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E-Lines: November 10, 2017

Date: November 10, 2017

Veterans Day – Celebrating Veterans Strength and Resilience

Each year on November 11th we honor the dedicated men and women who have loyally served our country over the years. Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day commemorating the end of fighting between the allies and Germany in World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first Armistice Day.  In May 1938 Armistice Day was declared a federal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace.  In 1954 after World War II, which had required the largest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in U.S. history, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the Veterans Service Organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by removing the word Armistice and replacing it with Veterans.

This weekend, in honor of all Veterans, we remember the sacrifices the brave men and women of our Armed Forces have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy. There are many things we can do to commemorate and show our appreciation to members of our military, past, present and future; volunteer with Veterans’ programs, fly the American Flag, volunteer at a VA Hospital.   Taking care of our Veterans is our sacred responsibility.  While doing these types of things are important, it is critical that we all find ways for returning Veterans to be part of our communities as they transition from military service.

As we celebrate our Veterans, let’s listen to their stories.  Let’s celebrate their resilience and strength.  Most importantly, let’s thank all of our Veterans, past, present and future, for their dedicated service to our country.  

Second Round 2018 Vacation Bidding Now Open

The second round of 2018 Vacation Bidding opened November 8, 2017, and will run through Thursday, November 16, 0800 Local Domicile time. Prior to bidding, Flight Attendants need to review the Vacation Allocation Charts, which outline the days still available in round two. Flight Attendants may bid to split the remaining days available, or bid to take them all at once. Additional information, please visit unitedafa.org.

Section 13.C.4 – [Holiday] Medical Verification Now in Effect

Effective with the November 2017 bid month, Section 13.C.4, the [Holiday] Medical Verification provisions of the JCBA, harmonized for all Flight Attendants, have been implemented. With the implementation of this Section, the corresponding terms of Section 9.H.5. of the pmCAL and Section 11.I.5. of the pmCMI Agreements are now obsolete.  Section 13.C.4. states:

The Company may also require an Absence Certificate for all sick calls originating during the Fourth of July and Christmas holidays, which include July 1st to July 7th and December 20th to January 4th respectively. If the Company intends to require an Absence Certificate for sick calls occurring during such holiday period, the Company shall first notify the Union and give Flight Attendants adequate notice to be posted for the Fourth of July holiday period not later than June 14th and for Christmas not later than December 1st. Flight Attendants who have had no absences in the prior twelve (12) calendar months shall not be subject to the Absence Certificate requirement imposed during these holiday periods.

The first holiday period that could be impacted by the terms of Section 13.C.4. is Christmas 2017. Should the Company decide to require an Absence Certificate for sick calls during the Christmas 2017 holiday period, an announcement will be provided to all Flight Attendants no later than Dec. 1, 2017 and the following requirements must then be met by Flight Attendants calling in sick from Dec. 20, 2017 to and including Jan. 4, 2018:

  • The Flight Attendant must actually be seen by the accredited physician in a timely manner, but no later than 72 hours after notifying Scheduling of an illness/injury.
  • The Absence Certificate must be prepared and signed by the physician after an in-person visit by the Flight Attendant to the physician’s office.
  • This note (Absence Certificate) must be submitted to Company Medical on or before check-in time of a Lineholder’s first trip or a Reserve’s first assignment including Airport Alert and Standby Reserve, following an illness or injury.
  • If a physician’s release (Absence Certificate) is not received, the Flight Attendant will have 72 hours after her/his first trip flown, Airport Alert or Standby Reserve assignment to provide the Absence Certificate.
  • If the Company opts to require an Absence Certificate for the 2017 Christmas period, notice will be provided in compliance with the terms of Section 13.C.4., and posted no later than Dec. 1, 2017.

Please note that an Absence Certificate is different from a Physician’s Note (used for attendance point reduction – JCBA Section 23.F.2.). The Attendance and Performance Management Flight Attendant Guide has details about the criteria and process for the Physician’s Note (see page 7). An Absence Certificate contains personal medical information and must be submitted to United Medical, not your supervisor.  The Absence Certificate can be found on the company’s Flying Together website.

For more information please contact your Local Council Office.

One Month COLAs & Jobshare Opportunity Available for January 2018

One month COLAs and JobShare opportunities are being offered for the January 2018 bid month. Interested Flight Attendants should submit a request no later than November 20, 2017 at 10:00AM, local domicile time. Medical benefits at active employee rates are not included in this one-month COLA offering for January. Flight Attendants awarded this one-month COLA are not required to fly January carryover trips. 

January three-month Special COLA requests will take precedence before one-month regular COLAs and Jobshares are awarded.

For additional information on COLAs, reference JCBA Sections 15.B & 15.N. of our JCBA while Section 16 covers the provisions of the Jobshare program.

Service between Newark and Delhi Suspended

We have been advised today of the company’s decision to temporarily suspended service between EWR and DEL (Delhi, India) due to concerns over poor air quality in the region.

The company is monitoring the situation in Delhi closely and will advise when a decision is reached to resume service.

Flight Attendants affected by these cancellations are subject to reassignment under the provisions of the pmCAL Contract. 

2018 ISM/Purser Workshop

Today the company has announced preliminary plans for the 2018 ISM/Purser Workshops.  This will be a two-day training class that will be centrally hosted in Chicago.

pmUA – only International Qualified Pursers will initially bid for the preference month in which they will attend training.  Preference Month bidding open Nov.12 at 0700 (CT) and will close on Dec.12 at 0700 (CT). Training will be conducted during the months of February, March, April and May 2018.

pmCMI and pmCAL ISMs based in GUM, HTA, LAI, NTA, SFI and WTA will be assigned training months based on the first letter of the last name. More information on the training month assignments will be shared at a later date.

Annual recurrent training is an expectation of the ISM & Purser programs.  We encourage Flight Attendants working under the pmUAL Agreement to submit a preference month bid before December 12th.  ISMs working under the pmCAL and CMI Contracts will be provided additional information on the assignment of training months in an upcoming communication.

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