO on January 23, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on January 25, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Semi-annual System Seniority List Posted & Available for Review

The January 2019 System Seniority List has been published for review by Flight Attendants. If you believe that there is an error or omission that affects your seniority, you should contact your local AFA representative for instructions on how to proceed with processing your concerns.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment period for Voluntary Supplemental Insurance benefits is upon us. Flight Attendants will again this year have the option to secure Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits through one of two brokers, Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP). 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Review Your Work History on CCS

As described in the language of Section 22 of our JCBA, our work performance and dependability are recorded and tracked as part of our electronic work history and are available on CCS for Flight Attendants to review.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Hotel & Transportation Reporting Form

The Hotel & Transportation Committee represents the United Master Executive Council and, in particular, is the designee of the MEC President.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

New Passport Requirement for Flight Attendants Traveling to Peru

Effective immediately, Crewmembers traveling to Peru must have at least six (6) months of validity left on their passport from the date of arrival in Lima (LIM).
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

18 Jan

Flight Attendant W-2s Available no Later than January 31, 2019

2018 W-2s will be released no later than January 31, 2019 as required by law. Flight Attendants who signed up to receive electronic W-2s will receive an email notification from ADP or HR Communications when your tax forms are available.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 18, 2019

16 Jan

Overcharge for Travel Benefits Affects 658 Flight Attendants

We were advised tonight by United management that 658 of our Members “domestic Flight Attendants” had incorrect pass travel deductions taken from their January 16, 2019 paycheck due to a pricing error and were inadvertently overcharged for recent space available travel.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Celebrating Crew of US Airways Flight 1549

Today, January 15, 2019, on the tenth anniversary of the amazing water landing, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) cheers the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 for inspiring the world with a [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Day One 2019 Winter AFA United MEC Meeting

The Winter Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) began in Chicago today. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other presidents from around our system, addressed the business of our Union and the issues that are important to you.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Reviewing Language Qualified Flight Attendant (LQFA) Trip Trades

Language Qualified Flight Attendants (LQFAs) who are assigned language lines may pick up and trade for open LQFA and non-LQFA open time subject to the terms of Sections 7.I., 7.J. and 7.L.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment period for Voluntary Supplemental Insurance benefits is upon us. Flight Attendants will again this year have the option to secure Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits through one of two brokers, Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP). 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Central Schedule Committee (CSC) Reports – January 2019

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent reports detailing their activities in the development of the December schedule has been published on unitedafa.org
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

"Phishing" Scams – Protect Yourself

More than ever, it is extremely important Flight Attendants learn about phishing and the potentially catastrophic effects that could occur by following a link, or opening an attachment [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

Staffing Changes Drive Changes to Work Position on February Bid Matrix

The updated bid matrices incorporating the Polaris galley packing and service flow changes are effective, February 1, 2019 however, Flight Attendants should be aware that the February schedule month b[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

16 Jan

CAUSE® Foundation Holds Paid Trip Drop Raffle

The CAUSE Foundation will be holding a "paid trip drop" raffle during the months of February and March. You read that right.....you will be paid to stay home!!!
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 16, 2019

11 Jan

Correcting an Inaccuracy & Setting the Record Straight

On January 7, 2019, regrettably and as well intended as it may have been, there was a document released by a Local Council that has created a number of questions from around the system.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Cintas Customer Service Affected by Planned Power Outage on January 12, 2019

We have been advised that the local power company is scheduling maintenance for this Saturday, January 12, 2019 beginning at 0900 CST.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Building Better Working Relationships in 2019 – It’s our Future.

We all know we have faced many challenges since October – from computer glitches to operational, scheduling and staffing issues we’ve run the gamut. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Transfer Awards

On January 10, 2019, base transfers were awarded to GUM and HNL and will be effective the March schedule month, March 2, 2019. Transfers were awarded as follows:
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Implementation of Section 15.I.6. – Making up Family Medical Leave (FML)

Effective January 10, 2019, Section 15.I.6. of the JCBA has been implemented. Section 15.I.6 details the ability for a Lineholder to pick up open time when they are able to return to work for a portion of a pairing dropped for FML use.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Ordering of Open Assignments on Electronic Bulletin Board

For consistency in how we see pairings in open time, effective on January 15, 2019, the list of open assignments in the Electronic Bulletin Board will be ordered differently. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Introducing a Revised Version of the EBB– January 15, 2019

Since October 1, 2018 when all Flight Attendants moved to a common scheduling platform, Flight Attendants have made suggestions to improve the functionality of the automation of the system.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Winter Regular MEC Meeting, January 15 – 17, 2019

The Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) will take place January 15 – 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont, IL.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

How Members Introduce Ideas for Discussion

Our AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws starts everything with the Member, and a single Member has the power to bring forward ideas to democratically change the course of our Union, to elect the leaders of our Union as well as to hold any position within our Union leadership.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Scheduling Backstage 2019 Engagement Events

Management recently communicated in the January 9, 2019 Inflight Services Weekly that there will be three event dates to choose from in February for those who were awarded the February Preference Month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Limited Discretionary Time Off – COLAs, Multi-Month Leaves Not Anticipated

The Company has indicated that Multiple Month leaves will not be available for February and discretionary time off, if any, will be given on a day to day basis in order to provide flexibility to the operation to support the scheduling of the Backstage 2019 Event.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Day at a Time Vacation (DATV)

As a reminder, Section 12.J. of the Contract provides that each Flight Attendant may take up to ten (10) days a year separate from their awarded vacation period(s). 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

Review of Deadheading Crew Boarding Procedures

Although previously communicated, there continues to be confusion as to the standards to be applied to Flight Attendants for boarding when deadheading. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

11 Jan

New Uniform Update

Flight Attendants have been anticipating the release of the details of our uniform redesign. In recent days, a series of conference calls have been conducted with those who will serve as wear testers.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 11, 2019

08 Jan

December 13th Day of Action Updates

As we begin 2019, we write to you today to provide you with an update on any progress that has been made in addressing the issues we highlighted during our December 13, 2018 System-wide Day of Action. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Resumption of Dues Check off (DCO) for 2018 Annual Payers

As many of you will recall, 2017 was the last year where Union dues were able to be treated as a deductible business expense on Federal tax returns for those who itemized.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Holiday Bonus Point Attendance Credit – Visible in Work History on January 23

Flight Attendants who met the criteria holiday during the period of December 13, 2018, through January 7, 2019, will receive one (1) Holiday Bonus Attendance point credit.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Two Options for Voluntary Insurance Benefits

Flight Attendants will once again have the option to enroll in voluntary insurance programs through either of our current providers, Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP). 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Situational Awareness is Top Priority During Government Shutdown

The Government shutdown has now entered its 18th day, making it the third-longest recorded shutdown. Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officers are currently required to work without pay.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

NATCA Rally to End the Government Shutdown

NATCA Rally to End the Government Shutdown  AFA will be speaking at this rally.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Where to Direct Your Pay Related Questions?

Since the implementation of our JCBA, October, 2018 Flight Attendants have been dealing with a magnitude of errors and glitches, including issues concerning their pay.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

United Fourth Quarter Earnings Live Event, January 16, 2019

At this time of the year, employees being to anticipate receipt of profit sharing checks tied to the financial performance of the company over the past year.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Flight Attendants Receive Special Discount on Zappos Purchases

United employees now have the option to purchase uniform-approved shoes and accessories at Zappos, where they will receive a special 15% discount, (20% on some approved Clark’s brand selections).
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

08 Jan

Enter Drawing to Participate in 2018 Spring Marathons

United employees are being offered a unique opportunity for a chance to participate in the following Spring Marathon Events; NYC Half, Rock 'n' Roll Washington DC Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, and Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, San Francisco.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 08, 2019

04 Jan

Reserve Christmas Wish List Statistics and Appreciation

We had another successful year in the granting of Christmas Wish List (CWL) requests for Reserves. It’s important we recognize a number of people behind the scenes who made the granting of these requests possible
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Sick Leave Procedures Reviewed

Given the volume and magnitude of the many changes that have occurred since October 1, 2018, we understand there are still questions on some of the new processes. Calling on and off sick leave is one such process where there are many moving parts.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Elimination of Positive Check-in

On January 1, 2019 the dedicated check-in location became the departure gate. Flight Attendants are reminded that their required check-in time for their pairing has not changed.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Transfer Awards – Action Required

On January 2, 2019, base transfers were awarded to DEN, EWR, GUM, HNL, IAD, LAS and SFO with an effective date of March 2, 2019, the first day of the March 2019 schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Policy Changes to Emotional Support and Service Animal Effective 1/7/19

Due to an increase in the number of on-board incidents involving animals boarded in the cabin, United Airlines announced the followingchanges to the Emotional Support (ESAN) and Service Animal (SVAN) policies, effective for all reservations made on or after Monday, January 7, 2019
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Vacation Buy Back & 401(k) Deferral Payments - First Quarter of 2019

Flight Attendants who elected to participate in the Annual Vacation Buy Back option during the 2019 election window can expect the payout for the 2019 buy back hours in the first quarter of the affected year, typically in the month of February. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Winter Regular MEC Meeting: January 15 – 17, 2019

The Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) will take place January 15 – 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont, IL.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Holding Pay – Requesting Pay

Recent correspondence suggests that Flight Attendants remain unclear as to procedure to “put in for” or filing a “pay claim” for holding time. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

GUL Auto-Enrollment of Flight Attendants Returning from LOA/Furlough

Dissemination of inaccurate information on the reasons for and the process by which Flight Attendants are auto-enrolled in Group Universal Life Coverage (GUL), administered by Securian, when returning[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Picking up CQ Training Pairings

2019 CQ is now available for Flight Attendants with a January due month. Lineholders can pick up training pairings from open time beginning at the start of open time window.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

04 Jan

Scholarship Opportunities

Union Plus- Over 2,800 students in Union families have received financial awards for college through the Union Plus Scholarship. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 04, 2019

01 Jan

Crews Traveling to Paris – Use Caution and Avoid Protest Areas

Since November 17th, there have been ongoing “Yellow Vest” protests in Paris and they are expected to continue throughout the New Year’s Holiday. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 01, 2019

01 Jan

Implementation Dispute Resolutions

As outlined in the Implementation Letter of Agreement (LOA #18) in the JCBA, any disputes regarding the Implementation of provisions of the JCBA that are unable to be resolved by the Joint Implementat[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 01, 2019

01 Jan

Resolution of MEC 1-18 – Maternity Leave Dispute

The company and AFA have met to review and discuss the concerns of AFA that resulted in the filing of MEC Grievance 1-18. We are pleased to report that our discussions have resulted in a settlement of the Grievance that we believe is beneficial to the Flight Attendant membership.
  • AFA Article
  • Jan 01, 2019

28 Dec

Welcome Class 1815

This past week, December 26, 2018, we welcomed the last class of 2018 to the line. The 73 graduating Members of class 1815 will report to BOS and SFO on January 2, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on January 4, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Transfers Awarded - Action Required

Recently, the company has awarded Flight Attendant transfers to HNL, GUM and LHR.   Flight Attendants are reminded, under the provisions of Section 17 of our JCBA, once awarded a transfer you must either accept or decline such transfer within seven (7) days of the award date.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Safety Demo Responsibilities for Through Flights and Diversions

Our MEC Safety Health and Security Committee has been asked to clarify when safety demonstrations are required. Safety demonstrations are required before “each takeoff” including on through fligh[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Clarifying White Flag Pay

Under the terms of our JCBA, in times when coverage is tight, the company may designate specific days as “White Flag” to improve Flight Attendant staffing.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

New Year’s Day – Shared Contractual Holiday (Except HKG)

Section 2.Q. of our JCBA stipulates that Flight Attendants receive additional pay for assignments on holidays designated for the country of their domicile.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Trial Period Eliminating Positive Check-in Begins January 1, 2019

Flight Attendants are reminded, beginning January 1, 2019, the requirement for positive check-in has been eliminated on a trial basis. As a result, we will no longer required to check-in at the base prior to our flight. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Year End Reminders

As the end of 2018 quickly approaches we would like to remind Flight Attendants of the following important upcoming deadlines. Additional information on each topic is available by clicking the highlighted link. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Winter Regular MEC Meeting: January 15 – 17, 2019

The Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) will take place January 15 – 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont, IL.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

28 Dec

Subscribe or Update Your AFA E-Lines Subscription

AFA E-Lines is a twice-weekly publication for United Flight Attendants with the latest news and updates pertaining not only to our Contract implementation, but to our profession
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 28, 2018

21 Dec

Reserve Christmas Wish List Now Available

Reserve Christmas Wish List (CWL) is a Reserve assignment procedure that is provided for in Section 8.H.8.c. of the JCBA. At Christmas, for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday, Reserve Flight Attendants have the ability to preference up to four (4) layover stations.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Standby Pre-Boarding Assignment(s) Clarification

We have recently received questions regarding pre-boarding assignments from Standby, and how they relate to pairing assignments from Standby. In fact, they are treated in the same manner for assignment purposes. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Reserve Short Calls (8.G., 8.K.1 and 2.)

Section 8.K.1. of the JCBA provides a Reserve will be given 15 hours’ notice before departure time at the domicile with the exception that a lesser notice may be given when the need for a Reserve cannot be determined at least 15 hours in advance of the flight. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Welcome New Hire Class 1814!

This past Wednesday, December 18, 2018, we welcomed the 69 graduating Members of class 1814 to the line. Our newest flying partners will report to ORD and BOS on December 26, 2018 for orientation and will be available to fly on December 28, 2018.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Direct Deposit of First Pay Check of New Year is January 2, 2019

Consistent with the provisions of Section 3.BB.1., direct deposit funds for January 1st will be available the first business day after the holiday, that is, Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

De-Stress Your Holidays with Tips from your AFA EAP/Professional Standards

The holidays can be very joyous and fun-filled, but they also can be a source of great stress for different people, for different reasons.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

CINTAS Uniform Points – Final Days Place Orders Using Our 2018 Points

As a reminder, consistent with the terms of the JCBA, the balance of any uniform points do not roll over to the next year.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

EmployeeRES New Jumpseat Listing Procedure

The new employeeRes system launched on December 13, 2018 leading to changes in the Flight Attendant jumpseat listing procedure. Flight Attendants are encouraged to utilize the following steps when listing for jumpseat. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

2019 Pass Travel Enrollment Period Closes December 28, 2018

As we communicated on December 1, 2018, Flight Attendants who desire to change their 2018 Pass Travel preferences may do so now through December 28, 2018 (up to 7pm CT).
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Crew Meal Improvements Coming in 2019

This week the company released an article in Inflight Services Weekly addressing improvements to Crew Meals, some effective January 1, 2019 and others expected later in the year.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Transfers Affecting International Purser Qualification

As a result of recent transfer activity, there have been a number of questions as to how accepting a transfer affects the International Purser qualification of those who are “activated” International Pursers and those who are on the International Purser waitlist.   
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

International Purser Waitlist “Resignations”

As the company has begun activating additional International Pursers at base locations around the world, we’ve begun to receive some questions about the process of “resigning” for those who are curren[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Purser Override for 2019 Vacations

As the result of an agreement between United and AFA, Flight Attendants who are awarded a Purser line of flying shall be entitled to Purser Override Pay based on the Purser trips dropped due[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

21 Dec

Common Metal Support Team

The “hotline” hours for the Common Metal Support Team have been extended until December 28, 2018.  Until further notice, the commonmetal@united.come-mail address will continue to be available in support of issues or questions resulting from implementation of the JCBA. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 21, 2018

19 Dec

Reserve Christmas Wish List Now Available

Reserve Christmas Wish List (CWL) is a Reserve assignment procedure that is provided for in Section 8.H.8.c. of the JCBA. At Christmas, for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday, Reserve Flight Attendants have the ability to preference up to four (4) layover stations.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 19, 2018

18 Dec

United Announces Sale of ExpressJet from SkyWest, Inc.

United announced today the sale of ExpressJet from SkyWest, Inc. to ManaAir, LLC, in which United will take a minority interest. We are currently reviewing the transaction to ensure it is in full compliance with all terms of the Flight Attendant Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Direct Deposit of First Pay Check of New Year is January 2, 2019

Consistent with the provisions of Section 3.BB.1., direct deposit funds for January 1st will be available the first day after the holiday, that is, Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Staffing Reductions and the Avoidance of Scope Violations

On December 13th, 2018 United Flight Attendants stood together around the globe to protest the proposed reduced staffing onboard our aircraft as United management succumbed to the pressure of Wall Street to match the reduced staffing levels at American and Delta.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Resumption of Dues Check off (DCO) for 2018 Annual Payers

As many of you will recall, 2017 was the last year where Union dues were able to be treated as a deductible business expense on Federal tax returns for those who itemized. Subsequent to the federal tax law change, a number of Members elected to pay their annual 2018 dues in 2017.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Move-Up Protected Day Contract Violation

Due to a miscommunication between Crew Scheduling and FAST team representatives, some December Move-Up lines were built for Flight Attendants that violated the requirements of Section 8.B.4. of the Agreement.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Flight Attendant Engagement Event Awards Now Available in CCS

Preference Month awards for management’s planned Engagement Events are now visible on CCS. Flight Attendants who did not bid will be assigned the earliest Preference Month available in inverse order of seniority.Beginning February 2019, CQ will be one 9 hour day of training.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Holiday Bonus Point Attendance Program - December 13 - January 7, 2019

As with past holidays and consistent with the agreement between AFA and the company, management has agreed to implement the Holiday Bonus Point program for the upcoming Christmas holiday.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Absence Certificate Requirement for Christmas Holiday Sick Calls

As previously communicated on December 1, 2018, Flight Attendants who place themselves on sick leave during the period starting December 20, 2018 – January 4, 2019 will be required under the terms of our JCBA to supply United Medical with an Absence Certificate  (Section 13.C.4.).
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Language Qualified Flight Attendant Trades and Pick-up Clarification

We have received a number of questions from Language Qualified (LQ) Flight Attendants who are assigned language lines as to when they may pick up and trade for open language qualified and non-language qualified open time subject to the terms of Sections 7.I, 7.J. and 7.L. of the JCBA.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

18 Dec

Local Meetings and Winter Regular MEC Meeting: January 15 – 17, 2019

The Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) will take place January 15 – 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont, IL.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 18, 2018

14 Dec

January 2018 Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLA’s) Awards

Special COLA awards for the January 2019 schedule month were posted yesterday, December 13, 2018. Flight Attendants may view the status of their request in CCS under the Special COLA Request page.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2018

14 Dec

Paycheck Harmonization for pmCAL & pmCMI Effective Dec. 14, 2018 Paycheck

As we have previously communicated, there will be a significant change that will affect when pmCAL and pmCMI Flight Attendants receive their final paycheck for 2018, that is, December 14, 2018 as a result of having one less pay period in 2018. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2018

14 Dec

Transfers Awarded- Action Required

The company reported in the December 12, 2018 Inflight Services Weekly that as a result from growth in our Airline and also from the benefits of our JCBA Common Metal-
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2018

14 Dec

System Scheduling Reports – DSL Report, January, 2018

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent (DSL) report detailing their activities in the development of the January schedule has been published on unitedafa.org.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2018

14 Dec

Welcome New Hire Class 1813!

This past Wednesday, December 12, 2018, we welcomed the 73 graduating Members of class 1813 to the line. Our newest flying partners will report to ORD and BOS on December 19, 2018 for orientation and will be available to fly on December 21, 2018. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 14, 2018

11 Dec

CBD Oil Clarification – A Hazard to Continued Employment

Last week’s communication advising Flight Attendants of the hazards of using CBD oils has apparently been misconstrued by some as an “endorsement” of these products
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 11, 2018

11 Dec

December Contractual Holidays

Section 2.Q. of our JCBA stipulates that Flight Attendants receive additional pay for assignments on holidays designated for the country of their domicile.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 11, 2018

11 Dec

Attention to Safety this Holiday Season

With the holiday travel season well underway, it’s important that we ensure safety and security are prioritized. During hectic travel periods we have more competition for our attention in the cabin during boarding and while inflight.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 11, 2018

11 Dec

Flight Attendant Instant Vacation Trades with Open Time Now Available

Instant Open Time Vacation trading opened on December 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM (LDT).  If you wish to trade an awarded vacation for an open vacation period you will need to submit an Instant Open Time Vacation trade request.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 11, 2018

11 Dec

JCBA Duty Rig Verses Trip Rig and Partial Pairing Pick-ups

As provided for by the language in Section 6 of our JCBA, Ratio-in-Guarantee (RIG) offers protection for additional pay and credit beyond the sum of the flight time within a scheduled pairing, when applicable.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 11, 2018

11 Dec

Reserve Christmas Wish List Delay

We understand the December 2018 Bid Package Cover Letters contain information on the Reserve Christmas Wish List automation that is not currently available. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 11, 2018

11 Dec

40% Discount on Select Tumi Products

Flight Attendants are encouraged to take advantage of the 2 day 40% off discount available from Tumi®. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 11, 2018

11 Dec

New Version of eRes Launches Thursday, December 13, 2018

On December 13, the previous version of eRES will be discontinued, and after that only the new eRES will be available.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 11, 2018

08 Dec

Vacation Fly Through & Vacation Open Time Trades by Seniority

In the December 4, 2018 Scheduling Alert, management informed us that Vacation Open Time Trades by Seniority were not awarded in correct order impacting approximately 298 Flight Attendants.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Flight Attendant Instant Vacation Trades with Open Time Now Available

Instant vacation trades opened this morning, December 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM (LDT), if you wish to trade for an open vacation period you will need to submit a vacation trade with open time request
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Welcome New Hire Class 1812

This past Wednesday, December 05, 2018, we welcomed the 66 graduating Members of class 1812 to the line.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Transfer Awards – Action Required

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, base transfers were awarded as follows with an effective date of January 30, 2019, the first date of the February 2019 schedule month:
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

CBD Oil – A Hazard to Continued Employment

As a Flight Attendant, if you test positive for marijuana (THC), regardless of whether it is state approved medical or recreational marijuana and regardless of whether you knowingly smoked a joint or unknowingly ate a marijuana edible, you will be deemed a test violator.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Crews Traveling to Paris – Use Caution and Avoid Protest Areas

Since November 17th, there have been ongoing “Yellow Vest” protests in Paris and they are anticipated to continue this weekend. The focus of these protests have been higher fuel prices and government proposed fuel taxes.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Required Training/ Meetings Review & Engagement Event FAQ

Review the attached FAQ regarding the upcoming Engagement Event and International Purser Recurrent Training.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Pay Related Issues

Confusion continues over the harmonized payroll process. To clarify -
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Reserve Contact Following Legal Rest

Reserves continue to report confusion as to when Crew Scheduling may contact them following legal rest period.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Approved Holiday Adornment & Uniform Reminders

During the month of December to celebrate the holiday season, Flight Attendants may wear one holiday accessory that is in good taste and does not detract from our professional image as Safety Professionals.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Sun setting of Previous employeeRES Version

On December 13, the previous version of eRES will be discontinued, and after that only the new eRES will be available.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

GUL-Group Universal Life Automatic Enrollment Returning from LOA

AFA has negotiated this protection for Members to make sure Flight Attendants who return to work after a long illness or injury (non-occupational) and new hires are automatically enrolled in GUL at 4 times their annual salary.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

08 Dec

Reserve Christmas Wish List Delay

We understand the December 2018 Bid Package Cover Letters contain information on the Reserve Christmas Wish List automation that is not currently available.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 08, 2018

05 Dec

All Vacation Fly Through and Vacation Trades will be temporarily suspended

All Vacation Fly Through and Vacation Trades between Flight Attendants will be temporarily suspended beginning December 4, 2018 at 1700 CST until December 7, 2018 at 1000 HDT.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 05, 2018

05 Dec

Central Schedule Committee (CSC) Reports – December 2018

Central Schedule Committee most recent reports detailing their activities in the development of the December schedule has been published on Unitedafa.org for your review.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 05, 2018

05 Dec

Absence Certificate Requirement for Christmas Holiday Sick Calls

As provided for in Section 13.C.4. of the JCBA, management has advised AFA that an Absence Certificate will be required for all sick calls that begin during the period starting December 20, 2018 – January 4, 2019.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 05, 2018

05 Dec

Holiday Bonus Point Incentive Program

As with past holidays, the company will implement the Holiday Bonus Point program during the upcoming Christmas holiday.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 05, 2018

05 Dec

De-Stress Your Holidays with Tips from your AFA EAP/Professional Standards

The holidays can be fun, but they also can be a source of great stress for different people, for different reasons
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 05, 2018

05 Dec

2019 Engagement Event Bidding Now Open

Preference [Month] bidding for the 2019 Engagement Events are now open and will comport with the following schedule:
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 05, 2018

05 Dec

New W-2 Vendor - Action Needed for Paperless Option

United management has recently announced their selection of ADP as the new vendor for access to our W-2 statements replacing our former vendor, CIC Plus for the 2018 tax year and beyond.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 05, 2018

05 Dec

Pass Travel Enrollment Opened Today

Eligible employees may update their enrolled friend, spouse or domestic partner and regular buddy elections for 2019 beginning today December 4 through 7 p.m. CT on December 29, 2018.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 05, 2018

01 Dec

Continuing to Listen - There’s More to the Story

The November 28th Edition of Inflight Services Weekly contains a Scheduling Update that addresses the concerns many of you have expressed regarding the long overnight sits and the segments after ‘red-eye’ flights.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

Flight Attendant Instant Vacation Trades with Open Time Opens December 5

Now that the seniority based phase of vacation trading has concluded, the remaining vacation allocations will be posted on December 4, 2018 prior to the opening of instant vacation trading on December 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM Local Domicile Time (LDT).
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

Welcome New Hire Class 1811

This past Wednesday, November 28, we welcomed the 71 graduating Members of class 1811 to the line. Our newest flying partners will report to ORD and BOS on December 5, 2018 for orientation and will be available to fly on December 7, 2018.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

Deadheading Crew Boarding and Carry-on Luggage Policy

There continues to be confusion at various airport station locations as to the standards to be applied to Flight Attendants for boarding when deadheading and carry-on baggage. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

Senior Opting Clarification

We continue to receive questions concerning the circumstances under which a Reserve can be senior opted from her/his position as well as when the Purser (A position) can be senior opted among crew members.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

2Hot2Cold in Air Travel

Now that winter weather has officially begun Flight Attendants have been reporting extremely cold aircraft cabins, especially when operating an early morning flight.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

2019 Engagement Event Bidding Opens December 1, 2018

Preference [Month] bidding for the 2019 Engagement Events opens tomorrow, December 1st and will comport with the following schedule:
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

2019 Pass Travel Election Enrollment Opens December 4 through December 29

Eligible employees may update their enrolled friend, spouse or domestic partner and regular buddy elections for 2019 starting Dec. 4 through 7 p.m. CT on Dec. 29, 2018.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

Link Refresh of Apple iPhone 8 Plus

The company recently published additional bases where Flight Attendants may exchange their current Link for the new model. We are permitted to exchange at any base listed below.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

United Announces Joint Business Agreement with Copa & Avianca Airlines

United announced today it has reached agreement with Star Alliance partners Copa and Avianca, including many of Avianca’s affiliates, on a joint business agreement (JBA), pending government approval.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

ANC Station Reopens following 7.2 magnitude Earthquake – All Layover Crews Safe

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 rocked the Anchorage area at 8:29 a.m. Alaska Standard Time (11:29 a.m. Central) Friday.
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

01 Dec

United Announces Inauguration of DEN to FRA Service – May 2, 2019

United announced on Thursday the inauguration of year-round service between DEN and FRA (Frankfurt, Germany) beginning May 2, 2019. 
  • AFA Article
  • Dec 01, 2018

27 Nov

Flight Attendants Go RED Plan System-Wide DAY of ACTION for December 13

On December 13th we will stand together in a System-wide Day of Action objecting to management’s decision to succumb to the pressures of Wall Street rather than addressing the needs of the travel[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 27, 2018

27 Nov

Seniority Based Vacation Trades Close November 30th

Open Time [Vacation] Trades by seniority are now open. Trade requests may be submitted through November 30th, 2018 at 0800 Local Domicile Time.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 27, 2018

27 Nov

Commuter Policy Review

We understand that weather events have the potential to affect those commuting to work and even when putting into place a conservative plan to arrive in time for our flight assignments, things happen unexpectedly. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 27, 2018

27 Nov

Keep Your Contract Close during Weather Irregularities

Our Contract includes reassignment parameters which allow the airline to respond to operational irregularities while ensuring certain pay and schedule protections for Flight Attendants. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 27, 2018

27 Nov

Vacation Advance Notice and Operational Fly Through Review

Although previously published on November 6, 2018, we continue to receive questions on our Contractual Vacation Fly Though options. There are two types of “Vacation Fly Through”, for purposes of this [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 27, 2018

27 Nov

Contact Crew Scheduling when Trading Positions On-board

Flight Attendants should make every effort to inform crew scheduling when trading premium positions onboard the aircraft.  
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 27, 2018

27 Nov

Out-of-Base Parking Harmonization

As previously communicated in a One United email sent on October 16, 2018, effective December 1, 2018, we will harmonize the out-of-base parking policy per Section 3.T. of the JCBA. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 27, 2018

27 Nov

Reserve Move-up Line Process Begins November 30 – December 4, 2018

The Company will build Reserve Move-Up Lines from the 1st through 5th day of the bid month (not the calendar month), to the extent adequate Reserve coverage can be maintained. All Reserves are placed on the Move-Up List each month, unless they choose to remove their name from the list.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 27, 2018

27 Nov

CINTAS Uniform Points – Final Days for 2018 Points Orders

As a reminder, consistent with the terms of the JCBA, the balance of any uniform points do not roll over to the next year. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 27, 2018

23 Nov

Welcome Class 1810!

This past Wednesday, November 21, we welcomed the 71 graduating Members of class 1810 to the line. Our newest flying partners will report to ORD and BOS on November 26, 2018 for orientation and will be available to fly on November 28, 2018. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2018

23 Nov

Preference Month Bidding for 2019 Engagement Events

Earlier this month we received a communication from Senior Vice President, John Slater, inviting us to attend one of thirty-three Flight Attendant engagement events during the 2019 calendar year. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2018

23 Nov

Drinking Alcoholic Beverages While Deadheading

Our Contract in Section 3.I.11 – Deadhead provides that Flight Attendants may drink alcoholic beverages while deadheading subject to certain conditions. These restrictions were negotiated to ensure the integrity of the operation and are to be strictly adhered to as follows:
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2018

23 Nov

Vacation Seniority Trading Begins Saturday, November 24

Second Round Vacation awards have been posted on CCS. The Contractual bidding process is now complete and we will now move into the next phase of the annual vacation process – Vacation Modifications and Trading.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2018

23 Nov

Reminder – January 2019 Special COLA – Bids Close Monday, November 26

Special COLAs for the January 2019 Schedule month are available for bid based on the following timeline:
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2018

23 Nov

Reserve Move-up Lines and Sacred Days with Vacation

We have received a number of questions on how sacred days, that is, days immediately prior to and following a period of vacation apply for Flight Attendants awarded Reserve schedules. The applica[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2018

23 Nov

Common Metal Support Team Extended Support

Apparently recognizing the ongoing challenges related to the transition to a common scheduling platform, management has announced the extension of the period of availability for the Common Metal Suppo[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2018

23 Nov

The Cause Foundation®- Candy Cane Accessories

As the Christmas Holiday season approached, we have a number of opportunities to support United Flight Attendants in need either by donating to The Cause Foundation® and/or purchasing Candy Cane Scarves and/or ties.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 23, 2018

22 Nov

A Thanksgiving greeting of appreciation to our AFA United family

A Thanksgiving greeting of appreciation to our AFA United family, Here we are, the holiday season upon us once again. This time of year is by nature full of change. The leaves turn beautiful[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 22, 2018

20 Nov

Working Crew Members & Thanksgiving Holiday Buddy Pass Travelers

As a reminder, during the Thanksgiving holiday, United Flight Attendants and mainline pilots who are working crew members will again 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 20, 2018

20 Nov

2019 Round Two Vacation Awards Posted in CCS

The Second Round 2019 Vacation awards are now available in CCS.  With the completion of the 2019 Vacation Award, the “myVacation” page will provide Flight Attendants with an overview of all of their awarded vacation periods.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 20, 2018

20 Nov

Reminder - Flight Segments on Thanksgiving Day Qualify for Holiday Pay

Our Joint Contract Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) provides for additional pay for Flight Attendants on flight assignments during designated holidays and the Flight Attendant’s birthday.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 20, 2018

20 Nov

Guest Registration Required in Beijing

As the holiday season approaches and as a reminder from the hotel staff at our layover hotels in Beijing, in accordance with the Beijing Public Security Bureau, guests are required to register at the Front Desk when they check in to the hotel.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 20, 2018

20 Nov

Transfer Awards – Action Required

Yesterday, there were a significant number of transfers awarded with a report date of December 29, 2018, the first day of the January 2019 schedule month.  The following transfers were awarded:
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 20, 2018

20 Nov

January 2019 Special COLA Bid Deadline, Monday November 26, 2018

As a reminder, Flight Attendants who are interested in being considered for the award of the January 2019 Special COLA need to submit their bid no later than Monday, November 26, 2018.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 20, 2018

20 Nov

Clarification of Reserve Reassignments while at the Home Domicile

Our article in last Friday’s E-lines addressing the reassignment provisions while Flight Attendants are at their home domicile may have caused some unintentional confusion.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 20, 2018

20 Nov

Paycheck Harmonization for pmCAL & pmCMI Effective Dec. 14, 2018 Paycheck

As was previously reported, there will be a significant change that will affect when pmCAL and pmCMI Flight Attendants receive their final paycheck for 2018, that is, December 14, 2018.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 20, 2018

20 Nov

Amazon Smile for the Holidays – Support AFA Disaster Relief Fund

This Christmas, when shopping for gifts online at Amazon.com, we ask you to consider making your purchases through the "Amazon Smile" portal available on Amazon.com by  clicking on the "AFA Disaster Relief Fund."
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 20, 2018

16 Nov

Flight Attendant Staffing Reductions - #Enough

Your MEC Officers continue to hear from many of you asking what you can do to support the collective effort of the Union to persuade management to reconsider their decision to reduce staffing on certain international flight segments.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Walk the Picket Line in Solidarity with American Airlines Flight Attendants

Flight Attendants at American are angry with management decisions – from failure to fully address our toxic uniform health hazards to staffing cuts, and announcing a new attendance policy with a lookback that puts many Flight Attendants in discipline quickly.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Our Official AFA pin is RED

Last week, the United Master Executive Council acted to make the official AFA pin ‘red’ to signify to management our displeasure with the recent changes to staffing.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Welcome Class 1809!

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 we welcomed the 73 graduating Members of class 1809 to the line. Our newest flying partners will report to ORD and BOS on November 21, 2018, for orientation and will be available to fly on November 23, 2018.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Filter Masks Available for Wildfire Destinations

Due to strong winds and wildfire smoke, the air quality levels in some area of the west coast region of the United States is expected to fluctuate. Flight Attendants working flights into the affected wildfire areas will be provided N95 respirator masks, upon request.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

January 2019 Special COLAs Available

Last week the company announced the availability of a Special COLA for the January 2019 schedule month. Flight Attendants with January vacations are eligible to bid for the Special COLA and, if awarded, will be paid their vacations within forty-five (45) days of their vacation.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

U.S. Thanksgiving Day Holiday

Our Contract stipulates that Flight Attendants receive additional pay for flight assignments flown on designated holidays as outlined in Section 2.Q. Flight Attendants based in the United S[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Avoid Passenger Staging in the Jet Bridge

We continue to receive reports from the field that some stations continue to attempt to stage passengers for boarding on jet bridges.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Flight Attendant & Passenger Boarding Times

Your MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee reminds Flight Attendants that if you find the time provided for your safety checks or briefing with your crew is insufficient, submit an IOR report.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Upcoming Changes to Positive Check-in Requirements

Section 7.U. of our Contract provides the company with the ability to establish a positive check-in process for Flight Attendants to check-in at the required [check-in] time for their pairing.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Additional Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements – PenAir & Silver Airway

Working in partnership with representatives from Inflight Services and Corporate Travel, we continue to explore opportunities to enter into additional Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements with other airlines.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Out-of-Base Parking Deadline, November 30, 2018

The company has recently announced its plan to harmonize the parking policy consistent with the requirements of Section 3.T. of the JCBA to include out of base parking options.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

System Scheduling Reports – DSL Report, December, 2018

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent (DSL) report detailing their activities in the development of the schedule has been published on unitedafa.org.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Seniority Trading Vacations Begins November 24 - It’s Time to Review!

Second Round Vacation bidding closed this morning. Awards will be posted on CCS no later than November 20, 2018. This will conclude the Contractual bidding procedure and will move us into the next phase of vacation processes, Vacation Modifications and Trading.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Vacation Slides (Sliding Awarded Vacation Periods)

There are a number of types of Vacation Slides that provide for the movement (slide) of awarded vacation periods that are provided for under Section 12.G. of our JCBA.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Reserve Availability Screen has been Updated

On November 14 at 1830 CT, the Reserve Availability Screen in CCS was updated to reflect a RSV availability list compiled of Reserve Flight Attendants who have completed their legal rest period and are legal for assignment.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Premature Satellite Base Announcement

Following an information exchange meeting with a group of Flight Attendants, social media was buzzing with information about the opening of satellite bases in certain cities. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Replacement Link Devices

Plans and testing are underway for the replacement of our Link devices and sleds. The plan is to replace the current iPhone with an iPhone 8+.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

Irregularities, Call Wait Times & Self Help

While we understand that weather irregularities are inherent in our line of work, when a forecasted weather front moved into the east coast yesterday we are infuriated by what appears to be the company’s inability to ONCE AGAIN respond to their crews needs in a timely manner.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

16 Nov

November 16, 2018 - White Flag Day - BOS, IAD, ORD, IAH, DEN and EWR

As of 8:40am CT on November 16, 2018, management has declared White Flag days in BOS, IAD, ORD, IAH, DEN and EWR for trips originating on November 16, 2018.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 16, 2018

14 Nov

Our Official AFA pin is RED

Our Official AFA pin is REDLast week, the United Master Executive Council acted to make the official AFA pin ‘red’ to signify to management our displeasure with the recent changes to staffing.  &[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 14, 2018

14 Nov

Secondary (Round Two) Vacation Bids Close this Friday, November 16. 2018

Secondary (Round Two) Vacation bidding closes on November 16, at 0800 (HDT).  Flight Attendants have until that time to submit their second round vacation bids.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 14, 2018

14 Nov

Verifying Pay for your Vacation Fly-through

Flight Attendants utilizing the vacation fly through option have been inquiring as to where they can view their pay for the vacation hours once they are dropped from their line of flying.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 14, 2018

14 Nov

December Bids Now Open - Bid Packets Available in CCS

December bid packets are now available electronically in CCS. Paper copies will be available in the base no later than 3:00 PM local time on the 14th calendar day of the month. As a reminder, bid packages are available via BidPlus.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 14, 2018

14 Nov

BidPlus AFA Credits

As a reminder, AFA and BidPlus have worked out an arrangement to provide each Member with two (2) free months of access to BidPlus. Registration for your account can be completed at any time and your two (2) month credit is available for your use at your convenience.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 14, 2018

13 Nov

Clarifying Deadhead Deviation

Recently, there appears to be some confusion on how the Contract provisions for deadhead deviation apply.  It is first important to know that front end and back end deviation are handled differently.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 13, 2018

13 Nov

Rapid Re-accrual of Sick Leave

A Flight Attendant who has used more than 255 hours of sick leave for a single injury, illness or maternity, shall re-accrue sick leave at the rate of 7 hours each month until they reach the same level of sick leave they had at the onset of the injury, illness or maternity.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 13, 2018

13 Nov

Layover Minimum Rest – Legal Rest

Flight Attendants have been requesting the details of the layover minimum rest provision provided for in section 6.V.3 of our JCBA, which states the following:
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 13, 2018

13 Nov

New Hire Training Flights – Wear your AFA Pin!

In a recent publication of Inflight Service Weekly, (ISW) the company outlined the procedures for working crew to follow when Flight Attendant trainees are onboard our flights conducting their required training or IOE flights.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 13, 2018

13 Nov

Fidelity Notice for 401(k) Investment Designation

Flight Attendants participating in the Fidelity 401K investment plan who do not designate a specific fund(s) option, will have their contributions automatically directed into the Vanguard Target 2025 fund.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 13, 2018

13 Nov

Upcoming Link and Sled Exchange

A system-wide Link hardware refresh is planned to begin mid to late November and will run through January 2019. The new hardware will include a new iPhone 8Plus, an Otter Box protective case and a lightweight payment sled.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 13, 2018

13 Nov

Congratulations UNITE HERE Local 30 Members!

Congratulations to UNITE HERE! Local 30 Members from the Westin Gaslamp, San Diego for ratification on their tentative agreement after 35 days of striking.
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 13, 2018

09 Nov

United Express Flight Attendants Authorize a Strike

With a 99% strike vote, Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants have locked arms sending a powerful message to management that they will do whatever it takes to get a contract that accurately reflects the value they provide to their airline.  
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 09, 2018

09 Nov

CBT – Bonus Bucks, UNAM and UAL Photography & Videography Policy Change

Earlier this year, United management required all Flight Attendants complete a computer based training module to review the new Bonus Bucks policy, securing Unaccompanied minors in our care and the changes to the corporate Photography & Videography policy. 
  • AFA Article
  • Nov 09, 2018