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E-Lines: February 09, 2018

Date: February 9, 2018

Profit Sharing Election Window Closes February 11, 2018

As previously communicated in the February 6 edition of E-lines, the Special Election Window which provides Flight Attendants with the ability to allocate some or all of their Profit Sharing to their eligible retirement plan account is open through 2359 CT on Sunday, February 11, 2018,  Flight Attendants will have the ability to defer a portion of their Profit Sharing to any combination of the following:

  • Pre-tax 401(k)
  • Post-tax 401(k)
  • Roth 401(k) which is also post tax

Profit Sharing payments will be paid out on February. 27, 2018, and will be will be issued in a separate check in the same way you are paid for normal payroll process (i.e., direct deposit or physical check).  Flight Attendants based at International locations will receive their Profit Sharing as part of their March 1, 2018 pay check.

Unique to our colleagues in the United Kingdom, is how inclusion of the Profit Sharing payment in the March 1, 2018 pay check will affect the PAYE tax calculation for the pay period.  Special thanks to the Local Council & Council 7 Member, Heidi Yoder for her work in preparing the Q & A addressing these unique issues.

For more information, visit our website.


 Creating Travel Listings for Travel to Training

Flight Attendants at BOS, DCA, HKG, HNL, LAS & NRT who travel online to attend training (i.e. CQ18) at another location now use a slightly different method when creating the booking to travel to training. Whereas in the past we used the Business Travel option (PS5B), we are now using the Training Travel (PS0U) option.  Using this option will ensure that Flight Attendants, regardless of pre-merger subsidiary, will travel to training at the same boarding priority.


 Winter Weather Impacts ORD Operations and the System 
MEC Grievance Committee

 Winter storms are impacting United’s operations in ORD and are expected to do so through today and potentially into the weekend.  Understanding these weather events have the potential to affect those commuting to work, we encourage you to become and remain familiar with familiar with the Commuter Policy as provided for in Section 28 of the JCBA. If you have questions about the policy, please contact your Local Council Office.


 One Month COLA and JobShare Opportunities Available for April
 
MEC Central Schedule Committee

One-month COLA and JobShare opportunities are being offered for the April 2018 bid month. Interested Flight Attendants should submit a request no later than February 20, 2018, 10:00AM, local domicile time. Medical benefits at active employee rates are NOT included in this one-month COLA offering for April. Flight Attendants awarded this one-month COLA will not be required to fly March carryover trips. The number of COLA and Jobshare to be awarded has not yet been determined. 


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.


 Flight Attendant Payroll Process Standardized – Effective February 16, 2018

 
As a reminder, effective February 16, 2018, all Flight Attendants regardless of pre-merger affiliation will be paid based on the same pay methodology. For more information on the standardized process are encouraged to review the Pay Methodology Harmonization article on our website.  If you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your Local Council Office for assistance.


 2018 MEC Reserve Training Concludes in Chicago
MEC Reserve Committee

This week, the United Master Executive Council (MEC) Reserve Committee conducted their annual Reserve Training in Chicago. Attending the three-day training were 63 of our flying partners from EWR, LHR, ORD, DEN, SFO, LAX, DCA/IAD, LAS, HKG, BOS, and IAH. These volunteers reviewed the Reserve Committee structure and responsibilities. In addition, this newest group of AFA volunteers reviewed the current Reserve scheduling procedures for each of the three pre-merger agreements in an effort to establish a solid foundational structure for our future when the JCBA Reserve scheduling procedures are implemented.

We recognize, congratulate and welcome our newest flying partners who have stepped forward to do this important work on behalf of all Flight Attendants.


 pmUAL Per Diem Statements

Every year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updates the per diem rates to reflect Cost of Living Adjustments for every city in in the world. Once these adjustments have been made, these revised rates are used for lodging, meals and incidental expenses when traveling on official business. The per diem amount allowed for meals and incidentals is specific for each city in which you have had a scheduled layover.  For most cities, this expense allowance is greater than the per diem we receive as Flight Attendants.  Depending on your individual IRS filing status, you may be able to use this difference to your advantage.  We recommend that you contact your tax professional for further information. Per diem reports are available via My Info on the Flying Together Website.

Contact the Payroll Care Center if you are unable to access your personalized Per Diem report by calling the Payroll Care Center via the Employee Service Center at 877-825-3729.


 Holiday Bonus Point Reflected in Work History Record
 
MEC Grievance Committee

Flight Attendants who met the criteria to receive the Holiday Bonus Point can now view that extra point in their Work History Record on CCS or in Unimatic (FDWH).

 The one-point credit will offset the first point-generating occurrence. There is no expiration date for the one-point credit and will continue to accumulate each year if not used. We encourage you to review your work history to ensure you’ve been properly credited for this year’s period of holiday service.  While checking on this year’s point balance, we recommend that you also review previous year’s credit to ensure you can account for all of the attendance points to which you are entitled.


Upcoming Changes to Timing of EWR – LGA Shuttle

At the request of the Council 6 leadership, the timing of the Shuttle serving EWR & LGA has been re-timed. Effective February 15, 2018 with the 0330 AM Shuttle, the new schedule will be as follows:

EWR to LGA

LGA to EWR

3:30 AM

3:30 AM

5:00 AM

5:00 AM

9:00 AM

9:45 AM

Noon

1:00 PM

4:00 PM

7:30 PM

9:00 PM

Midnight

 


Reminders and Quick Links

 Supplemental Insurance Reps in Domiciles    See Schedule

February 11     Profit Sharing 401(k) Special Election Closes
February 14     Valentine’s Day – Union Plus Flower Discount

February 27     Profit Sharing Payment

 

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