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E-Lines: March 20, 2018

Date: March 20, 2018

AFA Works for You! - Membership Engagement
Membership Engagement Committee

 As a continuation of our educational series on the roles and work of the various MEC Committees, this week we focus on the important, ongoing work of our various Membership Engagement Committees at both the Local and MEC levels of our Union.

 These Committees are responsible for the systematic engagement of AFA-CWA Members on an ongoing basis. This work is necessary in order to achieve a vital connection establishing two-way communication between AFA-CWA Members and AFA-CWA Leadership.

 Membership Engagement begins within the Local Council where Members form professional relationships with their Local Council leaders and other Local Council Committee volunteers. Through these connections, Members learn not only about our Union and our profession, but also about each other and the value of connection in a Union work environment. If’s where Union family bonds that last a career are formed.

 Volunteers on these Committees are tasked with encouraging a high level of participation from the AFA-CWA Membership to build Solidarity - the foundation of our power to support all Union efforts to defend and enhance the Flight Attendant profession. Membership engagement is the key to a stronger Union, collective action enhances our goals and helps to achieve our common objectives within our Union family and in connection with other Unions.

 With our Joint implementation date set for October 1, 2018, now is the time for all AFA Members to become engaged in their collective future. While we continue to fly under separate contracts for scheduling purposes, we are united under a single contract in many vital areas - Grievance, Benefits, Compensation, Vacation, Uniforms and so much more.

 Together we share a common objective. That is, uniting as one family with a shared sense of values and purpose. If you would like to be a part of this very important Committee, contact your Local Council about possible volunteer opportunities.

Virgin America - Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement Listing Fee Error Fixed

 In recent weeks we’ve become aware that a listing fee was being applied when listing for the Virgin American Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement. We immediately brought this to the attention of management and are pleased to advise you that this problem has been resolved.

 In addition, we’re happy to let you know that refunds for this Listing Fee that were collected in error are available. Please contact your Local Council Office for assistance.

JCBA Contract Provisions - Pay and Flight Time Limitations

 International override as outlined in Section 4.J. is a provision of our JCBA that is common now to all Flight Attendants without regard to pre-merger affiliation. Flight Attendants flying international pairings (International as defined under each respective pre-merger Contract) receive an hourly override of $2.00/hour, prorate, for each block hour actually flown and all credited time except sick/occupational leave and vacation.

 Night Pay as outlined in Section 4.M.is paid in addition to all other compensation at the rate of $.50/hour, prorated, for each actual hour worked as a member of the crew between the hours of 2200 - 0600 based on the departure of the flight segments.

 Shared in the future is the concept of Flight Time Limitations as set forth in Section 6.L. which establishes a contractual ninety-five (95) hours of credited flight time as the maximum for lineholders in a month and one hundred (100) hours of credited flight time as the maximum for Reserves. What is often misunderstood about this Contractual provision is the concept that these maximums can also be increased at the option and sole discretion of the individual Flight Attendant. Not only can the maximum be increased, the timing of when the increase to the maximum applies is at the discretion of the individual Flight Attendant throughout the month.

 Lineholders may opt to increase their monthly maximum to one hundred (100) hours or over one hundred (100) hours by picking up open flying, trip trading, or accepting a reassignment that places her/him over their respective maximum. Again, these are discretionary actions at the option of the individual Flight Attendant.

 Reserves may, at the time of bid or anytime during the month, elect to opt to one hundred five (105) or over one hundred five hours for the month.

 If you have questions about these specific JCBA provisions, please contact your Local Council Office for assistance or send an e-mail to info@unitedafa.org.

JCBA Implementation Roadshows - Meet with Ken Diaz and John Slater March 30

 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 Members 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:

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

Reminder - Bidding Deadline for NLS Greek Language Vacancies is March 26

 As a reminder to Flight Attendants interested in submitting a request to transfer to the newly established Greek Language base at NLS, transfers must be submitted via CCS no later than March 26, 2018, 10:00 AM Central time. Awards will be posted March 28, 2018. Flight Attendants must be Greek language qualified prior to the transfer and those interested in becoming language qualified should contact inflightlanguages@united.com.

Flight Attendants not awarded a transfer during the first round of awards are encouraged to leave their request on file for a possible second award opportunity.

Subscribe or Update Your AFA E-Lines Subscription

 As the anticipated October 1st implementation date approaches, it is more important than ever that we make the personal commitment to ourselves to take the time to keep up with and learn about the changes that will affect all of us.

 AFA E-Lines is a twice-weekly publication for United Flight Attendants with the latest news and updates pertaining not only to our Contract implementation, but to our profession. If you are not currently receiving E-Lines we encourage you to sign-up today. To subscribe to AFA E-Lines or update your information, visit unitedafa.org.

 Your Local Council also produces a Local Council Newsletter specific to your location. The publication timeline at each Local Council varies and we recommend that you contact your Local Council to learn about the schedule by which newsletters are available.

 Be sure to review AFA’s guidelines on the Union’s use of e-mail addresses.

 NOTE: As a reminder we NOT able to accept united.com (corporate) e-mail addresses for our AFA E-lines list nor do we conduct Union business via these company e-mail addresses as communications are not privileged or confidential.

Amazon Smile Triples Donation Rate to AFA Disaster Relief Fund Though March 31, 2018

 This month Amazon is hosting a special promotion where your purchases earn 3x the impact! That’s right!  Now through March 31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2341209 to make your Amazon purchases and Amazon automatically donates a portion to the Association of Flight Attendants - Disaster Relief Fund. Flight Attendants may also contribute online and 100% of the funds contributions will go directly to affected Flight Attendants in the form of cash assistance. The AFA Disaster Relief Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization separate from AFA's operating funds. Donations to the AFA Disaster Relief Fund are tax deductible.

 Additional information may be found at unitedafa.org.

Sexual Harassment Survey Closes Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21

 We are conducting a 3 minute anonymous survey to gather information about Flight Attendants’ experiences with onboard sexual harassment and sexual assault. As Flight Attendants we have a unique opportunity to join a positive dialog about the change we want to see and the world we want for our children. The survey will be open until this Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

 Take a few moments NOW to complete this short survey >

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