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E-Lines: May 11, 2018

Date: May 11, 2018

Welcome Class 1805!
MEC Communications Committee

Today we welcome the 42 graduating Members of class 1805 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their base at EWR on May 18, 2018 for orientation and will be available to fly on May 20, 2018. Please join us in welcoming the newest Members of our Flight Attendant community.

Crewmembers Must Register Hotel Guest when on Beijing Layover

As a reminder, if you will be entertaining friends or family at your hotel while in Beijing, before inviting any guest to your hotel room, you must first register the guest with the front desk.  Failure to follow these protocols may subject the registered guest of the hotel to a fine or other legal action. In certain instances, you could be detained for further investigation and possible fines.  The hotel will take no responsibility for any unauthorized (non-registered) guests and police are always able to take action against those suspected of having non-registered guests in their room. While this may appear to be unreasonable, we must always remember that we are guests in a foreign country, subject to the laws of the land. Please ensure you have registered any and all guests who may be visiting you during your stay at the hotel to avoid any unnecessary detainment.

For additional information, please contact your Local Council Office.

Flight Attendant Corporate Fatigue Policy

As a means to ensure the safety of crew and passengers is not compromised, a corporate fatigue policy was instituted in 1998 by United Airlines. We want to review the company policy on fatigue, how it may pertain to you, and the procedure to follow. The full policy and subsequent company communication are available below.

Some important key points of United’s Fatigue Policy are:
The company policy on fatigue states, “Any Flight Attendant who claims to be too fatigued to fly will be removed from her/his schedule. This will ensure that the safety of our passengers and crew is not compromised. However, any Flight Attendant who claims to be too tired to work must give the company a reason for her/his fatigue. The reason given will be used to determine whether the Flight Attendant’s removal from schedule is documented as excused or unexcused.” 

When a Flight Attendant invokes the Fatigue Policy they may be called upon to explain the reason why they were fatigued and may be required to visit a medical facility designated by the company. The company policy on fatigue also includes examples of situations of excused fatigue and unexcused fatigue. An excused absence for fatigue will not be used for disciplinary purposes. An unexcused absence for fatigue will assess points and may, in and of itself or in conjunction with other incidents, be used in assessing discipline under the attendance policy. The company has defined in their policy what would constitute an “excused” fatigue absence and “unexcused” fatigue absence.

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.

Avoiding Heat Exhaustion - The Importance of Keeping the Aircraft Cabin Cool
MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

As the summer months approach, outside temperatures are rising making it imperative that we do our part to ensure aircraft cabins remain cool and comfortable. In an effort to reduce the possibility of excessive heat in the cabin, Flight Attendants are encouraged to make an announcement requesting passengers lower their window shades and turn on their passenger service unit air vent prior to deplaning the aircraft. 

If you board an aircraft and find that its warm, Flight Attendants should immediately request the following:

  • Ask the Pilots to cool down the cabin
  • If the Pilots are not available, Flight Attendants should make a request for the gate agent or ground staff to start the auxiliary power unit (APU).

If the aircraft temperature is excessively warm have a conversation with the CS supervisor or Captain to determine if the aircraft is safe to board based on the elevated temperature in the cabin.

Additionally, when temperatures are extreme outside it is important to monitor the passengers and our flying partners for heat exhaustion. We encourage Flight Attendants to become familiar with the following symptoms of heat exhaustion.

What is Heat Exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is caused by loss of body fluids and, in rare cases, important electrolytes. It occurs when the body is unable to maintain a normal body temperature and overheats. When the body overheats, it directs most of its attention to cooling off. To maintain a normal temperature as body heat rises, vessels in the skin fill with blood, allowing heat to radiate out. With so much blood moving to the skin, less can go to the brain, muscles and other organs. Consequently, people who work in hot environments may feel tired earlier than typical and they may feel less mentally alert.


Our AFA Safety Health and Security Committee has provided the following chart to assist Flight Attendants in recognizing the symptoms of a heat disorder.


For additional information see your Local Council Representatives.

Possible One-Month COLAs and JobShares to be Offered for July

One month COLAs and JobShares may potentially be offered for the July 2018 bid month. Interested Flight Attendants should submit a request via CCS no later than May 20, 2018, 10:00 AM, home domicile time. If offered medical benefits at active employee rates are NOT included in this one-month COLA offering for July. While it is unlikely these will be available during that month of the year where our airline flies the greatest number of hours, in the event the company were to offer these, there would need to be a list of those seeking this discretionary time away from work.

For additional information on COLAs, reference Sections 15.B. & 15.N. of our JCBA and Section 16 for the provisions of the Jobshare program.

Hotel and Transportation Report – March 21, 2018
MEC Hotel & Transportation Committee 

The Hotel and Transportation Committee’s most recent report of their activities addressing hotel issues affecting Flight Attendants has been published for your review on unitedafa.org. 

Call the Senate for 10 Hours Rest and Not a Minute Less! 
MEC Government Affairs Committee

Yesterday, Politico reported that Senate leadership is bringing the FAA bill to the Senate floor... soon. There is no definitive timeframe, but this means that the bill could move at any time.

Remember, the language currently in the Senate version of the FAA Bill allows 10 hours to be reduced to 9. We must push to ensure the House language prevails. Every Senator needs to hear from Flight Attendants over and over on this. Make plans to call every single day until our 10 hours non-reducible rest is law.

Call 855-534-1774 NOW to tell your Senators to maintain the House language of 10 Hours Rest for Flight Attendants in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. We need equal 10 hours minimum rest with the flight deck and not a minute less.

After you make your call, text a flying partner and tell them to call. We need every Flight Attendant to weigh in with their Senators to make our 10 hours rest a reality.  We can do this!

Survey Reveals Widespread Harassment of Flight Attendants
AFA International – Washington D.C. May 10, 2018

Leaders Say Failure to Stop Harassment Undermines Airline Safety
More than two-thirds of Flight Attendants in the U.S. have experienced sexual harassment during their flying careers, according to a new survey released yesterday by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA). 

More than one-in-three flight attendants say they have experienced verbal sexual harassment from passengers, and nearly one-in-five have experienced physical sexual harassment from passengers, in the last year alone. Despite the prevalence of abuse and the emergence of the #MeToo movement, 68 percent of Flight Attendants say they saw no efforts by airlines to address workplace sexual harassment over the last year.

“While much of the coverage of the #MeToo movement has focused on high-profile cases in the entertainment industry and politics, this survey underscores why AFA has long been pushing to eradicate sexism and harassment within our own industry,” said Sara Nelson, AFA President.  “The time when Flight Attendants were objectified in airline marketing and people joked about ‘coffee, tea, or me’ needs to be permanently grounded. #TimesUp for the industry to put an end to its sexist past.” To continue reading about this very important issue visit AFA-CWA.org.

Happy Mother’s Day  

Mother’s Day is a special day we set aside to honor and celebrate our mothers, as well as other influential women who have had not only an impact on our lives, but for their strength of character and the love and commitment they have shown to others. In the United States, this Sunday, May 13, 2018, is a day to recognize and celebrate motherhood, along with all our mothers have done for us in our lives and their impact on our societies. Important to consider on this day are those mothers who understand the loss of a child. These women have a unique perspective on motherhood and loss. Each day, they remember the child they have lost and bring their unique perspective to this day we set aside to honor those who have given us the gift of life.

This Sunday, whether working, on layover or spending time with your family, take time to recognize the women in your life; the Mothers, step-mothers & grandmothers who have dedicated their lives to us. On behalf of the entire United Master Executive Council, we all of our Mothers a happy and safe Mother’s Day holiday.

Reminders and Quick Links

May 11   Class 1805 Graduates from Inflight
May 11   Last day to Update Link's Operating System to iOS 11.3.1
May 13   Mother’s Day
May 18   Class 1806 Graduates from Inflight 
May  28  United States Memorial Day Observed

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