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22 Oct

Benefits Issues Clarified

Over the course of the past several days, there have been a number of questions about communications from the UABC on Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts for Healthcare and Dependent care and COBRA. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 22, 2020

22 Oct

Involuntary Furlough Mitigation Program (IVFMP) – Pay Longevity Information

As provided for under the terms of the Involuntary Furlough Mitigation Program (IVFMP) Letter of Agreement, Flight Attendant participants in the program who are placed on involuntary furlough or who e[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 22, 2020

22 Oct

Your Vote is Your Voice: Make it Heard!

On November 3, our country will place the process of democracy on the world stage. In several states, ballots for the General Election are already being cast in what is no doubt the most important election of our lifetimes.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 22, 2020

22 Oct

Vacation Bidding– The Next Steps of Choose, Bid, Trade.

Our allocation of days will be viewable in CCS, organized by base, on October 23rd.  Once the first round of bidding opens on this day, we will be provided the opportunity to choose preferences regarding:
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 22, 2020

22 Oct

Annual Benefits Enrollment Opens October 19th – 30th

Benefits enrollment for 2021 is now open. Flight Attendants can make their selections now through October 30thonline by visiting Flying Together. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 22, 2020

22 Oct

2021 Pass Travel Enrollment set to Open in November

This year, the 2021 pass travel enrollment will open a bit early in an effort to expand the window during which we make selections. Watch for additional information to be released next month. Enrollme[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 22, 2020

22 Oct

MEC Fall Virtual Regular Meeting Rescheduled

As we reported last week the virtual Fall Meeting of the Master Executive Council was postponed.  The MEC has acted to reschedule the virtual meeting to take place November 19 - 20, 2020. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 22, 2020

22 Oct

MEC Central Schedule Committee SWLOF Report

MEC Central Schedule Committee SWLOF Report
  • Report
  • Oct 22, 2020

21 Oct

Call, Tweet, Repeat: #ReliefNow Negotiations Continue

Negotiations between Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin on a COVID-19 Relief Bill continue. The Speaker clarified her Tuesday "deadline" yesterday as a point at which all items are on the table.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 21, 2020

19 Oct

BREAKING NEWS - CALL to ACTION!

We need urgent action the next 48 hours! Speaker Pelosi has set a deadline. Real people need relief today. We can't wait for an election or a new Congress. Get it done. #ReliefNow #ExtendPSP #EveryDayCounts
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 19, 2020

17 Oct

Everyday Counts: Take Action to #ExtendPSP Now!

We recognize that our requests to Take Action may be seen as being repetitive in nature.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

United MEC Acts to Postpone Virtual Fall 2020 Regular MEC Meeting

Over the past several weeks, we have reported on the efforts of the United Master Executive Council to schedule the first in-person meeting since January of this year.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

Third-Quarter Financial Results & Positioning United for our post-COVID Future

Earlier this week, in addition to announcing third quarter operating results, management publicly outlined future plans to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering on its three-pillar strategy of building and maintaining liquidity, minimizing cash burn and variabilizing its cost structure.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

Third Trimester CBT – Required to Maintain FAA Qualifications

The Third Trimester CBT is now available for completion and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2020 at 2359 Central Standard Time. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

United Develops an Internal Link Protection Plan – Elections begin October 22

United is officially discontinuing its relationship with Safeware® and is introduction a new internal Link Protection plan to protect your Link device in the event of loss or stolen. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

Process to be used in Return of Company Property via DHL Hits a Snag

For those Flight Attendants based in the three international bases of FRA, NRT and HKG who are affected by the closure of their bases as well as domestic Flight Attendants residing in International cities who have been provided instructions to return company property via DHL
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

Company Clarifies Reductions to Vacation Accrual While on Special COLA

Vacation Letters for Flight Attendants were available as of September 25, 2020 and since that time, those who participated in the Special COLA offerings during the vacation accrual year have been questioning the vacation reduction they are seeing published in these letters.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

Transfers Effective for December Awarded October 14, 2020

A total of 166 transfers were awarded on October 14, 2020 and are effective for the December 2020 schedule month:
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

Wellness Credit for Medical Benefits While on Furlough Status

A number of questions have been asked as it pertains to the Wellness Credit ($48) for Medical Benefits that is applied for those who non-smokers are.  AFA has been advised of the following clarification
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

Involuntary Furlough Mitigation Program (IVFMP) & Benefits Deductions

For those of us who are participants in the IVFMP, we are aware there are a number of questions/issues with the status of Benefit (premium) deductions as well as FSA and Dependent Care deductions.  
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

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

The twenty (20) day period during which Flight Attendants are provided the opportunity to elect Vacation Buy Back, 401(k) deferral and FLEX closed on October 15, 2020.  
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

Updated Crew Bunk Policy – Effective October 15, 2020

The company, in coordination with the AFA, as well as the Cleveland Clinic, have updated the crew rest policy for aircraft equipped with crew bunk modules, effective October 15, 2020.   
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

17 Oct

Your Vote is Your Voice: Make it Heard!

On November 3, our country will place the process of democracy on the world stage. In several states, ballots for the General Election are already being cast in what is no doubt the most important election of our lifetimes.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 17, 2020

16 Oct

Return to Availability List following completion of a Standby (OSB) Assignment

Over the course of the past several weeks, we have received questions from Local Reserve Committees and Members questions 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 Standby (OSB).
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 16, 2020

14 Oct

Transfers effective for December Awarded October 14, 2020

A total of 166 transfers were awarded on October 14, 2020 and are effective for the December 2020 schedule month
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 14, 2020

13 Oct

COBRA Coverage while on Involuntary Furlough

It’s been a full 12 days since October 1st when the Involuntary Furlough started. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2020

13 Oct

NAL Schedules Awarded at DEN, EWR and HNL

The award of NAL Schedules was processed by Crew Schedule Planning today. NAL schedules were awarded in those bases where the number of Special COLA requests exceeded the number of Special COLAs set by management. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2020

13 Oct

Fall 2020 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council via ZOOM™

As we reported earlier this month, the Members of the United Master Executive Council planned to conduct the first in-person Regular Meeting in Billing, Montana since January of this year.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2020

13 Oct

Make you 2021 Vacation Elections by October 15, 2020

The Vacation Election period closes Thursday, October 15th, 2020. If you choose to participate in the optional Vacation Election process, select the “Proceed to Vacation Election” button located in the bottom right corner of the accrual letter page.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2020

13 Oct

EWR-LGA Shuttle Service – New Provider.

Effective September 30, 2020,  EWR - LGA Shuttle Service will now be serviced by National Transportation, Inc. (NTI, NYC, Inc.) 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2020

13 Oct

Annual Benefits Enrollment Opens October 19th – 30th

Now is the time to compare your benefit options and view pricing for all the 2021 options. Visit Flying Together for all the options available for 2021. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2020

13 Oct

Earnings Live is Thursday October 15, 2020

Thursday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m. CT, United will host a virtual Earnings Live call to discuss third-quarter earnings, the state of the company and answer pre-submitted questions from employees. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 13, 2020

11 Oct

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report

The System Scheduling (DSL) meeting to review the November 2020 flying assigned at each base/satellite was held on Monday October 5th, 2020. CSC received both the International and Domestic DSLs on Sunday October 4th, 2020 for our review.
  • Report
  • Oct 11, 2020

09 Oct

Fall 2020 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council Re-scheduled

As we reported earlier this month, the Members of the United Master Executive Council planned to conduct the first in-person Regular Meeting in Billing, Montana since January of this year. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 09, 2020

09 Oct

View Passport/Visa Requirements and Travel Warnings within CCS Pairings

The opportunities presented by the Contractual ability to pick up flying out of base has presented new challenges to Flight Attendants when ensuring they have the proper documentation to travel to a specific destination not normally flown from her/his home domicile.  
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 09, 2020

09 Oct

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Crewmembers

AFA, in partnership with Flight Operations, and Corporate Safety have collaborated in order to implement Rapid COVID-19 testing for crewmembers in order to return to flying to certain international destinations.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 09, 2020

09 Oct

Save Aviation Jobs; Congress Must Pass a Payroll Support Program Extension

Over 100,000 aviation workers woke up without work on October 1, 2020: 45,000 were furloughed and tens of thousands more went on ‘unpaid leave’ when the Payroll Support Program expired.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 09, 2020

08 Oct

Vacation Elections Close October 15 – Make your Selections Today!

The Vacation Election period opened at 0800 Home Domicile Time (HDT) on September 25 and will remain open until October 15th in order to provide the full twenty (20) day period to make your elections.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2020

08 Oct

Out of Base (OOB) Pick-ups are Not Eligible for Trading

As outlined in Chapter 10 of the Trip Trades and Adjustment guide, Flight Attendants may pick up trips from open time or advertisements in bases other than their own, subject to the specified requirements of section 7.J of our JCBA provisions. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2020

08 Oct

Time is Running Out! - Register to Vote! – It’s your Right

Your right and privilege to vote are not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2020

08 Oct

Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program FADAP

Thanks to the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), all Flight Attendants governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can get assistance in dealing with substance abuse should they need it. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 08, 2020

06 Oct

Trump Kills Millions of Jobs, Abandons Essential Workers

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement after President Trump blew up COVID relief negotiations
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 06, 2020

06 Oct

Deadline for Returning Company Issued Items Extended to October 30, 2020

Inflight services have extended the deadline for returning company issued items until October 30, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 06, 2020

03 Oct

CARES Act Extension – Payroll Support Program Video Update

As yet another week draws to a close in Washington without Congress enacting the CARES Act Payroll Support Program, we have gained tremendous bi-partisan support despite not having acted timely to stop the furloughs that started yesterday.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2020

03 Oct

Pass Travel Seniority for those on Involuntary Furlough Status

Today being the first day many of our members are on involuntary furlough status, we are starting to get some questions about Pass Travel Seniority that suggests there may be some confusion. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2020

03 Oct

Link Apps Outage Expected on October 3, 2020, 01:45 AM – 3:30 AM CT

For scheduled server maintenance, the login function for the Manuals and CCS Apps will be temporarily unavailable on October 3, 2020, from 1:45 AM – 3:30 AM CT. 
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2020

03 Oct

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Get Your PINK ON!

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. VIDEO
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2020

03 Oct

Vacation Elections

The Vacation Election period opened at 0800 Home Domicile Time (HDT) on September 25 and will remain open until October 15t in order to provide the full twenty (20) day period to make elections .
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2020

03 Oct

Reminder – Oct. 1 - Important Benefits Changes While on Special COLA

Effective October 1, 2020, all Flight Attendants on Special COLA will automatically be moved to direct bill and pay. Your first billing statement will be generated as of October 10th and you will have 30 days from the billing statement date to make your payment.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2020

03 Oct

Bulletin #26 is Now in Effect

Inflight Safety Bulletin is now in effect. We remind you to open and review all changed content.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2020

03 Oct

Third (3rd) Trimester CBT Due by October 30th

The Third Trimester CBT is available and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2020 - 2359 Central Standard Time. Log into TakeOff Learning and select Continuing Qualifications (CQ) 2020 Trimester 3.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2020

03 Oct

Group Universal Life (GUL) Reminder for Those Returning from Special COLAs

As provided for in Section 29.G.1.c. of our Contract, the voluntary Group Universal Life (GUL) will be offered to Flight Attendants where the monthly salary for the purpose of this program is calculat[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 03, 2020

01 Oct

Take Action to Save Our Jobs

Inaction is not an option and there is growing support for a full relief bill. Everyone “supports us.” True support for the American worker comes in the form of a relief bill. We need every Flight Attendant, regardless of status, to commit to Take Action every day until October 1st.
  • AFA Article
  • Oct 01, 2020

30 Sep

International Purser Priority Period Waitlist Status Update

The two-year Priority Period which started on Day One of common metal ends tonight
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 30, 2020

30 Sep

November Special COLAs Available (One-Month Duration)

Inflight Scheduling will offer Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLAs) for the November Flight Attendant bid month.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 30, 2020

30 Sep

Final Pay Checks for California Flight Attendants Subject to Invol Furlough

California and GUM Flight Attendants potentially subject to Involuntary furlough who are required by law to have their final paychecks on their last day worked
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 30, 2020

30 Sep

EWR - LGA Shuttle - New Transportation Provider

LGA Shuttle Service will now be serviced by National Transportation, Inc
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 30, 2020

26 Sep

Arbitrator Renders Decision in MEC 6-20 – International Base Closures

We have received a verbal award in MEC 6-20. The Union did not prevail in this case. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

Vacation Accrual Letters Available – Addressing Leave of Absence Reductions

As you may already have seen, Vacation Accrual Letters were made available yesterday in CCS. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

A Message from Our International Membership Services Department

During this past week, the database at the AFA Membership Services Department experienced a significant technical disruption While we are able to extract some member data, the problem limits our ability to access detailed information regarding your account. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

5 More Days - Take Action to Save Our Jobs

Inaction is not an option and there is growing support for a full relief bill. Everyone “supports us.” True support for the American worker comes in the form of a relief bill. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

October Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Program - Get your Pink On!

Every October, in our ongoing collective effort to raise awareness of the importance of prevention, we pull together with other employees to show our collective support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing a pink ribbon behind your official AFA pin 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

November Special COLAs Available (One-Month Duration)

Inflight Scheduling will offer Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLAs) for the November Flight Attendant bid month.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

Navigating Different World Views

Everyone has heard the advice to “not talk about politics or religion in the workplace”. In the current climate, the list of subjects that could trigger passionate debates and even nasty interchanges seems to be growing. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

26 Sep

Benefits While on Special COLA – Important Upcoming Changes, Effective Oct. 1

As a reminder effective October 1, 2020, Flight Attendants on Special COLA, we can maintain health and welfare benefits coverage at active employee contribution rates for the duration of the Special COLA. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 26, 2020

25 Sep

Free College for Union Members and their Families

Earn your degree for free online. The Free College Benefit helps union families continue their college education without piling on thousands of dollars in student debt.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

2021 Vacation Article SWLOF Report

2021 Vacation Article SWLOF Report
  • Report
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

25 Sep

Give to or Get Help from the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund

We know that disasters can change lives forever. While we can’t stop destructive events from happening, we can, as a Union, assist our members with their recovery. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

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

The Third Trimester CBT is now available for completion and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2020 - 2359 Central Standard Time. Log into TakeOff Learning and select Continuing Qualifications (CQ) 2020 Trimester 3.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

Fall Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council - October 20 – 22

The Fall Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council will take place in Billings, Montana Tuesday, October 20 thru October 22 at the Northern Hotel. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

25 Sep

eFAOM Bulletin #26 Effective October 1

Make sure you are compliant; download, sync, and review eFAOM Bulletin #26 by October 1, 2020. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 25, 2020

24 Sep

November Special COLAs Available (One-Month Duration)

Inflight Scheduling will offer Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLAs) for the November Flight Attendant bid month. Review the November 2020 Special COLA packet.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2020

24 Sep

Vacation Accrual Letters Available Friday, September 25, 2020

We are able to confirm that Vacation Accrual Letters have been prepared and are on track to be released no later than Friday, September 25, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2020

24 Sep

Register to Vote! – It’s your Right.

Your right and privilege to vote are not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 24, 2020

18 Sep

Transitioning to Reserve Status

For the October bid month, most locations will see Flight Attendants transitioning to Reserve status who may not have served Reserve for a while. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

Reserve Lines and Vacation – Maximizing Pay and/or Time Off

If you have been awarded a Reserve line for a month in which you have vacation, there are a number of flexible options available to make the most of your pay and/or time off. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

Vacation 2021 Bidding Process Begins with Vacation Accrual Letters

Within a matter of weeks, the Vacation 2021 process will begin with the issuance of 2021 Vacation Accrual Letters which will be available no later than September 25, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

October 1 eFAOM and Staffing Sheet Changes

As we shared in the July 1, 2020, Inflight Services Weekly, Flight Experience, AFA, and Inflight Safety and have been collaborating to address your feedback and to further clarify work responsibilities and equally distribute the workload.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

Avoid a 401(k) Loan Default & Its Tax Consequences

For those of us who have been on a longer-term Special Company Offered Leave of Absence (COLA) for some time and who also have an outstanding 401(k) loan, we want to ensure you are aware of some very important information to avoid the tax consequences of a 401(k)-loan default. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

18 Sep

Benefits While on Special COLA – Important Upcoming Changes, Effective 10/1/2020

While on Special COLA, we have the ability to maintain health and welfare benefits coverage at active employee contribution rates for the duration of the Special COLA. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 18, 2020

16 Sep

Third (3rd) Trimester CBT Due by October 30th

The Third Trimester CBT is available and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2020 - 2359 Central Standard Time. Log into TakeOff Learning and select Continuing Qualifications (CQ) 2020 Trimester 3.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

CQ/RQ Training Required for Flight Attendants While on Special COLA

Effective October 1, 2020, Flight Attendants on Special Company Offered Leave of Absence (COLA) are required to attend CQ/RQ training as indicated in the most recent Special COLA packet published by the company.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

90 Day Freeze for Link iOS Updates

There’s a temporary 90-day freeze in place that began on September 10, for all iOS updates.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

GUM Flight Attendant Scheduling and Operation Transitions to Headquarters

Effective September 16th at 1500 CHST (September 15th at midnight CT), Crew Scheduling and Operations will transition to Headquarters and the Network Operation Center (NOC).
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

October Special COLA Awards

Crew Schedule Planning, in response to projections of reduced passenger demand, anticipates awarding Special COLAs at all bases.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Clarifying the Interaction of Special COLAs and NAL Schedules

There have been questions as to why No Activity Lines (NAL) were assigned to participants in the IVFMP program when there are still requests for Special COLAs that were not awarded. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Updating your Personal Information on Flying Together

Before leaving on your next pairing, given all of the events, both natural and otherwise that are taking place in the communities we serve, take a few minutes to review the Emergency Contact information you have on file in company records. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

PDX and GEG Layovers – Responding to Hazardous Air Quality Index

The number and extent of the fires in the Pacific Northwest have contributed to the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the cities we serve to reach a level designated as “Hazardous”.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Preliminary Benefits Open Enrollment Timelines

Human Resources and Labor Relations have noted that the Annual Open Enrollment process will have some minor changes this year. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Cabin Jumpseat (CJA) Authority Reminders

As a reminder, Section 3.A. of our Contract provides Flight Attendants with access to the Cabin Jumpseat on all United Aircraft which cannot be denied due to an aircraft weight restriction.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

16 Sep

Restoring Reserve Availability Days to Reserve Lines having More Than 12 Days

While Section 8.I.1.j. provides the company with the ability to build Reserve schedules with up to sixteen (16) calendar days off in a schedule month, Section 8.I.1.l provides Reserve Flight Attendant[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 16, 2020

15 Sep

MEC Central Schedule Committee SWLOF Report

The Line Review (SWLOF) meeting for October 2020 line recommendations was held remotely due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as restrictions imposed by the governor[...]
  • Report
  • Sep 15, 2020

11 Sep

Remembering Our Heroes

Nineteen years after the unimaginably terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 many of us still feel the heart wrenching loss.We lost family, friends, flying partners.  We will never forget.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 11, 2020

10 Sep

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report

The System Scheduling (DSL) meeting to review the October 2020 flying assigned at each base/satellite was held on Monday, September 7th, 2020. CSC received both the International and Domestic DSLs on Saturday September 5th, 2020 for our review.
  • Report
  • Sep 10, 2020

09 Sep

Save Our Jobs & Join #ReliefNow Actions

Nothing and we do mean nothing, is more important to our livelihoods and the success of our airline than the extension of the CARES Act.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

9/11 Commemorative Memorial Remembrance Pin

For the month of September AFA will be providing the commemorative 9/11 Memorial Remembrance pins available at each domicile location.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

In Honor and Remembrance of September 11

Each year, as the anniversary of September 11 approaches remembrance ceremonies are being planned in our hero’s honor at locations across our nation.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

Personal Strategies for Approaching the Anniversary of September 11th

As we approach the anniversary of September 11th, many of us will begin to plan how we’ll recognize this day. Anniversaries offer an opportunity to acknowledge our memories and experiences, to connect with others who share in them, and to pay tribute to our individual and collective journeys.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

International Purser Opt Out Extended

The company has extended the October monthly opt-out window to close on Thursday, Sep 10 at 0800 CT. To request for an opt-out, please visit CCS > Schedule > FSL Opt-Out Request. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

1-2-& 3-month Special COLAs - Deadline extended to Friday, September 11, 2020

Flight Attendants interested in 1-, 2- or 3-month Special COLAs should place bids on file now. The bid period has been extended until Friday, September 11, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

Vacation 2021 Bidding Starts with Vacation Accrual Letters

Within a matter of weeks, the Vacation 2021 process will begin with the issuance of 2021 Vacation Accrual Letters which will be available no later than September 25, 2020. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

Call Wait Times for Benefits Service Center – Accolade Health & Fitness App

We’ve heard from many of you about the continuing problems you have reported in reaching a representative at United’s Benefits Service Center. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

09 Sep

MEC 6-20 – Closing of International Domiciles at FRA, HKG and NRT

The arbitration was presented before the System Board of Adjustment. We expect the final expect mid-September.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 09, 2020

05 Sep

October Advance Vacation Fly Through - Submit by September 5, 2020

Flight Attendants interested in electing to fly through their October vacations are encouraged to review the two types of Vacation Fly Through options,  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Involuntary Furlough Letters – Clarifying to Avoid Confusion

Involuntary Furlough letters have begun to arrive at the homes of our Members this past week. We are beginning to receive a number of questions in our Local Council and MEC Offices seeking clarification on the contents of the company’s communication.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

LHR-based Flight Attendants Return to the Skies in October

We are pleased to learn that our flying partners from London will return to the skies during the October schedule month after an evaluation of all factors by Crew Schedule Planning.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Save Our Jobs & Join #ReliefNow Actions

Nothing and we do mean nothing, is more important to our livelihoods and the success of our airline than the extension of the CARES Act.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

In Honor and Remembrance of September 11

Each year, as the anniversary of September 11 approaches remembrance ceremonies are being planned in our hero’s honor at locations across our nation.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Optional Eye and Face Protection Approved Beginning September 3

Flight Attendants requesting the ability to wear eye protection and face shields will now have the option to do so, beginning September 3, 2020. Inflight will offer two (2) types of anti-fog eye protection; one for Flight Attendants that wear glasses and another for those that do not wear glasses.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

1-2-& 3-month Special COLAs - Deadline extended to September 11, 2020

Flight Attendants interested in 1-, 2- or 3-month Special COLAs should place bids on file now. The bid period has been extended until Friday, September 11, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Third (3rd) Trimester CBT is Now Available

The CBT for the third trimester is now available for completion and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2020 - 2359 Central Standard Time. Log into TakeOff Learning and select Continuing Qualifications (CQ) 2020 Trimester 3.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Register to Vote! – It’s your Right.

Your right and privilege to vote are not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

05 Sep

Labor Day Message

The first Monday in September is the day we set aside in the United States to honor the contributions of workers to the strength and prosperity of our country. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 05, 2020

02 Sep

Involuntary Furlough Letters – Clarifying to Avoid Confusion

Involuntary Furlough letters have begun to arrive at the homes of our Members today.  The following information is intended to clarify the information in the letter to avoid any confusion.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

Voluntary Furloughs awarded under IVFMP Letter of Agreement Posted

Thirteen-month voluntary furloughs awarded to Flight Attendants junior to the 5/18/1999 seniority point determined by the contractual voluntary programs (Voluntary Furlough and Furlough Mitigation Partnerships) is now available.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

IVFMP Participant List Posted

An updated IVFMP Participant list is now available.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

CARES Act Payroll Support Program Extension – It Matters for all of us.

Over the past several months, Flight Attendants and our industry have faced an unprecedented crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

Continuing Work on CARES Act Extension creates Uncertainty for October Schedules

The status of the CARES Act extension is uncertain beyond September 30th.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

Vacation Fly Through Deadline – September 5, 2020, at 10:00 AM HDT

As we have discussed, upon extension of the CARES Act, furloughs, partnerships, and IVFMP participation will be rescinded.  Depending upon the timing of when the extension is known, your status in October as a lineholder or Reserve is uncertain.  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

02 Sep

International Purser Surplus Process Completed

Today, the International Purser Surplus process was completed.  Should the CARES Act be extended, the International Purser surplus process will not beimplemented and everyone will return to the International Purser base. 
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 02, 2020

01 Sep

eFAOM Revision #33 is Now Available in Manuals App

eFAOM revision #33 is now available for download and becomes effective September 1, 2020.  
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 01, 2020

01 Sep

United Extends Back to Front boarding & Front to back deplaning

In April, United implemented back-to-front boarding and front-to-back deplaning to ensure social distancing. United has extended this policy thru October 31, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Sep 01, 2020

29 Aug

MEC President Video Message - August 27, 2020

Yesterday our United MEC President, Ken Diaz addressed the Membership to review the extraordinary efforts of the United MEC to mitigate the number of Flight Attendants subject to Involuntary Furlough [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

MEC Officer Letter – Furlough Notices Being Sent this Week

Furlough notices have been sent to Flight Attendants who will be placed on involuntary furlough status as of October 1st in the absence of a CARES Act extension
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

Special COLA Posting Clarified

Last evening, a notice advising Flight Attendants of the availability of varying length Special COLAs was posted on the company’s website.  
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

Update on Benefits Premium Arrears for those on Leaves of Absence

Over the past several months, we’ve heard from many of you about the challenges you have faced in keeping current with your health care premiums while on leave of absence. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

Company to Award Additional September Special COLA Awards from Waitlist

Flight Attendants still interested in the September Special Cola are encouraged to submit their request in CCS in order to take advantage of additional time off opportunities that are available. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

United Extends Revised Boarding Process

This past June the company announced back-to-front boarding and front-to-back deplaning process that promotes social distancing on board.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

In Honor and Remembrance of September 11

Each year, as the anniversary of September 11 approaches remembrance ceremonies are being planned in our hero’s honor at locations across our nation.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

29 Aug

Vacation Fly Through and Reserve Guarantee Review

Reserve Flight Attendants with September vacation period(s) who submitted a timely Advanced Vacation Fly Through or those planning to utilize Operational Fly Through in September are encouraged to review the January 30, 2020, E-lines publication;
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 29, 2020

28 Aug

Special COLA Posting Clarified

Last evening, a notice advising Flight Attendants of the availability of varying length Special COLAs was posted on the company’s website.  Today, following discussions with Inflight management, we have been told that the release of this information was in error. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2020

28 Aug

Gobsmacked by 1, 3, 8 & 13 Month Special COLA Offerings

Everyone was shocked when Inflight Services sent notice to Flight Attendants that Special COLAs in 1, 3, 8 and 13 month duration would be available starting with the October 2020 schedule month. Utterly astonishing!
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 28, 2020

27 Aug

MEC President Video Message - August 27, 2020

United MEC President Ken Diaz addresses the Membership
  • MEC President Letter
  • Aug 27, 2020

26 Aug

White House Signals It Feels Pressure to Save Airline Jobs But Congress Must Act

White House Signals It Feels Pressure to Save Airline Jobs But Congress Must Act
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 26, 2020

25 Aug

AFA Statement on Industry Furlough Announcements

WASHINGTON, DC (August 25, 2020) — Following the furlough announcements from United, American, Delta and other airlines over the last week, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson released following statement:
  • AFA Media Release
  • Aug 25, 2020

25 Aug

September 11, 2020, Memorial Services and Remembrance Pins

Each year as the anniversary of September 11 approaches Flight Attendants and Pilots across the system join together in remembrance and honor of our flying partners, friends, family, and colleagues that lost their lives that tragic day. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 25, 2020

25 Aug

Passport Renewal Procedure

Flight Attendants in need of passport services will no longer be allowed scheduled appointments with Passport Agencies and Centers unless they are traveling internationally within 72 hours and can submit proof of urgent travel (e.g., flight schedule).
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 25, 2020

20 Aug

Reserve Restoration of Days Now Available on CCS

Reserve Flight Attendants assigned a line having more than 12 days off can now request restoration of days quickly via CCS
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

20 Aug

September Special COLAs and Jobshares

light Attendants interested in a September COLA are encouraged to submit a request in CCS for the wait list.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

20 Aug

Furlough-Mitigation Partnership Awards will Reduce Involuntary Furlough

Participation in the Furlough Mitigations Partnership Program shall be awarded in System Seniority order among eligible Flight Attendants.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

20 Aug

Questions Regarding Involuntary Furlough Mitigation Program (IVFMP)

We understand many of you have questions and we are working to ensure answers to these questions are made available as quickly as possible.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

20 Aug

Closing of International Domiciles at FRA, HKG and NRT

August 18 & 19, the arbitration was presented before the System Board of Adjustment
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 20, 2020

19 Aug

System Reserve Meeting Report – July 2020

The System Reserve Meeting with United Airlines was held over two sessions on July 22 and 23, 2020 via Microsoft Teams
  • Report
  • Aug 19, 2020

15 Aug

Details about a new voluntary option for flight attendants subject to Involuntary Furlough

A Joint Message from John Slater and Ken Diaz, A MEC President Letter,  A Letter of Agreement,  AFA FAQ's, and United's FAQs, 

  • AFA Article
  • Aug 15, 2020

15 Aug

Involuntary Furlough Mitigation Program

Today, we’re pleased to announce that after considerable discussion, we’ve come up with an Involuntary Furlough Mitigation Program (IVFMP) for flight attendants. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 15, 2020

14 Aug

MEC Central Schedule Committee SWLOF Report

The Line Review (SWLOF) meeting for September 2020 line recommendations was held remotely due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as restrictions imposed by the govern[...]
  • Report
  • Aug 14, 2020

14 Aug

Update on Our PSP Extension Fight

We have to continue to demand a relief package now. Congressional staff is still working and leadership is still able to meet.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 14, 2020

14 Aug

Contractual Voluntary Furlough Award Process Completed

The contractual Voluntary Furlough Award under Section 18.A. of our Contract is now complete. This is the first step in the awarding of the voluntary programs under the Contract. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 14, 2020

12 Aug

Brazil Prohibits Personal Pillows

MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 12, 2020

12 Aug

9/11 Commemorative Memorial Remembrance Pin

This month 9/11 memorial AFA pins will arrive in your local domicile
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 12, 2020

12 Aug

12 Aug

Cabin Jumpseat (CJA) and Non-Rev Etiquette Applies for Blocked Seats

A policy review for blocking additional customer seats located in close proximity to our jumpseats
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 12, 2020

12 Aug

United CleanPlus Safety Measures Interaction with Quick Turns

Electrostatic sprayer (ESS) and quick turn tips for Flight Attendants
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 12, 2020

08 Aug

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report
  • Report
  • Aug 08, 2020

07 Aug

MEC President's Letter - August 7, 2020

Our fast mobilization in March led to the passage of the CARES Act, including the aviation Payroll Support Program (PSP) We need Congress to act quickly to avoid massive layoffs within our airline and the entire industry. We have to keep making calls!
  • MEC President Letter
  • Aug 07, 2020

06 Aug

Keep Calling! Tell the Senate: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

Tell Congress to extend the aviation Payroll Support Program through March 31, 2021, to protect our jobs, extend the restrictions on stock buybacks, dividends, and executive compensation, and maintain service to all of our communities.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 06, 2020

06 Aug

06 Aug

Passenger Consumption of Personal Alcohol while on the Aircraft is Prohibited

Information on passenger consumption of personal alcohol on board United Airlines flights.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 06, 2020

06 Aug

Work Positions on Operational Pairings

Flight attendant Position Bidding Supplement Guide, Established Staffing Guidelines, Staffing Sheets and the Bid/Work Position Matrices inside the Bid Packet Cover Letter.

  • AFA Article
  • Aug 06, 2020

06 Aug

Voluntary Furlough Bidding Closes on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8:00AM CT

United management agrees to delay voluntary furlough bidding window.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 06, 2020

01 Aug

United Announces Plans to Resume Service on (30) Intl Routes in September

Consistent with United management’s conservative approach to restore service in light of the ever present COVID-19 pandemic, 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

United Provides WARN Information to AFA

As we reported early in July, United provided AFA with required WARN notices covering all of our Members in states other than those where individual notice is required under state law. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Increase in Zero Value Lines due to Lack of CQ Presents Challenges to Crew Pay

As a follow-up to our communication on the increased number of Flight Attendant schedules that did not include any flying due to a lapse in qualification,
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

EAP Resources to Assist in Managing the Uncertainty of 2020

As we all know, life is filled with uncertainty. As the saying goes, “Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.”  So many things remain outside of our control and the recent [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

United WARN(s) Pilots of Potential Increase to Furlough Numbers

One day after United agreed to extend the Flight Attendants Voluntary Furlough submission deadline, management announced an increase in the number of Pilots potentially in jeopardy of furlough due to the effects of COVID-19 on the airline industry.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

It’s Not Over -> Tell the Senate: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

Keep up the pressure!  Phone calls are extremely important and have proven to be highly effective.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Voluntary Furlough Bid Deadline Extended to August 10, 2020

On Wednesday, United management agreed to delay the closing of the window to submit a bid for voluntary furlough until August 10 at 8:00 AM Central Time. 
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Final Notice - One Month Special COLAs for September 2020 Bids Close August 3rd

The Company will be offering a one-month Special COLA for the September 2020 schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

United Updates Social Distancing Policies in Collaborative Effort with AFA

United, in coordination with the AFA MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee, has updated the temporary social distancing policies regarding the blocking of jumpseats with the mandatory mask requirement and the locations and assignment of temporary crew rest locations, effective August 1, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Drug and Alcohol Random Testing Procedures and Compensation

On April 12, 2019 your AFA Employee Assistance Program / Professional Standards Committee published detailed information concerning the Department of Transportation (DOT) federally mand[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Advance Vacation Fly Through for September – August 5, 2020

Flight Attendants interested in electing to fly through their September vacations are encouraged to review the two types of Vacation Fly Through options,  
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

01 Aug

Ensuring Proper Credit for Reserve Move-Up – Importance of the RM Code

Reserve Move-Up Lines for the August bid month are being built and awarded now through August 4th. We hear from Flight Attendants they are not always properly credited for days of Reserve availability served prior to the award of a Move-Up line.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 01, 2020

31 Jul

MEC Reserve Committee Report - June, 2020

The System Reserve Meeting with United Airlines was held on June 17, 2020.
  • Report
  • Jul 31, 2020

29 Jul

Voluntary Furlough Bid Closing Deadline Extended to August 10, 2020 -8:00AM CT

We write to share an important update resulting from our collective efforts to persuade Congress to act to pass a clean extension of the CARES Act. This legislation could include an extension to the Payroll Support Program.  
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Tell the Senate: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

Keep up the pressure!  Phone calls are extremely important and effective. Call both your Senators daily to make sure they support an extension of the Payroll Support Program through March 31, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Tell Congress: Extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program

The COVID-19 virus continues to be a threat to our health, jobs, and industry. Domestic demand for air travel is not expected to return until well into 2021
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Voluntary Furlough and Furlough Partnership Mitigation

There continues to be some confusion about not only the timing of the award of Furlough Mitigation Partnerships as it relates to the award of Voluntary Furloughs but also about who is eligible to submit for both of these efforts to mitigate the need for Involuntary Furloughs (IVF.)
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

One Month Special COLAs for September 2020 - Bids Close August 3rd

The Company will be offering a one-month Special COLA for the September 2020 schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Door Operation App Changes – Required Viewing after 60 Days

Effective as of July 30, 2020 and despite the fact that the FAA views us as being qualified on all aircraft for up to a 13-month period, United will now require you to review a fleet specific door-arm[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Retiree Badge Availability

Flight Attendants who will be retiring under the Voluntary Separation Program (VSP2) are eligible to order a retiree badge by visiting Flying Together > employeeRes> Quick Links>Employee Profile>
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2020

29 Jul

Register to Vote! – It’s your Right.

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
  • Jul 29, 2020

28 Jul

Flight Attendants Applaud Bipartisan Majority Push for Extension of Payroll Support Program

WASHINGTON, DC (July 27, 2020) — Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson, representing nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 19 airlines issued the following statement
  • AFA Media Release
  • Jul 28, 2020

27 Jul

OP-ED: To get air travel off the ground, we need federal action

JULY 27, 2020 — Thanks in part to airline pilots, flight attendants and other aviation workers, the U.S. airline industry has begun a fragile return to the skies — but the effort will be l[...]
  • AFA Media Release
  • Jul 27, 2020

24 Jul

Your Participation is Critical – Calls Needed to Support the CARES Act

We know that we’ve been repeatedly hammering home the message that we need you to make calls to your representatives in Congress and we understand the repetitive nature of our request.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

International Base Closure Grievance – Expedited Arbitration Dates Finalized

While we have made a concerted effort to share information regarding the recent announcement of the company’s planned closure of the bases in FRA, HKG and NRT first with the Flight Attendants at these[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

AFA Continues to Explore Alternatives to Involuntary Furlough

As part of AFA’s continuing commitment to explore solutions to the announced reduction in personnel, your MEC Officers will be in meetings with management next week to discuss potential ways to mitiga[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Accommodation for those on Extended Maternity Leave

Over the past couple of days, we’ve received a number of questions from Flight Attendants who have elected to extend the duration of their maternity leaves to twelve (12) consecutive months following [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Returning from Furlough – Where do I go?

Misinformation, perhaps as a result of confusion between the difference between voluntary and involuntary furlough, continues to be disseminated via the “jumpseat wireless.”
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Kirby Shares His View on Airfares and Future Demand

In an interview on July 23, 2020, with CNBC, Scott Kirby conjectured that airfares are likely to “slip as the pandemic continues to depress demand for flights”, at least for the short term.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

United Expands Mask Policy - No Mask, No Fly.

Today, July 23, 2020, United announced an expansion of the mandatory mask requirement to include gates and terminals, effective July 24, 2020.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits in the Event of Furlough

Since the announcement of the potential workforce reduction plan for October 1, 2020 concern about the potential loss of medical benefits has been expressed by Flight Attendants and we’ve received a number of questions seeking information about continued protections in the event of furlough.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020

24 Jul

Telephonic Support Groups for Flight Attendants - Join Us!

During this time of uncertainty in the aviation industry, each of us are dealing with a variety of issues in our personal and professional lives that may place us in a position where decision making under pressure is necessary and may require we employ new stress management techniques.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2020