E-Lines: April 10, 2018
April 10, 2018
AFA Works for You! – Uniform Committee
As a continuation of our educational series on the roles and work of the various MEC Committees, this week we focus on the work of our MEC Uniform Committee.
This MEC Committee consists of a Chairperson who acts as a liaison for AFA-CWA with the company regarding uniform changeovers and reissue concerns. The Chairperson is expected to be familiar with Contractual provisions regarding our uniform and company appearance regulations. Since the announcement of plans for a new uniform, in conjunction with the MEC Officers, the MEC Uniform Chairperson plays an intricate role at ensuring any new uniform items meet the contractual requirements for uniforms.
By summer’s end, you will begin to see the work the MEC Uniform Committee as it is anticipate there will be nearly 800 uniform wear testers in the field for a ten week uniform wear test. At the conclusion of the uniform wear test period, the opinions of the Membership will be compiled and will be extremely important in the final design choices for our uniform.
The new Uniform launch date is set for the end of 2019.
United Announces Plan to Move Forward & Will Retain Status Quo with Original Quarterly Operational Incentive Program
During the last few weeks the company has been conducting listening tours to gather feedback from employees on the Quarterly Operational Incentive Bonus. As a result of these initial meetings, a decision has been made to maintain the status quo and will continue keeping the original incentive program intact making no changes for the remainder of this year.
Specifics of the current quarterly operations incentive and perfect attendance programs can be reviewed on Flying Together.
JCBA Implementation Roadshow - Meet with Ken Diaz and John Slater, April 19 in EWR
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, have taken to traveling across the system to meet with Members, to listen to their concerns and to answer questions relating to the implementation of our Joint Contract.
The next scheduled meeting will be conducted in Newark:
April 19, 2018
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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.
46thAnnual Board of Directors Meeting Officer Election Results
The AFA BOD meeting is currently taking place and will run through April 11, 2018.
The BOD establishes the priorities of the Union and develops strategies for the upcoming year, including determination of the annual budget. The AFA BOD oversees all Union activities. The 2018 Advanced Agenda Items to be acted on at this year’s BOD are posted on afa-cwa.org.
Today, the AFA Board of Directors which consists of all the Local Council Presidents of each Local AFA Council elected the International Officers for a four year term commencing June 1, 2018. Today’s election results follow:
AFA International President
AFA International Vice President
AFA International Secretary Treasurer
Congratulations to Sara, Deb and Kevin!
KCM – It’s a Privilege.
The government-approved Known Crewmember (KCM) program is a privilege which provides Flight Attendants and Pilots at many airlines access to the convenience of expedited security screening.
Participating Crew Members are allowed access to sterile areas of the airport through a dedicated crew portal. AFA worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure that Flight Attendants were included in this vital program of trusted individuals with this unique privilege.
To be clear, the continued success of the program depends heavily upon all Crew Members demonstrating that they can be trusted to comply with all related requirements. In recent weeks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has brought to our attention a number of violations of the KCM requirements. We must be aware and ever vigilant; such conduct, can jeopardize Flight Attendants of the privilege to participate in the program and consequently jeopardizes the entire Known Crew Member (KCM) program.
Therefore, we urge Flight Attendants to review the following program rules upon which our continue access to these dedicate security portal rely. Details of the KCM policy may be found in the E-lines publication dated April 3, 2018 and on the TSA website.
System Scheduling Report – April DSL Report
MEC Central Schedule Committee
Central Schedule Committee’s most recent DSL report detailing their oversight in the development of the April 2018 schedule has been published on unitedafa.org.
Clarifying the Procedure When Jumpseating on Weight Restricted Flights
Section 3.A. of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) was implemented effective October 4, 2016. For clarification purposes, jumpseat authority will not be denied for to any Flight Attendant(s) if a (physical) jumpseat is available even if the aircraft is weight restricted. The number of Flight Attendants using jumpseat authority on weight restricted flights may be limited to the number of available (physical) jumpseats.
Flight Attendants must adhere to the following procedures:
- Flight Attendants must check-in for the jumpseat no later than 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure.
- Flight Attendants who have met the 30 minute check-in shall be awarded available jumpseats in Jumpseat Seniority order.
Note: In instance where self-service electronic means are not available, Flight Attendants shall have the ability to list and check-in with Customer Service Representatives (CSR) no later than scheduled departure.
- Walk-up jumpseating shall be permitted to the extent consistent with the needs of the operation and shall be awarded on a first come first served basis, and only after Flight Attendants who have met the 30 minute check-in have been awarded jumpseats.
- Available Flight Attendant jumpseat(s) may be awarded prior to awarding non-revenue seats or other jumpseat authority riders. Flight Attendants who decline the award of the jumpseat will be removed from the jumpseat list. The targeted guideline for the award of available jumpseats is 25 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Flight Attendants must have checked-in and be present at the time of the jumpseat award.
When seats are available in the cabin after other stand-by passengers (revenue and non-revenue) have been boarded, Flight Attendants may travel in the cabin on jumpseat authority, even if the jumpseats are occupied, provided that such travel does not displace revenue passengers.
If you have additional questions on jumpseating, please contact your Local Council Office.