E-Lines: January 09, 2018
January 9, 2018
Your AFA - AFA Works for You
MEC Communications Committee
This is the first in a series of articles designed to familiarize the Membership with the AFA Union structure and the value our MEC Committees bring in their representational efforts.
Everything our Union works to achieve begins and ends with improving the life of each Member of our Union Family. Whether this means fighting for additional benefits, higher wages, or demanding safer working conditions, your Union leadership is dedicated to making and maintaining (enforcing) our Contract.
Each individual Union Member is capable of causing great change to occur. In the simplest way, by bringing new ideas to the fore for discussion and consideration. Our belief in the power of a committed group of people, is absolutely unshakable.
The structure of AFA works because our Members directly elect their Local Executive Council (LEC) representatives, President, Vice President and Secretary, within and among their own Members. These Local Council Officers, at the direction of the Local Council President, set out to serve their fellow Members, always ensuring the rights of the Memberships are respected and protected. These are the dedicated individuals to whom you look for guidance, advice, in developing a solutions oriented approach to work-related problems. Your Local Leaders are also charged with helping their Members understand the many contractual provisos, and to seek out difficult answers to more complex problems by communicating with other Union officials.
The Local Council Presidents are Members of the Master Executive Council (MEC), which also includes the greater Union’s President, Vice-President, and Secretary Treasurer. Together, all of these individuals serve as the Union’s governing body for that airline. The Master Executive Council works on behalf of their entire Membership and at the direction of the combined leadership to protect & represent their Flight Attendants' rights.
Within the MEC structure are the various MEC Committees consisting of the Chairperson and Members of the Committee they oversee. Elected to their positions by Local Council Presidents, the Committee Chairpersons and Committee Members are specialists in their fields. They work to provide the best representational services possible to the Members, under the direct supervision of the Master Executive Council Officers.
The MEC Presidents at each of the 21 airlines make up the Executive Board, which provides leadership and guidance to the International Officers, and makes sure Union policies and procedures are always heeded when the full AFA-CWA Board of Directors is not in session to provide this direction.
The AFA-CWA Board of Directors (BOD) is made up of the Local Council Presidents at the 21 airlines that make up our Union and is the governing body of our Union. The AFA-CWA BOD are the policy makers of the Union. They represent the entire Membership, and their duties include electing the International Officers.
The International Officers coordinate Union activities and work closely with the Executive Board and the AFA-CWA Board of Directors, pursuing and advancing the Union Members' priorities.
In anticipation of our upcoming quarterly meeting of the United Master Executive Council, Local Council Meetings are taking place around the system this week. This is your opportunity to communicate your concerns with your Local President and to inform her/him of your views on matters that affect our Union, our company and our profession. Letting your voice be heard via a Local Meeting is the way to let your Local President know where you stand on issues that affect all of us.
Winter 2018 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council
Next week, the 2018 Winter Regular Meeting of the United MEC will be held in Rosemont, IL. Your Locally Elected Leaders from the sixteen (16) AFA Local Councils gather and work democratically to advance the interests and priorities of the more than 24,000 United Flight Attendants. We encourage all Members in good standing to attend.
United MEC Meeting
January 16 – 18, 2018
6350 N. River Rd
A courtesy shuttle runs every 20 minutes and picks up at Door 1 from the Bus/Shuttle Center on Level 1 of the Main Parking Garage. Complimentary parking is also available at the hotel.
Holiday Incentive Point
MEC Grievance Committee
Consistent with the terms of the Letter of Understanding between the Union and the company, Flight Attendants on active status who met the perfect attendance criteria during the holiday season period designated as December 15, 2017, through January 8, 2018, will earn a one-point (attendance) point credit for standing Reserve or who works a flight segment during this period.
The point credit will be used to offset the first point generating an occurrence after January 8, 2018, and any remaining credits from previous years will be applied in the same way. An entry will be added to the work history (FDWH) in Unimatic (pmUAL) or the eWork History for pmCAL & CMI on January 24, 2018.
E-work history (eWH) can be found in CCS under Reports > Flight Attendant > eWH RECORD. Keep in mind that once the point credit has been applied to a subsequent absence, the bonus point entry in the work history will be deleted.
If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.
System Scheduling Report – December, 2017 DSL Review Report
MEC Central Schedule Committee
Section 3.N. of our JCBA established the requirement for the Union’s Central Schedule Committee. This critical Committee of our Union is responsible for the oversight and creation of our monthly flight schedules. This dedicated group of individuals is responsible to review the flying assigned at each domicile location, but also is responsible for creating the recommendations that become the monthly lines of flying. This Committee monitors statistics, staffing, new flying, utilization, Reserve scheduling, monthly leaves of absence and ensures compliance with the scheduling rules contained within our respective Contracts.
Because this Committee is responsible for the monitoring and development of the system flying schedules, the dedicated individuals who make up this committee have their hands on the pulse of the airline. For this reason, you are encouraged to review their lengthy (14 page) report on all of the parameters used to develop the flight schedule. Please review our Central Schedule Committee’s most recent report of their activities.
System Reserve Report
MEC Reserve Committee
Our MEC Reserve Committee is responsible for monitoring Reserve issues that arise during the course of the schedule month. Over the past several months, our MEC Reserve Committee has met with management to discuss and review a number of issues that directly affect Flight Attendants and the quality of their lives. Please review the December 2017 System Reserve Report.
Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Begins January 15, 2018
MEC Benefits Committee
New during this year’s annual open enrollment period, all Flight Attendants will have the option to secure Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits through one of two brokers, Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP). Beginning January 15, 2018, enrollment representatives from these brokers will be available in each domicile to answer questions and to assist Members in enrollment for voluntary supplemental insurance plans which include:
- Group Voluntary (Short Term) Disability Income
- Critical Illness with Cancer
- Cancer Policy
- Group Voluntary Accident Insurance
- Group Hospital Indemnity Coverage
- Life Insurance
Open Enrollment Periods by Domestic Domicile
Flight Attendants needing additional information should contact the brokers individually or your MEC Benefits Committee.
Bridge Loan Deadline of January 23, 2018 is Fast Approaching
Flight Attendants have until Tuesday, January 23, 2018, midnight Central Time to make final elections for the Bridge Loan that was outlined in the Pay Methodology Harmonization publications.
As a reminder, the Bridge Loan Acceptance Form can be accessed by selecting the “Check eligibility” button on the Bridge Loan Info website. The Bridge Loan Info website can be found on Flying Together > Inflight Services > One United > Bridge Loan Eligibility & Acceptance Form, or by clicking here.
Specifics regarding the Bridge Loan can be found here: One United publication
United to Announce Fourth Quarter Earnings on January 23, 2018
As we often do at this time of the year, we look back at where we’ve been to get a better picture of where we want to be in the year ahead. As a corporation, a look at our financial performance and our balance sheet presents us with a unique opportunity to look at our strengths and presents us with a view of the challenges we face in the year ahead. At this point, we have a view of ¾ of our collective 2017 accomplishment. On January 23, 2018, United Airlines is expected to announce fourth quarter and full year earnings and will provide us with a full year overview of our financial performance.
Excluding Special Charges
Our Contractual Profit Sharing Program is set forth in Section 4.N. of our JCBA and sets forth that all Flight Attendants who have completed one full year of service as of December 31st of the year for which pre-tax earnings are being measured are eligible to participate in a pre-tax profit sharing program.
In the event the company has more than $10 million in Pre-tax earnings in the relevant calendar year (2017), the Flight Attendant Profit Sharing Pool shall be based on two components:
i. 10% of Pre-tax Earnings that are not in excess of the Pre-tax earnings for the previous calendar year, and
ii. 20% of Pre-tax Earnings that are in excess of the Pre-Tax Earnings for the previous calendar year.
Eligible Flight Attendants' Profit Sharing Bonuses will be calculated on a pro rata basis as part of the Annual Profit Sharing Pool determined by the ratio of the Flight Attendant’s Considered Earnings for the previous year (see Success Sharing Plan) to the aggregate amount of Considered Earnings for all eligible employees that year.
We expect additional information to be forthcoming on the Special Election Deferral to the 401(k) – opening and closing dates for those elections.
Reminder - Scholarships Available to United Flight Attendants and Their Families
Being a Member of the largest Flight Attendant Union has its privileges. One such privilege is access to “Members Only” scholarship programs that are made available to active Members of the Union & our families.
Our December 22, 2017, edition of e-lines contained detailed information for available scholarships. Flight Attendants interested in applying should be cognizant of the deadlines and plan to submit their application as early as possible to take advantage of the opportunities these scholarships present.
Additional information is available on our website, Unitedafa.org.