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E-Lines: January 16, 2018

Date: January 16, 2018

Your AFA Works for You
MEC Communications Committee

Introducing Change in Your Union

 The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) is a democratic Union with a structure that starts with the Member. Within our structure, a single Member has the ability to bring forward ideas to change the course of our Union.

 As Members of the largest Flight Attendant Union, all or our opinions and ideas matter.  When you have an idea for improvement or change, consider taking the following steps:

  1.  Talk with your peers to validate the idea.
  2.  Discuss the idea with your Local Council President and, if appropriate, the Local Chairperson of the Committee who is responsible for the subject matter addressed.
  3.  Write your idea in the form of a proposal or agenda item and request the President publish it in the next Local Council Newsletter, or place it on the agenda for the next Local Council Meeting.
  4.  Attend the next Local Council Meeting and read and discuss your proposal with the Members and leadership in attendance.  Be prepared to explain your idea and volunteer to help implement and accomplish your plan.
  5.  As a democratic Union, a vote by the Membership in the Local Council Meeting will take place.  The majority vote of those in attendance including proxies, will determine whether or not your idea moves forward.
  6.  If your idea will only affect the Local Council, it will be acted on at that level.  The Flight Attendants at the meeting will vote to advance the proposal/agenda item or not.
  7.  If your proposal must receive Master Executive Council (MEC) approval, and if it passes at your Local Council Meeting, the Local Council President will take it to the next MEC Meeting for consideration and a vote.

 Note:  Changes to the United Flight Attendant Collective Bargaining Agreement must wait until the Agreement is up for re-negotiation; or a side letter dealing with that particular issue is negotiated.  Changes to the AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws must be voted upon by the entire Board of Directors at their next meeting.

Day One 2018 Winter AFA United MEC Meeting

 The Winter Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) began in Chicago today. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other presidents from around our system, addressed the business of our Union and the issues that are important to you.

 If you are in Chicago, we encourage you to stop by to witness our democratic process by attending the MEC meeting in progress. Summaries for each day of this meeting will be posted on our website.

Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Representatives Domicile Schedule
MEC Benefits Committee

Voluntary supplemental insurance benefits open enrollment began yesterday, Monday, January 15, 2018.  Brokers from both Design Benefits and National Group Protection (NGP) will be at the following locations for open enrollment on each of the days and time indicated:

Flight Attendants needing additional information, visit unitedafa.org to contact the brokers individually or our MEC Benefits Committee.

Measles Virus Exposure
Safety, Health and Security Committee

 Recently there have been advisories issued in the media regarding the measles virus related to an infected passenger traveling through the airport. For the majority of the US population, this isn’t a concern as many either have had the virus as a young child, or after 1963, you were most likely vaccinated in order to attend school. If you have a medical concern or religious belief that prohibits you from receiving the vaccination or a zero titer result post inoculation, then you are within the minority group who may have concerns. Worldwide most countries have Measles vaccination programs in place however there are a few third world countries which do not.

 Said another way, because of the requirements in place to ensure proper vaccinations within our country’s school systems, those who have been inoculated with a single shot of the MMR vaccine have less than a 7% chance of becoming infected and those who received two shots have less than a 3% chance.

 Immunity Guidelines per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) consist of any one of the following:

  •  Written documentation of adequate vaccination
  •  One or more doses of a measles-containing vaccine administered on or after the first birthday for preschool-age children and adults not at high risk
  •  Two doses of measles-containing vaccine for school-age children and adults at high risk, including college students, healthcare personnel, and international travelers
  •  Laboratory evidence of immunity
  •  Laboratory confirmation of measles
  •  Birth in the United States before 1957

 If you have any questions, please contact your Local Safety, Health and Security Committee.

Accolade Health Assistant
MEC Benefits Committee

 We have received some inquiries from Members who, when calling the telephone number on the back of our company issued Medical PPO Insurance card, are reaching Accolade as opposed to the more traditional Blue Cross/Blue Shield call representative. Accolade is a company with representatives who act in the role as a health assistant providing confidential personalized support to help employees navigate their healthcare needs. The company has advised us that a booklet has been mailed to your home address on file with United.  Some reports indicate those booklets have just recently been arriving over the past few days.

 We understand that not everyone may have received this booklet and may require additional information to fully understand the role of this new company provided service.  If you have questions or concerns please contact your Local Council Office.

pm-CAL & CMI - Are You Prepared for the February 2018 Pay Check Changes?

 Effective with the February 16, 2018 paycheck, Section 3.BB. of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) which covers paycheck topics will be implemented when, on that date, the company will discontinue the issuance of the 25 hours “semi” payment.  Currently, pmCO flight attendants are paid for a month of flying over three (3) paychecks. Following the implementation of this provision, they will be paid for a month of flying over two (2) paychecks, aligning with pmUA and pmCMI Flight Attendants. For pmCMI Flight Attendants, there will be a minor change in the calculation of the 1st of the month advance.

 For more information about the Pay Methodology Harmonization please review the Questions on Pay Methodology Harmonization article on our website.

 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.

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