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15 Oct

Recognizing our Work - $1,000 Special Award Announced

OCT 15 - Earlier this week, Scott Kirby announced that all active employees will receive a special award of $1,000 this year, for their exceptional work during 2020.  Follow[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 15, 2021

15 Oct

Variable Staffing Position(s) & Overstaffing

OCT 15 - Recently, a number of Flight Attendants have asked questions about how to assign jumpseat and work positions when the number of Flight Attendants assigned to work a flig[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 15, 2021

15 Oct

Understanding Corresponding Jumpseat and Work Positions

OCT 15 - Understanding how to read a pairing and to understand the corresponding work-position eliminates uncertainty and ensures we are collectively & individually prepared for our specific safety and service responsibilities in advance of our arrival at the aircraft.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 15, 2021

15 Oct

Returning to Availability List following Completion of Standby Assignment (OSB)

OCT 15 - We have received questions from Members about the circumstances under which a Reserve is to be placed back on the availability list on the same calendar day after having been released from a standby assignment (OSB).
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 15, 2021

15 Oct

Rapid Re-Accrual of Sick Leave When Returning from Injury, Illness or Maternity

OCT 15 - Flight Attendants returning from maternity (sick leave), or a single injury or illness absence are reminded, as provided in Section 13.A.5. of our Contract, if during th[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 15, 2021

15 Oct

Vacation Election Period Closed - Next up: First Round Vacation Bidding

OCT 15 - The twenty (20) day period during which Flight Attendants are provided the opportunity to elect Vacation Buy Back or 401(k) deferral and purchase FLEX vacation close this morning, October 15, 2020 at 8:00AM LDT.  
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 15, 2021

15 Oct

Transfers with November 30, 2021 - Effective Dates Awarded Today

OCT 15 - Transfers with November 30, 2021 Effective Dates Awarded Today.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 15, 2021

15 Oct

With Airline Staff At A Breaking Point, Passengers Can Expect More Headaches

OCT 15 - Although this weekend's problems were mainly limited to Southwest, it is by no means the only airline struggling to restore staff and flights that were trimmed during th[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 15, 2021

14 Oct

No Cost Health Care Coverage at SFO Eliminated Under the Law

OCT 14 - On November 10, 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors amended the HCAO to include specific requirements for SFO employers.  The Healthy Airport Ordinance (HAO) went into effect on March 21, 2021 which included amendments proposed on March 2, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 14, 2021

14 Oct

Should Passengers Be Vaccinated or Tested to Fly Within the U.S.?

OCT 14 - Numerous airline executives say no, but a growing number of politicians and medical experts say it is worth following Canada’s lead before holiday travel commences.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 14, 2021

13 Oct

Is America Experiencing An Unofficial General Strike?

OCT 13 - Across the country, people are refusing to return to backbreaking or mind-numbing low-wage jobs.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2021

13 Oct

More Than 100K Workers Threaten Strikes As Unions Flex Muscles

OCT 13 - Workers in various industries nationwide are threatening to go on strike in a sweeping effort to secure higher pay and better working conditions.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2021

13 Oct

Deere Workers Prepare for Strike After Rejecting Contract

OCT 12 - More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers appear ready to go on strike if negotiators can’t deliver a new agreement by the end of Wednesday. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2021

13 Oct

Hollywood Crews Threaten Strike if Deal Isn’t Reached With Producers

OCT 13 - A union representing film and television crews said it would strike on Monday unless a deal for a new contract is reached with producers.  A strike could throw studio plans into turmoil and cost millions of dollars
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2021

13 Oct

United Airlines: Travel Expected to Surge in December

OCT 13 - The airline is planning its largest domestic schedule since March 2020, with 3,500 daily domestic flights.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2021

12 Oct

United Award Bonus

Today, Scott Kirby announced that every active employee as of November 10, 2021, as well as those who return to United Airlines, will receive a $1,000 award in recognition of our dedication and for all the hard work we’ve all done during the pandemic.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 12, 2021

12 Oct

DOT to audit FAA staffing challenges after Southwest Airlines chaos

OCT 12 - The federal Department of Transportation’s inspector general will audit hiring and staffing challenges at the Federal Aviation Administration after Southwest Airlines blamed mass cancellations over the weekend on a shortage of air traffic controllers.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 12, 2021

12 Oct

Known Crewmember (KCM) & TSA Regulations

Ensuring our continued participation in the Known Crew Member program requires each of us to know and abide by the rules. Failure to follow the established system-wide TSA policy could result in s[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 12, 2021

12 Oct

Gallagher Bassett Data Breach

We have confirmed with Gallagher Bassett that the written communication sent to the homes of those affected is legitimate.  Members with questions not addressed in the Gallagher Bassett com[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 12, 2021

12 Oct

Holiday Bidding Reminder: November

For the November bid month, November 25, 2021 is a Holiday for Guam & U.S. Bases
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 12, 2021

12 Oct

Delays happen. Protect your duty time maximum!

As aviation’s first responders the amount of time we spend on duty plays a crucial role in our ability to quickly identify and respond to emergency situations. In knowing these delays in advance, [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 12, 2021

12 Oct

Should Passengers Be Vaccinated or Tested to Fly Within the U.S.?

OCT 12 - Numerous airline executives say no, but a growing number of politicians and medical experts say it is worth following Canada’s lead before holiday travel commences.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 12, 2021

12 Oct

SWA says nothing nefarious behind flight cancellations, eyes holiday travel cut

OCT 12 - Southwest fell apart again over the weekend, canceling more than 1,900 flights Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, a busy fall break and holiday wee[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 12, 2021

12 Oct

SWA CEO says he never wanted Covid vaccine mandate but Biden forced his hand

OCT 12 - Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC on Tuesday he believes businesses should not impose Covid vaccine mandates on their employees, but he said his company is doing so to comply with federal rules put in place by the Biden administration.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 12, 2021

11 Oct

Hollywood crews will strike Monday if contract deal is not reached with Producers

OCT 11 - IATSE has been bargaining with producers for months, advocating for better working hours, safer workplace conditions and improved benefits.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 11, 2021

11 Oct

Here’s what’s behind the Southwest Airlines cancellations

Oct 11 - Southwest initially said on Saturday that the delays were caused by a combination of bad weather in Florida and air traffic control delays. The Federal Aviation Administ[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 11, 2021

11 Oct

Analysis: Corporate business travel 'carbon budgets' loom for airlines

OCT 11 - As major companies look at drastic ways to cut carbon emissions from corporate travel, airlines are bracing for a major hit to business-class travel, a key revenue driver, industry executives and experts say.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 11, 2021

10 Oct

With 22 Words, the CEO of United Airlines Taught a Bold Lesson in Leadership

OCT 10 - It all starts with what Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines, told United employees back in January. It ends, at least for now, with what several competing airlines did in recent days
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 10, 2021

09 Oct

U.S. FAA wants airlines to do more to address unruly passengers

OCT 9 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urged U.S. passenger airlines "to commit to take more action" to address reports of violent or unruly passengers.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 09, 2021

08 Oct

November Special COLA Awards

OCT 6 - November Special COLA Awards
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2021

08 Oct

Special COLA for November 2021

OCT 8 - Crew Schedule Planning has announced the offering of a Special COLA for the November 2021 bid month.   The Special COLA awards will be published before the November 2021 bidding window opens. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2021

08 Oct

Review Annual Vacation Bidding Process

OCT 8 - Decisions must be made before October 15, 2021.  Take a few minutes to look at the overview of the vacation process, broken down by dates and specific activities tied to vacation bidding, which is available from our Vacation microsite.   
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2021

08 Oct

2022 Benefits Enrollment Period

OCT 8 - It’s that time of the year again.  With the advent of Fall brings about our Annual Benefits Open Enrollment.  Soon, we will have an opportunity to change or update our contractually negotiated Healthcare Benefits.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2021

08 Oct

FLT LINE New Menu Options

OCT 8 - The company announced they have changed some of the main menu options for FLTLINE.   Based on our continuing advocacy, the company has reinstated access to the COVID information line (CCC) from the main FLTLINE menu.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2021

08 Oct

Uniform Orders

OCT 8 - We recommend that you consider placing orders for uniform items before the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season where ordering uniform pieces can become lost in other commitments.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2021

08 Oct

2021 International Purser Recurrent Training

OCT 8 - You are encouraged to review the IPRT21 information in the monthly Bid Package Cover Letter for training dates to ensure you accomplish it before the end of the year.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2021

08 Oct

Next Regular MEC Meeting Planned for Winter 2022

OCT 8 - Given the Roadshow activity that will be conducted and ongoing through November 11, 2021, the United Master Executive Council (MEC) acted to delay scheduling of our next [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2021

08 Oct

Benefits Committee Training and Wellness Health Benefits Available

OCT 8 - This week, our MEC Benefits Committee conducted their annual committee training for AFA volunteers throughout our system. These trained professionals will now be working hard for each of us in our Local Councils.  
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2021

07 Oct

Southwest Airlines gives flight attendants, pilots DoorDash memberships

OCT 7 - Southwest Airlines gives flight attendants, pilots DoorDash memberships to help with meal issues.  Crew members have complained about problems with hotels, transportation and the availability of meals since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 07, 2021

06 Oct

What To Know About Europe's Newest Airline - ITA -- Italia Trasporto Aereo

OCT 6 - There's a week to go before the world's newest airline launches, and it's promising to bring some dolce vita back to the skies.  From October 15, ITA -- Italia Trasp[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 06, 2021

05 Oct

Masks Are Still a Federal Mandate

OCT 5 - The COVID-19 pandemic once again changed our roles on board the aircraft. With the implementation of this Federal mandate, requiring masks to be worn properly on the airc[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 05, 2021

05 Oct

Reserves and Phone Availability

OCT 5 - For some Flight Attendants it has been a while since they have been awarded a Reserve schedule. As such, it is understandable that there may be confusion on contractual p[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 05, 2021

05 Oct

Third Trimester CBT Reminder

OCT 5 - The Third Trimester CBT is now available for completion and is required to be completed by October 30, 2021 - 2359 Central Standard Time.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 05, 2021

05 Oct

Annual Vacation Election Now Open

OCT 5 - To avoid confusion, when discussing Vacation Bidding for 2022, there are three windows a Flight Attendant participates in: 1. Choose; 2. Bid; 3. Trade.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 05, 2021

05 Oct

Violent Anti-Maskers Make ‘Living Nightmare’ For Flight Attendants

OCT 5 - Outrage over COVID-19 safety guidelines and a recent increase in flight delays and cancellations, mixed with alcohol intake, are fueling a surge in passenger brutality against flight crews.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 05, 2021

05 Oct

AFA Opening Proposal

OCT 5 - The summary and full-text version of the AFA Opening Proposal Summary may be found at www.contract2021.org.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 05, 2021

04 Oct

Southwest Air to Require Workers to Be Vaccinated by Dec. 8

OCT 4 - Southwest Airlines Co. said Monday that it will require most workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the latest carrier to take such a step. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 04, 2021

04 Oct

Budget Ukrainian airline swaps high heels for trainers

OCT 4 - Ukraine's low-cost flier has gone further: out go the high heels, skirts and tight blouses, in come trainers, loose orange jackets and trousers.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 04, 2021

03 Oct

Airlines accelerate climate pledge despite Chinese opposition

OCT 3 - Global airlines agreed on Monday to step up plans to tackle climate change as they face mounting pressure from regulators and environmental groups over the impact of billions of extra passengers expected to take to the skies in coming decades.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2021

03 Oct

Flight attendants union calls to limit food and booze service

OCT 3 - Flight attendants union calls to limit food and booze service to stem tide of unruly passengers
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2021

02 Oct

American, Alaska and JetBlue Will Require Their Staff To Be Vaccinated

OCT 3 - American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are joining United Airlines in requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as the Biden administration steps up pressure on major U.S. carriers to require the shots.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 02, 2021

01 Oct

October Reserve Move Up

Oct 1 - As of yesterday, the company used computer programming to vacate the pairings from the October lines of those Flight Attendants who appear in company records to be unvaccinated.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 01, 2021

01 Oct

Payroll Support Program (PSP) End Impacts FRA, HKG and NRT Colleagues

OCT 1 - While the success of the hard-fought Payroll Support Program is undeniable and that we must celebrate that accomplishment because of what the support meant for so many wo[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 01, 2021

01 Oct

Air Rage Townhall – Chicago

OCT 1 - In response to the pandemic driven uptick in air rage incidents, the Chicago Federation of Labor Airport Labor Committee conducted an Air Rage Townhall on Wednesday in wh[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 01, 2021

01 Oct

AFA Opening Proposal Roadshows

OCT 1 - Our AFA Negotiating Committee will kick off an Opening Proposal Roadshow with the first stop October 6 in Orlando. Over a six-week period, the Committee will travel to all nineteen Flight Attendant Bases to meet with you and present details of our Opening Proposal
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 01, 2021

01 Oct

Flu Shots!

OCT 1 - Flu season is coming and it’s more important than ever for each of us to consider our personal health circumstances, to consult with our physician in order to determine if getting the flu shot is in our best interest. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 01, 2021

01 Oct

Vaccination Card is Primary Proof of Vaccination

OCT 1 - This morning, United management issued a Safety Alert updating their guidance communicated previously on September 28, 2021.Effective September 27, 2021, COVID-19 vaccina[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 01, 2021

01 Oct

AFA International EAP, Safety, and Membership Phone Number

OCT 1 - There has been a major disruption to CWA Headquarters hardware phone lines, and this has interrupted our ability to use the contact numbers for AFA-CWA Headquarters. [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 01, 2021

01 Oct

Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month – Cesar Chavez

OCT 1 - AFA is recognizing the histories, cultures, contributions, and achievements of Hispanic Americans to the United States.  This week, AFA, in honor of Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month honors Cesar Chavez.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 01, 2021

30 Sep

Number of Unvaccinated United staff drops from 593 to 320

SEP 30 - Number of unvaccinated United staff drops from 593 to 320 after airline said it would fire them.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 30, 2021

30 Sep

United Airlines Prepares to Fire Employees Who Refuse Covid-19 Vaccinations

SEP 30 - United Airlines Holdings Inc. is moving ahead with plans to terminate close to 600 employees who didn’t meet its Covid-19 vaccination deadline, company officials said Tuesday.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 30, 2021

30 Sep

Bill Requires US Airline Passengers Have COVID-19 Vaccine or Prove Negative Test

SEP 30 - Bill would require US airline passengers to have COVID-19 vaccine or prove negative test.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 30, 2021

29 Sep

Air rage: Airline workers share growing concerns at town hall near O'Hare

SEP 29 - Airline industry union workers gathered near O'Hare International Airport Wednesday to sharing concerns about the growing threat of "air rage."  For months, many of[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 29, 2021

29 Sep

NO MORE SHUTDOWNS!

SEP 29 - Unless Congress acts before Thursday night (midnight, Friday morning), the federal government will shut down again.  We need to make it clear: federal shutdowns are unacceptable.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 29, 2021

29 Sep

Nearly 600 United Employees Face Termination

SEP 29 - Nearly 600 United Airlines employees face termination for failing to comply with vaccine mandate.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 29, 2021

29 Sep

United Airlines CEO says vaccine mandate won't impact operations

SEP 29 - United Airlines does not expect its vaccine mandate to impact the company's operations, Chief Executive Scott Kirby told CNBC on Wednesday.  The comments came a day[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 29, 2021

28 Sep

Covid-19 Vaccination Card Is a Required Duty Item

SEP 28 - On Monday, September 27, 2021, the company issued clarification on the requirement for the COVID-19 vaccination cards being a required duty item for all Flight Attendant[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 28, 2021

28 Sep

Vacation Bidding When Transferring

SEP 28 - With the recent transfer awards last week, we have received questions from Flight Attendants who will be bidding for vacation while in one base and who will be transferr[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 28, 2021

28 Sep

Award of Special COLAs for October from the Waitlist Occurs Tomorrow

SEP 28 - The company plans to award additional Special COLAs on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, just prior to the start of the October schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 28, 2021

28 Sep

Reserve Move-up Process Review

SEP 28 - We are providing a full review of the Reserve Move-up Process which can be accessed from the Reserve Committee page.  This publication is designed to answer specific questions you may have about the Move-up process.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 28, 2021

28 Sep

Reserve Survival Guide Updated

SEP 28 - Our MEC Reserve Committee has updated our Reserve Survival Guide which is now available on our website. We encourage you to download a copy of this guide and always carry it with you when flying.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 28, 2021

27 Sep

Airlines were counting on a post-Labor Day surge in business travel

SEP 27 - Airlines were counting on a post-Labor Day surge in business travel. It looks like that won't happen.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 27, 2021

25 Sep

United Responds to Employee Lawsuit Challenging Vaccine Exemptions

SEP 27 - Any employee whose COVID RAP accommodation was approved will not be placed on unpaid leave prior to Oct. 15, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2021

24 Sep

Reporting Passenger Mask Non-Compliance

SEP 24 - For United and the FAA to consider and pursue further action on these types of reports involving passengers who are non-compliant with the Federal mask mandate, our repo[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2021

24 Sep

Third Trimester CBT – Consider Completing It Before Beginning any Time Away

SEP 24 - The Third Trimester CBT is now available for completion and is required to be completed by October 30, 2021 - 2359 Central Standard Time. Log into TakeOff Learning [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2021

24 Sep

Vacation 2022 – Contractual Process Begins with Vacation Accrual Letters

SEP 24 - Vacation Accrual Letters have been prepared and are now available via the Vacation tab on the CCS home page. Flight Attendant 2022 Vacation Accrual Letters can be viewed[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2021

24 Sep

Annual Vacation Elections Now Open

SEP 24 - The Vacation Election period is now open as of September 23 and will remain open until October 15 providing more than the full twenty (20) day period required under the Contract during which we make elections for our 2022 vacation.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2021

24 Sep

Register to Vote! – It is your Right

SEP 24 - Your right and privilege to vote is not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2021

24 Sep

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Get Your PINK ON!

SEP 24 - The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To date, breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer among women living in the United States.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2021

24 Sep

System Transfers Awarded Effective for the November Schedule Month

SEP 24 - System transfers effective for the November 2021 schedule month (10/30) were awarded on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2021

23 Sep

Delta Urges Airlines To Create A National "No Fly" List Of Problem Passengers

SEP 23 - Delta Air Lines is urging airlines to respond to the extraordinary surge in unruly behavior in the skies by creating a national “no fly” list of barred customers, according to a memo sent to flight attendants on Wednesday.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 23, 2021

23 Sep

Reserve Timeline for the October 2021 Bidding Month

SEP 23 -  If awarded or assigned a Reserve line for the September 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
  • Sep 23, 2021

22 Sep

The American Airlines and JetBlue Alliance Is Under Threat. Why It Matters.

SEP 22 - The alliance between American Airlines and JetBlue Airways Corporation in the Northeast is under threat from the U.S. Justice Department just months after getting off the ground.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

22 Sep

Democrats demand more action from feds on unruly airline passengers

SEP 22 - A pair of Senate Democrats is urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to do more to crack down on unruly airline passengers as the number of reports of poor behavior on airplanes skyrockets.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

22 Sep

Confirm Your Vaccine Card Upload on Flying Together

SEP 22 - The September 27, 2021, deadline is fast approaching. Company policy requires all Flight Attendants without an approved medical or religious accommodation to be vaccinated and to upload proof of such vaccination, which is their vaccine card, by September 27, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

22 Sep

Onboard Tidying Tools and New Inflight Announcement

SEP 22 - While a recent Inflight Services Weekly (ISW) article announced an expansion in the types of “tidying tools” provisioned onboard the aircraft, there has been no change to Flight Attendant tidying responsibilities.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

22 Sep

Biden Administration to Require Vaccination to Enter U.S.

SEP 22 - On Tuesday, the Biden Administration made an announcement that they will begin lifting the current international travel ban currently in place for fully vaccinated indiv[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

22 Sep

30 Minute Crew Rest Domestic and International

SEP 22 - As Safety professionals we know the importance of being well rested and alert in the performance of our job duties. Taking advantage of every opportunity for rest is vit[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

22 Sep

Updating Your Password on www.unitedafa.org

SEP 22 - Because some of the information related to our work at United should not be subject to review and commented upon by the public, our website restricts access to informati[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

22 Sep

CQ Attendance Month

SEP 22 - In recent weeks as the company has endeavored to balance their training liability at all training locations system-wide, you may recall that certain Members received communication instructing them to rebid their assigned recurrent emergency training (CQ) month.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

22 Sep

Alert iOS Link Operating System

SEP 22 - United released an Inflight Services Alert on Monday September 20, 2021. Apple recently has launched a new iOS update (iOS 15.0). This has NOT been approved by United Ai[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

22 Sep

United Expands Vaccination Opportunities

SEP 22 - United management released information through a statement to employees indicating that more than 97% of U.S. employees, excluding the small number of employees who soug[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 22, 2021

21 Sep

U.S. FAA wants airlines to do more to address unruly passengers

SEP 21 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday urged U.S. passenger airlines "to commit to take more action" to address reports of violent or unruly passengers.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 21, 2021

21 Sep

FAA Tells Airlines To Do More About Unruly Passenger Behavior

SEP 21 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants airlines to do more to address unruly passengers, and they’ll have to act quick… but how?
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 21, 2021

21 Sep

American Airlines and JetBlue sued by DOJ over their airline alliance

SEP 21 - The Department of Justice has sued two major airlines on Tuesday, alleging the companies created an alliance that raised prices and reduced choice for air passengers traveling to and from major cities in the United States' Northeast region.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 21, 2021

20 Sep

Airline Jobs Have Always Been Easy to Fill, But Carriers Can't Enough Workers

SEP 20 - Once among the country’s most coveted companies to work for, airlines are suddenly struggling to find workers at the same time they need thousands of new people to keep [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 20, 2021

19 Sep

The pandemic has turned United Airlines into a thriving freight company

SEP 19 - During the pandemic, many airlines shifted their focus to flying freight to make up for lost passenger revenue. But no airline has adopted cargo flights with as much enthusiasm—or financial success—as United.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 19, 2021

18 Sep

Alcohol is such a problem airlines have added it to safety announcement

SEP 18 - Alcohol is such a problem airlines have added it to safety announcements — and banned it.  Southwest and American said alcohol isn’t coming back on flights until at least January
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2021

17 Sep

10 U.S. Cities Lost Almost All Their Business Travel Revenue This Year

SEP 17 - US cities across the country,  including New York, DC, and San Francisco, will lose millions, and in some cases billions, of dollars in revenue in 2021 as [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

How Airline Marketing And Advertising Has Changed

SEP 17 - Regardless of the current trends ranging from climate change and sustainability to safety and cleanliness practices enacted during COVID-19,  airlines create marketing t[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

US Is Planning to Create a New System for International Travel

Sep 17 - The White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Jeff Zients, has revealed that the United States is working to create a system for international travel, which is expected to consist of contact tracing.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

United Banned Almost 1,000 Passengers During Pandemic Over Unruly Behavior

SEP 17 - Almost a thousand passengers have been banned from flying on United Airlines over the course of the pandemic due to issues related to mask mandates and unruly behavior, according to CEO Scott Kirby.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

American Airlines Cracks Down on Unruly Behavior in Latest Policy Update

SEP 17 - Consider yourself warned. If you’re going to misbehave on an American Airlines flight, you’ll be in violation of the carrier’s conditions of carriage.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

Documenting Incidents as Safety Professionals

SEP 17 - As safety professionals Flight Attendants act daily to uphold and support the safety of both passengers and crew. An important aspect of our role as safety professionals[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

October Special COLA Awards

SEP 17 - In preparation for the award of system schedules for October 2021, management announced the award of a very limited number of 1-month Special COLAS. Those awarded the 1-month October Special COLA should have received a CCS message advising of the award.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

iPhone Software to Address Critical Vulnerability and United’s Link Updates

SEP 17 - As mentioned earlier this week in our Debrief newsletter, Apple has updated its software for iPhones to address a critical vulnerability that independent researchers say[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

AFA Celebrates Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month - September 15 – October 15

SEP 17 - The AFA-CWA Executive Board unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing September 15 – October 15 as Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month. This is an annual observance recogn[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month – Featuring Justice Sonia Sotomayor

SEP 17 - When President Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court in 2009, many Americans welcomed the appointment as a historic milestone; she is the fi[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

17 Sep

United Airlines flights grounded briefly by system outage

SEP 17 - A system-wide outage briefly grounded several United Airlines flights across the United States and Canada on Friday.  At about 6:45 a.m., United issued a ground sto[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 17, 2021

16 Sep

Alaska Airlines right to ground anti-maskers — including state senator

SEP 16 - For most people, flying is rarely a hassle-free convenience. You show up early to get through security, take off your shoes, empty your water bottle, remove your laptop [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2021

15 Sep

Obama’s Transportation Chief to Biden: Mandate Vaccines For Airline Travel

SEP 15 - The White House hasn’t ruled it out. They haven’t embraced it either. Ray LaHood says it’s time to go down that route.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 15, 2021

15 Sep

Southwest Gives Fully Vaccinated Extra Pay & Cutting Special Sick Pay For Others

SEP 15 - Southwest Airlines is giving fully vaccinated staff 16 hours extra pay - and cutting special sick pay for unvaccinated workers who catch COVID-19.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 15, 2021

14 Sep

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report - October 2021

DSL Review Information, Mixed Base Flying Assignments, International Check-in time exceptions, Fully Daily Optimization of the Aircraft Schedule, Tagalog (TAG) LQ positions - Guam,[...]
  • Report
  • Sep 14, 2021

14 Sep

The Connection Between Vaccine Pass and Vaccination Incentive Vacation

SEP 14 - As of today, there remains several hundred Flight Attendant who have been vaccinated and who started the vaccination documentation upload process but who have not proper[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2021

14 Sep

United Responds to Requests for Reasonable Accommodation

SEP 14 - AFA has been made aware that United has begun the initial phase of advising those requesting a Reasonable Accommodation exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate a[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2021

14 Sep

Updated Appearance Standards Effective Tomorrow - September 15, 2021

SEP 14 - As a reminder, United’s updated appearance standards for Flight Attendants go into effect tomorrow, September 15, 2021.The Inflight Uniform and Appearances sta[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2021

14 Sep

Speaking of Uniforms, CINTAS Uniform Points Balance do not Roll over

SEP 14 - As a reminder, uniform point balances do not roll over to the next calendar year. For Flight Attendants to get full use of your annual uniform points allocation, any remaining uniform points must be used before the end of the calendar year.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2021

14 Sep

Annual Enrollment for Active Employees Takes Place in November!

SEP 14 - We want to get the word out that our Annual Benefits Open Enrollment for active employees will open on November 1, 2021, while Annual Benefits Enrollment for retirees wi[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2021

14 Sep

International Override Applies to Flying Outside the Continental U.S. and Canada

SEP 14 - Section 4.J. of our Contract stipulates eligibility for the International Override and how it applies; that is to pairings flown to/from destinations outside the contine[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2021

14 Sep

Third (3rd) Trimester CBT Due by October 30

SEP 14 - The Third Trimester CBT is now available and is required for completion by October 30, 2021.  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2021

14 Sep

Apple issues urgent iPhone software update to address critical vulnerability

SEP 14 - Apple has updated its software for iPhones to address a critical vulnerability that independent researchers say has been exploited by notorious surveillance software.&nb[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 14, 2021

13 Sep

The next vaccine mandate battle could focus on airline passengers

Sep 13 - Over the past four days, the CEO of United Airlines seemed open to the idea of the federal government requiring vaccines for its passengers and the top U.S. infectious-disease specialist declared “you should be vaccinated” to board an airplane.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 13, 2021

12 Sep

Those Business Travel Chickens That Airlines Were Counting? They Aren’t Hatching

SEP 12 - All Those Business Travel Chickens That Airlines Were Counting? They Aren’t Hatching, Undercutting Forecasts.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 12, 2021

11 Sep

MEC President’s Letter – We Remember

Twenty years ago, following the events of September 11, 2001, we made a promise to never forget those who made the greatest sacrifice any of us could ever be called upon to make and we think of our heroes in the sky.
  • MEC President Letter
  • Sep 11, 2021

10 Sep

Spouse/Domestic Partner Re-verification Audit and GAP Audit Concluded: Last Chance Opportunity

Sep 10 - Check Your Benefits Resources (YBR) to verify if there is a message advising you that action is required for continued coverage for your dependents under United’s Benefits Pl[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 10, 2021

10 Sep

Update Global Entry Passport Information

Sep 10 -  The Global Entry program makes reentering the United States easier and our Contract provides reimbursement for this convenient program. For Global Entry to process your[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 10, 2021

10 Sep

Deadline Approaching to Protest System Seniority List Errors or Omissions

Sep 10 - The Flight Attendant Semi-Annual System Seniority List was published recently and the deadline for submitting a protest concerning any error or omission affecting your seniority is fast approaching.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 10, 2021

10 Sep

Double Check COVID-19 Vaccination Status on Flying Together

Sep 10 - Company policy requires all Flight Attendants without an approved medical or religious accommodation to be vaccinated and to upload proof of such vaccination via their vaccine card by September 27, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 10, 2021

09 Sep

Qantas to Require that International Passengers Be Vaccinated

Sep 9 - Qantas becomes one of the first airlines to require that international passengers be vaccinated.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2021

09 Sep

Flight 93 Memorial Shanksville Attendance

On September 11th we invite Members to attend the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania to stand in honor of our Sisters, Brothers and the passengers lost to us on that fateful day.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2021

08 Sep

Safety Demonstration - Compliance with FARs

Throughout the course of our workday we operate within the confines of Federal Aviation Regulations always ensuring the safety of our passengers and fellow crewmembers. We work hard to comply with all Federal Aviation Regulations working within the SOPs and service standards of United.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 08, 2021

08 Sep

Required COVID-19 Testing Compensation and Flight Cancellations

When a situation arises causing the trip requiring pre-departure testing to be cancelled leading to reassignment or when drafting occurs, any completed testing compensation will still be paid.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 08, 2021

07 Sep

Fall 2021 Third Trimester CBT Launched

The 2021 Third Trimester CBT is now available and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2021 at 2359 Central Standard Time.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 07, 2021

07 Sep

Reminder COVID-19 Vaccine Card Required: September 27, 2021

Effective September 27, 2021, all U.S. based employees including those from Guam and Puerto Rico are required to have uploaded their vaccination records on Flying Together. It should be noted[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 07, 2021

07 Sep

Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP) CBT and Next Steps

It is important that when you experience fatigue and fatigue related events to promptly report them through the Flight Attendant Fatigue Risk Management Program (FA-FRMP).
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 07, 2021

07 Sep

Check COVID-19 Vaccination Status on Flying Together – Vaccine Pass from Apps

We encourage all Member to review their submission of vaccination documentation on Flying Together to ensure compliance with the company vaccination directive; that is, to obtain the vaccine according to the manufacturer’s recommended protocol and upload vaccination documentation.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 07, 2021

07 Sep

United Updates Corporate Mask Policy

“Gaiter style face coverings are not permitted to be worn by Flight Attendants.”
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 07, 2021

06 Sep

Labor Day Message

Sep 6 - Labor Day – It’s our holiday.  It’s that first Monday in September where we annually celebrate not only the economic achievements of American workers, we celebrate our social achievements as well.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 06, 2021

05 Sep

Airlines quickly cancel flights amid changing European entry regulations

Sep 5 - It’s like March 2020 all over again.  On Friday, news broke that the Netherlands would re-impose stringent entry restrictions on Americans. The country will only allow va[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2021

04 Sep

Issues Affecting Reserves ability to Ascertain Assignments for Sunday, 9/5/2021.

Sep 4 - We have been advised of some issues impacting the ability of Reserves, system-wide, to ascertain their assignments for tomorrow (Sunday, September 5, 2021) following compl[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 04, 2021

03 Sep

As The Delta Variant Soars, The Airline Industry Descends Into Another Slump

SEP 3 - The EU is taking the U.S. off its COVID-19 "safe list," but airlines have already been cutting flights due to low booking rates. Some say vaccines should have been required for travel months ago.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 03, 2021

02 Sep

Philippine Airlines to return 22 planes, reassures on survival

Sep 2 - Philippine Airlines last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States, allowing it to continue operations and generate fresh capital.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2021

01 Sep

Southwest Airlines Pilots Are Suing The Airline, Claiming Company Withheld Pay

Sep 1 - Southwest Airlines pilots are suing the airline, claiming the company withheld pay in violation of the union contract
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 01, 2021

31 Aug

PERSONAL STRATEGIES FOR APPROACHING SEPTEMBER 11th

Aug 31 - As we approach September 11th, many of us will begin to plan how we’ll recognize this day. These remembrance events offer an opportunity to acknowledge our memories and exper[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 31, 2021

31 Aug

Vaccination Reminders for VSL and Leaves of Absence

Aug 31 - As a reminder, Flight Attendants who have elected to take part in the Voluntary Separation to Leave (VSL) programs are not expected to return to the service of the compa[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 31, 2021

31 Aug

Reminder: Covid-19 Vaccination Card as a Required Duty Item

Aug 31 - Wednesday, September 1, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccination card becomes a required duty item for certain destinations from certain bases as well as for the Reserves at the designated bases flying to these destinations.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 31, 2021

31 Aug

Adjusting Our Schedules – Relying on Each Other & Bad Day/Worse Day Trades

Aug 31 - With the trading pool numbers hovering in the negative for the last several months many Flight Attendants continue to struggle to adjust their flight schedules to meet their personal needs and family responsibilities. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 31, 2021

31 Aug

What to do if you’ve booked a Europe trip and entry rules changed

Aug 31 - Given yesterday’s recommendation by the European Union Council to its 27 member states to once again prohibit unvaccinated Americans from nonessential travel, [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 31, 2021

30 Aug

FAA still reviewing Boeing 777 engine fix after Denver incident

Aug 30 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Monday it is continuing to review Boeing 777-200 planes equipped with Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines like the one involved in a United Airlines emergency landing in February in Denver.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2021

30 Aug

EU expected to recommend restrictions on US travelers as delta variant spreads

Aug 30 - The European Union is expected to announce a recommendation that member states reimplement travel restrictions for U.S. visitors, according to The New York Times.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 30, 2021

29 Aug

AFA Hurricane and Natural Disaster Resources

Aug 29 - Our Thoughts are with everyone impacted by the current natural disasters on the Gulf Coast and Mexico.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2021

28 Aug

Spirit Airlines crew were asked to change out of their uniforms for their safety

Aug 28 - Spirit Airlines crew were asked to change out of their uniforms for their safety to avoid angry passengers, report says
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2021

28 Aug

Seven Airlines Are Trying To Dismiss A Man's Anti-Mask Lawsuit

Aug 28 - Seven (7) airlines, including Southwest and Delta, are trying to dismiss a man's anti-mask lawsuit, saying he has no authority to sue them in federal court
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2021

28 Aug

United Airlines and Delta Are Using Data To Make Truly Controversial Decisions

Aug 28 - How much can data persuade those who may not want to believe you? Some airlines think it can be effective.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2021

27 Aug

Differences between AMC Charters and CRAF Missions

Aug 27 - Yesterday, the company released a Scheduling Alert detailing for our understanding the differences between the AMC Charters and the CRAF missions.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 27, 2021

27 Aug

Annual Schedule Committee Training

Aug 27 - This week, volunteers from Local Councils across our system attended an intensive schedule training at the MEC Offices in Chicago.  
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 27, 2021

27 Aug

British Airways Could Launch a New Low-Cost Airline for Europe

Aug 27 - British Airways is planning to launch a new, low-cost short-haul carrier as it seeks to compete with Ryanair (RYAAY) and EasyJet (ESYJY) in the one area of aviation that appears to be recovering well from the pandemic.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 27, 2021

27 Aug

Mask Mandate Enforcement

AUG 27 - While we are in the midst of addressing all of those very individualized passenger needs, we’re also tasked with keeping a plane full of passengers safe by ensuring everyone on the plane complies with the federal mask requirements.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 27, 2021

27 Aug

Wellness Health Benefits Available

AUG 27 - Our MEC Benefits Committee reminds those of us who participate in one of our contractual health plans that these plans offer wellness checkups, screenings, and routine vaccinations at 100% coverage, which means no out-of-pocket cost to you.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 27, 2021

27 Aug

Releasing Sick Leave Pairings in Advance of 8hrs to Departure

AUG 27 - Flight Attendants are reminded that sick leave pairings from their monthly flight schedule may be released into open time earlier than eight (8) hours prior to scheduled departure. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 27, 2021

26 Aug

Southwest to Cut Fall Flights Following Tough Summer

Aug 26 - Airline’s pilots and flight attendants have said they’re overworked and frustrated.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 26, 2021

26 Aug

EU Discussing Today the Reintroduction of Travel Ban on Americans

Aug 26 - During a meeting scheduled to be held today between the EU ambassadors, the Slovenian representatives are set to propose the reintroduction of the entry ban on American travelers, due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in this country in recent weeks.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 26, 2021

26 Aug

United CEO: Mandating COVID Vaccine Was A No-Brainer

Aug 26 - United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby tells Axios that his early decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for all of his nearly 67,000 U.S. workers was an easy one: He's already seen too many employees die.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 26, 2021

25 Aug

Delta Will Hike Insurance Premiums and Limit Sick Pay for Unvaccinated Employees

Aug 25 - Delta Air Lines is raising health care costs for employees who insist on staying unvaccinated.  The airline said that as of November 1, unvaccinated staff will pay [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 25, 2021

25 Aug

20 Years: We Honor Our Heroes Together

Aug 25 - 20 Years: We Honor Our Heroes Together!
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 25, 2021

25 Aug

Teenage Aviator Aims to Be Youngest Woman to Circle the Globe Solo

Aug 25 - Zara Rutherford, 19, left Belgium last week and plans to complete her journey by early November.  Bad weather may be the biggest obstacle.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 25, 2021

25 Aug

Delta Is Raising Health Insurance Premiums For Unvaccinated Employees

Aug 25 - Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian notified employees Wednesday that they will face $200 monthly increases on their health insurance premiums starting Nov. 1 if they aren’t [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 25, 2021

25 Aug

Alitalia Stops Selling Tickets, Prepares to Shut Down and Be Replaced

Aug 25 - Italian national carrier Alitalia announced Tuesday Aug. 24 that it would stop issuing tickets and will effectively shut down operations as it prepares to dissolve and be replaced by a new airline.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 25, 2021

24 Aug

Alitalia Cancels All Flights from October 15 and Closes For Good

Aug 24 - Italian airline Alitalia has announced that all flights from October 15 will be cancelled.  The airline is officially closing so passengers with flights booked after October 15 should read on for what to do next.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 24, 2021

24 Aug

eFAOM/eFAAB Revision #37 Now Available in the Manuals App

AUG 24 - United has released eFAOM/eFAAB Revision #37 for download to the company issued LINK device.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 24, 2021

24 Aug

Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine Earns Full FDA Approval

AUG 24 - Federal regulators Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 24, 2021

24 Aug

Considerations for CRAF Evacuation Flights from Our AFA EAP Committee

AUG 24 - If you are considering volunteering for a CRAF evacuation flight or if you have been scheduled for this important work, please consider the following stress prevention and management tips.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 24, 2021

24 Aug

Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) Bidding Closed

AUG 24 - The bidding period to add your name to The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) list is now closed. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 24, 2021

24 Aug

Cell Phone Catches Fire On Alaska Airlines Flight

Aug 24 - Nowadays when you fly, you may hear an announcement about the risk of cell phone fires, and to immediately notify a crew member if you misplace your phone. This story is an example of why.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 24, 2021

24 Aug

Alaska Airlines flight evacuates after landing at SEA due to cell phone fire

Aug 24 - An Alaska Airlines flight arriving from New Orleans had to evacuate shortly after landing at Sea-Tac Airport due to a cell phone fire Monday evening, officials said.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 24, 2021

23 Aug

Liz Shuler elected as AFL-CIO’s first woman president

Aug 23 - The AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the country, announced Friday it has elected Liz Shuler as the first woman to serve as its president. Shuler succe[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2021

23 Aug

Some Airlines Starting to Ban Fabric Face Masks

Aug 23 - Now that the face mask mandate has been extended through January of 2022 by the federal government, a new wrinkle  It’s no longer a question of wearing a face [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2021

23 Aug

How Airline and Hotel Vaccine Requirements for Staff Will Impact Travelers

Aug 23 - In hopes of keeping everyone safe, some hotels are even requiring proof of vaccination from guests.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2021

23 Aug

Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine wins full FDA approval

Aug 23 - Federal regulators Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 23, 2021

22 Aug

Southwest Apologizes to Employees After ‘Challenging Summer Travel Season

Aug 22 - Southwest Airlines apologizes to employees after ‘challenging summer travel season’.  The carrier’s flight attendants and pilots unions issued complaints again this week over working conditions.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 22, 2021

22 Aug

The Nabisco Workers Who Make Your Oreos And Ritz Crackers Are On Strike

Aug 22 - Nabisco parent company Mondelez wants to do away with workers’ premium pay rates for weekends and long shifts.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 22, 2021

21 Aug

CRAF program officially activated: Big 3 airlines to aid in the Kabul crisis

Aug 21 - CRAF program officially activated: Big 3 airlines and more tapped to aid in the Kabul crisis
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2021

21 Aug

Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) Bidding Initiated

Aug 21 - The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program is United’s commitment to support the United States Department of Defense during emergencies when the need for airlift exceeds the [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 21, 2021

20 Aug

Vaccination Cards as Required Duty Items

Aug 20 - Worldwide restrictions and requirements as it pertains to COVID-19 are evolving and changing rapidly, even here in the United States.  It’s for this reason management re[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Flight Attendant Recruiting

Aug 20 - United’s recently announced growth plans included an announcement of the purchase of 270 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft - the largest combined order in our company's his[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Fines For Disruptive Plane Passengers, Often Over Masks, Have Reached $1 Million

Aug 20 - Officials have already fined unruly airline passengers upward of $1 million in civil penalties this year, and many of those citations are related to aggressive refusal to wear masks as required by federal rules.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Happy 76th Birthday AFA!

Aug 20 - We celebrate our Union's birthday this Sunday, August 22nd!
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Federal Mask Mandate Extended by TSA until January 18, 2022

Aug 20 - As the COVID-19 case counts increase due to the rapid spread of the much more contagious Delta variant, the TSA has announced the Federal mask mandate on passenger aircraft and at airports will be extended through January 18, 2022.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Crew Meals

Aug 20 - Flight Attendants continue to have questions as to when Crew Meals are contractually required and ask what can be done when Crew Meals, when contractually required, are [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Obtaining Crew Meals During Irregular Operations

Aug 20 - Given the increasing length of the duty day in pairings, our MEC Central Schedule Committee (CSC) highlighted to company management the increasing number of pairings sch[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Reserve Timeline for the September 2021 Bidding Month

Aug 20 - If awarded or assigned a Reserve line for the September 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
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Semi-Annual System Seniority List

Aug 20 - The Semi-Annual System Seniority List was published in July 2021.   As provided in our Contract under Section 14.C., this list shall be made available at all s[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Personal Strategies for Approaching the 20th Remembrance of September 11th

Aug 20 - As we approach the 20th remembrance of the events of September 11th, many of us will begin to plan how we’ll recognize this day.  There is no right way or better wa[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

Southwest Airlines Pilots Ready to Picket Over Frustration & Chaos of Summer

Aug 20 - Southwest Airlines pilots ready to picket over ‘frustration’ and ‘chaos’ of summer flying increase.  The union for Southwest Airlines pilots says complaints ‘have fallen on deaf ears.’
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

20 Aug

How Africa’s No. 1 airline avoided layoffs and losses during the pandemic

Aug 20 - When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the biggest airline in Africa quickly saw that the sharp drop in passenger traffic meant that conversion to an all-cargo operation offered a sustainable path.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2021

19 Aug

Union workers at Mondelez bakery in Chicago go on strike

Aug 19 - Workers at Mondelez’s Chicago bakery went on strike Thursday afternoon to protest company demands for concessions in contract negotiations.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 19, 2021

19 Aug

American Airlines won't resume alcohol sales in economy this year

Aug 19 - American Airlines passengers traveling in economy class won't be able to buy alcoholic beverages until at least January.  The airline told flight attendants this we[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 19, 2021

19 Aug

United Airlines VP issues wild memo about duct taping unruly passengers

Aug 19 - United Airlines' edict poses the question: How do flight attendants and other in-flight staff deal with the worsening phenomenon of unruly passengers?
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 19, 2021

19 Aug

American Airlines will not serve alcohol on flights until 2022

Aug 19 - American Airlines says it will not serve alcohol in the main cabin of its flights until January 18, 2022, when the US mask mandate on public transportation is now set to expire.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 19, 2021