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E-Lines: June 30, 2017

Date: June 30, 2017

“Stay Linked” Free iPad Drawing – Deadline Extended to July 14, 2017

We have learned that delivery of the supply of Got Link? bag tags were delayed in their delivery to at least two of our Local Councils.  In order to ensure equal participation by all of our Members, it has been determined that we will extend the deadline to enter until July 14, 2017.  All AFA Members in good standing, who sign up for AFA E-Lines and Local Council Newsletters through the Stay Linked page on our website, may participate in the drawing to win one of five iPad Tablets. Even if you’re already receiving E-Lines and Local Newsletters, you can participate, as long as you enter to win.  To register, click the “StayLinked” banner on our website and fill out the form by midnight, July 14, 2017, CST.  On July 19th, five names will be randomly drawn to determine the lucky iPad winners.

Department of Homeland Security Announces Plan for Heightened Security Screening

On June 29th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that enhanced security measures will be implemented for all commercial flights to the United States. All airlines conducting direct flights to the United States from International airports will be subject to heightened screening of passengers and large electronic devices.

AFA is working with United on this recent announcement as well as the impact it could have on flight crews. Please continue to abide by the current security policies in place until notified of any new measures.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued the following fact sheet about the new security directive; please visit the DHS website at www.dhs.gov for additional details.

(CAL) Transfers Requests on File Purge July 1, 2017

Section 12.B.4. of the pmCAL Contract requires the company to purge or remove all existing transfers on file each year on July 1. Transfer requests currently on file for Flight Attendants expired on July 1, 2017 and will be deleted.  Flight Attendants who still intend to transfer will need to resubmit their transfer requests after July 1, 2017, but before July 5th, 2017, 10:00AM local base time.  As an additional option, you may indicate your intention to keep your transfer request on file by checking the appropriate box on the final page of the transfer request form in CCS.

If you have any questions, please contact your Local Council Office.

Turbulence - Take it Seriously

Turbulence is an occupational hazard that we all take very seriously. On every flight, safety is our priority. When it comes to cabin safety, place yourself and your crewmembers first. It is only through these efforts that we fulfill our duties as safety professionals, not only for oneself but for the passengers in our care. As a good rule of thumb, to minimize injuries caused in turbulence, stow all but necessary service components such as coffee pots, glass bottles and especially carts, when the service is completed. Diligent use of cart housings, tie downs and latches will prevent a safety hazard. Note: At no time should carts be blocking access to jumpseats which might prevent you from securing yourself should the need arise. Remember, it may not always be possible to receive warning of turbulence or be able to return to a jumpseat when turbulence hits.  If you believe that conditions are unsafe, don’t wait for an announcement from Captain, Purser/ISM/Lead to protect yourself.  Immediately take your seat and secure yourself.

Our eFAOM, covers the precautions we should take during turbulence. If turbulence is forecast for “moderate” or greater turbulence or when there is an immediate need for Flight Attendants to secure themselves into their jumpseats, the Pilots will make an announcement stating, “Flight Attendants be seated immediately”.  Immediately stop the service, drop everything, secure yourself and hold on.  If you are not near a seat, sit down, where you are, and hold on. If turbulence continues through the prepare for landing announcement, and the Captain has not advised that it is safe to resume duties, immediately advise the cockpit if the cabin and galley are not secured for landing and seek direction on the actions that should be taken. This could include using the PA to require passengers comply with final cabin preparations from your jumpseat.  If you are unable to assume your assigned jumpseat, be sure to do your silent review for the jumpseat you are occupying. If able, contact remaining crew to advise that you are not in your assigned jumpseat for landing and file an ISAP (PM-CAL) or an ASRS (PM-UAL).

Turbulence is a risk that we can mitigate by always being aware of our surroundings, taking proactive steps to ensure that our work areas are free from hazards, and taking steps to protect oneself!

We strongly recommend you review the Turbulence Action Guide located in the SOP section of your eFAOM.   For additional information please visit our Safety, Health and Security page located on our website.

Inflight Bonus Bucks Launch - July 1, 2017

The Inflight Bonus Bucks program will launch on Saturday, July 1, 2017.  Flight Attendants who chose to participate in the program and who have completed the required CBT will receive a $50 commission, pre-tax, for every approved Explorer Card application submitted with their unique ID.

For additional information, please contact your Local Council.

AFA Members Participate in CWA Political Boot Camp Training

On June 13-14, your MEC Government Affairs Committee Chairperson joined by seventeen United Flight Attendant volunteers from AFA Local Councils in EWR, SFO, LAX, DCA and BOS attended the CWA Political-Legislative Boot Camp in Hayward, California.

This year’s Boot Camp consisted of two days of intense training. Topics included Member-to-Member conversations, development of Membership engagements skills and methods to assist in activist recruitment.  The training focused on conversations specifically aimed to increase contribution to our FlightPAC and excellent practices to successfully conduct our upcoming Voter Registration and information drive in preparation of 2018 Mid-Term elections. Many thanks to our Brothers and Sisters at CWA Local 9412 for hosting the event.

Flight Attendant Union Champions Clean Air for Passengers and Crew, Applauds Lawmaker Action

Washington, DC (June 28, 2017) - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) praises Senator Richard Blumenthal’s (D-CT) amendment to the Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill (S.1405) with support from Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). The amendment calls for fume event training for flight crew, improves contaminated air reporting requirements, and add sensors to air systems on commercial aircraft. 

“Senators Blumenthal and Markey are champions for clean air onboard for Flight Attendants and passengers. Crews and passengers are breathing toxins, and it has got to stop,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “We encourage the Senate Commerce Committee to adopt this amendment to prevent Flight Attendants, pilots or passengers from suffering the effects of breathing toxic fumes in the cabin.”

AFA’s efforts to improve the cabin environment spans the last three decades. From advocating for smoke-free skies to stopping poisonous pesticide spraying to addressing the dangers of contaminated bleed air, AFA remains steadfast that cabin air must be clean.  Our union advocates that the airline industry either end the use of engine bleed air for cabin air supply like on the Boeing 787 or mitigate the circulation of contaminated air.

“Most Americans go to work with the expectation of breathing clean air, but until we achieve better standards for cabin air quality, Flight Attendants don’t have this guarantee,” Nelson stated.

July 4 is a Contractual Holiday for U.S. & Guam - Independence Day

Our Contract provides for holiday pay for Flight Attendants working flight assignments during designated holidays, specified by the country of the domicile location and the Flight Attendant’s birthday. Section 2.Q. of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA), defines Independence Day is one of the five (5) Contractual holidays for U.S. and Guam based Flight Attendants. Section 4.I. outlines the formula for holiday pay.

Beginning July 2017, Holiday Pay will appear as a line item within the CCS pay register for pm CAL Flight Attendants and will be aggregated in the "Additional Pay" section of the CCS pay register. Holiday Pay will also be incorporated in the "Flight Pay Balance" of the pay advice.

Pm UAL Flight Attendants will continue to be able to view Holiday Pay posting in their  individual pay file (DFAP).

For additional information on holiday pay, please visit our website.

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