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E-Lines: June 12, 2018

Date: June 12, 2018

AFA Works for You!  

In January, of 2018, the MEC Communications Committee launched an educational series on the work of our Union and the roles of the various MEC Committee and Leadership positions. We will conclude this series of educational articles this week. The following is a detailed list of topics and links to the educational articles we have covered since January 1, 2018. 


January 9 –Introducing AFA Works for You!

January 16 –Introducing Change in Your Union

January 24 –MEC Committees and What They Do

January 30 –Benefits Committee

February 7 –Central Schedule Committee (CSC)

February 14 –Communications Committee

February 20 –EAP and Professional Standards Committee

February 27 –Government Affairs Committee
March 6 –Grievance Committee

March 13 –Hotel & Transportation Committee

March 20 –Membership Engagement Committee

March27 –AFA MEC Reserve Committee

April 4 –AFA MEC Safety Health and Security Committee
April 11 –AFA MEC Uniform Committee

April 18 –Asian and European Coordinators

May 1 -The Value of Union Dues and a 100% Focus on Flight Attendants.

May 8 -AFA-CWA Local Executive Council Election Processes.

May 23 –The Importance of Union Meetings

May 29 -Introducing New Ideas or Constructive Suggestions to your Leadership

June 5thThe Elected Leadership of the MEC

For additional information or opportunities to become involved in your Union, contact your Local Council Office.

MEC Summer Regular Meeting to be Held July 10-12, 2018, Rosemont, IL  

The 2018 Summer Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place July 10 -12, 2018, at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other Local Council Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to the Membership. 

We encourage each Member to witness the democratic process by attending your Local Council Meetings and join us for the MEC meeting if you are in the Chicago area while we are in session. Scheduled times for your Local Council's meeting and the details for the MEC Meeting will be posted as they become available @unitedafa.org. 

AFA Pride Pins & Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Ribbons  

AFA is a strong voice against discrimination and we strongly support LGBT rights. The vendor producing our AFA Pride pins is behind their intended production schedule. However, these pins will soon be available from your Local Council leadership. 

All Flight Attendants are encouraged to participate in showing support for our LGBT Members and to demonstrate our solidarity by proudly displaying the AFA Pride pin. Discrimination of any kind undermines the strength of our community. We celebrate the diversity of our Union and work to protect and advance Flight Attendants’ rights. We must work together to ensure the rights every American citizen enjoys are available to everyone. 

Additionally, Flight Attendants are reminded to pick-up their purple ribbons to show their support for our Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness program, wearing them together with our AFA Pride Pins. 

More Than 50,000 Flight Attendants Go Purple during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month– Join Our Team!

Today, the Chicago Alzheimer’s Association published a press release featuring the more than 50,000 Flight Attendants worldwide that are going purple this June for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Members of the Association of Flight Attendants - CWA, AFL - CIO will be wearing purple ribbons as part of their uniform all month long to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness research.

London Based Flight Attendant, Jeff Heisey spearheaded this worldwide campaign.

 "I met with the Alzheimer’s Association to coordinate the involvement of AFA for Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month in June,” says Heisey, AFA Member and Secretary-Treasurer of the United Master Executive Council. “The prospect for full Membership involvement in this initiative is exciting and we have some great ideas for Membership engagement on this. I am really excited to be a part of this initiative.  Most importantly, I do this for the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease – whoever he or she may be." 

United Flight Attendants are encouraged to Join Our Longest Day Team a day that’s all about love for those affected by Alzheimer's disease as well as those who care for them. Wear your purple ribbon to help raise awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and then sign-up to Join our Team for the Longest Day! 

In addition to displaying purple ribbons with our AFA pin all of us can help raise awareness for this cause by taking a picture, selfie, or group photo wearing your AFA pin and purple ribbon and posting your photos on social media utilizing Twitter, Instagram and FaceBook with the hashtag #ENDALZ, #TheLongestDay or #AlzheimersAwareness. Flight Attendants that do not have social media accounts can still participate by texting their photos to 502-758-9961 or emailing them to communications@unitedafa.org. We’ll make sure we get these posted on your behalf.

Ask your Local Council for a Purple Ribbon. For more information about AFA’s efforts to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness, visit our website.

Tumi Luggage Repair

MEC Uniform Committee

Registration of your uniform Tumi™ luggage should have been completed upon receipt of your company luggage, but may still be completed by following the registration process detailed in E-lines publication, dated May 15, 2018.  The registration process is important because it is through this registration that repairs to your luggage are covered by the manufacturer at any Tumi location.

The warranty covers a five-year period and applies to all TUMI® products included in the company luggage program. The warranty covers zippers, wheels and handles. However, repairs must be handled at an authorized TUMI store in order to be covered by the five year warranty. Flight Attendants are cautioned that any repairs or changes to your luggage made by anyone other than TUMI® may result in your luggage being ineligible for repair under the TUMI® warranty.


Additionally, if you have swapped bags with another Flight Attendant and the bag was registered by the previous owner, you will need to re-register your new bag with your information.

Once you have ensured your bag is registered, Flight Attendants may take their bag to any authorized TUMI repair location. Click here for a list of TUMI stores that provide repairs. 

If the bag is beyond repair as a result of a manufacturing defect, TUMI will issue a new luggage piece as long as the bag remains under warranty. 

Note: If the damage is the result of negligence, the Flight Attendant will need to work with her/his domicile uniform coordinator to order a new replacement piece. 

Loaner rollaboards are only available for pick-up at a designated TUMI location. Flight Attendants utilizing the loaner program will be required to complete a loaner form, including your employee ID number. All TUMI-issued loaner rollaboards will be tracked by the company and can only be kept for a maximum of 60 days. 

If you have additional questions regarding repairs to any TUMI® luggage item, please contact your domicile Uniform Coordinator for assistance.

Hotel and Transportation Report – May, 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. 

(pm-CAL) Scheduling Procedure When Assignment Is Not Acknowledged  
MEC Reserve Committee

Questions regarding the responsibility of a Reserve while on a legal rest period during the entire Acknowledgement window persist. The Company has acknowledged there are occasions when this may be the case, management has also acknowledged the vast majority of Flight Attendants are not only aware of their obligations following legal rest, they are also present for their assignments. Flight Attendants may ascertain their assignment at their convenience, with the understanding that they may have an assignment that immediately follows their minimum scheduled rest period as provided in Section 5.B.9. of the pmCAL Agreement.

Reserve Flight Attendants should be aware that Management continues to assert they have no obligation to contact Reserves for the purpose of advising them of any assignment when they have not, for any reason, acknowledged their assignment during the window. Reserves are encouraged to review the following information which outlines what happens if a Reserve does not acknowledge their next day assignment during the Acknowledgement window:



If a Reserve does not acknowledge their next-day assignment during the Acknowledgement Window:

1.Scheduling will not contact the Flight Attendant to advise them of their next day’s assignment.

2.Any trip or Airport Alert assignment for the next day will remain on the Flight Attendant’s line, and she/he is still responsible for that assignment.

3.If the Flight Attendant fails to report for the check-in of the assignment, she/he will be given a Missed Trip (MT) at that time.


For additional information on this and other issues important to Reserve Flight Attendants contact your Local Council Office. 

It’s Not Over - CALL NOW ! 10 Hours Rest 

MEC Government Affairs Committee


Today over 80 Flight Attendants lobbied on Capitol Hill for lawmakers to support our guaranteed 10 Hour non-reducible rest periods. OUR FIGHT IS NOT OVER YET!

Call 855-534-1774 to tell your Senators to maintain the House language of 10 Hours non-reducible 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!

Our Senators need to hear from us every day. CALL NOW and 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. 

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!

“Let your true Colors Fly” Pride Parades are Underway 

This past weekend the first of several “Let your True Colors Fly” 2018 pride parades took place in Washington D.C. AFA is a strong voice against discrimination and in support of LGBT rights. We encourage Flight Attendant participation in this year’s 2018 pride parades as they continue to take place in the following cities:

June 17 - Denver
June 23 - Mexico City    
June 23 - Houston
June 24 - Chicago
June 24 - San Francisco
June 24 - New York       
July   07 - London

For additional information or for questions about participating in this year’s parades email EQUAL@united.com

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