E-Lines: June 01, 2018
June 1, 2018
AFA-CWA Standing Together to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness - Join Our Team!
AFA-CWA is standing together to raise Awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other Brain Health issues. We committed to supporting not only those affected with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, but also caring for those who provide the care to those afflicted.
Beginning today June 1, 2018, and for the month of June, all AFA Flight Attendants will demonstrate our commitment to support those affected by this disease by putting purple ribbons behind our AFA pins. Ask your Local AFA leader for a purple ribbon.
Additionally, Flight Attendants are encouraged to send photos of themselves and/or their crew wearing the purple Alzheimer’s support ribbon with their AFA pin to Communications@unitedafa.org or text to 502-758-9961. Flight Attendants should be aware that the photos will be used for publication as AFA shows our ongoing support to the thousands afflicted with this disease, their caregivers and our collective commitment to finding a cure.
This action is unanimously supported by the AFA Board of Directors. Join us to support those facing Alzheimer's. Find out more about Alzheimer's >
"Fighting Alzheimer's is a personal cause for the members of AFA. Flight Attendants are natural caregivers, and many have directly faced the effects of Alzheimer’s with their loved ones. On the plane, we encounter situations or passenger conflicts that may occur when people are exhibiting behaviors caused by Alzheimer's or dementia. The resources provided by the Alzheimer's Association can help us do our job, assist us in our personal lives, and even help us recognize early signs of Alzheimer's or dementia in someone close to us." - AFA International President Sara Nelson
To raise awareness, learn more or contribute, visit: afacwa.org/alz >
FSL Election Awards and 2-year Priority Period Waitlist
The award of Flight Attendants into the Flight Service Leader (FSL) program was released earlier today. The lists are available, by domicile, of those who have been awarded a position in the new FSL program on Flying Together > Inflight Services > Flight Service Leader program, or by clicking here.
The following is an overview of the number of awards by location, the seniority range of those awarded a position in the program and the number of Flight Attendants on the priority period waitlist. Awards were determined based on where FSLs are based as of the June 2018 schedule month.
Most Senior Awarded
Most Junior Awarded
Number on Waitlist
An Update on Crew Meals
MEC Grievance Committee
Since the inception of implementation of the Crew Meal language in Section 5.A.3. of our JCBA, there has been considerable confusion and misinformation concerning our crew meal entitlement. In the weeks immediately following the implementation, work began in earnest to address areas where Crew Meals were missing or the quality of the food provided was deficient.
Section 5.A.3. of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) governs crew meals. Crew meals must be:
- appropriate to the time of day.
- boarded at company expense.
- provided whenever the scheduled duty day is in excess of 7:59 and all sit time is scheduled less than 2 hours.
- provided on charter flights when meals are provided for passengers.
- provided for on ID/pairings in the bid package as well as in pairings built in the operation.
- provided for whenever a Reserve is assigned/scheduled to any sequence that meets the criteria.
- provided whenever a flight originates or terminates in an international city*, is scheduled for three (3) hours or more and passengers are provided a meal. Meals are provided regardless if the trip is a partial pickup (Sections 7.I.8.of the JCBA and Sections 5.G.1.b. & 5.G.5.a.4 of the pm CAL CBA) or a pairing picked up within the same duty period (Sections 7.I.16. of the JCBA and Section 5.G.5.a.8. of the pm CAL CBA) only because the segment involves travel to an international city.
*Note: For this provision Alaska, Hawaii, Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, and San Juan are not considered international cities.)
Crew meals will NOT be boarded:
- When a Flight Attendant executes a partial pickup that creates a duty day in excess of 8 hours with less than a 2 hour sit.
- When a Flight Attendant picks up a pairing up within the same duty period (Sections 7.I.16. of the JCBA and Section 5.G.5.a.8. of the pm CAL CBA) not involving travel to an international city.
- When operational delays shorten a sit, or lengthen a duty day
- When a reassignment/drafting occurs that creates a duty day of greater than 8 hours with less than a 2 hour sit.
- And when the combined duty time of a pairing/ID and airport alert (AA)/On standby (ONSB) creates a duty day greater than 8 hours with less than a 2 hour sit.
As well as the contractual requirements governing when crew meals must be provided, our contract establishes that crew meal food components must be business class quality or better and includes deadheading Crew Members on international flights. In those instances where storage space is a premium, it is acceptable for Crew Members deadheading in economy to receive the food components in an economy setup; the meals are boarded with the passenger special meals and are indicated as ZDML on the manifest.
Note: There is no contractual requirement that meals be identical to those being served to passengers on the same flight and there is no contractual recognition of meals for different lengths of duty day.
Further, Flight Attendants who are not provided a meal or if the meal is contractually insufficient are encouraged to first notify catering regardless of the anticipated response. If a meal is not boarded when contractually appropriate, a Flight Attendant may purchase a meal, when possible, and submit the receipt for reimbursement of actual/reasonable expenses. When filing a Local Council Worksheet through our website, unitedafa.org., the following information must be provided:
- Was catering notified of the issue? If so, what was their response? What meal was purchased?
- When reporting issues of meal qualify, take clear, well-lighted photographs of all food components.
- pm-UAL- When submitting a Local Council worksheet, Flight Attendants need to provide a copy of the FLTLOF and DSL from UNIMATIC (not 3rd party display) to demonstrate meal entitlement.
- pm-CAL/CMI- When submitting a Local Council worksheet, Flight Attendants need to submit a copy of the pairing as viewed through My Schedule, with the dropdown menu displaying the crew information for the flight at issue.(Not 3rd party display.) This information is pertinent because it should display that a meal was scheduled for the flight.
- This information can also be used to substantiate your entitlement to a reimbursement for a purchased meal.
Additional questions should be directed to your Local Council Office.
June is Pride Month!
June is Pride Month! AFA-CWA supports all LGBTQ Flight Attendants and workers as we fight for protections on the job and in our communities. AFA’s commitment to equal treatment of all individuals, regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression is resolute.
In 1976, we changed our by-laws to include within our first objective to unite all flight cabin crew members in the airline industry, "regardless of sexual orientation." Discrimination of any kind undermines the strength of our country. We must work together to protect the rights that should belong to every human being. We stand up for fairness and equal opportunity for all American workers.
AFA is a longtime supporter of Pride @ Work, the AFL-CIO diversity organization working towards full equality for LGBTQ people in the workplace. The Pride @ Work 2018 Convention is August 23-25, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Let us know if you want to get involved with Pride @ Work to help build power for LGBTQ working people >
Hotel and Transportation Report – April 18, 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.
Elect Safeware® Coverage through June 6, 2018
Flight Attendants are reminded to make their Safeware coverage election now through June 6, 2018 at my.safeware.com/ual. We stress for your understanding, if you take no action, you will be considered to have opted out of the coverage and will be responsible for the replacement cost of the device.
Details of the Safeware plan, including cost and coverage, can be found in E-lines publication dated May 4, 2018.
Note: Flight Attendants deciding to opt in after the election deadline, will need to opt in at their base, where a validation that your LINK and sled are operational and undamaged will be required. The rate for coverage will be pro-rated based on the date you make the election to opt in.
FMLA (DOL) Forms Available on Unitedafa.org
As a reminder, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) application forms are available from our website. The Department of Labor (DOL) forms are available on unitedafa.org/benefits/fmla along with detailed information explaining the FMLA process.
Additional questions should be directed to your Local Council Representatives.
Keep Making Your Calls for 10 Hours Rest
MEC Government Affairs
Until we are guaranteed our 10 Hour non-reducible rest period, our Senators need to hear from us every day. After you make your call, text a flying partner and ask her/him to call. We need every Flight Attendant to weigh in to make our 10 hours rest a reality.
Call855-534-1774to 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.
The House FAA Reauthorization Bill has our 10 Hours in it. The Senate bill allows management to reduce to 9 hours, and several airlines are working hard to keep it that way. Fatigue studies show we are fatigued - and more rest is needed! Equal rest with the flight deck is the bare minimum, but they are fighting even that! Stand up, fight back and hold our elected representatives accountable for our safety, health and equality!
Flying Together Website and Help Hub Updates
As might be predicted, recent changes to the company’s website have many of us expressing frustration in our inability to locate information that we were once easily able to access. While change is difficult, it is an essential part of the process of moving forward and, in this case, advancing the sharing of information. While there is no magical way to become familiar with the changes, we can try to make navigating the change a bit easier by passing along some tips to make accessing information consistent.
Once you have logged into the company’s website, locate your name on the top right side of the page. Just below your name you will see a “Favorites” tab indicated with a heart icon. You may customize references to frequently used area of the website.
Once you have customized your list of frequently used places you will be able to simply log into Flying Together, click on the heart icon and your favorites will display in a dropdown menu. You may also add the URL of other relevant pages to your favorites in the same manner. Additionally, as published in E-Lines edition, dated May 15, 2018. United’s self-service portal that provided employees with a one-stop resource to ask questions or obtain assistance from a whole magnitude of services, was upgraded to a new portal as of May 17, 2018 and is now known as Help Hub.
Additional information can be found in the One United publication, dated May 9, 2018.
Reminders and Quick Links
June 1 FSL Election Awards and 2-year Waitlist Posted
June 6 Election Coverage Deadline for Safeware
June 8 Class 1807 Graduation
June 17 Father’s Day
June 22 Class 1808 Graduation
As a reminder, “Let your true Colors Fly”PrideParades are scheduled to take place on the following dates and cities:
June 10 – Washington
June 23 – Mexico City
June 23 – Houston
June 24 – Chicago
June 24 – San Francisco
June 24 – New York
July 7 - London