United Staffing Imbalance Result in Involuntary Surplus
May 12, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen:
This afternoon management
has announced their intention to invoke the Surplus provisions as contained in Section
22.J.and K. of our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Management has not yet officially posted a Notice
of Surplus; they have informed us that United “intends to adjust staffing
levels in Flight Attendant bases effective with the October 2014 bid month.”
United Inflight Scheduling
has offered us a high level overview regarding a number of staffing issues
involving Partnership Flying and Surplus, and we will meet with them later this
week to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their plans.
According to the “Base
Rebalancing” announcement today, management intends to surplus up to 600 United
Flight Attendants effective with the October 2014 schedule month. Two Hundred Flight Attendants each from
Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. These
numbers are subject to change; however they anticipate vacancies in New York,
San Francisco and Houston.
Flight Attendants from
the Miami domicile were the last group of Flight Attendants affected by a
surplus in 2003. Seattle and Honolulu
have also experienced a surplus in the past.
Throughout the past year,
we have faced countless challenges, and we have done so together. We will approach this newest challenge with
determination and Solidarity. AFA is
committed to doing whatever it can to protect your individual and our
collective best interests at this critical time. We will take appropriate action to ensure all
of our Contractual rights listed in Sections 22 are fulfilled. Specific
information about these Contract provisions will be available on our
Discussions with the
Company will take place over the next several days and we will keep you informed
via our website of any developments.
Please avoid rumor and speculation during this time period and check our
website for the latest information.
United Master Executive