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E-Lines: March 06, 2018

Date: March 6, 2018

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MEC Communications Committee

 In continuation of our educational series on the roles and work of the various MEC Committees, this week we focus on the important work of our Grievance Committee.

 The primary objective of the MEC Grievance Committee is the enforcement of our Contracts, protecting all Flight Attendants against arbitrary, unjust disciplinary action while ensuring consistent application of company policy.  Members of the MEC Grievance Committee have extensive experience and training intended to expand their individual knowledge base in understanding the various provisions.

 The MEC Chairperson coordinates the processing of MEC Grievances, working directly with AFA-CWA Staff Attorneys and Local Council Presidents to ensure the individual and collective rights of our Members are protected. The entire Grievance Committee works with Local Grievance representatives to secure the best possible outcome for all Flight Attendants in the arbitration of their Grievances.

 Flight Attendants who believe their contractual rights have been violated should begin the dispute process at the Local Council level by first filing a Local Council worksheet. This must be accomplished within 60 calendar days after the Flight Attendant would reasonably have knowledge of the dispute. The local AFA Grievance Committee will review and evaluate every worksheet and determine if the concern has merit. If the complaint does have merit and cannot be resolved through discussion with management, a Notice of Dispute (NOD) is filed. If it does not, the Flight Attendant will be provided with an explanation of why the issue is not a violation of the Contract and the issue will not be brought forward.

 For complete details on the Grievance process, visit unitedafa.org where you will find the Flight Attendant Dispute Resolution Guide.

Company “PAUSES” Operational Incentive Program in Response to Unified Message from Employees

 On Friday, March 2, 2018, the company announced a new quarterly incentive program, "4core to Score Reward," to replace the existing Operational Incentive Program. The company sought to implement this money-saving program that was thought by management to be a “better, more exciting program.” Needless to say, management was surprised at the reaction of all employees who did not view this program as management had perhaps expected and misjudged employee reaction to the proposed program.  In fact, the reaction to the program was so universally negative management has elected to “press the pause button” on the proposed changes. During this period, management will review employee feedback and consider other alternatives leading to the “right way to move forward.”

 Standing together, employees delivered a unified message expressing their disappointment and dissatisfaction with the proposed revisions to the operational incentive program. In response, management will be reaching out to the various work groups across the company to ensure the changes made better reflect the feedback of all employees.

JCBA Roadshows - Meet with Ken Diaz, AFA MEC President and John Slater, VP Inflight Services - Operations 

 As we move forward toward that all important October 1st implementation date, United AFA MEC President, Ken Diaz and Inflight Services Vice President of Operations, John Slater, will take to the road and travel across the system to meet with Flight Attendants to listen to their concerns and answer questions relating to the implementation of our Joint Contract.

 The next round of meetings will be conducted in domiciles based on the following schedule:



Meeting Time

Time of Day

March 15


9:00am to 12 noon

Morning Meeting

March 15


5:00pm to 8:00pm

Evening Meeting

March 16


8:00am to 12 noon

Morning Meeting

These roadshow events will be held in a casual group setting that will encourage open dialogue, facilitate conversation and create yet another opportunity for Flight Attendants to receive information directly from company and Union leadership. Additional road shows will be announced as details are finalized.

Reminder, Time Change to Daylight Savings Time – Sunday, March 11, 2018

 Reminder, next Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00AM the change to daylight savings time will occur. “Spring Ahead” one hour which, for those working, will result in a one hour shorter layover and for all of us, one less hour of sleep that night. Next Saturday before you go to sleep, be sure to set your clock ahead one hour to recognize the change to Daylight Savings Time.

Section 3.T.2. of our JCBA

 Section 3.T.2 of our JCBA states the following:

 In the event parking facilities are not available for Flight Attendants at an airport location other than one serving their Domicile, the Company shall assume the monthly parking charges up to a maximum of $35.00 per month.

 This provision does not apply to original or replacement charges for employees parking decals, stickers, gate keys or similar items. It is understood that a Flight Attendant may park her/his car at either their domicile or some other company station location, if a parking space is available, in which case the company shall be obligated to assume only the expense of one location.

Tumi® Luggage – Official Launch Date is March 16, 2018 – Luggage Required
MEC Uniform Committee

 As previously communicated in the March 2, 2018 publication of E-Lines, the company has announced that March 16, 2018 will be the official launch date for all Flight Attendants to carry their company-issued TUMI® luggage. Flight Attendants who have not previously ordered their luggage through the Tumi® website should contact tumiluggage@united.com for assistance with ordering the new luggage.

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